Hey kids, we were searching around the internet and discovered a list of the best books to read in 2019. We know they are good books because the list was put together by the Association for Library Service for Children. They gotta know a good book when they read it.
They call these books “Notable,” which means: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. Official Kids Mag agrees.
Grab your adult and head over to your community’s public library and check out a couple titles. In fact, make it a fun contest and challenge your siblings, cousins and friends at school to read more books than you during our 2019 kids book challenge.
Aru Shah and the End of Time
By Roshani Chokshi
In this story inspired by the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata, Aru Shah discovers she must enter the Kingdom of Death to save the world.
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
By M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, Illus. by Eugene Yelchin
A diplomatic meeting of the Elves and the Goblins is more treacherous than expected in this brilliantly illustrated novel.
By Rachel Poliquin, Illus. by Nicholas John Frith
Wit and fact intertwine in an enjoyable guide to the frequently overlooked beaver.
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
By Sandra Neil Wallace, Illus. by Bryan Collier
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
Growing up, Ernie Barnes had two passions: art and football. Detailed, lively paintings help reveal how, with years of practice, he excelled in both fields.
The Book of Boy
By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
In 1350, Boy, an orphaned servant, is hired to accompany a pilgrim seeking the seven relics of St. Peter. (Newbery Honor Book)
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs
By Kate Messner, Illus. by Matthew Forsythe
Ken Nedimyer’s single-minded passion for restoring the ocean’s coral reefs is reflected through riveting illustrations and accessible narrative.
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild
By Catherine Thimmesh
What does a panda suit have to do with species conservation? As this comprehensive book about a panda rehabilitation program in China reveals, quite a lot. (Sibert Honor Book)
Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship
By Irene Latham and Charles Waters, Illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
A school writing assignment is the catalyst for conversations around race, class, and privilege in this illustrated poetic conversation between two fifth-graders who learn to honor each other’s differences.
Dragons in a Bag
By Zetta Elliott, Illus. by Geneva B.
When nine-year-old Jaxon is left in the care of an eccentric old witch, he begins training as her new apprentice by leaving Brooklyn to return three dragons to a magical world.
Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure
By Torben Kuhlmann. Illus. by the author. Tr. by David Henry Wilson
Naturalistic illustrations enhance this story of an intrepid mouse, who builds a submersible and makes a surprising deep-sea discovery. (Batchelder Honor Book)
The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln
By Marissa Moss, Illus. by Jeremy Holmes
Modern illustrations and lively text combine to relate the early history of the Pinkerton Detective agency and how they thwarted an attempt to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.