Booklist’s Top of the List Picks for 2019

Booklist has announced their Top of the List, a list that features one single top pick for seven categories. Four of those categories are for books for youth! Here are those winning titles:


Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science Behind Your Favorite Monsters

Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters by Carlyn Beccia



This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews



Home in the Woods

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler




Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson


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Review: All Around Bustletown: Winter by Rotraut Susanne Berner

All Around Bustletown Winter by Rotraut Susanne Berner

All Around Bustletown: Winter by Rotraut Susanne Berner (9783791374154)

Large picture-book-sized pages made of board book stock invite even the youngest of children to explore Bustletown. In these busy pages, the life of an entire village plays out. The wordless format lets each reader make up their own stories about the people in town. Some of the story arcs include an escaped parrot, a lost key and wallet, a cat on a jaunt around town, buying a Christmas tree, and heading to ice skate with a friend. It’s a delightful mix of Where’s Waldo chaos with real stories about a diverse little town.

A German import, readers will enjoy the distinct European feel of the setting in the book. Care was taken to be inclusive with the members of the town, including people of different skin colors, faiths and abilities. The busyness of the pages is at just the right level, making it a pleasure to find the character you are searching for, rather than a frustration.

Bright and friendly, this wordless picture book is great fun to explore. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from copy provided by Prestel.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Dec 13


20 2020 middle grade books to have on your radar – Teen Librarian Toolbox

American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books of 2019 – AICL

Best children’s books of 2019: the year’s best aviation and space-themed books for young readers – Air & Space

Children’s books round-up: a picture book which is the perfect gift – The Irish Times

Eloise children’s book series acquired by MRC – The Hollywood Reporter

The ten best children’s books of 2019 – Smithsonian


Amid outcry, Seattle Public Library weighs decision to provide venue for ‘radical feminist’ event criticized as anti-trans – The Seattle Times

Britain has closed almost 800 libraries since 2010, figures show – The Guardian

State Library Victoria’s triumphant redesign: it’s not just about books, but community – The Guardian


10 of the best genre-blending young adult novels of the year – Book Riot

55 of the best queer books of 2019 – Autostraddle

Best young adult science fiction, fantasy and horror of 2019 – Tor

YA books about interracial dating drama – Book Riot