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!
Main Street Magic

Main Street Magic

Ingela P. Arrhenius
Novelty Board Book
For ages 4 to 6
Chronicle Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1452161570
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Dragonbound

Dragonbound

Chelsea M. Campbell
Fiction
For ages 13 and up
Skyscape, 2016   ISBN: 978-1503936096
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Read, Read, Read!

Read, Read, Read!

Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Illustrator:  Ryan O'Rourke 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
WordSong, 2017   ISBN: 978-1590789759
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The Book of Gold

The Book of Gold

Bob Staake
Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
Random House, 2017   ISBN: 978-0553510775
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My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

Suzanne Del Rizzo
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Pajama Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1772780109
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A Good Story

A Good Story

Zack Rock
Picture Book
For ages 6 and up
Creative Editions, 2017   ISBN: 978-1568462806
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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Andrea J. Loney
Illustrator:  Keith Mallett 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Lee & Low Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1620142608
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How Animals Build

How Animals Build

Moira Butterfield
Illustrator:  Tim Hutchinson 
Novelty nonfiction book
For ages 7 to 9
Lonely Planet, 2017   ISBN: 978-1786576637
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My Collection of Collections

My Collection of Collections

Nina Chakrabarti
Activity Book
For ages 6 to 8
Laurence King Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1786270610
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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Henry Holt, 2015   ISBN: 978-0805097443
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Adventures with Waffles

Adventures with Waffles

Maria Parr
Illustrator:  Kate Forrester 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Candlewick Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-0763672812
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Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordin

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordin

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville
Illustrator:  Brigette Barrager 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2017   ISBN: 978-1481461313
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She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

Chelsea Clinton
Illustrator:  Alexandra Boiger 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Penguin, 2017   ISBN: 978-1524741723
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Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Alison Jay
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Barefoot Books, 2014   ISBN: 978-1782850427
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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth
Illustrator:  Ekua Holmes 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 7 to 10
Candlewick, 2017   ISBN: 978-0763680947
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