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This is one of the hardest lists to compile because there are so many amazing nonfiction titles published each year.  We managed to narrow it down to our favorite 73 books.  You'll find everything from animals to history, poetry to space.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

1,000 Facts About Insects by Nancy Honovich
Action Presidents: George Washington by Fred Van Lente
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus
Around the World in 50 Ways: Canoe, Camel, or Cable Car . . . You Choose! by Dan Smith
The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras
Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WIldlife by Amy Cherrix
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kristen Gillibrand
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America by Marc Favreau
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp
Drawn from Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri

From past to present, from this world to worlds fantastic, our favorite fiction books were the ones that best captured what it means to be human.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Reneé Watson
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Breakout by Kate Messner
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson
Dear Sister by Alison McGhee
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Granted by John David Anderson
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty
The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
I'm Ok by Patti Kim
It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy 
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
The Lifters by Dave Eggers
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Mascot by Antony John
Megabat by Anna Humphrey
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Themes of kindness and finding your place in the larger world are woven throughout many of our favorite picture books this year.  We also clearly love to laugh when we read.  And be blown away by amazing art.  The list is long.  100 titles exactly.  View the printable list here.

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
The Backup Bunny by Abigail Rayner
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri
The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan
Big Bunny by Rowboat Watkins 
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
Bob's Blue Period by Marion Denchers
The Boy and the Giant by David Litchfield
A Busy Creature's Day Eating by Mo Willems
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Cock-a-doodle-poo! by Steve Smallman
A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert
Crash, Splash, or Moo? by Bob Shea
Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Dino Duckling by Alison Murray
A Dog Called Bear by Diane Fox
Drawn Together by Minh Lê
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Dude! by Aaron Reynolds
The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick by Drew Daywalt
Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins