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Monday, November 13, 2017

Conversations' Top 20 Books for Young Readers in 2017

For Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb 2017 was the year of amazing books. "There were so many great ones that came our way this year," he says. "Conversations is glad to be able to share its favorites with the world and hopefully help others find something that will entertain, educate and inspire them."

This year's Top 20 Books for Young Readers continues Webb's mission of spotlighting books that others might have heard of that he had the pleasure of enjoying as well as lesser known titles and authors that he feels as though deserve recognition.

Without any further ado, here is this year's list (listed in no particular order):

  1. I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer (Dial Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group)
  2. London & Sydney Explore the World: Texas by Kellen & Berthina Coleman  (Fomenky Publishing)
  3. Listen by Leda Schubert (Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press)
  4. Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan (Chronicle Books)
  5. Shaken: Young Reader's Edition by Tim Tebow (Waterbrook)
  6. We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf)
  7. Larry the Alligator Makes Friends by LaDonna Marie (Createspace)
  8. The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Schaefer Bernardo (Inner Flower Child Books)
  9. Champion Immortal by Brian Thompson (Great Nation Publishing)
  10. The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie (Weinstein Books/Perseus Books)
  11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)
  12. Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani (Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group)
  13. Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat (Harper Collins)
  14. Counting Sea Life with the Little Seahorse by Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent 
  15. The Cool Thing About Being Yourself by Ethan Wheeler (Createspace)
  16. Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim (Abrams Books)
  17. Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
  18. The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  19. Please Explain "Terrorism" to Me! by Laurie Zelinger, PhD (Loving Healing Press)
  20. Animal Ark by Kwame Alexander (National Geographic Kids)
All the books in this year's list are available on

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