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Just in time for the holiday season, the Evanston Public Library has announced selection of the 101 Best Books for Kids 2017. This list provides books of mystery, science, poetry, hilarity, sorrow, and more. The books have been chosen by EPL librarians from the thousands published in 2017.

In its very first year, this list reflects the diversity and beauty of Evanston’s readership and the library’s commitment to meeting the diverse needs and expectations of Evanston residents. Children will escape the destruction of Mars, get a ride to Havana in a classic car, snap photos of the brightest stars of the Harlem Renaissance, and discover once and for all which is more treacherous: dragons or middle school. There are books for kids who are always looking for the newest comics, stories of facts and history for nonfiction- loving children, gorgeous picture books for the youngest ages, and hilarity found in works of poetry, early readers, fairy tales, and more.

All of these books are available through Evanston Public Library to borrow. Those interested in purchasing them should visit our local bookseller Bookends and Beginnings. Download the PDF of the Children’s Books 2017 Booklet for a nice printed version to share with family and friends.

More about the 101 Best Books for Kids 2017 can be found on the blog post by Evanston Public Library Collections Manager Betsy Bird.

EPL staff members spent countless hours all year reading, considering, discussing, rejecting, and ultimately selecting the best books on this list. They are Laura Antolin, Betsy Bird, Hilda Gonzalez, Jessica Iverson, Leigh Kennelly, Kerry Littel, Renee Neumeier, Paula Shapiro, Ranea Surbrook, Bridget Sweeney, Jennifer Wasilewski, and Brian Wilson. Ms. Bird has served on the Newbery selection committee, and Mr. Wilson has served on the Caldecott committee; these are the two most prestigious awards for excellence in children’s literature.