Early Year Favorites: Ogresses, Betrayal and Love
We had approximately 50 responses to our beginning of the year survey. I think the survey results lined up pretty well with our suggestions just far, but it’s always fun to see the numbers. We’ll do a mid year and end of the year check in as well and see if anything changes as discussion continues.
Favorite title of top suggested books: a tie between I MUST BETRAY YOU by Ruta Septys and OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS by Kelly Barnhill
Title most looking forward to: SPARROWS IN THE WIND by Gail Carson Levine
Top Graphic Novel: THE AQUANAUT by Dan Santat and LITTLE MONARCHS by Case tied!
Top Picture Book: Tie Between GIBBERISH by Young Yo and TINY DINO by Deborah Freedman (both my suggestions might I add). These results were all over the board, with many many write-ins (listed below) and yes Steven, BIG AND SMALL AND IN-BETWEEN came in third.
Top Non Fiction Book: LOVE IN THE LIBRARY by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Top Historical Fiction: I MUST BETRAY YOU (by a landslide)
Top Fantasy Title: THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS by Kelly Barnhill
Top Realistic Fiction: THOSE KIDS FROM FAWN CREEK by Erin Entrada Kelly
Write-In Titles not on our suggestion list: SWIM TEAM by Johnnie Christmas, THE FIRST CAT IN SPACE ATE PIZZA by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris, SMALLER SISTER by Maggie Edkin Wallis, FRANCIS DISCOVERS POSSIBLE by Ashlee Latimer, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU by Shannon Hale, ENDLESSLY EVER AFTER by Laurel Snyder, MY PARENTS WON’T STOP TALKING by Emma Hunsinger and Tillie Walden, KNIGHT OWL by Christopher Denise, ACTION by Megan McCarthy, PIZZA: A SLIZE OF HISTORY by Greg Pizzoli, BLUE: A HISTORY OF THE COLOR AS DEEP AS THE SEA AND AS WIDE AS THE SKY by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, SAVE THE PEOPLE: HALTING HUMAN EXTINCTION by Stacy McAnulty, JUST RIGHT JILLIAM by Nicole D. Collier
Additional Titles People are Looking Forward to: MOONFLOWER by Kacen Callender, THE DOOR OF NO RETURN by Kwame Alexander, MERCI SUAREZ PLAYS IT COOL by Meg Medina, MORNING SUN IN WUHAN by Ying Chang Compestine
Do you have any strong feelings on any of the above titles? Let us know in the comments!
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About Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the 2019 Newbery committee. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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