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Top 20 Books of 2018: 5-1

Top 20 Books 2018

Drawn Together

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5. Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat [Disney-Hyperion | Grades K-2]

Because it has the best page turn of 2018 (see above). -John

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Hey Kiddo

4. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [Graphix (Scholastic) | Grades 8 and Up]

Because it is one of the most honest, memorable, raw, sad, and hopeful memoirs. -John

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Be Prepared

3. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol [First Second | Grades 5 and Up]

Because readers won’t want to put down this graphic novel memoir. -Travis

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Dreamers

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2. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales [Neal Porter (Holiday House) | Grades K-2]

Because it is a beautiful and important celebration of how libraries, books, and art can save us and help us find our place in this world. -John

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Louisiana's Way Home

1. Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo [Candlewick Press | Grades 3-6]

Because curses don’t have to last forever. -Travis & John

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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. Niki Barnes says:

    My students LOVED Drawn Together! They were blown away by the surprise under the cover! ?

  2. I loved Drawn Together. It was such a wonderful story told through art.

    And Louisiana? DiCamillo just keeps getting better and better with each book she writes. This was the only book I read this year that I read again right after I finished it for the first time. It was that good.