Announcing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2020!

November 6, 2020

  Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce the results of our incredibly hardworking 101 Great Books for Kids committee. 2020 proved to be a particularly difficult year for us. When the pandemic closed our library in March it also kept all the books we were trying to read sequestered away. Thanks to the magnificent […]


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Nonfiction for Older Readers

November 6, 2020

Nonfiction for Older Readers   95. All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat. In 2018, saving twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave became a worldwide rescue effort. This account chronicles how the plan came together and offers a rewarding Thai perspective along […]



Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Comics and Graphic Novels

November 6, 2020

Comics and Graphic Novels   68. Go With the Flow by Lily Williams, ill. Karen Schneemann. How do you battle injustice when you’re young? When Abby discovers that the tampon/tampax machines in her school are always empty, she and her friends band together to fight for what’s right. Call Number: JGraphic Willi.L   69. Green […]


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Fiction

November 6, 2020

Fiction 43. The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman. In 1986 Ukraine two girls become unlikely friends after experiencing the fallout from the horrifying Chernobyl crisis. Call Number: J Blank.A You can listen to the ebook here and the e-audiobook on Overdrive here.   44. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. Everyone blames Ellie for her father’s […]


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Poetry and Short Stories

November 6, 2020

Poetry and Short Stories 38. A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems by Vikram Madan. Hilarity abounds in this wild and wacky conglomeration of unique (and goofy) poems! Expect 13.8 billion laughs! Call Number: x811 Madan.V   39. I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon, translated by David Colmer. […]




Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Picture Books

November 6, 2020

Picture Books   The Barnabus Project by Terry, Eric and Devin Fan.   Barnabus is half mouse, half elephant, and 100% an utter failure as a genetically modified pet. When he and his imperfect friends decide to make a break for freedom, you’ll root for them every step of the way. Call Number: JPicture Fan.T […]


Antiracist Resources and Reads: Books for the Youngest of Readers

June 11, 2020

We received the following message from a patron last week: “I think it would be great to include books for young children on your list of anti-racist offerings. Board books, picture books, etc. that showcase diversity and peace. Prejudice is instilled at such a young age, so a list of great books to buy and […]