The Best Kids, Children, and Youth Books of 2020 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Kids, Children, and Youth books released in 2020?” We looked at 565 of the top Kids, Children, and Youth books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 36 books, all appearing on 4 or more “Best Kids, Children, and Youth” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 525+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2020 Articles:

Previous Years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

All titles have been added to a Bookshop list as well!

Happy Scrolling!



Top 36 Best Kids, Children, and Youth Books From 2020



36.) Antiracist Baby written byIbram X. Kendi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Amazon
  • Book Riot
  • Brightly

A #1 New York Times Bestseller! Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices! Featured on Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, CBS This Morning, and more! From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be a



35.) Becoming Muhammad Ali written byJames Patterson and Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Amazon
  • Imagination Soup
  • The New York Times

Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon’s latest children’s masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.”Has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book”–The New York TimesIt’s bedtime. But Mommy’s li



34.) Echo Mountain written byLauren Wolk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Bookpage
  • NPR

“Soothing and exquisitely written.” -People “Surely there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart.” -The New York Times Book Review “A supple tale of struggle, ingenuity and the restorative power of generosity even in bitter times. This is a book that will



33.) Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away written byMeg Medina, illus. by Sonia Sánchez

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • NYPL
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Amazon

From Newbery Medalist Meg Medina comes the bittersweet story of two girls who will always be each other’s número uno, even though one is moving away. A big truck with its mouth wide open is parked at the curb, ready to gobble up Evelyn’s mirror with the stickers around the edge . . . and the sofa th



32.) Fighting Words written byKimberly Brubaker Bradley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Imagination Soup
  • Bookpage
  • NYPL

A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Fighting Words is raw, it is real, it is necessary, a must-read for children and their adults–a total triumph in all ways. –Holly Goldberg S



31.) Julian at the Wedding written byJessica Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • Waterstones
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Guardian
  • Book Riot

The star of Julián Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return–and finds a new friend–at a wedding to be remembered. Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Julián is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Maris



30.) Just Like Me written byVanessa Brantley-Newton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Moms
  • Brightly
  • Book Riot

An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this exquisite treasury will appeal to readers of Dear Girl and I Am Enough and have kids poring over it to find a poem that’s just for them. I am a canvas Being painted on By the words of my family Frie



29.) Mañanaland written byPam Muñoz Ryan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Shelf Awareness
  • NYPL
  • The New York Times

Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery. Uniquely magical…Timely and timeless. — New York Times * This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review * Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller



28.) Our Little Kitchen written byJillian Tamaki

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • The New York Times

A lively celebration of food and community from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki Tie on your apron! Roll up your sleeves! Pans are out, oven is hot, the kitchen’s all ready! Where do we start? In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourceful neighbors



27.) Outside In written byDeborah Underwood, illus. by Cindy Derby

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • NYPL
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New York Times

Perfect for fans of Joyce Sidman and Julie Fogliano, Outside In reminds emerging readers of the ways nature creates and touches our lives in homes, apartments, and cars, and is the perfect homeschooling tool to reflect on the world’s connectedness.



26.) Show Me a Sign written byAnn Clare LeZotte

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Imagination Soup
  • NYPL
  • NPR

Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 19th century. * A must-read. — Kirkus Review, starred review LeZotte’s novel is more than just a page-turner. Well researched an



25.) The Blue House written byPhoebe Wahl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Kirkus
  • NYPL
  • NPR

In the tradition of Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House comes a heartfelt story about a father and son learning to accept the new while honoring and celebrating the old. For as long as he can remember, Leo has lived in the blue house with his dad, but lately the neighborhood is changing. People a



24.) The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read written byRita Lorraine Hubbard Oge Mora (Illustrator)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • NYPL
  • Goodreads 2
  • Amazon

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation’s oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author. In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by ag



23.) The One and Only Bob written byKatherine Applegate Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Moms
  • Parents
  • Amazon

A #1 New York Times bestseller!Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel The One and Only Ivan (soon to be a major motion picture!) in this incredible sequel, starring Ivan’s friend Bob!Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his



22.) We Dream of Space written byErin Entrada Kelly

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Bookpage
  • NYPL
  • The New York Times

Newbery Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly transports readers to 1986 and introduces them to the unforgettable Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas in this pitch-perfect middle grade novel about family, friendship, science, and exploration. A great choice for readers of Kate D



21.) What We’ll Build: Plans For Our Together Future written byOliver Jeffers

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Waterstones
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Brightly

An instant New York Times bestseller! From Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book creator and illustrator of The Crayons’ Christmas, comes a gorgeously told father-daughter story and companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are! What shall we build, you and I? Let’s gather all our



20.) Wink written byRob Harrell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Imagination Soup
  • Time
  • NYPL
  • NPR

A hilarious and heartwrenching story about surviving middle school–and an unthinkable diagnosis–while embracing life’s weirdness. Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh grader. He doesn’t want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don’t know what to



19.) Your Name Is a Song written byJamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • NYPL
  • Time
  • Book Riot

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their l



18.) If You Come to Earth written bySophie Blackall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Amazon
  • Time
  • The New York Times

From two-time Caldecott Winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall! If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other. This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around t



17.) The Paper Kingdom written byHelena Ku Rhee Pascal Campion (Illustrator)

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Bookpage 2
  • Kirkus
  • Parents
  • Amazon

An office at night is reimagined as a fantastical kingdom of paper complete with friendly dragons in this own voices picture book. When the babysitter is unable to come, Daniel is woken out of bed and joins his parents as they head downtown for their jobs as nighttime office cleaners. But the story



16.) All Because You Matter written byTami Charles

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Amazon
  • Kirkus
  • Shelf Awareness
  • NYPL
  • NPR

Instant New York Times Bestseller! A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Col



15.) Class Act written byJerry Craft

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Powells
  • Parents
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Imagination Soup
  • The New York Times

New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. This time, it’s Jordan’s friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important st



14.) Everything Sad Is Untrue written byDaniel Nayeri

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Amazon
  • Bookpage
  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • The New York Times

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls “Daniel”) stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and tal



13.) Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera written byCandace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Kirkus
  • Shelf Awareness
  • NYPL
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz

Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life! A tiny honeybee emerges through the wax cap of her cell. Driven to protect and take care of her hive, she cleans the nursery and feeds the larvae and the queen. But is she strong enough to fly? Not yet! Apis builds



12.) Lift written byMinh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • NYPL
  • Parents
  • Washington Post
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Book Riot

Iris loves to push the elevator buttons in her apartment building, but when it’s time to share the fun with a new member of the family, she’s pretty put out. That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore



11.) Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger #1) written byAmy Timberlake, illus. by Jon Klassen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Shelf Awareness
  • NYPL
  • School Library Journal
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Amazon

Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. No one wants a skunk. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should



10.) Ways to Make Sunshine written byRenée Watson and Nina Mata

Lists It Appears On:

  • The New York Times
  • NYPL
  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Powells
  • Parents
  • Amazon

From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine. Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind–school, self-image, and especially family. Her dad finally has a new job



9.) Before the Ever After written byJacqueline Woodson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Imagination Soup
  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • The New York Times

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson’s stirring novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies. For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero. As a charming, talented pro football st



8.) Prairie Lotus written byLinda Sue Park

Lists It Appears On:

  • Parents
  • Amazon
  • Washington Post
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Shelf Awareness
  • NYPL
  • NPR

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hann



7.) The Old Truck written byJarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Shelf Awareness
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Amazon
  • Washington Post
  • Bookpage 2
  • Kirkus
  • NPR

When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family’s young daughter.After long days and years of hard work leave the old truck rusting in



6.) You Matter written byChristian Robinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • The New York Times

A New York Times bestseller! They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson. In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different



5.) I Talk Like a River written byJordan Scott, illus. by Sydney Smith

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Bookpage 2
  • Kirkus
  • Shelf Awareness
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • The New York Times

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing. I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me. And I can’t say them all . . . Wh



4.) The List of Things That Will Not Change written byRebecca Stead

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Moms
  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Powells
  • Imagination Soup
  • Shelf Awareness
  • Time
  • NPR

EIGHT STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now. “An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love.” –R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder At a time when everything is changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to



3.) When Stars Are Scattered written byVictoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Lists It Appears On:

  • NYPL
  • Publishers Weekly 2
  • Amazon
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Imagination Soup
  • Time
  • NPR
  • The New York Times

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is ha



2.) I Am Every Good Thing written byDerrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Kirkus
  • NYPL
  • Goodreads 2
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Amazon
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Time
  • Book Riot

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut I am a nonstop ball of energy. Powerful and full of light. I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader. The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that m



1.) We Are Water Protectors written byCarole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Kirkus
  • Shelf Awareness
  • NYPL
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Powells
  • Washington Post
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz
  • Book Riot

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption–a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the fir




The 525+ Additional Best Kids, Children, and Youth Books Released In 2020



# Book Author Lists
37 A Whale of the Wild Rosanne Parry, illustrated by Lindsay Moore Moms
Powells
Washington Post
38 All Thirteen Christina Soontornvat Bookpage
NYPL
Shelf Awareness
39 Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Kirkus
Publishers Weekly
Book Riot
40 Black Heroes of the Wild West: Featuring Stagecoach Mary, Bass Reeves, and Bob Lemmons: A TOON Graphic James Otis Smith Kadir Nelson (Introduction by) NPR
NYPL
Amazon
41 Butts Are Everywhere! Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox Book Riot
Brightly
Powells
42 Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars Gary Golio E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Bookshop Santa Cruz
NYPL
Kirkus
43 Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Josh Cochran Kirkus
NYPL
Washington Post
44 Every Color of Light Hiroshi Osada, trans. from the Japanese by David Boyd, illus. by Ryōji Arai Kirkus
Publishers Weekly
Shelf Awareness
45 Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote Veronica Chambers NYPL
Washington Post
Amazon
46 From the Desk of Zoe Washington Janae Marks Goodreads
Parents
Imagination Soup
47 Go with the Flow Karen Schneemann Lily Williams
Bookshop Santa Cruz
NYPL
NPR
48 How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion Ashima Shiraishi Yao Xiao (Illustrator) Kirkus
Publishers Weekly
Amazon
49 I Promise LeBron James
Barnes & Noble
Moms
Amazon
50 Ikenga Nnedi Okorafor Powells
Amazon
NPR
51 In a Jar Deborah Marcero
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Bookpage 2
Kirkus
52 King and the Dragonflies Kacen Callender
Publishers Weekly 2
Bookpage
Shelf Awareness
53 Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 1) Elizabeth C. Bunce Bookpage
Moms
Amazon
54 Punching the Air Ibi Zoboi and Yusaf Saalam Powells
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Time
55 Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Washington Post
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Time
56 The Barnabus Project Terry Fann, Eric Fann, and Devin Fann Kirkus
Powells
Amazon
57 The Little Mermaid Jerry Pinkney Amazon
Bookpage 2
The New York Times
58 The Most Beautiful Thing Kao Kalia Yang Kirkus
NYPL
NPR
59 The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth Wade Hudson & Cheryl W. Hudson (eds) NYPL
NPR
The New York Times
60 A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story Caren Stelson Akira Kusaka (Illustrator) Kirkus
Bookshop Santa Cruz
61 A Phoenix First Must Burn Patrice Caldwell Powells
Bookshop Santa Cruz
62 A Polar Bear in the Snow Mac Barnett Shawn Harris (Illustrator) NYPL
Amazon
63 A Wish in the Dark Christina Soontornvat
Washington Post
NYPL
64 Black Is a Rainbow Color Angela Joy, illustrated by Ekua Holmes NYPL
Washington Post
65 Chance: Escape from the Holocaust Uri Shulevitz
Publishers Weekly 2
The New York Times
66 City Spies James Ponti Parents
NYPL
67 Dragon Hoops Gene Luen Yang Powells
The New York Times
68 Efrén Divided Ernesto Cisneros NYPL
NPR
69 Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Suzanne Slade Cozbi A. Cabrera (Illustrator) NYPL
Parents
70 Families Belong Dan Saks Brooke Smart (Illustrator) Amazon
Brightly
71 Fauja Singh Keeps Going Simran Jeet Singh NYPL
NPR
72 Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns Duncan Tonatiuh Kirkus
NYPL
73 Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers Laura Renauld Brigette Barrager (Illustrator) Moms
Amazon
74 Ghost Squad Claribel A. Ortega Goodreads
NPR
75 Happy Hair Mechal Renee Roe Amazon
Brightly
76 Hello, World! Construction Site Jill McDonald Amazon
Brightly
77 Hike Pete Oswald Kirkus
NYPL
78 How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure John Rocco Moms
Publishers Weekly 2
79 Just One of Those Days Jill Murphy
Waterstones
The Guardian
80 Land of the Cranes Aida Salazar Bookpage
NYPL
81 Letters from Bear Gauthier David Marie Caudry (Illustrator) Kirkus
Eerdlings
82 Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Tim Probert
Bookshop Santa Cruz
NYPL
83 Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Washington Post
The New York Times
84 Mail Duck Erica Sirotich Parents
Kirkus
85 Mexique María José Ferrada Ana Penyas (Illustrator) Kirkus
Eerdlings
86 My Best Friend Julie Fogliano NYPL
NPR
87 Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack Sandra Nickel Kirkus
NYPL
88 Nana Akua Goes to School Tricia Elam Walker Kirkus
NYPL
89 Old Rock (Is Not Boring) Deb Pilutti Parents
Kirkus
90 Our Friend Hedgehog Lauren Castillo Bookpage
School Library Journal
91 Out the Door Christy Hale
Publishers Weekly
NYPL
92 Packs: Strength in Numbers Hannah Salyer Kirkus
NYPL
93 Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet Zanib Mian NYPL
NPR
94 Primer Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski Amazon
Imagination Soup
95 Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer Gillian Goerz Parents
NYPL
96 Snapdragon Kat Leyh
Publishers Weekly 2
NYPL
97 Starcrossed Josephine Angelini
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Kirkus
98 Sugar in Milk Thrity Umrigar
Bookpage 2
Kirkus
99 Swashby and the Sea Beth Ferry, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Washington Post
Book Riot
100 Ten Ways to Hear Snow Cathy Camper and Kenard Pak NPR
Powells
101 The Blackbird Girls Anne Blankman
Imagination Soup
NYPL
102 The Book of Hopes
The Guardian
The Telegraph
103 The Brave James Bird
Imagination Soup
NYPL
104 The Only Black Girls in Town Brandy Colbert
Washington Post
Bookpage
105 The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story Thao Lam Kirkus
NYPL
106 The Silent Stars Go By Sally Nicholls
The Guardian
The Telegraph
107 The Silver Arrow Lev Grossman Amazon
The New York Times
108 The Suitcase Chris Naylor-Ballesteros Amazon
Kirkus
109 The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5) Rick Riordan Goodreads
Amazon
110 The Wizards of Once: Never and Forever (The Wizards of Once, 4) Cressida Cowell
The Telegraph
Amazon
111 The World Needs More Purple People Kristen Bell Benjamin Hart Daniel Wiseman (Illustrator) & 1 more
Barnes & Noble
Brightly
112 There Must Be More Than That! Shinsuke Yoshitake Kirkus
The New York Times
113 To the Moon and Back for You Emilia Bechrakis Serhant Brightly
Book Riot
114 Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind Jessica Hische Moms
Amazon
115 Trowbridge Road Marcella Pixley Amazon
Shelf Awareness
116 Twins Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright NPR
Washington Post
117 We Are Not Free Traci Chee Moms
Time
118 When You Trap a Tiger Tae Keller
Publishers Weekly 2
NYPL
119 Will You Be My Friend? Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram Amazon
Waterstones
120 Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice Mahogany L. Browne, with Elizabeth… Kirkus
NYPL
121 ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat Raul the Third, colors by Elaine Bay
Washington Post
122 ¿Cómo lo ves? Vera Galindo NYPL
123 ‘OHANA MEANS FAMILY ILIMA LOOMIS Kirkus
124 100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen, with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More Sarah Kieffer
The Wall Street Journal
125 13 Stories About Harris Amy Schwartz
Bookpage 2
126 50 Things to Do in the Wild Richard Skrein Maria Nilsson (Illustrator)
The Wall Street Journal
127 A Bear Named Bjorn Delphine Perret NYPL
128 A Game Of Fox & Squirrels Jenn Reese NPR
129 A Girl Like Me Angela Johnson NYPL
130 A Hatful of Dragons Vikram Madan NYPL
131 A High Five for Glenn Burke Phil Bildner NYPL
132 A Last Goodbye Elin Kelsey Soyeon Kim (Illustrator) Kirkus
133 A Little Book About 123s Leo Lionni Jan Gerardi (Illustrator) Brightly
134 A Mystery in the Forest Susanna Isern Daniel Montero Galán (Illustrator) Kirkus
135 A New Green Day Antoinette Portis
Publishers Weekly
136 A Poem for Every Winter Day
The Telegraph
137 A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Evie Robillard Rachel Katstaller (Illustrator) Kirkus
138 A Sporting Chance Lori Alexander NYPL
139 A Stopwatch from Grampa Loretta Garbutt Carmen Mok (Illustrator) Kirkus
140 A Story about Afiya James Berry Anna Cunha (Illustrator)
The New York Times
141 A Story for Small Bear Alice B. McGinty Richard Jones (Illustrator) Kirkus
142 A Stranger Comes to Town Maria Kristjansdottir Kirkus
143 A Thousand Questions Saadia Faruqi NYPL
144 A Way with Wild Things Larissa Theule Sara Palacios (Illustrator) Kirkus
145 A World of Opposites Gray Malin Amazon
146 Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball Jen Bryant Frank Morrison (Illustrator) NYPL
147 Adele & Simon Barbara McClintock Barbara McClintock (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
148 After the War
The Telegraph
149 Agent Moose (Agent Moose, 1) Mo O’Hara Jess Bradley (Illustrator) Amazon
150 Ali Cross James Patterson Goodreads
151 Alicia Alonso Takes the Stage Rebel Girls Josefina Preumayr (Illustrator)
School Library Journal
152 All Kinds of Kindness Judy Carey Nevin Susie Hammer (Illustrator) Amazon
153 All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing Chris Barton Nicole Xu (Illustrator) Kirkus
154 All the Birds in the World Inc Peter Pauper Press (Created by) Kirkus
155 All the colors Susie Jaramillo
Chicago Public Library
156 Amigas Lauren Ace NYPL
157 And the People Stayed Home Kitty O’Meara
Barnes & Noble
158 Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Judi Barrett Ron Barrett (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
159 Anisha, Accidental Detective
The Guardian
160 Any Day with You Mae Respicio NYPL
161 Apple: Skin to the Core Eric Gansworth Time
162 Are Your Stars Like My Stars? Leslie Helakoski Heidi Woodward Sheffield (Illustrator) Book Riot
163 Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep Catherine Rayner
Waterstones
164 As It Is In Heaven Eerdlings
165 Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier Jim Ottaviani NYPL
166 At the Pond Geraldo Valerio NYPL
167 Attack of the Underwear Dragon Scott Rothman Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Brightly
168 B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet John Robert Allman Rachael Dean (Illustrator) Brightly
169 Basher STEM Junior: Science Jonathan O’Callaghan Simon Basher (Illustrator) Amazon
170 Be You! Amazon
171 Bear Ben Queen NYPL
172 Bear Came Along Richard T Morris Leuyen Pham (Illustrator) Moms
173 Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)
Reading and Thinking
174 Bedtime Bonnet Nancy Redd Nneka Myers (Illustrator) Brightly
175 Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Your All-access Guide to the World’s Amazing Museums DK Smithsonian Institution (Contribution by) Amazon
176 Being Frog April Pulley Sayre
Publishers Weekly
177 Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation Pat Sherman Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) Eerdlings
178 Beyond Me Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu NYPL
179 Big Papa and the Time Machine Daniel Bernstrom NYPL
180 Bird Hugs Ged Adamson
Goodreads 2
181 Birrarung Wilam: A Story from Aboriginal Australia Aunty Joy Murphy Andrew Kelly Lisa Kennedy (Illustrator) & 1 more Kirkus
182 Black and British: A short, essential history David Olusoga
The Guardian
183 Black Brother, Black Brother Jewell Parker Rhodes Amazon
184 Bones: An Inside Look at the Animal Kingdom Jules Howard Chervelle Fryer (Illustrator) Moms
185 Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom Carole Boston Weatherford Michele Wood (Illustrator) Kirkus
186 Boxitects Kim Smith Moms
187 Brand New Boy
The Telegraph
188 Brick by Brick Heidi Woodward Sheffield NYPL
189 Bringing Back the Wolves: How a Predator Restored An Ecosystem Jude Isabella NYPL
190 Britannica All New Kids’ Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don’t Britannica Group Christopher Lloyd (Editor) J. E. Luebering (Foreword by) & 1 more
The Wall Street Journal
191 Brothers Keeper Julie Lee
Imagination Soup
192 Bug Boys Laura Knetzger NYPL
193 Busy Grow
The Telegraph
194 Camping With Unicorns (Phoebe and Her Unicorn #11) Dana Simpson Powells
195 Carteras y carteros Caracolino Canizales (Illustrator)
Chicago Public Library
196 Cast Away: Poems for Our Time Naomi Shihab Nye
Washington Post
197 Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man Dav Pilkey Amazon
198 Catch That Chicken! Atinuke Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator) Parents
199 Catherine’s War Julie Billet NYPL
200 Chapulín Colorado
Chicago Public Library
201 Circle! Sphere! Grace Lin
Chicago Public Library
202 Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevedo
Bookshop Santa Cruz
203 Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator Emma Bland Smith Jennifer M. Potter (Illustrator) Kirkus
204 Clean Up! Dapo Adeola, Nathan Bryon
Waterstones
205 Coming to England Floella Benjamin, Diane Ewen
Waterstones
206 Condor Comeback (Scientists in the Field) Sy Montgomery, photos by Tianne Strombeck
Publishers Weekly 2
207 CONSTRUCTION PEOPLEEDITED LEE BENNETT HOPKINS Kirkus
208 Construction Site Mission: Demolition! Sherri Duskey Rinker Amazon
209 Coo Kaela Noel
Imagination Soup
210 Counting Creatures Julia Donaldson Sharon King-Chai (Illustrator)
The Telegraph
211 Cozy Jan Brett Jan Brett (Illustrator) Brightly
212 Crabapple Trouble Kaeti VanDorn NYPL
213 Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals Katy S. Duffield Mike Orodán (Illustrator) Kirkus
214 Dad By My Side Soosh Amazon
215 Dandan’s Dream (Child Sent to the South Pole) Xiaowen Zhu Yanling Gong (Illustrator) Kirkus
216 Dandelion’s Dream Yoko Tanaka Kirkus
217 Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen Anne Nesbet
Publishers Weekly 2
218 Date Me, Bryson Keller Kevin Van Whye
Bookshop Santa Cruz
219 Dead Voices Katherine Arden
Family Vacation Critic
220 Dear Justyce Nic Stone
Financial Times
221 Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy Tara Dairman Archana Sreenivasan (Illustrator) Kirkus
222 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End Jeff Kinney Amazon
223 Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built Angela Burke Kunkel Paola Escobar (Illustrator) Kirkus
224 Dog Gone Rob Biddulph
Waterstones
225 Dog Man: Grime and Punishment: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #9) (9) Dav Pilkey Amazon
226 Dogger’s Christmas
The Telegraph
227 Dozens of Doughnuts Carrie Finison Brianne Farley (Illustrator) Book Riot
228 Dreams for Our Daughters Ruth Doyle Ashling Lindsay (Illustrator) Eerdlings
229 Early Departures Justin A. Reynolds
Bookshop Santa Cruz
230 Eight Pieces of Silva
The Guardian
231 Embassy of the Dead Will Mabbitt NYPL
232 Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch Julie Abe NYPL
233 Every Night Is Pizza Night J. Kenji López-Alt Gianna Ruggiero (Illustrator) Amazon
234 Everybody Counts: A Counting Story From 0 To 7.5 Billion Kristin Roskifte NPR
235 Exploring the Elements Isabel Thomas Sara Gillingham (Artist)
The Wall Street Journal
236 Federico and All His Families Mili Hernández Gómez (Illustrator)
Chicago Public Library
237 Federico y sus familias Mili Hernández Gómez (Illustrator)
Chicago Public Library
238 Feel the Fog April Pulley Sayre Kirkus
239 Felix Ever After Kacen Callender
Bookshop Santa Cruz
240 Finding François Gus Gordon Readings
241 Finding Our Heart Readings
242 Flying Over Water N. H. Senzai Shannon Hitchcock Andrea Davis Pinkney (Editor) & 1 more
Bookshop Santa Cruz
243 Fox and Little Tanuki Mi Tagawa NYPL
244 Friday Night Wrestlefest J. F. Fox Micah Player (Illustrator) Parents
245 Get a Grip Vivy Cohen Sarah Kapit
Imagination Soup
246 Giraffe Problems Jory John Lane Smith (Illustrator) Brightly
247 Girl on a Motorcycle Amy Novesky NYPL
248 Good Morning Zoom Lindsay Rechler June Park (Illustrator) Brightly
249 Goodbye, Mr. Terupt Rob Buyea Amazon
250 Green Lantern: Legacy Minh Lê NYPL
251 Grow: Secrets of Our DNA Nicola Davies Emily Sutton (Illustrator) Amazon
252 Grumpy Monkey Up All Night Suzanne Lang Max Lang (Illustrator) Brightly
253 Guardians of Liberty: Freedom of the Press and the Nature of News Linda Barrett Osborne NYPL
254 Guts Raina Telgemeier
Family Vacation Critic
255 Hand in Hand Parents
256 Happy Birthday, Moon (Moonbear) Frank Asch
Reading and Thinking
257 Helga Makes a Name for Herself Megan Maynor Eda Kaban (Illustrator) Amazon
258 Hello Hello (Books for Preschool and Kindergarten, Poetry Books for Kids) Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator) Amazon
259 Hello, Elephant! Sam Boughton Parents
260 Hello, friend
Chicago Public Library
261 Help Wanted, Must Love Books Janet Sumner Johnson Courtney Dawson (Illustrator) Moms
262 Herd Boy Eerdlings
263 Heroes Wear Masks Sesame Workshop Moms
264 Hey, Baby! Andrea Pippins Brightly
265 History Comics: The Roanoke Colony: America’s First Mystery Chris Schweizer Amazon
266 History Smashers: The Mayflower Kate Messner Dylan Meconis (Illustrator) Parents
267 Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend Goodreads
268 Hooray for Little Fingers! Tristan Mory Parents
269 How Big Is Zagnodd? Sandra Boynton Parents
270 How the Stars Came To Be Poonam Mistry
Bookshop Santa Cruz
271 How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness
The Telegraph
272 How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Marjorie Priceman
Reading and Thinking
273 HOW TO TIE A SHOE & OTHER BIG ADVENTURESILLUSTRATED SKIP HILL Kirkus
274 How to Write a Story: (Read-Aloud Book, Learn to Read and Write) Amazon
275 Hug
Reading and Thinking
276 I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe
Financial Times
277 I Am Horton Cynthia Schumerth Brightly
278 I Am Not a Label: 34 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities from past and present Cerrie Burnell Lauren Mark Baldo (Illustrator) Amazon
279 I Am One: A Book of Action Susan Verde Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) Moms
280 I am Strong Suzy Capozzi Eren Unten (Illustrator) Brightly
281 I Am the Storm Jane Yolen Heidi E. y. Stemple Kristen Howdeshell (Illustrator) & 1 more Amazon
282 I Am the Wind Michael Karg Sophie Diao (Illustrator) Kirkus
283 I Love My Tutu Too!: A Never Bored Book Ross Burach Kirkus
284 I’m Sticking with You Smriti Halls, Steve Small
Waterstones
285 I’ll Always Be Older Than You Readings
286 Ice! Poems about Polar Life Douglas Florian Kirkus
287 If I had a unicorn Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow
Waterstones
288 In the Half Room Carson Ellis
Publishers Weekly
289 Invent-a-Pet Vicky Fang Tidawan Thaipinnarong (Illustrator) Book Riot
290 InvestiGators (InvestiGators, 1) Amazon
291 It’s You I Like: A Mister Rogers Poetry Book (Mister Rogers Poetry Books) Fred Rogers Luke Flowers (Illustrator) Amazon
292 Izzy and Frank Katrina Lehman Sophie Beer (Illustrator) Readings
293 Jabari Tries Gaia Cornwall Amazon
294 Jefferson Measures a Moose Mara Rockliff S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) Amazon
295 Julieta and the Diamond Enigma Luisana Duarte NYPL
296 Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747 Chris Gall Kirkus
297 Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea Meena Harris Ana Ramírez González (Illustrator) Parents
298 Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments Kate Biberdorf Amazon
299 Kevin the Unicorn: Why Can’t We Be Bestie-corns? Jessika Von Innerebner Brightly
300 King of the Birds Elise Gravel NYPL
301 Kitties on Dinosaurs Michael Slack Powells
302 La araña chiquitita
Chicago Public Library
303 La bañera Lisa Biggi NYPL
304 La belleza del final Alfredo Colella NYPL
305 Leave a Message in the Sand Bibi Dumon Tak Annemarie Van Haeringen (Illustrator) Eerdlings
306 Legendborn Tracy Deonn Powells
307 Library Babies Violet Lemay Puck
Chicago Public Library
308 Life-Size Animals: An Illustrated Safari Rita Mabel Schiavo Isabella Grott (Illustrator) Amazon
309 Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle For The Ballot Box Evette Dionne NPR
310 Lights on Wonder Rock David Litchfield
Barnes & Noble
311 Like the Moon Loves the Sky Hena Khan NYPL
312 Little Fox Edward Van De Vendel Marije Tolman (Illustrator) David Colmer (Translator) & 1 more Kirkus
313 Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History Vashti Harrison Kwesi Johnson (With) Amazon
314 Little Monsters David Walliams, Adam Stower
Waterstones
315 Llama Llama Lose Tooth Drama Anna Dewdney Jt Morrow (Illustrator) Brightly
316 Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse (A Llama Book, 2) Jonathan Stutzman Heather Fox (Illustrator) Amazon
317 Logan Likes Mary Anne! Ann M. Martin Gale Galligan (Illustrator) Amazon
318 Looking for Smile Ellen Tarlow Lauren Stringer (Illustrator) Kirkus
319 Looky Looky Little One Things That Go Sandra Magsamen Amazon
320 Los carpinchos Alfredo Soderguit NYPL
321 Los tomates de Mila Sanne Dufft NYPL
322 Love Your Body Jessica Sanders Carol Rossetti (Illustrator) Moms
323 Mad, Mad, MAD (Leslie Patricelli board books) Leslie Patricelli Amazon
324 Madame Badobedah Sophie Dahl Lauren O’Hara (Illustrator) Amazon
325 Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration Samara Cole Doyon NYPL
326 Mammoth Science DK David Macaulay (Illustrator)
The Wall Street Journal
327 Manners Begin at Breakfast Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece Tory Burch (Foreword by) Perri Klass (Introduction by) & 1 more
The Wall Street Journal
328 Manos a la tierra: crea tu propio jardín Kirsten Bradley NYPL
329 Mary And The Trail Of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story Andrea L. Rogers NPR
330 Mary Underwater Shannon Doleski NYPL
331 Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader Amazon
332 Me & Mama Cozbi A. Cabrera
Bookpage 2
333 Me and My Sister Rose Robbins Eerdlings
334 Meesha Makes Friends Tom Percival, Tom Percival
Waterstones
335 Memoirs of a Tortoise Devin Scillian Tim Bowers (Illustrator) Kirkus
336 Mi abuelo Émilie Chazerand NYPL
337 Mi lazarilla, mi capitán Gonzalo Moure NYPL
338 Midnight At The Barclay Hotel Fleur Bradley NPR
339 Migrants Issa Watanabe Kirkus
340 Miriam at the River Jane Yolen Khoa Le (Illustrator)
Bookshop Santa Cruz
341 Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney
Reading and Thinking
342 Mog’s Birthday Judith Kerr
Waterstones
343 Mom’s Sweater Jayde Perkin Eerdlings
344 Mr. Gumpy’s Outing John Burningham John Burningham (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
345 Música en el jardín Mariana Ruiz Johnson NYPL
346 My Dad Miriam Hathaway
Reading and Thinking
347 My Day with Gong Gong Sennah Yee Elaine Chen (Illustrator) Kirkus
348 My Favorite Color: I Can Only Pick One? Aaron Becker Kirkus
349 My Friend Earth: Patricia MacLachlan Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)
Bookshop Santa Cruz
350 My Rainbow Deshanna Neal Trinity Neal Art Twink (Illustrator) & 1 more Kirkus
351 Natalie Portman’s Fables Natalie Portman Janna Mattia (Illustrator) Moms
352 Nerp! Sarah Lynne Reul Kirkus
353 Never and Forever
The Telegraph
354 Newton and Curie: The Science Squirrels Daniel Kirk Amazon
355 Night Wishes Lee Bennett Hopkins (Editor) Jen Corace (Illustrator) Eerdlings
356 NO VOICE TOO SMALLEDITED LINDSAY H. METCALF , KEILA V. DAWSON & JEANETTE BRADLEY Kirkus
357 No, David! David Shannon
Reading and Thinking
358 Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey Lori Mortensen NYPL
359 Now Wash Your Hands! Matt Carr, Matt Carr
Waterstones
360 Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret Jess Keating Katie Hickey (Illustrator) Amazon
361 Odessa Jonathan Hill Powells
362 Ohana Means Family Ilima Loomis NYPL
363 Oi Aardvark! Kes Gray, Jim Field
Waterstones
364 Oil Jonah Winter NYPL
365 On the Horizon Lois Lowry NYPL
366 On the Move
The Telegraph
367 One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore Captain Tom Moore, Adam Larkum
Waterstones
368 One of a Kind: A Story About Sorting and Classifying Neil Packer
The Wall Street Journal
369 One True King (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years, #3) Soman Chainani Goodreads
370 One Year at Ellsmere Faith Erin Hicks Moms
371 One Yellow Sun Michael Arndt Kirkus
372 Oscar the Hungry Unicorn Lou Carter Nikki Dyson (Illustrator) Amazon
373 Our Castle by the Sea Lucy Strange
Family Vacation Critic
374 Our Favorite Day of the Year A. E. Ali Rahele Jomepour Bell (Illustrator) Kirkus
375 Our Home, Our Heartbeat Adam Briggs Kate Moon (Illustrator) Rachael Sarra (Illustrator) & 1 more Readings
376 Our World Parents
377 Overground Railroad Lesa Cline-Ransome NYPL
378 Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (Rick Riordan Presents) Tehlor Kay Mejia Amazon
379 Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together Brian Smitty Smith Amazon
380 Perkin’s Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry Tami Lewis Brown Debbie Loren Dunn Francesca Sanna (Illustrator) & 1 more Kirkus
381 Pirate Stew Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell
Waterstones
382 Play With Your Plate! Judith Rossell Parents
383 Playing Possum Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Barnes & Noble
384 Please Don’t Eat Me Liz Climo Readings
385 Poems Aloud Joseph Coelho NYPL
386 Prairie Days Patricia MacLachlan
Bookpage 2
387 Pretty Tricky: The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive Etta Kaner Ashley Barron (Illustrator) Kirkus
388 Pride and Prejudice
The Telegraph
389 Puss in Boots Paul Galdone Joanna C. Galdone
Reading and Thinking
390 Race to the Sun Rebecca Roanhorse
Bookshop Santa Cruz
391 Rain Before Rainbows Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Bookpage 2
392 Red Eerdlings
393 Ritu Weds Chandni Ameya Narvankar Kirkus
394 Ronan the Librarian Tara Luebbe Becky Cattie Victoria Maderna (Illustrator) & 1 more Amazon
395 Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure Jeff Kinney Moms
396 Salma the Syrian Chef Danny Ramadan Anna Bron (Illustrator) Kirkus
397 Santiago’s Road Home Alexandra Diaz
Imagination Soup
398 Saturdays Are for Stella Candy Wellins Charlie Eve Ryan (Illustrator) Kirkus
399 Saucy Cynthia Kadohata Marianna Raskin (Illustrator) Moms
400 See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog David Larochelle Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator) Parents
401 Serpentine Laurell K. Hamilton
The Guardian
402 Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math Rajani Larocca Archana Sreenivasan (Illustrator) Book Riot
403 Shake My Sillies Out Raffi Maple Lam (Illustrator) Brightly
404 Sharing Yusuke Yonezu Kirkus
405 Sharuko Monica Brown NYPL
406 She Persisted Around the World Chelsea Clinton Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator) Brightly
407 She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm Katheryn Russell-Brown Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) Kirkus
408 Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb! Veronica Chambers NYPL
409 Sisters Of The War: Two Remarkable True Stories Of Survival And Hope In Syria Rania Abouzeid NPR
410 Sleep Tight with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Brightly
411 Snail Crossing Corey R. Tabor NPR
412 Sometimes Cake Readings
413 Songs for Our Sons Ruth Doyle Ashling Lindsay (Illustrator) Eerdlings
414 Sophie’s Masterpiece Eileen Spinelli Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
415 Stone Soup Marcia Brown
Reading and Thinking
416 Story Boat Kyo Maclear Rashin Kheiriyeh (Illustrator) Kirkus
417 Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy Kenneth C. Davis
Washington Post
418 Sweet Child o’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
Goodreads 2
419 Talking is Not My Thing Rose Robbins Eerdlings
420 The Absence of Sparrows Kurt Kirchmeier
Family Vacation Critic
421 The Alphabet’s Alphabet Parents
422 The Babies and Kitties Book John Schindel Molly Woodward Amazon
423 The Bad Guys in the Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys #11) Aaron Blabey Amazon
424 The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga David A. Robertson NPR
425 The Bear and the Duck May Angeli Eerdlings
426 The Bear and the Moon Matthew Burgess Catia Chien (Illustrator) Kirkus
427 The Bear in My Family Maya Tatsukawa Kirkus
428 The Bear, the Piano and Little Bear’s Concert David Litchfield
Waterstones
429 The Best Worst Poet Ever Lauren Stohler Amazon
430 The Big Sibling Getaway Korrie Leer Book Riot
431 The Blue Table Chris Raschka Kirkus
432 The Bone Garden Heather Kassner
Family Vacation Critic
433 The Box Turtle Vanessa Roeder Parents
434 The Canyon’s Edge Dusti Bowling
Imagination Soup
435 The Chickens Build a Wall Jean-Francois Dumont Eerdlings
436 The Christmas Feast Nathalie Dargent Magali Le Huche (Illustrator) Eerdlings
437 The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs America’s Test Kitchen Kids (Editor)
The Wall Street Journal
438 The Complete Flower Fairies Cicely Mary Barker
The Wall Street Journal
439 The Cool Bean (The Bad Seed, #3) Jory John Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
Goodreads 2
440 The Cousins Karen M. McManus
Financial Times
441 The Crocodile and the Dentist Taro Gomi
Reading and Thinking
442 The Deep & Dark Blue Niki Smith NYPL
443 The Friendship War Andrew Clements
Family Vacation Critic
444 The Fuzzy Apocalypse
School Library Journal
445 The Gardener
Reading and Thinking
446 The Ghoul Taghreed Najjar Hassan Manasra (Illustrator) Kirkus
447 The Girl and the Ghost Hanna Alkaf NYPL
448 The Goody Lauren Child
Waterstones
449 The Great Godden Meg Rosoff
The Telegraph
450 The Great Realisation Tomos Roberts (Tomfoolery) Nomoco (Illustrator)
Waterstones
451 The Greatest Inventor
Financial Times
452 The Grinny Granny Donkey Craig Smith Katz Cowley (Illustrator)
Waterstones
453 The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish Lil Miss Hot Mess Olga De Dios (Illustrator) Kirkus
454 The House of Madame M Clotilde Perrin Kirkus
455 The Hunter and His Dog Sassafras De Bruyn Eerdlings
456 The Ickabog J K Rowling Amazon
457 The Inside Battle Melanie Sumrow NYPL
458 The Joy in You Cat Deeley Rosie Butcher (Illustrator) Brightly
459 The Land of the Cranes Aida Salazar
Bookshop Santa Cruz
460 The Last Marshmallow Grace Lin
Chicago Public Library
461 The Last Tiger Petr Horácek Eerdlings
462 The Life of the Buddha Heather Sanche Tara Di Gesu (Illustrator) Kirkus
463 The Lights And Types Of Ships At Night Dave Eggers NPR
464 The Line Tender Kate Allen
Family Vacation Critic
465 The Little House Virginia Lee Burton
Reading and Thinking
466 The Littlest Yak Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley
Waterstones
467 The Lost Spells Robert MacFarlane Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
The Guardian
468 The Magic Fish Trung Le Nguyen
Bookshop Santa Cruz
469 The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive Joanna Cole Bruce Degen (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
470 The Midnight Guardians
The Guardian
471 The Most Amazing Bird Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak Andrew Qappik (Illustrator) Kirkus
472 The Mysteries of the Universe: Discover the best-kept secrets of space Will Gater Amazon
473 The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane Julia Nobel
Family Vacation Critic
474 The Napping House Audrey Wood Don Wood (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
475 The Nerviest Girl in the World Melissa Wiley Amazon
476 The Newspaper Club Beth Vrabel Paula Franco (Illustrator) Moms
477 The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Tina Cho Jess X. Snow (Illustrator) Kirkus
478 The Orphans of St Halibut’s
The Telegraph
479 The Postman from Space Guillaume Perreault NYPL
480 The President of the Jungle Paula Desgualdo André Rodrigues Larissa Ribeiro & 1 more Moms
481 The Proudest Blue Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly
Waterstones
482 The Radium Girls Kate Moore NYPL
483 The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales SJ King DK Amazon
484 The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Dalai Lama XIV
Goodreads 2
485 The Serious Goose Jimmy Kimmel
Goodreads 2
486 The Ship We Built Lexie Bean
Imagination Soup
487 The Snowflake
The Telegraph
488 The Snowman
Reading and Thinking
489 The Story of Pop Editors of Caterpillar Books Lindsey Sagar (Illustrator) Amazon
490 The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor Amy Alznauer, illustrated by Ping Zhu
The New York Times
491 The Times Machine!: Learn Multiplication and Division. . . Like, Yesterday! (McKellar Math) Danica McKellar Josée Masse (Illustrator) Amazon
492 The Tiny Chef Adam Reid Rachel Larsen Ozi Akturk & 1 more Brightly
493 The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez Adrianna Cuevas NYPL
494 The Truth About Dragons Jaime Zollars Amazon
495 The Ugly Doodles Valeria Wicker Book Riot
496 The Unready Queen (Oddmire #2) William Ritter Powells
497 The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Snowy Hide & Seek Brightly
498 The Wanderer Peter Van Den Ende
The New York Times
499 The Whales on the Bus Katrina Charman Nick Sharratt (Illustrator) Amazon
500 The Wolf Road Beth Lewis
Financial Times
501 The Word for Friend Aidan Cassie Kirkus
502 The Worrysaurus Rachel Bright Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
Waterstones
503 The Yawns Are Coming! Christopher Eliopoulos Brightly
504 There’s an Alien in Your Book Tom Fletcher Greg Abbott (Illustrator) Brightly
505 There’s an Elf in Your Book Tom Fletcher Greg Abbott (Illustrator) Brightly
506 They Went Left Monica Hesse
The New York Times
507 This Book Is Gray Lindsay Ward
Goodreads 2
508 This Is A Book Of Shapes Kenneth Kraegel
Chicago Public Library
509 This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer Joan Holub Daniel Roode (Illustrator) Amazon
510 This or That?
The Wall Street Journal
511 This Way, Charlie Caron Levis Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Book Riot
512 Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel) Kelly Yang Amazon
513 Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! – An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year
The Guardian
514 Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark: (Read-Aloud Family Books, Dinosaurs Kids Book About Fear of Darkness) Jonathan Stutzman Jay Fleck (Illustrator) Amazon
515 Today I’m Strong Nadiya Hussain, Ella Bailey
Waterstones
516 Tornado Brain Cat Patrick
Imagination Soup
517 TRAP THE MONSTER! AGNESE BARUZZI ILLUSTRATED Kirkus
518 Tras-tras Mar Benegas María Reyes Guijarro (Illustrator)
Chicago Public Library
519 Tune It Out Jamie Sumner
Imagination Soup
520 Tunnel of Bones Victoria Schwab
Family Vacation Critic
521 Two Dogs on a Trike Gabi Snyder Robin Rosenthal (Illustrator) Kirkus
522 Uncle Bobby’s Wedding Sarah S. Brannen Lucia Soto (Illustrator) Kirkus
523 Unicorns Are the Worst! Alex Willan Amazon
524 Up to My Knees! Grace Lin
Chicago Public Library
525 Vinny Gets a Job Terry Brodner Parents
526 Vote for Me! Ben Clanton Eerdlings
527 Vote for Our Future! Margaret McNamara Micah Player (Illustrator) Brightly
528 Way Past Worried Hallee Adelman Sandra de la Prada (Illustrator) Book Riot
529 We Believe in You Beth Ferry Molly Idle (Illustrator) Amazon
530 We Love Dinosaurs Lucy Volpin Amazon
531 We Will Rock Our Classmates Ryan T. Higgins
Barnes & Noble
532 Weekend Dad Naseem Hrab Frank Viva (Illustrator) Kirkus
533 Welcome to the Party Gabrielle Union Ashley Evans (Illustrator) Amazon
534 What a Masterpiece! Riccardo Guasco Eerdlings
535 What About Worms!? Mo Willems Ryan T. Higgins Parents
536 What do you call a baby…? Readings
537 What Is Baby Going to Do? Laura Knowles Juliana Perdomo (Illustrator) Parents
538 What Sound Is Morning? Grant Snider NYPL
539 What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks
Waterstones
540 What Will Fit? Grace Lin
Chicago Public Library
541 What Will You Dream of Tonight? Frances Stickley Anuska Allepuz (Illustrator) Amazon
542 What’s In Your Mind Today? Louise Bladen Angela Perrini (Illustrator) Moms
543 When Darwin Sailed the Sea: Uncover how Darwin’s revolutionary ideas helped change the world David Long Sam Kalda (Illustrator) Amazon
544 When I Feel Scared (The Way I Feel Books) Cornelia Maude Spelman Kathy Parkinson (Illustrator)
Reading and Thinking
545 When You Look Up Decur Chloe Garcia Roberts (Translator)
The New York Times
546 Where Are You, Agnes? Tessa McWatt Zuzanna Celej (Illustrator) Kirkus
547 While We Can’t Hug Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar
Waterstones
548 While You’re Sleeping Mick Jackson, John Broadley
Waterstones
549 Who Does What? Stephanie Babin Ilaria Falorsi (Illustrator) Parents
550 Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg?: A Who Was? Board Book Lisbeth Kaiser Who Hq Stanley Chow (Illustrator) & 1 more Brightly
551 Who’s Driving?
The Telegraph
552 Wild Symphony Dan Brown Susan Batori (Illustrator) Moms
553 Wildlife on Paper: Animals at Risk Around the Globe Kunal Kundu Amazon
554 Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1) Jonathan Auxier Olga Demidova (Illustrator) Amazon
555 William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad Don Tate Kirkus
556 Window Marion Arbona Kirkus
557 Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery Meeg Pincus Yas Imamura (Illustrator) Kirkus
558 Witches of Brooklyn Sophie Escabasse NYPL
559 Wolfpack (Young Readers Edition) Abby Wambach Amazon
560 Wreck This Picture Book Keri Smith Book Riot
561 You’re My Little Baby Eric Carle Parents
562 Your Birthday Was the BEST! Readings
563 Your Place in the Universe Jason Chin Kirkus
564 Yuzu the Pet Vet Mingo Ito NYPL
565 Zip, the World’s Greatest Robot Rebecca Purcell Kirkus


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Amazon Best children’s books of 2020
Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble’s Best Picture Books of 2020
Book Riot 20 MUST-READ PICTURE BOOKS FROM 2020
Bookpage Best Books of 2020: Middle Grade
Bookpage 2 Best Books of 2020: Picture Books
Bookshop Santa Cruz Best Kids Books of the Year 2020
Brightly Best Picture Books of 2020: Ages 3 – 5
Brightly Best Books of 2020 for Babies & Toddlers
Chicago Public Library Best Board Books of 2020
Eerdlings 20 Outstanding Picture Books with Great Values that Children Loved in 2020
Family Vacation Critic Our 10 Favorite Children’s Books of 2020
Financial Times Best books of 2020: Children’s and Young adult
Goodreads Best Middle Grade & Children’s
Goodreads 2 Best Picture Books
Imagination Soup Best Middle-Grade Chapter Books of 2020
Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
Moms A Complete List Of The Best Children’s Books Of 2020
NPR NPR’s Book Concierge
NYPL Best Books for Kids 2020
Parents 30 Best Children’s Books of 2020
Powells Best of Kids’ and YA 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Picture Books
Publishers Weekly 2 Best Middle Grade Books
Reading and Thinking The Best Children’s Picture Books of 2020
Readings The best picture books of 2020
School Library Journal Best Chapter Books 2020
Shelf Awareness Our 2020 Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year
The Guardian Children’s
The New York Times The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2020
The Telegraph The best children’s books of 2020
The Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Books 2020: Children’s Books
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