The Librarians Have Spoken: These Are the Best Books for Kids & Teens in 2020

Now this is the kind of awards season news parents can really use: On Monday, the American Library Association announced some of the top prizes in literature for kids and young adults, including the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Coretta Scott King awards. Considering how overwhelming it can be to help kids choose quality reading material these days, this is an excellent way to make your next reading list.

The librarians and literature experts who select the winners have gone above and beyond to award a broad range of authors and subject matter that looks like the world we live in today (ahem, white male canon). From James Yang’s delightful picture book Stop! Bot! to Kwame Alexander’s poetic illustrated nonfiction book about Black life in America, The Undefeated, to A.S. King’s latest surreal YA tale, Dig, these books can bring new worlds and others’ experiences to life for all kinds of growing young minds.

Peruse this list, and get ready to be inspired and entertained right alongside your kids.

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