The Bank Street College of Education recently released their latest “Best Books” list. In order to make the 600+ item list, books must be of high literary quality, have strong potential for emotional impact, believable characters and plot, suitable for their age group, authentic and stereotype free.
I’m not going to duplicate it here, because this is a huge list, but I sure was happy to spot these titles. NOTE: I’ve only skimmed the listings so far. If you spot something that you want to call out, comment below.
Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker. Loved this book but, since I’m an author and not an author/illustrator, I have no hope of duplicating it.
The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg, and Sandra Jordan. Written by St. Louis area author Jan Greenberg and her writing partner Sandra Jordan. Spot these names on a book and you know its something noteworthy.
Penny and Her Marble written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. This is a beginning reader and, as such is simple, but not in the least bit slight. Excellent job.
The Tapir Scientist (Scientists in the Field series) by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop I’m basically a fan girl for this series and this volume is one of my favorites. That said, after reading it, I can no longer think of tapir as cute. Their secret is out!
The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen. I’m generally not a fan of inanimate objects as characters, but Snicket does it right in The Dark.
A Big Guy Took My Ball! (Elephant & Piggie series) written and illustrated by Mo Willems. An amazing lesson in perspective.
You can check out the complete list here.