When I started compiling this year’s list of favorite books, I found it pretty easy to choose which books to include. Because twenty books made the list, I’m splitting my post into two parts: children’s books and those for adults. The list isn’t in any particular order and behind each title is the publication year. By reading my lists, I hope you find a few books that you want to add to your TBR list. Enjoy.
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems. (2010) The story of a city dog who moves to the country and makes friends with a frog is short but oh so sweet. The ending almost made me cry.
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills. (2010) A dog who learns how to read from a bird and falls in love with books.
The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff. (2008) The storyteller of a small village makes a sacrifice for her neighbors. A great story about giving.
Miss Brooks Like Books (And I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner. (2010) Miss Brooks is a librarian who’s determined to get her young patron to fall in love with books. Can Miss Brooks find the perfect book for her young spunky patron?
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo. (2010)Two inseparable and very different friends go on small adventures. The illustrations are part of the magic of this book. This is one of the best books published this year. My kids loved this book and I did too.
Tan to Tamarind: Poems about the Color Brown by Malathi Michelle Iyengar. (2009) NF A collection of poetry about various shades of brown.
Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp by Jerry Stanley (1993) NF Reading this book, I learned so much about the children who moved with their families to California during the days of the Dust Bowl, the problems with education the children faced, and how Weedpatch Camp and its school helped so many children.
Grow: A Novel in Verse by Juanita Havill. (2008) Grow is the story of blooming friendship between Berneetha, a laid-off special ed. teacher, twelve-year-olds Kate and Harlon as the trio turn a rundown corner lot into a beautiful garden. It’s a great book for reluctant readers.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. (2010) Set in Oakland, California during the 1970’s, One Crazy Summer is an coming-of-age story about three sisters who spend a summer with the mother who abandoned them. The main character is the oldest sister Delphine, a outspoken and caring young girl. This is a book that’s great for tweens, teens, and adults.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. (2009) Miranda is a sixth-grader whose best friend no longer wants to be friends. She loves Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and carries the book everywhere with her. When she starts receiving mysterious notes that are accurately predicting future events, she doesn’t know what to think. When You Reach Me is the rare sort of book that demands to be re-read the very second you finish it. Whether you read the print version or the audio, readers are in for a treat.
Smile by Raina Telegmeier. (2010) NF For all the readers out there who read The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin, Telegmeier is the illustrator of the BSC graphic novels. So when I read that she had her own memoir being published in graphic format, I ran out to buy it. When Telegmeier was around eleven or twelve, she loses her two front teeth after running and falling. She spends the next few years getting her teeth fixed through various surgeries and procedures in an attempt to look normal. It’s bad enough losing your two front teeth, but doing so during adolescence when you’re really trying to fit in is even worse. I enjoyed this book so much that when I shared it with my younger sisters and daughter, all three girls took turns reading the book at the same time. Three bookmarks in different places so each girl could know where they left off at. No many books can do that.
Young Adult books
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Leviathan and John Green. (2010) If you haven’t read this yet even after all the buzz throughout the blogisphere, you need to place this book at the top of your TBR list. This is the story of two Will Graysons who meet on a winter night in Chicago and how their lives intersect. Their story is funny and really sweet. Excellent read.
Absolutely True “Diary” of a Part-time by Sherman Alexie. (2007) One of the best books I’ve read this year. Charming and authentic, it’s a great read for teens and adults.
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Niimura. (2009) Hands down, this is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read this year. Barbara Johnson isn’t your average middle school student. She insists that she kill giants and has special amulets to ward off evil. This is a great story about grief with an unforgettable main character.
So that’s part two of my favorite books of 2010 list. Have you read any of the books that I listed?