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!
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

Matt Lamothe
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Chronicle Books LLC, 2017   ISBN: 978-1452150185
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The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

Frances Poletti, Kristina Yee
Illustrator:  Susanna Chapman 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Compendium Inc, 2017   ISBN: 978-1943200474
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Black History in Its Own Words

Black History in Its Own Words

Ronald Wimberly
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 12 and up
Image Comics, 2017   ISBN: 978-1534301535
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Next Year

Next Year

Ruth Vander Zee
Illustrator:  Gary Kelley 
Historical Fiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Creative Editions, 2017   ISBN: 978-1568462820
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Dance Is for Everyone

Dance Is for Everyone

Andrea Zuill
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Sterling Children's Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1454921141
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Books Do Not Have Wings

Books Do Not Have Wings

Brynne Barnes
Illustrator:  Rogerio Coelho 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Sleeping Bear Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-1585369645
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Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign

Rhiannon Thomas
Fiction
For ages 13 and up
HarperCollins, 2017   ISBN: 978-0062418685
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Creekfinding: A True Story

Creekfinding: A True Story

Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrator:  Claudia McGehee 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-0816698028
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Robinson Crusoe 2244

Robinson Crusoe 2244

E. J. Robinson
Fiction
For ages 13 and up
Illuminati Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-0692387306
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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Joseph Bruchac
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Speak, 2006   ISBN: 978-0142405963
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Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

Kwame Alexander
Photographer: Joel Sartore
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
National Geographic Children's Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1426327674
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Niko Draws a Feeling

Niko Draws a Feeling

Bob Raczka
Illustrator:  Simone Shin 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Carolrhoda Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1467798433
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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

Nikki Grimes
Illustrator:  a host of talented illustrators 
Poetry
For ages 10 to 14
Bloomsbury , 2017   ISBN: 978-1619635548
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The Fog

The Fog

Kyo Maclear
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Tundra Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1770494923
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Mechanica

Mechanica

Betsy Cornwell
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Clarion Books, 2015   ISBN: 978-0547927718
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