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January 16, 2021

Announcing the 2020 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! This is my twentieth list of my favorite books from a year of reading! Check them out!

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, my #1 Sonderbooks Stand-out in Children's Nonfiction Picture Books, is a stunningly beautiful look at the life of a honeybee. It's still my favorite prospect for this year's Caldecott Medal.

Happy reading!

Drawn from Nature
by Helen Ahpornsiri

Reawakening Our Ancestors' Lines
gathered and compiled by Angela Hovak Johnston
with photographs by Cora De Vos

Artist to Artist

Edward Hopper Paints His World
by Robert Burleigh
paintings by Wendell Minor

What's Your Favorite Animal?
by Eric Carle and Friends

What's Your Favorite Color?
by Eric Carle and Friends

Oops Paint
by Kathryn Horn Coneway

The Scraps Book
by Lois Ehlert

I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird
by Robert B. Haas

A Is For Art
by Stephen T. Johnson

A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

by Chip Kidd

Seeing Things
by Joel Meyerowitz

An Eye for Art
presented by the National Gallery of Art

by Kate T. Parker

by Kate T. Parker

Colorful Dreamer
by Marjorie Blain Parker
illustrated by Holly Berry

by James Rhodes

The Noisy Paint Box
by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Mary Grandpré

When Stars Are Scattered
by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

by Juan Felipe Herrera
illustrated by Lauren Castillo

by Glenda Armand
illustrations by Floyd Cooper

The Griffin and the Dinosaur
by Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor
illustrated by Chris Muller

Gregor Mendel
The Friar Who Grew Peas

by Cheryl Bardoe
illustrated by Jos. A. Smith

by Cheryl Bardoe
illustrated by Barbara McClintock

by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Sarah Jacoby

The Day-Glo Brothers
by Chris Barton
illustrated by Tony Persiani

by Chris Barton
illustrated by Don Tate

by Cece Bell

by Deborah Blumenthal
illustrated by Laura Freeman

The Goat Lady
by Jane Bregoli

A River of Words
by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Melissa Sweet

by Anika Aldamuy Denise
illustrations by Paola Escobar

by Margarita Engle
illustrated by Rafael López

Barnum's Bones
by Tracey Fern
illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Dare the Wind
by Tracey Fern
pictures by Emily Arnold McCully

by Tracey Fern
pictures by Boris Kulikov

The Trouble Begins at 8
by Sid Fleischman

The Lincolns
by Candace Fleming

Amelia Lost
by Candace Fleming

by Raphaël Frier
illustrated by Aurélia Fronty

by Joel Christian Gill

by Joel Christian Gill

by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Spirit Seeker
by Gary Golio
paintings by Rudy Gutierrez

by Shannon Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

by Shannon Hale
artwork by LeUyen Pham

by Kay Haring
illustrated by Robert Neubecker

The Boy Who Loved Math
by Deborah Heiligman
pictures by LeUyen Pham

by John Hendrix

by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
pictures by Shelagh McNicholas

Ada's Violin
by Susan Hood
illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

Tiny Stitches
by Gwendolyn Hooks
illustrated by Colin Bootman

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
by Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by John Hendrix

by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
illustrated by Christy Hale

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

by Bimba Landmann

by Heather Lang
illustrated by Floyd Cooper

by Andrew Larsen
pictures by Katty Maurey

I Dissent
by Debbie Levy
illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley

March, Book One
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

by Lois Lowry

Randolph Caldecott
The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

by Leonard Marcus

by Meghan McCarthy

Me . . . Jane
by Patrick McDonnell

Temple Grandin
by Sy Montgomery

by Marissa Moss
illustrated by April Chu

The True Story of Ten Dogs

by Michaela Muntean
photographs by K. C. Bailey and Stephen Kazmierski

by Walter Dean Myers
illustrated by Floyd Cooper

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Me, Frida
by Amy Novesky
illustrated by David Diaz

by Deborah Noyes

by Rex Ogle

by Katherine Paterson

by Miranda Paul
illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon

by Baptiste and Miranda Paul
illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise
by Jan Pinborough
illustrated by Debby Atwell

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

by Greg Pizzoli

A Boy and a Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz
illustrated by Cátia Chen

Helen's Big World
by Doreen Rappaport
illustrated by Matt Tavares

To Dare Mighty Things
by Doreen Rappaport
illustrated by C. F. Payne

Frederick's Journey
by Doreen Rappaport
illustrated by London Ladd

by Dean Robbins
illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Simona Ciraolo

by Liz Rosenberg

Drawing from Memory
by Allen Say

by Allen Say

Martin de Porres
The Rose in the Desert

by Gary D. Schmidt
illustrated by David Diaz

by Gary D. Schmidt
illustrated by Daniel Minter

by Jon Scieszka

by Joyce Sidman

by Anita Silvey

by Laurel Snyder
illustrated by Julie Morstad

Sandy's Circus
by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Balloons Over Broadway
by Melissa Sweet

Some Writer
by Melissa Sweet

Becoming Babe Ruth
by Matt Tavares

by Raina Telgemeier

by Pamela S. Turner
illustrated by Gareth Hinds

Wise Guy
by M. D. Usher
pictures by William Bramhall

Queen of the Falls
by Chris Van Allsburg

Erika's Story
by Ruth Vander Zee
illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
by Laurie Wallmark
illustrated by April Chu

by Carole Weatherford Boston
illustrated by Raul Colón

by Jeanette Winter

All the Way to America
by Dan Yaccarino

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
by Dan Yaccarino

Brave Red, Smart Frong
by Emily Jenkins
illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason

The Singing Bones
by Shaun Tan

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal
by Paul Fleischman
illustrated by Jane Paschkis
by Neil Gaiman
art by Lorenzo Mattotti

by Judy Goldman
illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck
The Persian Book of Kings

retold by Elizabeth Laird
illustrated by Shirin Adl

The Grand Escape
by Neal Bascomb

The Eye That Never Sleeps
by Marissa Moss
illustrations by Jeremy Holmes

by Kwame Alexander
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Sugar Changed the World
by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

by Chris Barton
illustrated by Victo Ngai

The Nazi Hunters
by Neal Bascomb

by Aimée Bissonette
illustrated by Doris Wittlinger

by Karen Blumenthal

by Tonya Bolden

introductions by Tonya Bolden
illustrated by Eric Velasquez

by Jo Ann Allen Boyce
and Debbie Levy

The Great American Dust Bowl
by Don Brown

by Don Brown

by Don Brown

by Ashley Bryan

by Robert Burleigh
illustrations by Sterling Hundley

by Ken Burns
illustrated by Gerald Kelley

Revolutionary Friends
by Selene Castrovilla
illustrated by Drazen Kozjan

Hoop Genius
by John Coy
illustrations by Joe Morse

written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
illustrated by Gilbert Ford

14 Cows for America
by Carmen Agra Deedy
in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah
photographs by Andy Comins

Energy Island
by Allan Drummond

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese

story by Dave Eggers
art by Tucker Nichols

by Dave Eggers
art by Shawn Harris

by Brian Floca

by Russell Freedman

written by Jonathan Hennessey
art by Aaron McConnell

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Philip Hoose

by Phillip Hoose

by Phillip Hoose

Voices from the Disaster

by Deborah Hopkinson

I Have a Dream
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
paintings by Kadir Nelson

by Heather Lang
illustrated by Raúl Colón

by Mary Beth Leatherdale
illustrated and designed by Eleanor Shakespeare

We've Got a Job
by Cynthia Levinson

by Cynthia Levinson

by Jonathan Litton
illustrated by L’Atelier Cartographik

written by Kevin Noble Maillard
illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

by Michelle Merkel
illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

by Lindsay Mattick
illustrated by Sophie Blackall

by Pat Miller
illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

by Claire Rudolf Murphy
illustrated by Bryan Collier

by Jim Murphy

We Are the Ship
by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul
by Kadir Nelson

by Daniel O'Brien
illustrations by Winston Rowntree

by Linda Barrett Osborne

by Darcy Pattison
illustrated by Peter Willis

by Doreen Rappaport
illustrated by Matt Faulkner

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
read by Jason Reynolds

by Susan Goldman Rubin

Pale Male
by Janet Schulman
illustrated by Meilo So

by Steve Sheinkin

The Wall
by Peter Sis

by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

by Caren Stilson

Almost Astronauts
by Tanya Lee Stone

by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Steven Salerno

When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky
by Lauren Stringer

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott
art by Harmony Becker

The Secret of Priest's Grotto
by Peter Lane Taylor with Christos Nicola

by Peggy Thomas
illustrations by Stacy Innerst

by Sally M. Walker
illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

by Andrea Wang
illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

by Barry Wittenstein
illustrated by Chris Hsu

by Susan Wood
illustrated by Gÿsbert van Frankenhuyzen

How Many?
by Christopher Danielson

Goodnight, Numbers
by Danica McKellar
illustrated by Alicia Padrón

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar
by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno

by Sarah C. Campbell
photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

by Christopher Danielson

by Nancy Raines Day
illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

The Cat in Numberland
by Ivar Ekeland
illustrated by John O'Brien
by Seth Fishman

Greater Estimations
by Bruce Goldstone

That's a Possibility
by Bruce Goldstone

by Bruce Goldstone

by Alison Limentani

by Mineko Mamada

How Many Jelly Beans?
by Andrea Menotti
illustrated by Yancey Labat

by Laura Overdeck
illustrated by Jim Paillot

Just a Second
by Steve Jenkins

You Can Count on Monsters
by Richard Evan Schwartz

by Richard Evan Schwartz

If America Were a Village
by David J. Smith
illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong

by David J. Smith
illustrated by Steve Adams

Martin Rising
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
paintings by Brian Pinkney

Ordinary Hazards
by Nikki Grimes

by Kwame Alexander
with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth
illustrated by Ekua Holmes

by Laurie Halse Anderson

When Green Becomes Tomatoes
by Julie Fogliano
pictures by Julie Morstad

One Last Word
by Nikki Grimes

selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
illustrated by Jane Manning

My People
by Langston Hughes
photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Firefly July
selected by Paul B. Janeczko
illustrated by Melissa Sweet

poems by Misuzu Kaneko
illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri
narrative by David Jacobson

Poems to Learn by Heart
selected by Caroline Kennedy
paintings by Jon J Muth

Edgar Allan Poe's Pie
by J. Patrick Lewis
illustrated by Michael Slack

by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

How I Discovered Poetry
by Marilyn Nelson
illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Giving Thanks
edited by Katherine Paterson
illustrations by Pamela Dalton

by Bob Raczka
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

by Bob Raczka

My Country

Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren
illustrated by Rogé

lyrics by Fred Rogers
illustrated by Luke Flowers

What the Heart Knows
by Joyce Sidman
illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski

Winter Bees
by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Rick Allen

Follow Follow
by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Josée Masse

I Heard God Talking to Me
by Elizabeth Spires

poems by Calvin Trillin
pictures by Roz Chast

Why War Is Never a Good Idea
by Alice Walker
illustrations by Stefano Vitale

Won Ton
A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

by Lee Wardlaw
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Water Land
by Christy Hale

photographs by Joel Sartore
words by Kwame Alexander
with Mary Rand Hess and Deanna Nikaido

by Laurie Ellen Angus

Secrets of the Sky Caves
by Sandra K. Athans

The Periodic Table
Elements With Style!

created by Basher
written by Adrian Dingle

by Nic Bishop

ZooBorns: The Next Generation
by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

by Martin Brown

Handle with Care
by Loree Griffin Burns
photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Look Up!
by Annette LeBlanc Cate

by Jason Chin

A Little Book of Sloth
by Lucy Cooke

by Elisha Cooper

Just the Right Size
by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Neal Layton

by Claire Eamer
illustrated by Marie-Ève Tremblay

by Suzi Eszterhas

Wild Horse Scientists
by Kay Frydenborg

by Temple Grandin
with Betsy Lerner

Frog Song
by Brenda Z. Guiberson
illustrated by Gennady Spirin

by Kara Hagedorn

by Bridget Heos
illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

by Phillip Hoose

Never Smile at a Monkey
by Steve Jenkins

Dogs and Cats
by Steve Jenkins

My First Day
by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Eye to Eye
by Steve Jenkins

Creature Features
by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

by Jess Keating
with illustrations by David DeGrand

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees
by Sandra Markle

by Sandra Markle

by Sandra Markle

by Sandra Markle

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
illustrated by Claudia McGehee

The Tapir Scientist
by Sy Montgomery
photographs by Nic Bishop

by Sy Montgomery
photographs by Keith Ellenbogen

by Roxie Munro

by Jerry Pallotta
and Shennen Bersani

by Miranda Paul
illustrated by Jason Chin

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids
by Jerome Pohlen

by Susan L. Roth

The Mighty Mars Rovers
by Elizabeth Rusch

by Margriet Ruurs
illustrated by Pedro Covo

by Claire Saxby
illustrated by Graham Byrne

by Susumu Shingu

Swirl By Swirl
by Joyce Sidman
pictures by Beth Krommes

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled
by Catherine Thimmesh

by Jan Thornhill

The Frog Scientist
by Pamela S. Turner, photographs by Andy Comins

by Adam Voiland

by Sally M. Walker

by Miranda Paul
illustrated by Jason Chin