I saw a list that Josh Funk posted the other day. It was his favorite movie from every year he’s been alive.
I thought that was a pretty cool idea. I started thinking that it would be fun for me to make a list like that myself, but to do it with books instead of movies. I worried that maybe there might be a year or two in the last 32 years in which I hadn’t read a book published in that year, but it turned out that I didn’t have anything to worry about. The hardest part was picking just one for a few of the years (especially the more recent years) so I cheated and added honorable mentions. Here’s my list. I’m sure I missed lots of great books, but I did my best. They aren’t all kids’ books, but a lot of them are. It was a ton of fun to make.
Honorable Mention: Dragon Ball Vol. 1: The Monkey King
Honorable Mention: Redwall by Brian Jacques
Honorable Mention: Beloved by Toni Morrison
Honorable Mentions: Sandman vol 1 by Neil Gaiman and Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman.
Honorable Mention: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Honorable Mention: The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Honorable Mention: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Honorable Mention: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Honorable Mention: Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix
Honorable Mention: The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
Honorable Mention: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Honorable Mention: Holes by Louis Sachar
Honorable Mentions: Strega Nona by Tomi DePaola, The Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth and Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
This was actually a hard choice for me. Queen of Attolia is sooooo good.
Honorable Mentions: Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner and Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCammillo.
Honorable mention: John Adams by David McCullough.
Honorable mention: Coroline by Neil Gaiman
Honorable mention: Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
Honorable Mentions: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Honorable Mention: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Honorable Mentions: Savvy by Ingrid Law and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Honorable Mentions: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly and Guess Again by Mac Barnett.
Honorable Mentions: Smile by Raina Telgemeier A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Honorable Mention: Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
Honorable Mentions: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, This is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen and Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Honorable Mention: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Honorable Mentions: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Honorable Mentions: Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall and Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith
That’s it! My list of my favorite book from every year I’ve been alive.