Editor's Choice Collection for 2017

These are the books that I reviewed in 2017 that I found particularly entertaining and engaging, and some of them taught me things that I did not know. Many of these titles were published recently, while others have been in print for some time. They are all either stand-alone titles, or the first title in a series, and all of them would make wonderful gifts for a birthday or for the holiday season. Enjoy!
The Poet's Dog

The Poet's Dog

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction
For ages 6 and up
HarperCollins, 2016   ISBN: 978-0062292629
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That Is My Dream!

That Is My Dream!

Langston Hughes
Illustrator:  Daniel Miyares 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House, 2017   ISBN: 978-0399550171
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The Call of the Swamp

The Call of the Swamp

Davide Cali
Illustrator:  Marco Soma 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017   ISBN: 978-0802854865
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What Do You Do With a Chance?

What Do You Do With a Chance?

Kobi Yamada
Illustrator:  Mae Besom 
Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
Compendium Inc, 2018   ISBN: 978-1943200733
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Letters to a Prisoner

Letters to a Prisoner

Jacques Goldstyn
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
Owlkids, 2017   ISBN: 978-1771472517
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Walter: The Story of a Rat

Walter: The Story of a Rat

Barbara Wersba
Illustrator:  Donna Diamond 
Fiction
For ages 8 and up
Boyds Mills Press, 2012   ISBN: 978-1590789483
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A Moment in Time: A Perpetual Picture Atlas

A Moment in Time: A Perpetual Picture Atlas

Thomas Hegbrook
Novelty Nonfiction Book
For ages 7 and up
360 Degrees, 2017   ISBN: 978-1944530075
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Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion

Chris Barton
Illustrator:  Victo Ngai 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Millbrook Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1512410143
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Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Allen Say
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Scholastic, 2017   ISBN: 978-0545927611
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Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Julia Golding
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Skyscape, 2013   ISBN: 978-0761460671
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Ruby's Imagine

Ruby's Imagine

Kim Antieau
Fiction
For ages 13 and up
CreateSpace, 2012   ISBN: 978-1478238379
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Dangerous Jane

Dangerous Jane

Suzanne Slade
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Peachtree Publishers, 2017   ISBN: 978-1561459131
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Amazing Animal Friendships: Odd Couples in Nature

Amazing Animal Friendships: Odd Couples in Nature

Pavla Hanackova
Illustrator:  Linh Dao 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Salariya, 2017   ISBN: 978-1912006489
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Why'd They Wear That? Fashion as the Mirror of History

Why'd They Wear That? Fashion as the Mirror of History

Sarah Albee
Nonfiction
For ages 10 and up
National Geographic Children's Books, 2015   ISBN: 978-1426319198
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Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for Hitler

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Historical Fiction
For ages 10 to 12
Scholastic Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-0545931915
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