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January 14, 2017

I'm standing for the 2019 Newbery Committee! Check my Sondy for Newbery! page to find out why you should vote for me!

Announcing the 2016 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! These are my personal favorites of all the books I read in 2016.

A Poem for Peter: The Story of EZRA JACK KEATS and the Creation of THE SNOWY DAY, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, with pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, was my #3 pick in Children's Nonfiction. It's both a picture book biography of Ezra Jack Keats and a poem about the power of the book he wrote, The Snowy Day.

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund




How to Bake Pi
by Eugenia Cheng

Camino Divina
by Gina Marie Mammano



A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson

Some Writer
Some Writer
by Melissa Sweet


Den of Wolves
by Juliet Marillier

Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill



Ms. Bixby's Last Day
by John David Anderson

The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham


23 Minutes
23 Minutes
by Vivian Vande Velde

Learning to Swear in America
by Katie Kennedy



Nanette's Baguette
by Mo Willems

Stowaway in a Sleigh
by C. Roger Madder


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