Top 20 Books of 2019: 20-16
Some things to know about this list:
- It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher (a.k.a. Mr. Schu) and me.
- It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2019 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. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez [Kokila (Penguin) | Grades 4-7]
Because Ofelia Castillo, Aster Douglas, Cat Garcia, and Lane DiSanti are four memorable and distinct characters. -John
19. The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison [little bee books (Simon & Schuster) | Grades K and Up]
Because the roots of rap are deep. -Travis
18. Why? by Adam Rex, illustrated by Claire Keane [Chronicle Books | Grades K-3]
Because one little question can change everything. -Travis
17. Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer, illustrated by K-Fai Steele [Enchanted Lion | Grades K-4]
Because justice can can be delicious. -Travis
16. Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman [Viking (Penguin) | Grades K-2]
Because Carl has five capacious and caring hearts. -John
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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