2016 Favorites – Top Ten

My top ten from the books I reviewed in 2016, across all categories.


Just looking through the list of books I’ve reviewed so far (26 books in 2016), here are a few of my favorite books.  It’s not a very long list because I’ve only been blogging for a few months – I didn’t set out to make a top ten list but there were only ten books when I finished!  Click the title for my review which has much more info about each book.

Picture Book


Amazing Grace – A classic that deserves to be in every house and school library.

Early Chapter Books


Little Shaq – Basketball and morals from a hero on and off the court.


Pedro, First Grade Hero – Sweet Latino boy has adventures geared towards first-time chapter book readers.

Elementary and Middle Grade Chapter Books


Abby Takes a Stand – Historical fiction explores one girl’s experience of the sit-ins.


Save Me a Seat – The first week of fifth grade from two outsider perspectives: an immigrant from India and a boy with auditory processing disorder.

Graphic Novels


Awkward – A diverse cast make up the competing art and science clubs in this middle school drama.


El Deafo – Memoir of experiences wearing a “phonic ear” and growing up as the only deaf student in the school.

Children’s Non-Fiction


28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World – A great chronological overview of a variety of events in the history of African-Americans, including both well and lesser-known figures.


Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man Who Changed Things – This older early chapter book became a surprise favorite despite a very dated cover.

Adult Non-Fiction


Born a Crime – Surprisingly funny memoir of growing up mixed in South Africa under apartheid and the post-apartheid regime.

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

3 thoughts on “2016 Favorites – Top Ten”

    1. El Deafo is one of my favorite graphic novels. The author spent three years on it and you can really tell the effort that went into each page. It also does a good job explaining a lot of aspects of deafness to hearing people in a fun and memorable way. I look forward to your review!

      We watch very little TV, so I had never heard of Trevor Noah before buying his book (it was one of my Target picks) but I really enjoyed it – if he writes another I would definitely read it. I’m tackling Long Walk to Freedom this year (expect a review in 2018) and Born a Crime gave me the courage to finally read Mandela’s autobiography.


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