Booklist Names Their Top Reads of 2020

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Our friends at Booklist—the book review magazine of the American Library Association—have spent 2020 poring over countless titles for readers of all ages. As the year comes to a close, Booklist staff have announced nine of their favorite new reads from a variety of genres.

Their annual Top of the List picks represent their most highly recommended titles in nine categories: fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, and graphic novels for adults, and fiction, nonfiction, picture books, audiobooks, and graphic novels, for youth.

Here are their top titles for 2020:

Books for Adults:

Top of the List in Graphic Novels:

Year of the Rabbit, by Tian Veasna

Top of the List Fiction:

These Ghosts Are Family, by Maisy Card

Top of the List Nonfiction:

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration, by Morgan Jerkins

Top of the List Audio: 

The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré (writer) and Adjoa Andoh (audiobook narrator)

Books for Youth:

Top of the List in Graphic Novels:

Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang (writer and illustrator) and Lark Pien illustrator)

Top of the List Picture Book:

Nana Akua Goes to School, by Tricia Elam Walker (writer) and April Harrison (illustrator)

Top of the List Nonfiction:

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, by Christina Soontornvat

Top of the List Fiction:

Burn, by Patrick Ness

Top of the List Audio:

Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo (writer and audiobook narrator) and Melania Luisa Marte (audiobook narrator)

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