Jason Reynolds recently told me about one of the best days of his life; the day in 2016 that he took his mother to the National Book Awards gala and lost a major literary prize, but the two of them got to see congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis win, and win again. That story says a lot about the kind of person Reynolds is, and his writing reflects his generous spirit.
This year Reynolds wrote three books for young people, including Long Way Down; one of our top picks for the best young adult books of 2017.
What does a man who published three books this year like reading himself? See Jason Reynolds' picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.
Jason Reynolds' favorite reads of 2017