One of my favorite things to do at year’s end is look back on all the reading I’ve done and decide which books were my very favorite. It’s both impossible to choose favorites and impossible not to love doing it!
I keep track of everything I read in a simple reading journal which makes it really easy to remember what I read even a year ago. It turns out I’ve read nearly 100 books this year (!!!).
If you’re curious about how I found time to read so much, you’ll find my best tips for reading more (even when you’re super busy) in episode 70 of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. If reading more is high on your priority list for 2018, give it a listen.
Over the next couple of weeks… I’m going to be posting some other favorites (like “best cover” AND “a book that made me laugh out loud” over on Instagram. Wanna join me? Make sure you’re following the Read-Aloud Revival on Instagram so you don’t miss the posts, and then you can play along!)
Without further ado…
My favorite reads in 2017
(in no particular order)
Absolutely an all-time favorite. The entire series is delightful (try them on audio-- Katherine Kellgren reads them for Audible and does such a wonderful job). These Victorian mysteries will leave you howling with laughter while also noting down pithy and wise sayings you don't want to forget. I highly recommend them to kids 8+.More info →
This is easily one of my "most recommended" books of the year. I found this book impossible to put down-- and so did my kids! If you have a child who hasn't fallen head-over-heels for reading yet, start here. I loved the second book (Code Name Flood) every bit as much as the first!More info →
I know this book is out of print, but if you stumble on *any* essays by Katherine Paterson, I have this advice for you: snatch it up! This is my very favorite collection of thoughts about reading and writing books for kids. You can hear my interview with Katherine Paterson on episode 81 of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.More info →
I'm a fan of everything written by Caroline Starr Rose, but this one is my favorite yet! Follow Jasper and his brother on their search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a page-turning mystery your kids don't want to miss! I think it's fine for 10+ but probably will be appreciated best by 12 year olds.More info →
One of the most moving stories I read all year. This gem by Sharon Draper will move you to tears and still leave you with an inspired sense of hope and wonder. Make sure your kids are ready to hear about the Ku Klux Klan before starting this one. There's nothing graphic, but it's heavy and intense. I loved this book.More info →
I'm a new fan of Kyo Maclear's, and this book is one of the reasons why! My kids love hearing it read aloud before bedtime, and I'm always happy to oblige. The magic of winter is told through beautiful text and illustrations that make you want to stare a little longer than necessary.More info →
The Wilderking Trilogy is one you don't want your kids to miss. I'd name Jonathan Rogers as one of my favorite living writers, and this trilogy is the perfect reason why. Ideal for kids 9-14, though you'll enjoy it every bit as much as your kids will.More info →
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We’ve also got a list of the books kids told us were their favorite read-alouds in 2017.