Top 20 Books of 2016: 15-11
#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1
15. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean -Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe [Little, Brown | Grades 2-5]
Because it shows the artist as a child but doesn’t sugarcoat.
14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray | Grades 3-6]
Because the world is a complicated place, but the love for a pet can sometimes be all that matters.
13. Shy by Deborah Freedman [Viking | Grades K-2]
Because it takes what could have been a novelty and turns it into something beautiful.
12. Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Grades 3-6]
Because it’s a staggeringly beautiful tribute to one of the greats of literature.
11. Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol [Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-3]
Because, I love you, but these g.d. sweaters aren’t going to knit themselves.
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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