Our Top 10 Children’s Chapter Books, Poetry, and Graphic Novels of 2017

Yesterday, Children’s Services Librarians from The Seattle Public Library shared our favorite picture books of the year – and today, we want to share our ten favorites for children, in the “everything else” category!: chapter books, poetry, and graphic novels.  Enjoy!

Refugee by Alan Gratz
A gripping, timely novel that follows three children – from different time periods and continents – on their harrowing flights from violence and war, seeking refuge with their families.

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
by Nikki Grimes
Combining classic poems of the Harlem Renaissance with Grimes’ original poetry and art by 15 contemporary African American illustrators, this gorgeous volume presents a moving reflection of the African American experience, in the past and today.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
A fun prequel to the Marvel comics series, this origin story tells of the sassy teen superhero with a tail and a legion of squirrel sidekicks.

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith
A laugh-out-loud illustrated poetry collection, perfect for fans of the zany nonsense of poets Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Douglas Florian.

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Homeschooled by her Renaissance Fair-enthusiast parents, Imogene has a hard time fitting in when she gets her wish to attend the public middle school. A graphic novel by the author of the Newbery honor winning Roller Girl.

Where’s Halmoni? by Julie J. Kim
Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world inspired by Korean folklore, complete with mischievous goblins (dokkebi), a greedy tiger, a clever rabbit, and a wily fox.

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Malú is a zine-making, punk rocker, which she attributes to her dad. And she’s Mexican American, but maybe not quite Mexican enough to keep her mom happy. When figuring out where she fits in at her new middle school, she tries to adhere to the first rule of punk: be yourself!

Patina by Jason Reynolds
New to the community track team, Patina is dealing with a lot of pressure – both on and off the track. Luckily, she’s always had her strength and self-reliance to keep it all together. But can she learn to depend on people around her, and become part of a team in time for the relay race?

Princess Cora and the Crocodile
by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca
What to do when every moment of your day is filled with lessons and obligations? Write your fairy godmother, and hope that she sends you…a crocodile?!

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Clayton wants nothing more than to jam on his harmonica with his grandfather’s blues band – but when disaster strikes, what will happen to Clayton’s dream?

One thought on “Our Top 10 Children’s Chapter Books, Poetry, and Graphic Novels of 2017”

  1. I consider myself an excellent curator of my kids’ reading and yet the SPL still manages to come up with a list of books that has as many new-to-us books as old friends. Thank you.

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