Well, all, it’s the end of the year. And we thought we’d look back on our absolute FAVORITE books from 2018. Some of them are from indie authors, some were read by Guppy, but either way, these were the books that impacted us the most in 2018. Maybe we’ll have more next year! But here’s the round up!
Number 5: Strega Nona By: Tomi dePaola– Always a favorite in our house, the story of the little Italian Witch Grandma and her bumbling but kind helper will always have a place in our hearts!
Number 4: Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss Guppy and I love this book, which shows (in her own words) the story of a young girl who winds up having to move away from her best friend, and start again at a new school, make new friends, and learn who she is.
Number 3:She Persisted By Chelsea Clinton Our first leap into feminist and diverse literature, She Persisted showed Guppy (and me) exactly how many strong, smart, brave women came before us (and along side of us), and gave us the confidence to do anything we set our hearts and minds on.
Number 2: I Am Me Written and Illustrated By Jennifer Francis An amazing book with an awesome vocabulary list, and even better message, I Am Me showed us just how special we are. With an adorable little girl of color to follow through the story, it was wonderful to see her through her own eyes.
My number 1 pick for the year wasn’t difficult, despite the awesome contenders we had. With the most diverse cast of characters, and the uplifting message (that all families are valid) I found myself looking past some of the more cringe-inducing side notes quite easily the more I read it.