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14 Books I Loved (But Didn’t Review) in 2015

Well this will be easy. There’s a whole bunch of books that, for a variety of reasons (most relating to sleep and food), I didn’t talk about on this blog. Again I will state my annual pledge: I’ll try to do better next year.

What follows are some of the 2015 books that I read and loved, but didn’t share with you.

Picture Books

Waddle Waddle

Waddle! Waddle! by James Proimos | Scholastic | Grades PreK-1

Lady Pancake

Lady Pancake II

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney | Grades K-3


Delphine II

The Song of Delphine by Kenneth Kraegel | Candlewick Press | Grades K-2


Rabbits II

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng | Groundwood Books | Grades K-3

Next Year

Next Year II

See You Next Year by Andrew Larsen; illustrated by Todd Stewart | Owlkid Books | Grades K-3


Graphic Novels


Henrietta 1

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers | TOON Books | Grades K-2


Hilo 1

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick


Leaf II

Leaf by Daishu Ma | Fantagraphics | Grades 5 and Up


Mom II

A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova | Groundwood Books | Grades 5-9


Middle Grade Fiction/YA


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt | Clarion | Grades 6 and Up



Koala II

Koala Hospital by Suzi Eszterhas | Owlkids Books | Grades 2-5


Pedro II

Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares | Candlewick Press | Grades 3-7


Fearsome 1

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness | Workman | Grades 4-7


Drowned II

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Grades 6 and Up



About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Three Cheers for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk!!!

  2. aww, thanks! i hope the kiddos enjoyed it, too!

  3. Travis, you’re killing my book budget.

  4. There’s still time! Review them all. :)

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