OK: this will change constantly, I’m sure. But an agent once asked me for several lists: along with the last ten books I had read, she wanted to know my TOP TEN LIST of picturebooks, middle grade books, and young adult books. It took forever. So many to choose from!


Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster) [Hardcover] [BYR] (Author) Peter McCarty

(in no particular order)

Yo, Yes! Chris Raschka

It's a Book

The Gardener – David Small                                                   

Jeremy Draws a Monster – Peter McCarty

Amos & Boris – William Steig

It’s a Book – Lane Smith

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed – Mo Willems

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole – Mac Burnett and Jon Klassen 

A Penguin Story – Antoinette Portis

Henry’s Freedom Box  – Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson

The Other Side – Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis

Goodnight, Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann

Waiting – Kevin Henkes (though this is debatable. It could be any number of his books: A Good Day, Kitten’s First Full Moon...)

And yes, I know that’s more than ten. I bet you kick people out of the express line at the grocery store for having thirteen items too.

TOP 10 (ok, 14) MIDDLE GRADE

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

A Crooked Kind of Perfect – Linda Urban    

Wolf Hollow – Lauren Volk

Rain Reign – Ann M. Martin

Okay for Now – Gary D. Schmidt

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World – Ashley Herring Blake

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day – John David Anderson  

The Doughnut Fix – Jessie Janowitz

Jacob Have I Loved – Katherine Paterson

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

Locomotion – Jacqueline Woodson

Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly    

A Night Divided – Jennifer Neilson

Top 10 Young Adult

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco X. Stork

Out of Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez

After Tupac & D Foster – Jacqueline Woodson

Boy Toy – Barry Lyga

 The Art of Starving – Sam J. Miller

Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi

All American Boys – Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

 Monster – Walter Dean Myers