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31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Unique Biographies

Each crop of yearly biographies runs the gamut from the uber famous to people who may not have ever even received an adult biography. I loved the sheer variety on display in 2020. Behold a sampling of some favorites.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Science & Nature Books

Whether it’s plants that resemble toilets, seemingly psychic horses, deer eating pythons, or the sheer scope of the universe itself, there’s something in here for everyone.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 American History Titles for Kids

Today’s list gets at those books that did a good job with the concept of telling the truth about our past.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Fantasy Books for Kids

Here are the books I read in 2020 that I thought were just stand up and cheer great. Please bear in mind, though, that I missed a LOT of middle grade books this year. This is just a sampling of what was on offer . . .

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Science Fiction for Kids

Today I’m breaking down the Science Fiction titles of 2020 into Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction, and Comics. I wouldn’t call this a definitive list of any kind, but I truly enjoyed each and every last one of these titles.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Funny Fiction for Kids

The bulk of what I read in 2020 wasn’t funny. The bulk of what I LIVED in 2020 wasn’t funny. So hand this to the kind that desperately needs an end-of-year pick-me-up.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Comics & Graphic Novels for Kids

Every year we see more and more graphic novels hit our shelves. And 2020 turned out to be a doozy of a year for the best.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Easy Books and Early Chapter Books

Easy Books might have been scant in 2020 but Early Chapter Books abounded. We take a look at the titles that fill a very real, ever present need.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Funny Picture Books

There wasn’t a whole lot to laugh at in 2020, that’s for sure. Yet a great big list of wonderfully funny picture books came out, and here are some of the best. A bit of much needed levity for the year.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Rhyming Picture Books

If you’re going to commit to rhyming then you better be pretty darn sure of your own abilities. To that end, today I celebrate those picture books that embrace their rhyme schemes to their fullest.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Transcendent Holiday Picture Books

This year I found a nice array of titles that I’d say are a cut above the rest. These are books that you’d be honored to pull out year after year for your holiday displays.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

Every year publishers attempt to squeeze full picture books into board book formats. Today, we celebrate those books that really add something special to our bookshelves. Yes, we are happy they exist.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Board Books

If only the rarest kind of best is good enough for the young then the same can be said for the ankle biter crowd. Mirrors, tabs, lift-the-flaps, you name it, these wonderful board books have it!

31 Days, 31 Lists Returns!

Starting tomorrow I’m releasing my annual 31 Days, 31 Lists. What will make the cut? What won’t? Watch and see!

Review of the Day – Waa’aka’: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun by Cindi M. Alvitre, ill. Carly Lake

Artfully rendered and magnificently produced, this creation tale is by turns beautiful and clever. A story told with plenty of thought and consideration.