New York Public Library’s Top 100 Children’s Titles for Reading and Sharing is a fabulous resource each year. Making it even better this year: Washington authors Asia Citro, Dam Gemeinhart, Laura Kvasnosky, Corinna Luyken, and Curtis Manley!
Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura Kvasnosky
Little Wolf can’t help but follow the wild rhythm in his heart in this jazzy celebration of the creative spirit. Kvasnosky lives in the Seattle area.
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
With pencil, ink, and watercolors, errors become magical moments of opportunity to let your imagination soar in this uplifting tale full of wonderful picture-play. Luyken lives in Olympia.
The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lin Wang
In this poignant retelling with atmospheric illustrations and interspersed haiku, an injured crane changes the life of her rescuer. Manley lives in the Seattle area.
The Book of Mistakes and The Crane Girl both made NYPL’s Top Ten list for the year, too!
For younger readers (ages 6 to 8) and middle readers (ages 8 and up)
Dragons & Marshmallows: Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay
Fantasy and science combine when Zoey discovers her ability to nurse magical creatures back to health. Citro lives in the Seattle area.
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
After a freak accident frees them from adult supervision, boys at a reformatory school fend for themselves in this action-packed adventure about power struggles and redemption. Gemeinhart lives in Cashmere.