Top 20 Books of 2017: 20-16
Some things to know about this list:
- It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher and me.
- It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6.
- It’s a countdown from 20 to 1, with five books revealed each day.
- In terms of format, anything goes. You’ll see picture books, graphic novels, nonfiction, and middle grade all mixing together.
- Here on 100 Scope Notes, John and I will blab (briefly) about each book.
- On Watch. Connect. Read. John has rounded up additional resources for each book.
20. Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn [Enchanted Lion | Grades K-3]
Because a tree this grand deserves a farewell to match. -Travis
19. Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds [Orchard Books | Grades K-3]
Because everyone should be encouraged to DREAM BIG every day. -John
18. Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper [Roaring Brook Press | Grades Pre-K-2]
Because it depicts the circle of life more honestly and tenderly than any other book this year. -Travis
17. A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo [Henry Holt | Grades 1-3]
Because a writer like him needs a book as gorgeous as this. -John
16. Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx, illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch [Gecko Press | Grades 1-3]
Because this surreal yet sincere French import is one of the more interesting books in my life so far. -Travis
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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