Confession: I love end of the year lists. I love reading your favorite memories, looking at your #2015bestnine collages on Instagram, hearing your favorite songs of the year, watching your year in review videos. I love it all. I especially love the countless Best Books of the Year lists, mostly because they point me in the direction of great reading for the year to come. That’s the main reason I’ve yet to write one here on this blog, I never feel as though I’ve read enough of the new children’s books of the given year to label any of them the best of the best. I’m often a year (or two) behind.
But I read so many great new books this year that I decided I am at least qualified to tell you my favorites and let someone else decide which ones are the best.
And because I am a children’s book evangelist who cannot pass up an opportunity to get great books into your hands, I’m also going to be giving away one of my favorites! Details at the end of the post.
Without further adieu here are my favorites:
Home is a beautifully illustrated collection of all kinds of homes, and invites young readers to think about what it is that makes those places home.
This book hit close to home earlier this year when we added a new kitten to our family. Adorably illustrated tale about new friendship and the feisty nature of our furry housemates.
The minute I finished this book I turned to my husband and said, “We have to go back to London.” Once you read it, you’ll feel the same. As with his previous two books, Selznick combines words with intricate illustrations to tell a story spanning generations of a family of actors on a London stage. It’s an homage to the power of story, and a gorgeous book to read.
Now here’s the fun part … if you enter and win the giveaway, you get to choose which one of the books on this list you’d like to receive! Simply do any (or all) of the following for a chance to win by midnight on January 6th:
1. Comment on this post (here on the blog or on Facebook or Instagram) and tell me your favorite book of the year.
2. Share this post on social media and tag me so I see it.
3. Follow my kid lit review Instagram account – @kidlitconcierge
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!