Ricki’s Ten (Ahem…Thirteen) Favorite Reads in 2017


Every year, I promise myself that I will get my list down to ten books. And every year, I goof up and end up with more than ten books. Forgive me, but here are my favorite 13 books that I read this year. Please note that the age categories below are superficial. These are books for readers of all ages. 🙂

Picture Books

La La La by Kate DiCamillo (Illustrations by Jaime Kim) (2017)

Love by Matt de la Peña (Illustrations by Loren Long (2018)

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares (2017)

Windows by Julia Denos (Illustrations by E. B. Goodale) (2017)


Middle Grade Books

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (2016)

Refugee by Alan Gratz (2017)


Young Adult Books

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (2017)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (2016)

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2017)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2017)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (2016)


Professional Development

Pose Wobble Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction by Antero Garcia and Cindy O’Donnell-Allen (2015)



2 thoughts on “Ricki’s Ten (Ahem…Thirteen) Favorite Reads in 2017”

  1. Great list, Ricki!

    I always enjoy Gratz’s novels, so I really need to get to Refugee – I think I have it waiting on my audio backlog. And I keep seeing Ghost on everyone’s Best of lists so I really want to read that one, too.

    I still need to make my own list (this week, I hope), but I know that The Hate U Give and American Street will both be on it – both such moving, powerful books.

    Hope that 2018 brings more amazing books!


    Book By Book


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