Top 20 Books of 2017 (#20-16)

Hello! Over the next four days, Mr. Travis Jonker and I will share our top 20 picks of 2017. 

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Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn 

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Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds 

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"You Have a Gift, Not a Label" by Peter H. Reynolds 

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper 

"The pacing throughout is slow and measured leading us into the lives of these two cats. We understand how their days are spent. We understand their togetherness. We are connected to their bond." -Margie Myers-Culver | Click here to read her full review. 

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert; illustrated by Lauren Castillo 

Barbara Herkert finished my sentences on March 29, 2017. 

The first time I saw Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo’s cover illustration for A Boy, A Mouse, and A Spider: The Story of E. B. White I was thrilled! For me, Lauren’s artwork brings the same warmth and tenderness to E.B. White’s story as Garth Williams brought to Charlotte’s Web.

Did you know E.B. White was afraid of everything when he was a small boy? Writing helped him ease his fears.

Illustration Credit: Lauren Castillo 
I think Charlotte’s Web was the finest children’s book ever written! I love E.B. White’s lists, his use of all the senses, and his delicious language. It is a celebration of the world, of nature in all its glory. Thank you, E.B. White.

School libraries are are safe havens where children can discover their passions, forget their fears. We need them now more than ever.

Illustration Credit: Lauren Castillo 

Picture books are art forms! They are opportunities for cuddle time, to share dreams and passions.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me how it felt to walk in E.B. White’s world for a while. More wonderful than I ever could have imagined. What an amazing man.

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx; illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch 


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