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The year 2020 has been a roller coaster to say the least, but some great books have come out it! In this Youth Librarian's opinion, here are ten of the best children's books published in 2020 (in no particular order):


The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder (picture book) 

Terrance is born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. When another turtle calls it weird, Terrance goes in search of a different shell. What will he end up with? 

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson (graphic novel) 

Omar and Hassan are orphans living in a Kenyan refugee camp. Omar gets the chance to go to school, but can he leave his little brother alone in order to make a better life for them? 

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy (picture book) 

In this beautifully illustrated book, a black child reflects on things that are the same color as her skin, and how that shapes who she is. 

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (board book) 

This bright and fun board book gives nine steps for teaching kids (and adults) to be antiracist.  

Fred’s Big Feelings: the life and legacy of Mister Rogers by Laura Renauld (biography/picture book) 

Grandfather McFeely always knew how to help Fred deal with his big feelings while growing up. This gave the courage to create and fight for children’s television programming as an adult. 

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel) 

This semi-autobiography follows the life of high school teacher and coach, Gene Yang. Gene must learn to appreciate and embrace the sport of basketball for his team to have any chance at the state championship. This season will not only change the players’ lives, but Gene’s life, as well. 

The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee (picture book) 

Daniel reluctantly joins his parents during their jobs as night janitors for an office building. But when Mama and Papa create a wonderous world of paper dragons and magical monarchs, Daniel is inspired to become ruler of his own paper kingdom one day! 

We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (picture book) 

This book, written in passionate verse, is a call to protect Earth’s precious natural resources.  

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park (middle grade fiction) 

Hanna is a half-Asian girl living in the 19th century Midwest amongst prejudice, the challenges of prairie life, and the need to belong while achieving her dreams. 

A List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead (middle grade fiction) 

Even in the midst of her parents’ divorce, Bea knows that they will always love her. When her father becomes engaged to his boyfriend, Bea is ecstatic at the prospect of finally having a sister, Sonia. Although they’ve never met, Bea is certain she and Sonia will be just like sisters, but can they get past the wedding first? 


Check out these titles in our online catalog (physical, audio, and electronic) to download, or to place on hold for curbside pick up!

Happy New Year, and keep reading!

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