Pa. Center for the Book announces 2017 list of best books for family literacy

June 14, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Committed to providing an annual list of the best books to support family literacy, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book has announced its 13 books for the 2017 edition. "A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017" was compiled by a panel of children's literature experts from the many children's books published last year.

The titles for the 2017 list include:

  • "123 Dream" by Kim Kranz (published by Random);
  • "ABCs on Wheels” by Ramon Olivera (Little Simon);
  • “D Is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear” by Maria Carluccio (Chronicle);
  • “Ella and Penguin Stick Together” by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet (HarperCollins);
  • “Faraway Fox” by Jolene Thompson, illustrated by Justin K. Thompson (Houghton);
  • “Lion Lessons” by Jon Agee (Dial);
  • “Owl Sees Owl” by Laura Godwin, illustrated by Rob Dunlavey (Random/Schwartz & Wade);
  • “The Saddest Toilet in the World” by Sam Apple, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Simon/Aladdin);
  • “They All Saw A Cat” by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle);
  • “Walter’s Wonderful Web” by Tim Hopgood (Farrar);
  • “We Found A Hat” by Jon Klassen (Candlewick);
  • “A Well-Mannered Young Wolf” by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet (Eerdmans); and
  • “When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek (Greenwillow)

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, assessing hundreds of new children’s books each year, prepares book lists, activities and curriculum materials. Working with its youngest audience, preschool children, the Baker’s Dozen list complements the center’s family literacy activities to help parents and caregivers to create and nurture lifelong readers. Tips for using the books with children and families, previous years' selections, annotations, selection criterial and more are available through the "A Baker's Dozen" website.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Penn State’s University Libraries and Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, is one of 51 similar organizations nationwide established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its mission is to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit http://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu or contact Caroline Wermuth, outreach coordinator, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, at cvw1@psu.edu or 814-863-5472.

  • book cover for '123 Dream' featuring an illustration of an owl on a black background

    "123 Dream" by Kim Kranz, published by Random, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Random
  • book cover for “ABCs on Wheels” featuring an illustration of a fire truck

    "ABCs on Wheels" by Ramon Olivera, published by Little Simon, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Little Simon
  • book cover for the Baker's Dozen selection “D Is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear”  featuring a girl with glasses and a backpack putting a hat on top of the letter “D”

    “D Is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear” by Maria Carluccio, published by Chronicle, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Chronicle
  • book cover for the Baker's Dozen selection “Faraway Fox” with an illustration of a red fox in a field of wildflowers

    “Faraway Fox’ by Jolene Thompson and illustrated by Justin K. Thompson, published by Houghton, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Houghton
  • book cover featuring illustration of an adult lion teaching a child in a lion costume how to roar

    “Lion Lessons” by Jon Agee, published by Dial, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Dial
  • book cover featuring illustration owl sitting on a tree branch with a full moon behind it

    "Owl Sees Owl" by Laura Godwin and illustrated by Rob Dunlavey, published by Random/Schwartz & Wade, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Random/Schwartz & Wade
  • book cover featuring illustration of a toilet with a suitcase and a plunger traveling down a street

    "The Saddest Toilet in the World" by Sam Apple and illustrated by Sam Ricks, published by Simon/Aladdin, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Simon/Aladdin
  • book cover featuring of a brown cat wearing a bell on a red collar walking

    “They All Saw A Cat" by Brendan Wenzel, published by Chronicle, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Chronicle
  • book cover featuring a black spider sitting on a branch with leaves and foliage in the background

    “Walter’s Wonderful Web” by Tim Hopgood, published by Farrar, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Farrar
  • Book cover illustration featuring two turtles, one on each side of a large white hat

    “We Found A Hat” by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Candlewick
  • Book cover illustration of a yellow wolf standing on a small boulder with a butterfly net

    Book cover for Baker’s Dozen selection “A Well-Mannered Young Wolf” by Jean Leroy and illustrated by Matthieu Maudet, published by Eerdmans, is among A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2017, selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    IMAGE: Eerdmans
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Last Updated June 14, 2017