It’s been a wonderful year in books! We wanted to present you with the titles that our staff has been raving about and that the kids in our libraries want to read again and again. A number of excellent books were published in 2017, and we hope this selection will inspire you to explore books you’ve yet to try and to branch beyond our picks.
After the Fall
Written and Illustrated by Dan Santat
Written by Rachael Cole, Illustrated by Blanca Gómez
Creepy Pair of Underwear
Written by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James
Here We Are
Written and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
I Wanna Be a Cowgirl
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi, Illustrated by Elizabet Vucovic
Written and Illustrated by Gaia Cornwall
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Written and Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site
Written Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Written by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Brian Biggs
Not Quite Narwhal
Written and Illustrated by Jessie Sima
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
Written and Illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna
Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World
Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems
Sarabella’s Thinking Cap
Written and Illustrated by Judy Schachner
Written by Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Sleep Well, Siba and Saba
Written by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl, Illustrated by Sandra van Doorn
Written by Julia Denos, Illustrated by E.B. Goodale
Bonus Books: Peppa and Pete!
It’s no secret: Kids love Peppa Pig and Pete the Cat! So we wanted to dedicate a special spot on this list to the characters our library bookworms adore so much. These familiar characters found themselves in some new and groovy adventures this year, so if you’re looking for a book that’s sure to please young readers, be sure to check out any of the following: Peppa Pig and the Library Visit, The School Play (Peppa), Peppa’s Storybook Collection, Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie, and Pete the Cat Treasury: Five Groovy Stories.
If your favorite didn’t make the list, let us know in the comments below!