PARENTS Magazine Names The Best Children’s Books Of 2020

Meredith Corporation’s (NYSE: MDP) PARENTS released the 12th annual list of Best Children’s Books, recognizing the 30 top new reads for every child in 2020. Selected by the editors and kid-approved, the list of winners is available now on and in the December issue of PARENTS magazine, available now.

“Our editorial team—as well as our exclusive panel of librarians and voracious young readers—has been reviewing books since January to come up with this prestigious list of winners. PARENTS celebrates children’s books in every issue, but there is nothing like this annual list to fill our readers’ personal libraries and help raise the next generation of book lovers.”

PARENTS editors, librarians, teachers and literacy experts nominated more than 250 titles published this year. A diverse group of nearly 100 kids and their parents helped determine 30 winners that deliver laughter and learning and thrills and chills, but most important, they are guaranteed to help children fall in love with reading.

The complete list of PARENTS’ Best Children’s Books of 2020 is presented below by category and on

Hand in Hand – Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Sheryl Murray
Hello, Elephant! – Written and illustrated by Sam Boughton
Hooray for Little Fingers! – Written and illustrated by Tristan Mory
How Big Is Zagnodd? – Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Mail Duck – Written and illustrated by Erica Sirotich
Our World – Written by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Lisk Feng
Play With Your Plate! – Written and illustrated by Judith Rossell
What Is Baby Going to Do? – Written by Laura Knowles, illustrated by Juliana Perdomo
Who Does What? – Written by Stephanie Babin, illustrated by Ilaria Falorsi
You’re My Little Baby – Written and illustrated by Eric Carle

The Alphabet’s Alphabet – Written by Chris Harris, illustrated by Dan Santat
The Box Turtle – Written and illustrated by Vanessa Roeder
Catch That Chicken! – Written by Atinuke, illustrated by Angela Brooksbank
Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks – Written by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Friday Night Wrestlefest – Written by J. F. Fox, illustrated by Micah Player
Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea – Written by Meena Harris, illustrated by Ana Ramírez González
Lift – Written by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
Old Rock (Is Not Boring) – Written and illustrated by Deb Pilutti
The Paper Kingdom – Written by Helena Ku Rhee, illustrated by Pascal Campion
Vinny Gets a Job – Written and illustrated by Terry Brodner

City Spies – Written by James Ponti
Class Act – Written and illustrated by Jerry Craft
From the Desk of Zoe Washington – Written by Janae Marks
History Smashers: The Mayflower – Written by Kate Messner, illustrated by Dylan Meconis
The One and Only Bob – Written by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Prairie Lotus – Written by Linda Sue Park
See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog – Written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer – Written and illustrated by Gillian Goerz
Ways to Make Sunshine – Written by Renée Watson, illustrated by Nina Mata
What About Worms!? – Written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Librarians also nominated over 50 new young-adult novels, which were reviewed by 25 teens who named 10 winners to the PARENTS list of Best Books for Teens. The list is available as a digital exclusive on

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