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2017: The Year of Pants

The other day Julie Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) mentioned that 2017 might be The Year of Pants in children’s literature.

First I checked with the Google Ngram Viewer, which tracks words that appear in books. It appears we are in the midst of a historic golden age of pants:


Then I took a look at the crop of 2017 books with a pants theme. Good call JD, good call.


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. Colleen says:

    And it’s even funnier when you remember the British meaning of “pants.”

  2. Mary Lee Donovan says:

    And while pants are not mentioned, it’s clear what Barnaby forgets at the end of BARNABY NEVER FORGETS by Pierre Collet-Derby (July 2017, Candlewick Press)!

  3. Ha, ha. My boss just did a pants display at the bookstore a few months ago. At least there were lots to choose from!

  4. I’d like to think that the hilarious Panda Pants (2016) started this trend.