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JLG Selections Shine in the New York Times Best Children's Books of 2019!

By: Katie Lynch | December 18, 2019 |

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The New York Times just released its list of the top 25 children’s books of 2019, and JLG selections swept 22 out of the 25 spots! 

Each year, our editors select their choices for the top soon-to-be-published books in 81 different subscription categories, from titles for the youngest of readers to teens and young adults. We are so proud to see so many of our selections among NYT’s top billed. 

Below are the JLG selections featured on NYT’s annual list:

  1. Another By Christian Robinson (Athenium)
    Category: Primary (grades K-1)

  1. Good Boy By Sergio Ruzzier (Athenium) 
    Category: Pre-Kindergarten Plus (ages 2-5)

  1. My Papi Has A Motorcycle By Isabel Quintero (Kokila) 
    Category: City Elementary (grades 2-6)

  1. River By Elisha Cooper (Orchard Books)
    Category: Easy Reading Plus (grades 1-3)

  1. Small in the City By Sydney Smith (Holiday House) 
    Category: City Elementary (grades 2-6)

  1. Truman By Jean Reidy, Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum) 
    Category: Kindergarten Plus (grades PreK-K)

  1. The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Versify) 
    Category: Character Building Elementary (grades 2-6)

  1. All the Greys on Greene Street By Laura Tucker (Viking) (Listening Library)
    Category: Upper Elementary and Junior High Plus (grades 5-7) / Audiobooks Elementary12 (grades 2-6)

  1. Guts By Raina Telgemeier (Graphix) 
    Category: Graphic Novels Elementary Plus (grades 3-6)

  1. Look Both Ways By Jason Reynolds (Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy) 
    Category: Upper Elementary and Junior High (grades 5-7)

  1. My Jasper June By Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond Press) 
    Category: Advanced Readers Plus (grades 6-9)

  1. New Kid By Jerry Craft (HarperCollins) (Harper Audio)
    Category: Graphic Novels Middle Plus (grades 5-8  / Audiobooks Middle12 (grades 5-8)

  1. Queen of the Sea By Dylan Meconis (Walker Books Ltd) 
    Category: Graphic Novels Middle Plus (grades 5-8)

  1. Some Places More Than Others By Renee Watson (Bloomsbury USA) 
    Category: City Elementary (grades 2-6)

  1. Sweeping Up The Heart By Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Bks) (Harper Audio)
    Category: PG Middle Plus (grades 5-8)Audiobook Middle12 Plus (grades 5-8)

  1. This Was Our Pact By Ryan Andrews (First Second) 
    Category: Graphic Novels Elementary Plus (grades 3-6)

  1. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky By Kwame Mbalia (Rick Riordan Presents) 
    Category: Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus (grades 5-8)

  1. The Fountains of Silence By Ruta Sepetys (Philomel)
    Category: History High (grades 10 and up)

  1. Frankly in Love By David Yoon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 
    Category: High-Interest High Plus (grades 10 and up)

  1. Pet By Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me a World) 
    Category: Advanced Readers (grades 6-9)

  1. Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia By Mark Favreau (Little, Brown BFYR) 
    Category: History High (grades 10 and up)

  1. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All By Laura Ruby (Balzer & Bray) 
    Category: Mature Young Adults Plus (grades 11 and up)

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