Best Books for Kids
Explore our annual selection of outstanding children's titles.
2017 Picks100 Books Found
42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero
A fun, fast read that gives deeper insight into the background and motivation of the groundbreaking icon.
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
After his great fall, will Humpty Dumpty find the courage to climb to new heights?
The Alphabet Thief
Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff
Clever wordplay, madcap illustrations, and a driving rhythm make this jaunty rhyming book.
American Pharoah: Triple Crown Champion
Racehorse history is made in this winning book that gives an insider's view of a whole team that raised a champion.
Armstrong & Charlie
Brought together by desegregation in the 1970s, two middle-schoolers unexpectedly form a friendship in this heartfelt and comical coming of age story.
Baby Goes to Market
Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank
Vendors in a Nigerian market share all sorts of snacks with Baby in this playful counting story with bright and cheerful drawings.
Bats: Learning to Fly
A fast-paced introduction to the world of bats, perfect for those who love science along with their laughs.
Ben's Revolution: Benjamin Russell & the Battle of Bunker Hill
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
A beautifully illustrated, fictionalized account of a 12-year-old boy's Revolutionary War experience.
Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Inviting and immersive colored pencil drawings bring to life a small child's love for an old oak tree.
Beyond the Bright Sea
Curious and loving Crow is determined to discover the truth about her birth, but will her search lead the family and home she loves into danger? Higher-level readers will appreciate the engaging and atmospheric writing.
The Big Bad Fox
Translated by Joe Johnson
What's a fox to do when he can't catch a chicken for dinner? Hatch his own, of course! But this is a lot harder than he thought, especially when they think HE is Mom.
Big Cat, Little Cat
A minimalist illustration style and simple text add poetry to this sweet story about the circle of life.
Boat of Dreams
A man and a boy separated by time and distance are connected by a boat and their dreams. Affecting illustrations draw the reader into this epic journey of imagination.
In this ode to NYC, there really IS an antiquities-loving dinosaur living next door to Sybil!
The Book of Mistakes
With pencil, ink, and watercolors, errors become magical moments of opportunity to let your imagination soar in this uplifting tale full of wonderful picture-play.
Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics
Illustrated by Rafael López
Striking portraits accompany biographical poems that showcase compelling figures from diverse backgrounds.
Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas
Illustrated by Églantine Ceulemans
A silly, high-stakes adventure ensues when a water-fearing, jam-tart-loving pug follows his nose to the next picnic basket and gets separated from his girl.
Charlie & Mouse
Illustrated by Emily Hughes
Two charming brothers use their wits in their daily escapades. They gather friends for an impromptu party, discover the rewards of hard work, and more.
Colette's Lost Pet
Nervous about making friends, Colette invents a lost pet whose description gradually grows to be as fanciful as the brightly colored accents in these otherwise sepia-toned illustrations.
The Crane Girl: Based on Japanese Folktales
Illustrated by Lin Wang
In this poignant retelling with atmospheric illustrations and interspersed haiku, an injured crane changes the life of her rescuer.
Creekfinding: A True Story
Illustrated by Claudia McGehee
An inviting tale of a long-lost stream and one farmer's work to revitalize an ecosystem is depicted with dramatic woodcut illustrations.
Danza! Amalia Hernández & El Ballet Folklórico de México
Mixtec-inspired art and engaging text work hand in hand in this homage to the iconic dancer and choreographer whose work celebrates Mexico's rich heritage.
Dazzle Ships: World War I & the Art of Confusion
Illustrated by Victo Ngai
How do you win a war when your ships keep getting sunk? Paint them dazzling colors and zany patterns. Readers will be stunned by these art-deco-inspired illustrations.
A Different Pond
Illustrated by Thi Bui
The bond between past and present are reinforced in this nostalgic look at an immigrant father and son who take a pre-dawn fishing trip to feed their family.
Dragons & Marshmallows
Illustrated by Marion Lindsay
Fantasy and science combine when Zoey discovers her ability to nurse magical creatures back to health.
The End of the Wild
Will fracking destroy Fern’s beloved forest, or will it bring industry back to a tired town? In clear, heartfelt prose, this narrative raises difficult questions and offers no easy answers.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
A new crush, an ailing abuela, and a villainous real estate developer threaten Arturo's relaxing Miami summer.
Feathers & Hair: What Animals Wear
Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Featuring a variety of animals, this book's simple rhymes and captivating colors are perfect for young readers.
The First Rule of Punk
Malú isn't the señorita Mom wants her to be. But a new school and new friends push the boundaries of her creativity and redefine her world.
Illustrated by David Wiesner
A budding friendship helps a young mermaid test the boundaries of her manmade prison.
The Five Forms
Magical chaos is created when a young girl discovers a mysterious book of martial art poses.
Illustrated by Fred Koehler
Three kids shine a light on their imaginations without ever leaving their backyard. Accompanied by contrasting drawings and a rhythmic text.
Flowers for Sarajevo
Illustrated by Kristy Caldwell
A bereaved young boy rediscovers strength and purpose through random acts of kindness in this honest look at war-torn Sarajevo.
Forever, or a Long, Long Time
With the help of their adoptive mother, two siblings go on a quest to find their origins. In the process, they learn to trust in their forever home.
When Kid catches a glimpse of a goat on her NYC rooftop, she embarks on a quest that involves her entire quirky community, leading them to face their fears and take a leap of faith.
The Golem of Prague
Illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello
Translated by Brigitte Waisburg
Foreboding watercolors evoke a somber ambiance in this haunting tale, derived from Jewish folklore, of a young boy who becomes a guardian.
Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Different forms of poetry highlight the ups and downs of camping with Grandpa.
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
Illustrated by Katy Wu
Ever wonder why computer glitches are called bugs? Look no further than Grace Hopper—inventor, mathematician, and dedicated problem-solver.
A father and daughter’s hike through the Grand Canyon unveils its ecological wonders, showcased in richly layered watercolor images and clever time-travel cutouts.
A psychic, a bully, and a crush help a young Filipino boy find his inner bayani (hero).
If You Were the Moon
Illustrated by Jaime Kim
Enchanting art portrays the phases of the moon and its playful dance with Earth.
It All Comes Down to This
In the midst of the racial tension of 1960s Los Angeles, Sophie—a 12-year-old African American girl—grows closer to her college-bound sister as her family begins to fall apart.
King of the Sky
Illustrated by Laura Carlin
Soft watercolors complement this warmhearted story of the friendship between a young immigrant boy and an elderly pigeon-keeper.
Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out! Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
A comprehensive collection to be shared and treasured.
Little Fox in the Forest
In this wordless and endearing picture book, two friends venture out into an enchanted forest to rescue a beloved stuffed animal.
Little Wolf's First Howling
Illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky & Kate Harvey McGee
Little Wolf can't help but follow the wild rhythm in his heart in this jazzy celebration of the creative spirit.
Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade
Personal narratives and jarring photographs explore the shocking treatment of child activists during the Civil Rights Movement.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
In a quest to find a dimension where his mother is still alive, can the Quantum Banana Theory help Albie travel to alternate realities?
Martí's Song for Freedom: Martí y Sus Versos por La Libertad
Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
Translated by Adriana Domínguez
The famed Cuban poet's devotion to justice and admiration for nature are chronicled in verse and accompanied by vibrant gouaches.
Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands
Lin is best-known as the young student with a bold vision for the Vietnam War Memorial. This artful biography explores the various elements that inspire her work.
Me & Marvin Gardens
As developers encroach upon his family farm, a nature-loving boy discovers a creature whose very existence threatens the environment.
Midnight Without a Moon
In this powerfully moving story for older readers, resilient Rosa’s struggle to escape her abusive family coincides with the fight for African American civil rights in 1955 Mississippi.
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
Illustrated by Evan Turk
Kinetic artwork evokes the musical vibe of Muddy Waters and his experience during the Great Migration.
The Murderer's Ape
Translated by Peter Graves
Sally Jones—author, first engineer, loyal friend, and gorilla—finds herself in the middle of a page-turning mystery of daring, wit, and intrigue.
The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
With luminous prose and snippets of primary-source material, this lively biography details the work of Cristofori and the possibilities he created for generations of musicians to come.
My Beautiful Birds
Wild birds bring hope and promise to a young Syrian refugee. Polymer clay images add depth and texture to this heartrending tale.
The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea
An evocative look, through text and art, at what could happen to our oceans if we stay on our current course.
Lush, bold illustrations enhance a supernatural, dreamlike tale about a young artist overcoming her doubt and inner criticism.
Niko Draws a Feeling
Illustrated by Simone Shin
No one but Niko understands his art, until a young girl recognizes the meaning of his abstract style.
Noah Webster's Fighting Words
Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu
A spirited look at a true revolutionary whose work created a uniquely American lexicon.
Olga & the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
What would you do if a strange, olive-eating, burping, farting creature appeared in your backyard? A self-assured young scientist systematically tries to figure out the mystery. Quirky graphics add to the fun.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
This lyrical tribute honors the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance by transforming well-known verse into original poetry that reflects the modern African American experience.
One Trick Pony
In a future where all technology is under attack, a robot pony may be the key to saving humanity.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Three contemporary writers pay tribute to some of the world's most renowned poets by creating works based on their styles, themes, and lives in this boldly illustrated collection.
An injured bird chases away the clouds of loneliness for a resourceful fox. Lush, scenic images echo Pandora's changing emotions.
Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book
Mix the dough, spread the sauce, and get ready to "eat" some great pizza in this hands-on recipe book for toddlers!
A sticky-note war at Branton Middle School leads students to confront the power of their words. Can Frost and his friends survive the war, or will it tear them apart?
The Queen of the Frogs
Illustrated by Marco Somà
Translated by Lynn Miller-Lachmann
Elegantly illustrated in rich earth tones, this thought-provoking modern fable invites readers to question tyranny and envision a bright future for all.
The Quilts of Gee's Bend
African American history is artfully pieced together in this look at the isolated community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, and the quilters who put it on the map.
Alternating narratives chronicle the harrowing journeys of a Jewish boy in 1938, a Cuban girl in 1994, and a Syrian boy in 2015 as they all search for new homes.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
An innovative fable about a rooster who reminds a community of the importance of raising your voice for what you believe in, no matter the cost.
The Sand Warrior
Illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller & Boya Sun
Join Oona Lee and her ragtag crew as they embark on a mission to save 5 Worlds in this thoughtfully designed space opera.
After a freak accident frees them from adult supervision, boys at a reformatory school fend for themselves in this action-packed adventure about power struggles and redemption.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
His lifelong passion for collecting books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora resulted in a lasting legacy now preserved in the heart of Harlem.
Seven Wonders of the Solar System
An in-depth look into our solar system, with a focus on the intricate circumstances that could lead to life evolving elsewhere in the universe.
The Shadow Cipher
Three kids race against time to solve an 18th-century puzzle that will save their homes from destruction in this steampunk alternate history of New York City.
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Join a bored shadow on his first foray into freedom.
Snow & Rose
Two sisters, a large bear, a pair of scissors, and a whole lot of courage save an enchanted forest in this retelling of a little-known fairy tale.
The Someday Birds
Four siblings and a mysterious stranger take a cross-country journey that redefines the meaning of family.
Still a Family
Illustrated by Jo-Shin Lee
Being a family is more than just sharing the same space. Childlike drawings depict a family's experience of homelessness.
That Is My Dream! A Picture Book of Langston Hughes's "Dream Variation"
Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Vibrant gouache illustrations reinvigorate this modern classic about an African American boy's daily struggle with racial tension and his dreams of freedom.
There's a Pest in the Garden!
Duck and his friends defend their garden from a mysterious vegetable thief. A funny first reader.
Things to Do
Illustrated by Catia Chien
A young child sets off to explore her world in this fully illustrated collection of lyrical odes.
A wrenching, chilling ghost story told in two voices: one through diary entries, the other through black-and-white illustrations.
This magical, multi-voiced novel of hope and renewal in San Francisco reveals that things are shifting... for an 11-year-old foster child who's about to be adopted, for a young owl who flies over the city keeping watch, and for the tectonic plates deep underground.
Illustrated by Josée Masse
Imagine what happens in the earth beneath our feet!
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Pencil drawings softly evoke a bygone era and a childhood friendship with the milkman’s horse.
Train I Ride
Transient but meaningful relationships turn strangers into family aboard a cross-country train.
Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos
This hopeful, timely collection of vignettes depicts the lives and experiences of contemporary youth in the United States.
Walk with Me
Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng
Translated by Elisa Amado
An imaginary lion helps a child cope with challenges in her daily life.
Illustrated by Richard Smythe
A fox seeks shelter from a rainstorm in this lyrical, onomatopoetic romp.
The Way Home in the Night
Charcoal drawings evoke the sights, smells, and sounds of a neighborhood as a young bunny is carried safely home.
When My Sister Started Kissing
Claire must deal with a summer of changes in this sweet and appealing coming-of age-novel told in verse from three distinct perspectives.
A Whisper of Horses
In post-apocalyptic London, Seren chases after remnants of the world before. A soulfully written book for older readers.
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found
The wild tale of a 19th-century slave ship, its second life commandeered by pirates, and the quest to find its sunken remains and legendary bounty.
The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Textured illustrations blend perfectly with this silly story of Duck and Mouse setting up house in Wolf's stomach.
Wolfie & Fly
Illustrated by Zoe Si
An aloof girl, who prefers facts over friends, reluctantly teams up with a persistent neighbor for a cardboard submarine adventure.
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Organic shapes and symbols from her native Iraq inspired Hadid’s work as a world-renowned architect who fearlessly pushed the boundaries of what buildings could be.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Illustrated by Jun Takabatake
Bored and lonely, Giraffe exchanges letters with Penguin, and a long-distance friendship is born. Hilarity ensues when Giraffe tries to imagine what Penguin looks like.