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Top 20 Books of 2016: 15-11

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1

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15. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean -Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe [Little, Brown | Grades 2-5]

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Because it shows the artist as a child but doesn’t sugarcoat.

Pax

14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray | Grades 3-6]

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Because the world is a complicated place, but the love for a pet can sometimes be all that matters.

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13. Shy by Deborah Freedman [Viking | Grades K-2]

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Because it takes what could have been a novelty and turns it into something beautiful.

Some Writer

12. Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Grades 3-6] 

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Because it’s a staggeringly beautiful tribute to one of the greats of literature.

Leave Me Alone

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11. Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol [Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-3]

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Because, I love you, but these g.d. sweaters aren’t going to knit themselves.

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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.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for “Because, I love you, but these g.d. sweaters aren’t going to knit themselves.” *snort-laugh*

  2. Jealous of the tiny sweaters!! I read this at story time last week and the adults almost rolled in the floor!!! Love it.

  3. Here it is: http://blaine.org/7pics/2016/12/tinysweater.JPG. It is TEEEENINY. I love it so.

  4. I concur. The tiny sweater I got was exquisite.

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