Publishers Weekly Top 50 Children’s Books of 2020

Publisher’s Weekly has announced their picks for the top 50 children’s books of the year. Here they are:


Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre

The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

Every Color of Light by Hiroshi Osada, illustrated by Ryoji Arai

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Fall) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ahsima Shiraishi, illustrated by Yao Xiao

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

In the Half Room by Carson Ellis

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love

A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis

The Old Truck by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey

Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

Outside In by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby

Out the Door by Christy Hale

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

You Matter by Christian Robinson


Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame ALexander

Chance by Uri Shulevitz

Class Act by Jerry Craft

Condor Comeback by Sy Montgomery, photos by Tianne Strombeck

Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller


All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson