A Year of Children’s Books in Review | 2020
This article was originally published at The Children’s Book Review on December 31, 2020. You can read the full text and imagery by clicking here.
Dear Much Appreciated Loyal Reader,
Thank you so much for taking the time to join us on this quest of growing readers. Especially during such a tumultuous year as 2020—a challenging year for all of us on so many different levels. Our hearts go out to all of you—especially those of you who lost a loved one.
The year started well and quickly became an endless cycle of reading, baking, eating sourdough and cake, and joining plenty of virtual meetings. It was the gift of reading and being together (sometimes a little too much togetherness and sometimes not enough due to distance) that kept us going. Thanks to books, together we traveled and explored the world from the safety of our homes. We allowed our imaginations to soar when our four walls felt like they were closing in on us. We took the time to learn about ourselves and tried our best to understand others’ perspectives through the characters and real people that we met upon pages. And through social upheaval and political unrest, we read to learn how we can best support one another and allow unheard voices to rise. The power of books felt more vital and more important than ever this year.
I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge 2020, forgive it, and move forward with gratitude. Gratitude for you! Appreciation for every person who contributes their love of raising readers and their time to The Children’s Book Review. Below, you will find some highlights from the year gone by, including plenty of posts from our outstanding contributors—a year of children’s books in review. A personal highlight for me was the release of my debut picture book, Don’t Wake the Dragon. Somehow, I even managed to write and sell two additional dragon picture books, including Who Loves the Dragon? (releasing in 2021).
You can get the rest of this article at The Children’s Book Review: https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/2020/12/a-year-of-childrens-books-in-review-2020