Skip to main content

Kidsreads Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2016!

Reviewer Picks

Kidsreads Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2016!

There's no better way to start an argument with self-proclaimed book nerds than to ask "what is the best children's book of 2015?" We decided to get our lovely reviewers and Teen Board members involved in the debate by asking them to tell us a few of their favorites. See below for their picks, and a few fun quotes. Do you agree with their choices? 


Dana Cuadrado
  • FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi
    Tahereh Mafi’s stunning middle grade debut was vibrant and full of life. It captured my imagination from the very first sentence with her beautiful prose and her eccentric characters. Tahereh Mafi can rewrite the dictionary and I would read it.

  • NINE, TEN: A September 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
    Nora Raleigh Baskin writes about the events of September 11th from the perspective of four very different kids. The beautiful part of this novel is that it is set during the 48 hours prior to the attack allowing the reader to see how the world changed overnight and how communities came together in the blink of an eye.

  • PHOENIX by SF Said with illustrations by Dave McKean
    This book was such a fun science fiction space adventure that really transported me to another universe. I loved the mystery of this story and all of the action. One of the best parts of the story were the amazing illustrations by Dave McKean that accompanied the narrative.    

Amanda Melfi
  • THE BRONZE KEY (Magisterium #3) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
    THE BRONZE KEY is the third book in the Magisteriumseries and it is by far one of the best books (and series) that I have ever read.
  • FOXHEART by Claire Legrand
    FOXHEART has a great main female character that is adventurous, brave, and fierce. But she isn’t the only positive thing about this book. Every page is dripping with detail to the point where you become so submersed you lose track of reality.
  • THE SECRET KEEPERS by Trenton Lee Stewart
    This book contains everything that you could ever want in a book: evil, mystery, magical powers, adventure, and overall a great writing style that you can’t help but be drawn into.
  • MY NAME IS LEON by Kit de Waal
    MY NAME IS LEON contains a beautiful, heartbreaking story about the bond between siblings. The perspective being from such a young child really puts the whole story into a perspective that you would never think of. Your heart breaks over and over again for this child who does not fully understand what is happening.
  • CLOUD AND WALLFISH by Anne Nesbet
    This book is a whirlwind from start to finish and contains some serious thoughts and themes about surveillance, fear, revolution, and loyalty.
Angela Warsinske
Emma Kantor
  • RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
    Poignant and poetic, as we’ve come to expect from DiCamillo.
  • THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Erin Entrada Kelly
    Kelly pays a loving tribute to the bonds of sisterhood and storytelling.
  • SOME WRITER!: THE STORY OF E.B. WHITE by Melissa Sweet
    Sweet’s collage of images, text and archived material comes together to form a radiant biography.
  • GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier
    The color! The facial expressions!

Rebecca Hawkins

  • IRENA'S CHILDREN by Tilar J. Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell
    I could not put IRENA'S CHILDREN down. An incredible but little-known story that deserves its place in history, this will become a gem of children's Holocaust literature.
  • UNBOUND: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
    UNBOUND is a brutal and beautiful coming-of-age story of one girl's escape from slavery and her unwavering belief in her own humanity.