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My Favorite Reads of 2020

While 2020 was a year of great loss, of feeling lost at times, and being distanced, within the pages of books I found hope, refuge, solace, anger to push me further in action, and love. Within the pages of books I was able to move into other worlds, some that were quite frightening while others were meant for dreaming. I don’t know how many books I read, there are nearly 200 favorites on this list, so coming up with my favorite reads of 2020 was an undertaking, after all, these books kept me company in a year that at times I would rather forget. I know I missed many amazing books, so please leave me a comment if you have one to recommend. While this only represents my favorite reads, I read many more, I highlight them on Instagram or on Goodreads as I read them.

While many were brand new books, some were just brand new to me. Either way, there are many books here to potentially check out, to gift from your favorite local independent book store, so in no particular order, here are my favorite reads so far in 2020.

I have gathered the list for shopping purposes at Bookshop.org – a fantastic website that partners with independent booksellers and pays them a higher percentage for anything they sell than Amazon. Please consider ordering the books from Bookshop.org– an independent bookstore that partners with local independent bookstores to sell books or ordering them directly from you local independent book store. You can see the list here and also stay abreast of other lists that I make to showcase our work and reading.

Picture Books

Crossings | Book by Katy S. Duffield, Mike Orodán | Official Publisher Page  | Simon & Schuster
Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a  Marathon: Singh, Simran Jeet, Kaur, Baljinder: 9780525555094: Amazon.com:  Books
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice | IndieBound.org
Lift: Lê, Minh, Santat, Dan: 9781368036924: Amazon.com: Books
What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns: Locke, Katherine, Passchier,  Anne: 9780316542067: Amazon.com: Books
Pre-order for May 2021
I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner | Little, Brown  Books for Young Readers
Pre-order for April 2021
Daddy & Dada by Ryan Brockington, Isaac Webster, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®
Pre-order for May 2021
Fred Gets Dressed: Brown, Peter: 9780316200646: Amazon.com: Books
Pre-order for May 2021
Outside In: Underwood, Deborah, Derby, Cindy: 9781328866820: Amazon.com:  Books
Amazon.com: Space Matters (9781328801470): Lynn, Jacque, Nichols, Lydia:  Books
I Talk Like a River: Scott, Jordan, Smith, Sydney: 9780823445592:  Amazon.com: Books
RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul - Kindle edition by  Weatherford, Carole Boston, Morrison, Frank. Children Kindle eBooks @  Amazon.com.
Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood: Hillery, Tony,  Hartland, Jessie: 9781534402317: Amazon.com: Books
Rescuing Mrs. Birdley by Aaron Reynolds, Emma Reynolds, Hardcover | Barnes  & Noble®
Our Favorite Day of the Year: Ali, A. E., Bell, Rahele Jomepour:  9781481485630: Amazon.com: Books
If Dominican Were a Color | Book by Sili Recio, Brianna McCarthy | Official  Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster
Me & Mama: Cabrera, Cozbi A., Cabrera, Cozbi A.: 9781534454217: Amazon.com:  Books
Zonia's Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal: 9781536208450 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
Pre-order for March, 2021
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My Rainbow by DeShanna Neal, Trinity Neal: 9781984814609 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
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Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball - Kindle ...
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Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid: Tentler-Krylov, Victoria,  Tentler-Krylov, Victoria: 9781338282832: Amazon.com: Books
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When Father Comes Home: Jung, Sarah, Jung, Sarah: 9781338355703:  Amazon.com: Books
Red Shoes - Kindle edition by English, Karen, Glenn, Ebony ...
Ron's Big Mission: Blue, Rose, Naden, Corinne, Tate, Don ...
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Packs: Strength in Numbers: Salyer, Hannah: 9781328577887: Amazon.com: Books
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Early Readers

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Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo
Ways to Make Sunshine

Middle Grade

Class Act: Craft, Jerry, Craft, Jerry: 9780062885500: Amazon.com: Books
Class Act by Jerry Craft
Hockey Super Six: The Puck Drops Here by Kevin Sylvester
Hockey Super Six by Kevin Sylvester (Order through a Canadian bookseller and cross your fingers that Scholastic USA publishes it here!)

Young Adult

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Long Way Down – Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and art by Danica Novgorodoff

Non-Fiction – All Ages Mixed Together

Amazon.com: Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the  Fight for Justice (9780525580034): Stevenson, Bryan: Books
Just Mercy- Adapted for Young People by Bryan Stevenson
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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys Soccer Team

What about you? What were the books that song to your heart? That you have wanted to share with others? That you think deserve all of the praise, the hugs, the shares, the anger? I know I missed many from the year, so let me know, what should I read next? Happy reading in 2021!

I am excited to get to work with other colleagues around the world doing virtual and in-person coaching collaboration, and consulting right now. If your district or organization would like more information, please see this blog post.

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Reads of 2020”

  1. When I clicked on your embedded link: . You can see the list here and also stay abreast of other lists that I make to showcase our work and reading., A page came up that said this doesn’t exist… help?
    Thanks,
    Meg

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