Esther, Mary Ann, and Bobbi have already posted their favorites. I've agreed with many of their recommendations, but I won't repeat them here. Instead, I'll post a few titles that I haven't seen on other people's lists, at least not yet. Because there's never enough room on the lists for all the good books.
First, some of the lists I've been using to order books for my reading pile:
19 books to help children find hope and strength in stressful times: A librarian’s list from Karen MacPherson, the children’s and teen services coordinator for the Takoma Park, MD, library
Holiday Gift Guide: Here's Some Great Latino Books for Kids, Teens by MONICA OLIVERA
The Best Children’s Books of 2016 BY MARIA POPOVA (Brainpickings)
The best kid's books to give this year from Minnesota Public Radio News by Holly Weinkauf, owner of the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul and a former children's librarian, and Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Best books of 2016 to give -- and receive: Young adult favorites by Tracy Mumford
Best Informational Books for Older Readers of 2016 from the Chicago Public Library
31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Four – 2016 Great Picture Book Readalouds by Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal (Be sure to see the links to more lists at the end of the article.)
The Best Middle Grade Books of 2016 from Entertainment Weekly
Next, a few of the many books I've enjoyed in addition to those on the lists, with their library summaries:
picture book: Wonderfall by Michael Hall. Follows the story of a single tree through the changing of the seasons from fall to winter, as people, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in the leaves, and building nests. Includes blended words.
poetry: Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Young readers are fascinated with birds in their world. Every Day Birds helps children identify and learn about common birds. After reading Every Day Birds, families can look out their windows with curiosity--recognizing birds and nests and celebrating the beauty of these creatures!
middle grade: Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur. Sofarende is at war and the army is paying families well to recruit children, so if twelve-year-old Mathilde or her best friend Megs is chosen, they hope to help their families but fear they will be separated forever.
Have fun browsing! Have fun creating your own reading pile! Have fun reading!
The Opposite of Indifference. Enjoy!
JoAnn Early Macken