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2020 NYPL Best Books for Kids

Beyond Me

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: June 30, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

In the spirit of A Place to Belong, this remarkable novel-in-verse examines the aftershocks of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in ...

City Spies

(Book #1 of City Spies)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: March 10, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

A New York Times bestseller! A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection! “Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” —People “Will keep young re...

My Best Friend

Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 03, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

An NPR Best Book of the Year! New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki come together to tell a de...

Oil

Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 31, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

Mother-son team Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter tell the story of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its devastating and lingering effects in this poe...

2020 NYPL Best Books for Kids (Top Ten)

You Matter

Illustrated by Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 02, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

A New York Times bestseller! Five starred reviews! Named Best Book of the Year by Barnes & Noble, The New York Times/New York Public Library, P...

2020 NYPL Best Books for Teens

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: November 10, 2020
Ages: 12 - 99

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gr...

Today Tonight Tomorrow

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: July 28, 2020
Ages: 12 - 99

“A dizzying, intimate romance.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Funny, tender, and romantic.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) The Hating Game...

2020 NYPL Best Books for Teens (Top Ten)

Legendborn

This edition: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publication date: September 15, 2020
Ages: 14 - 99

An Instant New York Times Bestseller! Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award Filled with mystery and an intrig...

2020 Children's History Book Prize Finalist

Fighting for the Forest

How FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Save America
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

In an inspiring middle grade nonfiction work, P. O’Connell Pearson tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps—one of Franklin Delano Roosev...

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge

George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 08, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

“A brilliant work of US history.” —School Library Journal (starred review) “Gripping.” —BCCB (starred review) “Accessible…Necessary.” —Kirkus Revie...