Top 20 Books of 2020: 20-16
At the end of a trying year, getting together with John Schumacher to pick our favorite books of 2020 was just what I needed. Familiar and celebratory. We’ve been doing this for 11 years now.
Over the next few days, we’ll be counting down our top twenty (mostly) K-6 books of the year. I’ll share our blurbs about each book here, and you can head over to Watch. Connect. Read. for additional resources for each title.
20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1
20. Willa the Wisp (Fabled Stables Book #1) by Jonathan Auxier, illustrated by Olga Demidova [Amulet (Abrams) | Grades 1-3]
Because it’s a whole new magical world for readers to explore. -Travis
19. Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohman [Neal Porter Books (Holiday House) | Grades K-3]
Because you’ll never look at a honeybee the same way again. -John
18. The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by Oge Mora [Schwartz & Wade (Random House) | Grades K-3]
Because you never stop learning. -Travis
17. My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki [Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) | Grades K-2]
Because it beautifully and authentically captures the moment you meet a best friend for the first time. -John
16. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James [Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin) | Grades K-2]
Because it’s joy in print. -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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