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The Most Perfect Snowman

by Chris Britt

One of my new favorite holiday reads is this simple story about a snowman who learns to love who he is on the inside rather than the outside. This book has so many wonderful messages about self-worth, giving, bullying, and empathy. It is the perfect book to read not only coming up to Christmas but all winter long. This is also a great gift for loved ones this holiday season! 


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I Hate My Cats Author, Davide Cali; Illustrator,Anna Pirolli

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This picture book is a delightful deposition of feline ploys and eccentricities! The writing of Davide Cali is snappy and sleek, and the art by first-time children's book illustrator Anna Pirolli is not a pace behind in crispness. Her illustrations are cleverly conceptualized and the execution has a high level of finish. In short, it is very elegant. This is a book you’ll want to own.


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A BookreMark:

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Best of 2018

The start of the new year is when all the ‘best of’ lists start coming out. In preparation for awards season, beginning at the end of January, everyone in children’s literature is looking back at what was great. So to add to the flurry, here is my ‘best of’ list for 2018.

Picture Books:

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Dude!

By Aaron Reynolds. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Roaring Brook Press, 2018. 

This book just goes to show just how important pictures are! It’s amazing how you can convey so much with just one word and the illustrations. 

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Dreamers

By Yuyi Morales. Neal Porter Books, 2018. 

This book has stunning illustrations and a beautiful message. It is also autobiographical, which adds a wonderful, personal beauty to the themes. 

Poetry:

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The Horse’s Haiku

By Michael J. Rosen. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. Candlewick Press, 2018. 

The poems in this book use an array of stunning words to convey the power of horses, paired with illustrations so full of emotion. This is an amazing book.

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The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen, 2018. 

The win of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is certainly well deserved. This novel in verse is raw and filled with emotion, offering some truth to realities that give it some rough content.

Nonfiction:

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The Eye that Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln

By Marissa Moss. Illustrated by Jeremy Holmes. Harry N. Abrams, 2018. 

Interesting illustrations with a wood cut style add to this slice-of-life biography that many may not be familiar with.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

By Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Júlia Sardà. Tundra Books, 2018. 

Rich dark illustrations add so much to this biography. It delves into the life of Mary Shelley and how she was inspired to write.

Graphic Novels:

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Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons

By Nancy E. Krulick. Illustrated by Ben Balistreri. Penguin Workshop, 2018. 

Such a fun book filled with girl power and lots of other great characters.

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs

By Matt Phelan. Greenwillow, 2018. 

This book is so unique and I love how the context works so well to pit knights against dinosaurs!

Novels:

The Book of Boy

By Catherine Gilbert Murdock.  Greenwillow, 2018.  

This historical fiction adds in a touch of fantasy, which makes it so unique. Readers will come to love the strong main character.

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Arc of a Scythe #2: Thunderhead

By Neal Shusterman. Simon and Schuster, 2018. 

Schusterman really knows how to use the genre of science fiction to give commentary on real world problems. This series builds a rich world with rich characters. I can’t wait to see how it continues.  

Dread Nation

By Justina Ireland. Balzer and Bray, 2018. 

The Civil War and zombies—an amazing combination that uses a truly inventive context to add insight into history.