Top 20 Books of 2017: 5-1
5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7]
Because it contains 176 perfect pages. -John
4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7]
Because even if your family re-enacts 16th century England for kicks, friendship probz in middle school are universal. -Travis
3. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate [Feiwel & Friends | Grades 3-5]
Because it is for the newcomers and welcomers. -John
2. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell [Feiwel & Friends | Grades K-2]
Because you aren’t going to find a more perfect distillation of kindness in a picture book this year.
1. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat [Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-3]
Because Dan Santat helped Humpty Dumpty create his own happy ending. -John & 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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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