What It Takes – Building the 101 Great Kids Books List for 2018

August 16, 2018

Each year the Evanston Public Library produces a killer list of the 101 children’s books that really struck us as the best of the best of the best. Now the number “101” may sound large to you. Allow me to assure you that it is not. It is a miniscule number. A teeny tiny digit. And at no point are you more aware of its infinitesimal limits than when you are trying to pare down all the publications for kids in a given year to a measly 101.

Now I have the best staff in the world at my fingertips. Dedicated professionals that take time out of their own busy days and free time at home to read through the untold gobs of children’s books coming in. And I’ve been chewing over how best to convey to you, dear reader, how much these stalwart experts have to consider. So I took some pictures of a sampling of the children’s books published in the year 2018. Consider this a glimpse into the publishing industry itself. Also, please note that this is just a slice of what we’re considering, and not everything published in a given year.

Picture Books:

Easy Books and Early Chapter Books:

Poetry Books:

Nonfiction Books:

Older Chapter Books:

Whew! That’s a lot of books!  The good news is that you don’t have to read them all. Leave it to us and this holiday season we’ll produce the best list of the best books you’ve ever laid your eyes on. We can’t wait!

Curious about last year’s list? You can find it in full at https://www.epl.org/announcing-debut-evanston-public-librarys-101-great-books-kids-list-2017/.


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