Yup, I’m not posting this until well into 2018. In 2017 I reviewed 98 books (plus 10 board books) and so many of them were so good. It took me a month just to narrow it down this far… I just love all the books!
4 Favorite Authors
Angela Shelf Medearis emerged as a clear favorite of mine and our family’s this year.
Mitali Perkins – I only reviewed one book by her in 2017, but read several. So far every one of her books has been excellent.
Laban Carrick Hill uses different illustrators, so at first I didn’t realize he had written so many books about African American history. I reviewed two last year but will be commenting on others this year.
3 Favorite Graphic Novels
The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson, illustrated by Kelly Mellings. An introduction to Canadian First Nations history and modern day struggles through the story of two brothers.
Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess. Ignore my bad photograph of the cover, this is the book for the kids in your house. It’s good food, gross grease, and a ton of literary references.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. Deservedly a classic, this adult literary graphic novel is the story of Bechdel coming to terms with her own sexuality and exploring her relationship with her deceased father, which was conducted largely through exchanging books.
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett.
This book will bring joy to your heart. I reread it just for the surge of happiness.
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora.
The most adorable and very relatable book for toddlers.
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett.
A Native author and illustrator both at the top of their game have produced a book that will appeal to all families. My favorite go-to for baby shower gifts.
Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
A hide-and-seek book for babies and toddlers with sing-songy rhyme and perfect illustrations.