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School Library Journal Announces Top 20 Books of 2017

John Shumacher and Travis Jonker have compiled the official Top 20 Books of 2017 for School Library Journal. This list includes a collection of the top books published in 2016 for grades K-6, and includes titles across all formats including picture books, graphic novels, nonfiction, and middle grade. 

This year, two graphic novels made the top 20 list - All's Faire in Middle School and Real Friends by Shannon Hale. For the full list, see below.


1. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat [Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-3]

2. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell [Feiwel & Friends | Grades K-2]

4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7]

5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7]

6. I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith

7. Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

8. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James [Agate Bolden | Grades K-3]

9. The Good for Nothing Button! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) by Charise Mericle Harper and Mo Willems

10. Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls [Scholastic Press | Grades Pre-K-3]

11. Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca [Candlewick Press | Grades 1-3]

12. Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier [Little, Brown | Grades K-3]

13. This House, Once by Deborah Freedman [Atheneum | Grades K-2]

14. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes [Bloomsbury | Grades 4-7]

15. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo [Little, Brown | Grades K-2]

16. Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx, illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch [Gecko Press | Grades 1-3]

17. A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo [Henry Holt | Grades 1-3]

18. Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper [Roaring Brook Press | Grades Pre-K-2]

19. Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds [Orchard Books | Grades K-3]

20. Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn [Enchanted Lion | Grades K-3]