Amazon Announces Best Children’s & YA Books of 2020 So Far

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As the school year winds down, kids are compiling their summer reading lists. The Amazon Books editorial team works hard all throughout the year to determine the Best Books of the Month, Best Books of the Year So Far and Best Books of the Year breaking the selections down into different genres. Today they released their lists comprised of titles published from the beginning of the year until now. 

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These are the editors’ selections of the Best Children’s Books of the Year So Far: 

  1. Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  2. The Old Truck by Jerome Pumphrey
  3. InvestiGators by John Patrick Green
  4. The Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer by Joan Holub
  5. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
  6. The One and Only Bob (One and Only Ivan) by Katherine Applegate
  7. Ronan the Librarian by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie
  8. A Book for Escargot by Dashka Slater
  9. Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  10. Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
  11. How To Solve A Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi
  12. Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
  13. Race to the Sun (Rick Riordan Presents) by Rebecca Roanhorse
  14. Be You! By Peter Reynolds
  15. Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us by Lauren Castillo
  16. The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
  17. Play Outside! By Laurent Moreau
  18. Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island Book 1) by Alex Aster
  19. Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration by Samara Cole Doyon
  20. Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl

Here are the Best Young Adult Books of the Year So Far: 

  1.  The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins
  2.  Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
  3. The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs
  4. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  5.  One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  6.  Burn by Patrick Ness
  7.  I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
  8.  Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  9.  All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
  10. Deathless Divide (Dream Nation) by Justina Ireland
  11. The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
  12. Crave by Tracy Wolff
  13. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
  14. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
  15. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  16. The Night Country: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert
  17. All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor
  18. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  19. The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
  20. All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson

To learn more about Amazon’s books editorial team, read author interviews, book features and more, visit

See what books made Red Tricycle’s best children’s books list so far, too

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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