It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year—to give books! A very special 2020 ICYMthem Book List of MG / YA novels published in this crazy #pandemic.

Thanks to everyone who shared and shopped selections from our

2020 Recommended Picture Books List.

For those wondering what books to give the older kids on your list…

Check out these must-read 2020 books

for Middle Grade / Young Adult 

Yes, there are many other titles out there. (Feel free to add them in the comments below.)

Just making sure these awesome titles are on your book-radar too!


Click the links to learn more:

Chapter Books series

The Dramatic Life of Azaleah Lane (Book 2) –Nikki Shannon Smith / Gloria Felix /Picture Window/ Capstone  / Grades 1-3

Dragons vs. Unicorns (Kate the Chemist /Book 1)  –Dr. Kate Biberdorf with Hillary Homzie / Philomel / Grades 3-7

Look At Rollo! (Book 4) –Reed Duncan / Keith Frawley /  Penguin Workshop / Grades 1-2

The Story of… a biography series for new readers: including…

The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Story of… a biography series for new readers) –Susan B. Katz / Rockridge Press / Grades 1-2

The Story of Amelia Earhart (The Story of… a biography series for new readers) –Stacia Deutsch / Rockridge Press / Grades 1-2

Middle Grade:

Efrén Divided  –Ernesto Cisneros /Quill Tree Books / Harper Collins

Flying Over Water –Shannon Hitchcock & Naheed Hasnat Senzai / Scholastic

One Time –Sharon Creech / Harper Collins

Operation Frog Effect –Sarah Scheeger, w/ graphic novel sections Illus. Gina Perry / Yearling / Penguin Random House–a 2019 title but just released in paperback!

Parked –Danielle Svetcov / Dial

Prairie Lotus –Linda Sue Park / Clarion

The Boys in the Back Row –Mike Jung / Levine Querido

Young Adult

How To Live On The Edge –Sarah Scheerger / Carolrhoda Lab

Red Hood –Elana K. Arnold / Balzer & Bray

What I Carry –Jennifer Longo / Random House

YA Series

(Be sure to check out all the titles in this series.)

The Hand on the Wall (Book 3 of the Truly Devious series) –Maureen Johnson / Katherine Tegan Books

We encourage you to consider these books for your holiday gifts.

And if possible, #ShopIndie #indiecember.  

Happy Holidays to ALL–

and heartfelt thanks to the fabulous authors & illustrators, teachers & librarians, and

booksellers in our #kidlit community, for coming together this year even stronger and more determined to help get each other’s books on the radar of young readers and their families. Special shout-outs to #2020BookLook, bloggers everywhere, @2021derfuls (who started early!) and my amazing @EastWestLit family. It definitely takes a village and I wouldn’t want to “live” anywhere else.

Stay safe, friends.

Cheers to 2021 getting here SOON!