It’s been a busy year of reading! Over the course of the last year, our Young Readers Committee read (and often reread) nearly 200 books on our longlist to identify those titles we believe to be the best 2017 had to offer for pre-school and early-elementary-aged children, roughly ages 0 to 8.
The 2017 committee includes:
Angel, Children’s Librarian
Brandy T., Children’s Outreach & Programming Library Specialist
Monty, Circulation Clerk
Pam, Mt. Washington Branch Manager
Stephanie L., Reference Clerk
Tanya, Circulation Clerk
Tracy (that’s me), BCPL Public Relations Coordinator & Committee Organizer
It was tough narrowing down the finalists and we had plenty of disagreements along the way. We were particularly divided on A Different Pond and After the Fall: How Humpty Got Up Again. Some felt A Different Pond is better suited to older kids, while it was at the absoulte top of the list for others. After the Fall also ranked very high on some readers’ list while others were less enthused. But in the end, we decided to include both of them and let you decide for yourselves! Other books, like Be Quiet! were pretty much universally loved and have been shoe-ins from our first encounter. Overall, we are very happy with our final selections. In particular, we were pleased with the quality of the nonfiction and chapter books to be found this year. So without further ado, BCPL’s favorite 2017 books for young readers are:
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Up Again by Doug Santat
Monty says: This book has a good message about not giving up and learning to conquer your fears—and if you do, you may just become the something great you were meant to be.
Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
Tanya says: I really enjoyed this book. It told a cute story, plus a life lesson, in one. The pictures are amazing and it was a very sweet read.
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Tracy says: Gorgeous. I love the saturated illustrations and the quietly captivating story,
Give Me Back My Book by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
Pam says: This is a hilarious book about two friends, Bloo and Redd, arguing over a book.
I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach
Monty says: This book is GREAT! The illustrations are very funny, and the book had several of us laughing out lout at work.
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
Tracy says: A very engaging reading experience, with the text and illustrations work together beautifully.
Life by Cynthia Rylant
Pam says: I cannot get over how moving this story is. The author encourages us to appreciate life, even when the world looks dark. The illustrations are so beautiful. I will have to purchase a personal copy of this book.
Now by Antoinette Portis
Pam says: I liked the simplicity of the illustrations. The book is about living in the “now” and I found the illustrations to focus on the now. There are no distractions, just what is going on right now.
There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Pam says: This is such a fun, interactive book to read with little ones. The illustrations are colorful and the monster…you will see.
What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen
Stephanie says: I love this story! Such great examples of using your imagination with something as simple as a cardboard box! My 8 year old daughter who is very creative was inspired by this book!
Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Angel says: I love how the book started when Harriet was older but went back to where her journey began. The illustrations are amazing and have a lot of emotion.
Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvindar Naberhaus
Angel says: I love the amazing illustrations, and the words are simple but really speak to what we hold dear.
Feathers and Hair: What Animals Wear by Jennifer Ward
Stephanie says: A vibrant, beautifully illustrated book about different animals!
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
Tracy says: I always love Jason Chin’s work! Here, he includes so much wonderful detail and opportunities for the readers to engage, discuss, and feel part of the journey. It’s full of information, but very accessible.
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Tracy says: This is a really engaging exploration of the Statue of Liberty and its purpose, to be enjoyed by readers young and old.
Round by Joyce Sidman
Tracy says: This simple yet thoughtful book does a wonderful job of introducing the concept of roundness while celebrating nature.
Alexander Hamilton: From Orphan to Founding Father by Monica Kulling
Brandy says: Right now is the perfect timing for this book.
|Beatrice Zinker: Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes|
Tracy says: Beatrice Zinkner is a wonderful new character in children’s literature, an imaginative, one-of-a-kind girl with a huge heart.
The Case of the Poached Egg by Robin Newman
Monty says: This is a really cute book with lots of play on words and fun pictures.
Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner
Stephanie says: A fun and cure chapter book with an entertaining story and good illustrations.
Source: Book News and Reviews