Best Books of 2020

Posted & filed under Blog, Book Discussions, Youth & Teen.

We have several different lists and ways you can access some of our staff’s favorite picks of the year. Included are books for all ages, from infants to adults! Check it out and check back regularly for more recommendations.

On YouTube, we have regularly occurring book talks, including some that wrap up all of 2020 in books!

Here is a record set for some of the staff’s favorite Youth books that the library owns!

Our newsletter featured some of the staff’s favorite titles, which you can search below.

Rich – Youth and Teen Services

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

Paula – Information Services

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Emily – Youth & Teen Services

The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke, Jens Rassmus (Illustrations), Belinda Cooper (Translation)

Barbara Friedman – Information Services

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Brian – Information Services

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Kevin – Youth and Teen Services

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo 

We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Mejia 

The New One by Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein 

ALA Wrap-Up, Part II: Book Haul Videos

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Here are parts I and II of our book haul videos, which you can check out on our social media page!

We have also included links to all the discussed ALA Haul books (although some are forthcoming and not in the catalog yet). This can serve as a great reading list for all ages (adults included) and genres! It also includes both seasoned and new authors, so it will fit your interest no matter whether you’re interested in something new or something familiar! Or you can stop in to hear more about these in person!

They Called Us Enemy – George Takei

Black Mage – Daniel Barnes

Activist – Lauren Hog

Chickasaw Adventures Series

The Ghost Collector

Baby Sitters Little Sitter – Katy Farina

Unplugged and Unpopular – Mat Heagerty

Mighty Jack and Zita The Spacegirl – Ben Hatke

Best Friends – Shannon Hale (also a Books and Bites selection)

The Crossover: Graphic Novel (also a Books and Bites selection)

Red Panda and Moon Bear – Jarod Rosello (for fans of Dog Man!)

I Am the Night Sky – Various (Created by teens themselves)

Indian No More – Charlene McManis

Light It Up – Kekla Magoon

The Year We Fell From Space – A.S. King

I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day

I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day

The Jumbie God’s Revenge – Tracey Baptiste

All the Day’s Past, All the Days to Come – Mildred Taylor

ALA Conference Recap, Part I: Book Talks

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The 2019 ALA, or American Library Association, Annual Conference is always a big event for librarians. This past year the conference took place in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25.

Here is how the ALA describes the conference:

One of our librarians, Eti, attended the conference. There was indeed, lots of great networking, updates, and opportunities to connect with authors and materials. The Lincolnwood Public Library wanted to share and discuss some of the books we are most excited about. Take a look below and stay tuned for our ALA book haul that we will assuredly talk more about later. Enjoy and be sure to take a look at any of these books in our collection by clicking the links!