Top 20 Books of 2018: #5-1

Happy Friday! Thanks for joining Travis Jonker and me as we shared our favorite books of 2018 this week. 

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1

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Drawn Together by Minh Lê; illustrated by Dan Santat 


Dan Santat discusses Drawn Together. 

"It's not always easy to connect with people — even the people that are most important in your lives." -Minh Lê  




I interviewed Minh Lê on October 17, 2017. 

What ran through your head the first time you saw Dan Santat’s illustrations for Drawn Together?

Minh Lê: I was absolutely speechless. I have always been a fan of Dan's work, so to see him apply his talent and energy to making magic out of my words was a breathtaking experience.

I was also floored by how much Dan brought his own experience/culture to our book. As an author, the dream is to write a manuscript that touches something in the illustrator; that the illustrator will take the slim collection of words and breathe their own life into it. I think it's obvious that Dan put so much thought and heart into this project, so I am forever grateful to him (and my editor Rotem) for bringing this story to life in such stunning fashion.

(I am also very grateful that he didn't break his wrist painting, because HOLY WOW did you see the incredible detailing on the grandfather's outfit??)

On a bittersweet note, I got the first round of Dan's sketches while my grandfather was on his deathbed... and he passed away earlier this year. So while he will sadly never see the finished product, he knew that it was in the works... and it means the world to me that he will be honored through this book.

Click here to read the full interview. 


Hey, Kiddo! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka 


Watch the book trailer for Hey, Kiddo! 

"I've been working on this book in one way or another since the early, early 2000s. And every time I would sit down to write it, I would stop and hesitate because I would - I would worry to myself, what are people going to think?" -Jarrett J. Krosoczka 




Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Watch Be Prepared's book trailer. 


Dreamers by Yuyi Morales 


Yuyi Morales talks about Dreamers


Yuyi Morales finished my sentences on August 21, 2018. 

Dreamers/Soñadores tells the story of how one day my baby son, Kelly, and I arrived in the United States and became immigrants. It is the story of how difficult it was at first to come to a place where I didn’t understand the language and I could not be understood, thus made a number of mistakes. And how one day we found a marvelous place called the public library, a discovery that changed our lives forever! It is also a story of how immigrants bring incredible gifts when they come to a new country to live. 

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Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo 



Watch the book trailer for Louisiana's Way Home


Kate DiCamillo discusses Louisiana's Way Home

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