NPR’s Book Concierge

9 Dec

I was excited to see that NPR published their 2015 Book Concierge, but on taking a closer look there were some genres, themes, and concepts that were glaringly missing, in my opinion.

Now, I can’t talk for the entire list, I merely focused on the kids books and of the 260 books on the list only 23 are children’s books.  After taking a closer look, I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in characters – and they did a fairly good job of finding authors that are diverse, but the characters were truly lacking.  I also thought it was on oversight not to include any graphic novels in the children’s books.  This genre/style of books has taken off in the past few years and it’s a shame that NPR isn’t promoting some of the most amazing titles this year – Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm?!?!?!  The other surprise I noticed was absolutely zero suggestions for non-fiction titles for kids – absolutely ZERO!  I may be hyper-aware of non-fiction as I’m in the midst of judging the non-fiction genre for the CYBILS awards, but there are some wonderful non-fiction titles geared toward all ages of kids that I think are important to let families know about.


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