The Best Kids' Books of 2017 So Far

2017_YearOFRooster2002017 is flying by and while I'm grateful (really, really, grateful) for summer, it's still hard to believe that we're halfway through another year.  Looking back on all the books of the last six months, it's clearly  been a treasure trove so far, especially for kids, and from what I've seen coming our way this fall, there are even more gems to come. 

Below are links to our editors' picks for the best children's books of the year so far by age--just in time to counteract the summer slump and keep kids reading or get them started on something new that may ignite a love of books that they haven't had before.

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A high contrast book of smiling garden bugs; veggie and underwear hilarity; and a Maurice Sendak classic now in board book are just a few of the books you'll find on this list.

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A narwhal with an identity crisis; Sherry Duskey Rinker's follow-up to her bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; and a precocious French snail can all be found in the top 20 books for toddlers and preschoolers.  >See the top 20

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For anyone in search of books to capture the interest of beginning and early readers, our editor’s picks include a new series starring typical bad guy animals trying to change their image; two fish with very different personalities who are forced to share a home; and a rooster who fights for the freedom to sing.  >See the top 20

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Biographies of luminaries such as architect Maya Lin or Alexander Hamilton share this list of the best nonfiction so far with activity books that will have kids wandering labyrinths and creating pictures with numbered stickers.  >See the top 20

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The latest adventures of Rick Riordan's Apollo; a steampunk style alternative history set in New York; and a powerful novel based on a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement are just a sampling of the range of books you'll find on this top 20 list of editors' picks.  >See the top 20

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