Every year I post an end of the year favorite book list but I thought this year, inspired by Colby Sharp, I thought it would be fun to add the titles as I discovered them. Now, these may have come out in 2018 or simply have been read by me in 2018. So here you are, in no particular order, my favorite books of 2018. To follow along with these live follow me on Instagram.
PS: My Favorite Picture Books of 2018 can be found here.
Middle Grade or Younger
Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley and illustrated by Jaime Zollars
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
Meet Yasmin! by
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by
Minrs 3 by Kevin Sylvester (Final book of the Minrs trilogy)
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, art by Sophie Blackall
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley
Mac B. Kid Spy by Mac Barnett illustrated by Mike Lowery
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
The Unicorn Rescue Society by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
The Endling by Katherine Applegate
7 Generations – A Plains Cree Saga by David Alexander Robertson and drawn by Scott A. Henderson
Ms. Marvel by G. Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona
Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab and Jackie Roche
Speak – The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
All Summer Long by Hope Larson
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Internment by Samira Ahmed – won’t release until March 2019 – must pre-order
Dry by Jarrod Shusterman and Neal Shusterman
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
First Generation by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illustrated by Agata Nowicka
Dog Days of History by Sarah Albee
#NotYourPrincess – Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charlieboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Two Truths and a Lie – Histories and Mysteries by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
12 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2018”
Wow! A treasure trove of books here! Thank you!
The Julius Lester book, what a stunner, thanks for your great list; I loved reading many and now you have given me other titles to explore, can’t wait!!!
Excellent selections. Added some gems to my TBR list. Thanks!
Are any of these books translated into Spanish.
I have no idea.
What an amazing list! For the “Middle Grade or Younger” section, do you mean middle elementary grades (3rd-6th ish) or middle school (6th-8th grade-ish)? I’m going to be teaching 3rd and 4th graders next year, so I’m trying to get a sense if you think these would be age appropriate for them. Thanks!
Middle grade for me tends to be 4th-ish and up – some of these books are definitely geared toward even younger than that (Mac B Spy Kid for example), while some skew older. YA is usually 7th and up
I think I would enjoy reading “Loot” thanks for introducing me to it.
l like most of these book they look cool