What children's books stood out for you in 2018? As we near the end of the year and Christmas approaches, we have been busy remembering our favourite titles. We have come up with 27 books in three categories, from which staff members have then picked their standouts. We'd love for you to tell us if there's anything we've missed - just tag us @readingagency on social media and use the hashtag #BooksOfTheYear.
Rose Attu, Assistant Programme Manager, Children's Reading, chose Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. She says: "This beautifully illustrated book shines a light on forty extraordinary women and their achievements in the fields of art, music, science, sport, politics, medicine and more. It provides a great introduction to remarkable female figures in black history who have changed the world for the better, and is guaranteed to inspire children (and adults) of all backgrounds."
Carina Spaulding, Research and Evaluation Manager, chose You're Called What, written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nikki Dyson. She says: "This hilarious and imaginative book features a series of animals queuing up at the Ministry of Silly Animal Names, all hoping to adopt a more dignified moniker. The illustrations are filled with personality, bringing these bizarre animals to life, but a section at the end featuring facts and photographs of the real-life creatures is sure to spark children's interest in the decidedly weird side of the animal kingdom even further."
Karen McPherson, Publisher Relations Manager, chose You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed. She says: "This is a truly inspiring and empowering book for children, which will show them that they have the potential to do amazing things, and be awesome! By using examples of successful people that children will know about, it makes it easy to demonstrate what's possible without being overwhelming."
Emma Braithwaite, Programme Manager Children's Reading, chose The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve. She says: "I loved this book! Max and his new biscuit-loving friend, Kevin, have tons of fun and adventures. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the story is warm, funny and touching. Roly-poly ponies rule!"
Kimberley Sheehan, Assistant Programme Manager Children's Reading Partners, chose Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla. She says, "This is a great book that demonstrates the power that young people can have when standing up for themselves and their community."
Kathryn Rose, Promotions Coordinator, chose Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. She says, "This is a really exciting fantasy book with a strong female lead based on West African mythology that really draws you into the adventure and magic."
- Head to our Chatterbooks Resources page to download publisher details for every title and resources for a huge range of children's books