Best Children's Books of 2016 So Far

EmailGraphicCut_178HHere we are at the midway mark of 2016. The holidays are still a long way off (I can pretend, can't I?) and all I can see is summer, glorious summer.... 

Besides giving people in the Pacific Northwest a serious attitude change (we can get grumpy by month four of grey skies), this time of year also means choosing The Best Children's Books of the Year So Far.

While I love going back over all my favorite books that came out between January and June, whittling them down to (only) 20 books per category feels like trying to pick a team without leaving any good players behind. This was an especially painful year for making hard choices in the picture book (ages 3-5) and middle grade (ages 9-12) categories.

Below are the titles that took the top spot in each children's books category along with links to see the rest of our hand-picked favorites.




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by Jane Foster
An eye-catching combination of minimal text and simple, stylish illustrations.

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by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
A gorgeously illustrated and magical tale of a town and it's people transformed by art.

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by Jessica Young
The first book in a fun and feisty chapter book series for new readers.

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A big-hearted story of acceptance, friendship, and overcoming life's curve balls.

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Like having a personal docent for some of the most widely recognized works of art.

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