The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015
For everyone out there who thinks that children’s literature is just a bunch of cute, harmless fluff, I disagree with you. Every year books arrive that seek to challenge young minds and the status quo.
Like these books below.
What Is Punk? by Eric Morse; illustrated by Anny Yi
Akashic Books | October 6, 2015
Why It’s Wild: A history of punk music for kids illustrated in Gumby-esque claymation (minus the -mation)
Look! by Édouard Manceau
OwlKids Books | March 17, 2015
Why It’s Wild: You know what’s amazing? Cutting a whole in a book and creating an experience that allows kids to see the world around them with fresh eyes.
The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: A Children’s Guide to the Old and New Testament by Garrett Romines and Christopher Miko
Sky Pony Press | March 3, 2015
Why It’s Wild: If you’re like me, you saw the title and assumed this book was a “bible” in the sense that it was a comprehensive guide to all things Minecraft. No, it’s literally bible stories acted out by Minecraft characters. To say I didn’t see this coming is an understatement.
The Bureau of Misplaced Dads by Éric Veillé
Kids Can Press | August 1, 2015
Why It’s Wild: A boy misplaces his dad, and meets a stranger who takes him to look for a new one. It’s just so … odd. So wonderfully odd.
Only Fish Fall From the Sky by Leif Parsons
POW! Books | May 5, 2015
Why It’s Wild: A picture book by a philosopher where the main character lives in a world where fish, not rain, falls from the sky. I could go on, but I think you’re probably saying, “Yep, that book belongs here” by now.
The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot
Chronicle Books | June 2, 2015
Why It’s Wild: A Bic pen doodle love story on LSD
Daddy Sat on a Duck by Scott M. Cohn
Little, Brown | May 5, 2015
Why It’s Wild: It’s rare when a book from one of the Big Five publishers leaves me speechless. This book left me speechless. Daddy Sat on a Duck breaks more ground (on the subjects of bodily functions and, uh, other stuff) than any other book for children this year. Seriously, stuff I can’t even write about here without blushing.
The Yes by Sarah Bee; illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Eerdmans Books | February 16, 2015
Why It’s Wild: Anthropomorphizing the word “yes” – it’s a bold move that works. And I bet you can guess who the villain is…
Some Things I’ve Lost by Cybèle Young
Groundwood Books | September 15, 2015
Why It’s Wild: Everyday objects morph into underwater oddities – each one meticulously sculpted out of paper.
Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse by Leslie Bulion; illustrated by Mike Lowery
Peachtree | March 1, 2015
Why It’s Wild: I direct you to the title of the book.
Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt
Tundra Books | August 25, 2015
Why It’s Wild: Can’t say I’ve ever seen a picture book (and a 96 page picture book at that) deal with the Kübler-Ross five stages of grief.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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