For this month’s reading list, we found inspiration in the Notable Books list released each January from the Association for Library Service to Children. They name the Newbery and Caldecott winners each year, so they definitely have great standards in place for recognizing amazing books. For our YA picks, we took recommendations from the recent YALSA Awards (Young Adult Library Services Association). We hope this gives you some new reading material to check out!
1. Go, Otto, Go! by David Milgrim
Because it’s a Geisel Honor Book, and it involves a lovable robot named Otto.
2. Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Because it involves two unlikely friends and the power of forgiveness.
3. Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
Because it’s a Caldecott Honor Book, and it involved a grandmother looking for some peace and quiet.
4. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
Because it’s this school building’s first day of school…and the nerves are everywhere!
5. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Because the main character is determined to learn how to read big chapter books like her friend, Rosabelle.
6. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Because it’s a Newbery Medal Book, and it explores the magical powers of a great main character, Luna.
7. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Because with humor and hope, these kids are trying to find their places in the world.
8. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
Because a magic watch is involved, and who wouldn’t love to have one of those?
9. The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Because women are defending the world from evil forces. Enough said.
10. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Because at the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story.
11. Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
Because it’s a choose-your-own graphic novel about Romeo and Juliet.
12. Arena by Holly Jennings
Because virtual gaming takes us to a whole new world!
13. Brown v. Board of Education by Susan Goldman Rubin
Because it’s a thorough look at the Supreme Court Case that ended segregation.
14. Presenting Buffalo Bill by Candace Fleming
Because you’ll get a whole new understanding of famous William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
15. Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
Because it’ll give you a whole new look at coyotes.
16. Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins
Because let’s face it…frogs are pretty fabulous!
17. When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano
Because this book is filled with diverse characters, beautiful poems, and it celebrates the changing seasons.
18. Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
Because it helps kids figure out what poetry is and how you can find it in the world around you.
19. Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill
Because it involves great jazz musicians, New York City, paintings, and poems.
20. Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
Because it’s a novel told in tanka poems and has a beautiful message about having a love of music.