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[BHE 241] Launch of January – February 2017 Reading Theme: Best of the Best in 2016 Books


Myra here.

Happy Happy New Year, book geeks!

What a special book hunting expedition post today, as we launch our new reading theme for January-February 2017.


We are doing a throwback of the best of the best books in 2016. We figured that this would be an ingenious way for us to catch up on titles we have missed thus far, while at the same time capitalizing on the best of the best book lists shared by trusted book netizens. Here are a few that we have discovered, thus far. We are thinking that this could serve as a definitive list of best of the best books in 2016. Please add more in the Comments section, and will update as more book prizes are announced in the coming weeks.

  1. An Almost Definitive Fabulous Round Up of Best of 2016 List by the School Library Journal (needless to say, very American focused, this list).
  2. NPR’s Best Books of 2016
  3. 16 Overall Favourite Books of 2016 by Brainpickings
  4. 2017 Longlist of PEN America Literary Awards
  5. 2016 Winners of Australian Book Industry Award
  6. Man Booker International Prize
  7. CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations for 2017
  8. Best Books of 2016 from Book Riot
  9. 24 Best Books of 2016 from Buzzfeed
  10. Best 2016 Books for Women according to Popsugar (because we have to heed the pop call every once in a while)
  11. New York Times Notable children’s books of 2016
  12. Best Books from Publishers Weekly in 2016
  13. New York Times Best new graphic novels
  14. Writers Pick Their Best Books of 2016
  15. The Best Poetry Books of 2016
  16. 10 Most Important Books of 2016 (LA Times)
  17. 10 Overlooked Books by Women in 2016
  18. Literary Hub’s Best Books of 2016
  19. Longreads Best of 2016: Under-Recognized Books
  20. A Great Big Guide to Wonderful Books of 2016: From 100+ Indie Presses
  21. Award-winning 2016 Titles from Australia

Picturebooks Galore

I have purchased quite a bit of international/multicultural titles for my research project which I will be sharing in my professional development courses with teachers here in Singapore. Here are some that have been published in 2016 that I am excited to also feature here in the coming weeks.

Nonfiction Picturebooks


Preaching To The Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim and Illustrated by E. B. Lewis, A Voyage In The Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 by Matthew Olshan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.


An Artist’s Alphabet by Norman Messenger, A Poem For Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney and pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson.


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley.


What Is A Child? by Beatrice Alemagna, Refugees and Migrants by Ceri Roberts and Hanane Kai.

Fiction Picturebooks


Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.


Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez. Technically not a picturebook but a graphic novel.


What Color Is The Wind? by Anne Herbauts, Home At Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka.

Borrowed from the Library


The Artist And Me by Shane Peacock and Sophie Casson, The Happiest Book Ever by Bob Shea.


The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers, The Uncorker Of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin Stead.


Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis, The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds.


Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg and Fred Benaglia, Let Me Finish! by Minh Le and illustrated by Isabel Roxas. Let Me Finish is my own personal copy, a gift sent by the illustrator Isabel.


Isn’t that just fab?


Tell Me A Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee and Eliza Wheeler, Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins.


Ada’s Violin: The Story Of The Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport.


Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, & Michiko Tsubio with illustrations by Toshikado Hajiri.


How To Be A Hero by Florence Parry Heide and Chuck Groenink, Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell.


The Princess And The Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh, One Day In The Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and pictures by Brendan Wenzel.


The Cat From Hunger Mountain by Ed Young, The White Cat And The Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrations by Sydney Smith.


The Tree In The Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Peter McCarty, The Sleeping Gypsy by Mordicai Gerstein.


Books Do Not Have Wings by Brynne Barnes and Rogerio Coelho, Don’t Cross The Line! by Isabel Minho Martins and Bernardo Carvalho.


Chirri & Chirra by Kaya Doi and translated by Yuki Kaneko, The Day I Became A Bird by Ingrid Chabbert and illustrated by Raúl Nieto Guridi, Strong As A Bear by Katrin Stangl.


The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear and pictures by Chris Turnham, You Belong Here by M. H. Clark and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.

So, dear book friends – do you have another best books list for 2016? We’d be happy to take note of and consider your recommendations!

May your 2017 be filled with books and the time to read them.

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