My “have read” 2020 book list

I love books. Here I’m listing the books I’ve read this year – trying to post each one once even if I’ve read it more than once in the year. I hope you find a title here that interests you. NOTE: if there are any you’d like to purchase please go to my page BUY THE BOOK! to see if it is listed there. You can follow direct links, making it easier for you.
In blue I’ve  indicated which books are reviewed here on my blog. Also, any book I have marked *(ARC)* is an Advanced Reading Copy I was given in exchange for my free and honest review.
Purple is to indicate the books I read listened to on Audible (refer to or on CDs so that I can do other things at the same time as “reading.” Most of those are novels.
In green are other books I’ve read that are usually middle grade (not picture books, but may be story books with pictures), or YA and adult novels.
My reading interests vary widely. If you’re interested in any titles on this list or are encouraged to read more, do let me know! If you have suggestions of what would look good in my reading stash I’d love to hear about it so I can add it to my private to-be-read list.
:) Happy year of Reading!


  1. December – by Eve Bunting
  2. A Christmas Dollhouse – by Richard Rudnicki
  3. The Christmas Wind – by Stephanie Simpson McLellan
  4. Sugar Falls: a Residential School Story – by David Alexander Robertson
  5. To Everything There is a Season – by Jude Daly
  6. If All the Animals Came Inside – by Eric Pinder
  7. Silver Packages: an Appalachian Christmas Story – by Cynthia Rylant
  8. Miss Rumphius – by Barbara Cooney
  9. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins – by Eric Kimmel
  10. The Birds’ Christmas Carol – by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  11. Bear Came Along – by Richard T. Morris
  12. Monster Needs a Christmas Tree – by Paul Czajak
  13. Drummer Boy – by Loren Long
  14. The Great Santa Stakeout – by Betsy Bird
  15. Santa Mouse – by Michael Brown
  16. When Santa Was a Baby – by Linda Bailey
  17. The Mitten – retold by Jim Aylesworth
  18. Edgar Gets Ready for Bed – by Jennifer Adams
  19. Wombat Divine – Mem Fox
  20. Naughty Claudine’s Christmas – by Patrick Jennings
  21. Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? – by Jan Brett
  22. Earth to Clunk – by Pam Smallcomb
  23. Santa’s Stuck – by Rhonda Gowler Greene
  24. Unspoken – by Henry Cole
  25. The Winter Noisy Book – by Margaret Wise Brown
  26. The Night Baafore Christmas – by Dawn Young
  27. Polar Bear’s Underwear – by Tupera Tupera
  28. Roly Poly – by Mem Fox
  29. A Merry Little Christmas: Celebrate from A to Z – by Mary Engelbreit
  30. Carl and the Meaning of Life – by Deborah Freedman
  31. An Otis Christmas – Loren Long
  32. Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! – by Judy C0x
  33. Aunt Pitty Patty’s Piggy – retold by Jim Aylesworth
  34. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? – by Bill Martin Jr.
  35. Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art – by Barb Rosenstock
  36. The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean – by R. M. Ballantyne
  37. Ice Age Cave Bear: the giant beast that terrified ancient humans – by Barbara Hehner
  38. I am Half-Sick of Shadows – by Alan Bradley
  39. Father Christmas and the Donkey – by Elizabeth Clark
  40. How to Catch a Dinosaur – Adam Wallace
  41. How to Catch a Unicorn – by Adam Wallace
  42. How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied – by Jess Keating
  43. How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel – by Jess Keating
  44. The Piano Recital – by Akiko Miyakoshi
  45. One Starry Night – by Laure Thompson
  46. Around the Table That Grandad Built – by Melanie Heuiser Hill
  47. One Wild Christmas – by Nicholas Oldland
  48. How to Trick a Christmas Elf – by Sue Fliess
  49. And Then the Seed Grew – by Marianne Dubuc
  50. Singing Away the Dark – by Caroline Woodward
  51. Nanuk the Ice Bear – by Jeanette Winter
  52. What Miss Mitchell Saw – by Hayley Barrett
  53. There’s an Alligator under my Bed – by Mercer Meyer
  54. Mathematickles! – by Betsy Franco
  55. Dear Boy – by Paris Rosenthal & Jason Rosenthal
  56. Three Cheers for Kid McGear! – by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  57. Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue – by Robert Burleigh
  58. Unicorn Diaries: Bo’s Magical New Friend – by Rebecca Elliott
  59. Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists – By Raquel Rivera
  60. Marja’s Skis – by Jean E. Pendziwol
  61. How Many Miles to Bethlehem? – by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  62. Baby’s Lullaby – by Jill Barber
  63. Animal Ark: celebrating our wild world in poetry and pictures – by Joel Sartore & Kwame Alexander
  64. Bolivar Eats New York: a discovery adventure – by Sean Rubin
  65. At Night – by Johnathan Bean
  66. Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band – by Kwame Alexander
  67. The Art of Miss Chew – by Patricia Polacco
  68. Big Snow – by Johnathan Bean
  69. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – by Jamie Ford
  70. Love From the Crayons – by Drew Daywalt
  71. Don’t Worry, Bee Happy – by Ross Burach
  72. The Reindeer Wish – by Lori Evert
  73. Surf’s Up! – by Luke Flowers
  74. Snow Scene – by Richard Jackson
  75. Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? – by Martin Waddell
  76. How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have a Clue – by Jess Keating
  77. Airborn – by Kenneth Oppel
  78. Making Their Voices Heard: the inspiring friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe – by Vivian Kirkfield
  79. Green – by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  80. The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow – by Lora Koehler
  81. Red & Lulu – by Matt Tavares
  82. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: the Story of Dr. Temple Grandin – by Julia Finley Mosca
  83. Imagine – by Juan Felipe Herrera
  84. How to Catch a Dragon – by Adam Wallace
  85. Tyrannoclaus – by Janet Lawler


  1. Jingle-Jingle – by Nicola Smee
  2. Dino-Hockey – by Lisa Wheeler
  3. My Many Colored Days – by Dr. Seuss
  4. Santa’s Underwear – by Marty Rhodes Figley
  5. The Nutcracker in Harlem – by T. E. McMorrow
  6. Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep – by Eleanor Farjeon
  7. A Redwall Winter’s Tale – by Brian Jacques
  8. I Used to Be Afraid – by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  9. Let’s Have a Sleepover! – by Norm Feuti
  10. Princess Truly: Off I Go! – by Kelly Greenawalt
  11. Princess Truly: I Am a Super Girl! – by Kelly Greenawalt
  12. Silly Tilly’s Valentine – by Lillian Hoban
  13. In Plain Sight – by Richard Jackson
  14. This Beautiful Day – by Richard Jackson
  15. All Ears, All Eyes – by Richard Jackson
  16. On the Night You Were Born – by Nancy Tillman
  17. Nature All Around: Bugs – by Pamela Hickman
  18. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré
  19. The Tiny Wish – by Lori Evert
  20. The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! – by Rebecca Rule
  21. Arthur’s Valentine – by Marc Brown
  22. A Crankenstein Valentine – by Samantha Berger
  23. Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies – by Ann Turner
  24. Call For The Dead – by John le Carré
  25. I Love You, Little One – by Holly Surplice
  26. Speaking From Among the Bones – by Alan Bradley
  27. The Monster in the Backpack – by Lisa Moser
  28. Hello, Hedgehog: Do You Like My Bike? – by Norm Feuti
  29. Bear and Hare – Snow! – by Emily Gravett
  30. Arrowhawk – by Lola M. Schaefer
  31. Buddy, The First Seeing Eye Dog – by Eva Moore
  32. Gretchen of Grand Pré – by Lilla Stirling
  33. The Library Book: the story of libraries from camels to computers – by Maureen Sawa
  34. Ragged Journey: escape from alcoholism and the aftershocks of abuse – by John Wabischewich with Ron Hembree
  35. Home Work: a memoir of my Hollywood years – by Julie Andrews
  36. Hatchet – by Gary Paulson
  37. The Library Card – by Jerry Spinelli
  38. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – by Mark Haddon
  39. Library Mouse – by Daniel Kirk
  40. An Elephant in the Garden – by Michael Morpurgo
  41. Adventures in Black – by Arthur Widder
  42. The Heart Garden: a Marlena Books story – by Karla Kale
  43. The Railroad: a Marlena Books story – by Karla Kale
  44. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches – by Alan Bradley
  45. A Stone Sat Still – by Brendan Wenzel
  46. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse – by Beatrix Potter
  47. Because of an Acorn – by Lola M. Schaefer
  48. Dini Dinosaur – by Karen Beaumont
  49. The Dog Who Belonged to No One – by Amy Hest
  50. A Chicken Followed me Home!: questions and answers about a familiar fowl – by Robin Page
  51. A Song for China: how my father wrote Yellow River Cantata – by Ange Zhang
  52. Freedom Over Me: eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life – by Ashley Bryan
  53. Canada’s Natural Wonders – by Joanna Richter
  54. Click, Clack, Surprise! – by Doreen Cronin
  55. A Murder of Quality – by John Le Carré
  56. Let’s Go Froggy! – by Jonathan London
  57. Arthur’s April Fool – by Marc Brown
  58. Franklin in the Dark – by Paulette Bourgeois
  59. Little Polar Bear Finds a Friend – by Hans de Beer
  60. Franklin is Bossy – by Paulette Bourgeois
  61. Hurry Up, Franklin – by Paulette Bourgeois
  62. Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear – by Hans de Beer
  63. Chickens to the Rescue – by John Himmelman
  64. The Storm Whale in Winter – by Benji Davies
  65. Mix It Up! – by Hervé Tullet
  66. Ice Bears – by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  67. Lily and Bear – by Lisa Stubbs
  68. Crash, Splash, or Moo! – by Bob Shea
  69. You Loves Ewe – by Cece Bell
  70. Follow the Drinking Gourd: an underground railroad story – retold by Cari Meister
  71. The Little Snowplow – by Lora Kochler
  72. One Hundred Years of Solitude – by Gabriel García Márquez
  73. Hair for Mama – by Kelly A. Tinkham
  74. Wait, Rest, Pause: dormancy in winter – by Marcie Flinchum Atkins
  75. Best Audiobooks of 2017 – by The Audible Editors
  76. Audible Essentials: The All-Time Bests – by The Audible Editors
  77. Spring 2018 Preview: Books We Can’t Wait to Hear – by The Audible Editors
  78. Narrator Hall of Fame: Hear What Makes Them Great – by The Audible Editors
  79. Summer Preview: The Best of the Upcoming Season – by The Audible Editors
  80. True Crime & Books Coming to a Screen Near You – by The Audible Editors
  81. Guilty Pleasures: Should We Feel Shame About What We Love? – by The Audible Editors
  82. Let’s Talk About Genres: How Do We Define Audiobook Categories? – by The Audible Editors
  83. Fall Preview: There’s a Lot to Look Forward To – by The Audible Editors
  84. Audicted Live: The Books That Got us Hooked – by The Audible Editors
  85. Venturing Outside Our Listening Comfort Zone – by The Audible Editors
  86. We Help You Discover Self Help – by The Audible Editors
  87. Listens Well With Others: The Best in Group Listening – The Audible Editors
  88. An Awesome Year We Hear: Talking About the Best of 2018 – by The Audible Editors
  89. Bonus: Our Favorite Music Books + The Beastie Boys – by The Audible Editors
  90. Our 2019 Listening Resolutions – by The Audible Editors
  91. Buzzy Adaptations: When Listens Come to Stage and Screen – by The Audible Editors
  92. Talking About Love: The Romance Episode – by The Audible Editors
  93. Rachel Hollis on Empowering Women – by The Audible Editors
  94. Faithful Listening: Spirituality, Religion & The New New Age – by The Audible Editors
  95. Kid-Litting Around With Chris Grabenstein – by The Audible Editors
  96. Summer Listening: The Best New Releases & Perennial Favorites – by The Audible Editors
  97. Marcus Samuelsson on Food, Culture, and Everything in Between – by The Audible Editors
  98. That’s Classic: Listening to the Literary Canon – by The Audible Editors
  99. Family Stories: Our Favorite Listens of Kinship – by The Audible Editors
  100. Best of 2019: Our Top Picks – by The Audible Editors
  101. Our Listens For the Best Year Yet – by The Audible Editors
  102. Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat – by Katie Harnett
  103. Katy and the Big Snow – by Virginia Lee Burton
  104. A Cold Winter’s Good Knight – by Shelley Moore Thomas
  105. Coat of Many Colors – by Dolly Parton
  106. The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth – by Kathleen Krull
  107. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak
  108. Boxes for Katje – by Candace Fleming
  109. All Aboard! – by Mary Lyn Ray
  110. Groundhug Day – by Anne Marie Pace
  111. Relationships We Love to Listen To – by The Audible Editors
  112. Building Big – by David Macaulay

MARCH 2020:

  1. Because Amelia Smiled – by David Ezra Stein
  2. Itty Bitty – by Cece Bell
  3. Arthur’s Baby – by Marc Brown
  4. Commotion in the Ocean – by Giles Andreae
  5. Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups – by Tadgh Bentley
  6. There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight – by Penny Parker Klostermann
  7. Snappsy the Alligator did not want to be in this book! – by Julie Falatko
  8. Normal Norman – by Tara Lazar
  9. Z is for Moose – by Kelly Bingham
  10. Are We Pears Yet? – by Miranda Paul
  11. Sky Color – by Peter H. Reynolds
  12. Sun! One in a Billion – by Stacy McAnulty
  13. No Monkeys, No Chocolate – by Melissa Stewart
  14. Giant Squid – by Candace Fleming
  15. You Are My Friend: the story of Mister Rogers and his neighborhood – by Aimee Reid
  16. Swan: the life and dance of Anna Pavlova  – by Laurel Snyder
  17. Before She Was Harriet – by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  18. It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way – by Kyo Maclear
  19. Vroom! – by Barbara McClintock
  20. A Friend for Henry – by Jenn Bailey
  21. Going Down Home With Daddy – by Kelly Starling Lyons
  22. Truman – by Jean Reidey
  23. River – by Elisha Cooper
  24. Most Marshmallows – by Rowboat Watkins
  25. Chloe and the Lion – by Mac Barnett & Adam Rex
  26. Yucky Worms – by Vivian French
  27. Bear Came Along – by Richard T. Morris
  28. The Whisper – by Pamela Zagarenski
  29. My Footprints – by Bao Phi
  30. Save It! – by Cinders McLeod
  31. Love in the Time of Cholera – by Gabriel García Márquez
  32. The Looking Glass War – by John le Carré
  33. The Honeybee – by Kirsten Hall
  34. Over and Under the Pond – by Kate Messner
  35. Whale in a Fishbowl – by Troy Howell
  36. Here We Are: notes for living on planet earth – by Oliver Jeffers
  37. The Forgotten Home Child – by Genevieve Graham
  38. Stone Soup – by Marcia Brown
  39. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – by Lucille Colandro
  40. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis – by Paul Meisel
  41. What is Given From the Heart – by Patricia C. McKissack
  42. The Scarecrow – by Beth Ferry
  43. Bird, Balloon, Bear – by Il Sung Na
  44. Green Pants – by Kenneth Kraegel
  45. Twinderella, a Fractioned Fairy Tale – by Corey Rosen Schwartz
  46. Tar Beach – by Faith Ringgold
  47. The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse – by Alan Bradley
  48. Heart and Soul: the story of America and African Americans – by Kadir Nelson
  49. My Lost Family: an Audible original – by Danny Ben Moshe
  50. Stonewall: a building. an uprising. a revolution – by Rob Sanders
  51. The Road That Trucks Built – by Susanna Hill
  52. Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor – by Robert Burleigh
  53. The Rabbit Listened – by Cori Doerrfeld
  54. The Journey – by Francesca Sanna
  55. 100 Bugs: a counting book – by Kate Narita
  56. I’m Trying to Love Math – by Bethany Barton
  57. Count On Me – by Miguel Tanco
  58. Linus The Little Yellow Pencil – by Scott Magoon
  59. The Book of Mistakes – by Corinna Luyken
  60. Clip-Clop – by Nicola Smee
  61. Earn It! – by Cinders McLeod
  62. Straw – by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  63. Angelina Ballerina – by Katharine Holabird
  64. The Five Forms – by Barbara McClintock
  65. Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book – by Gyo Fujikawa
  66. The Way She Spoke – by Isaac Gomez
  67. A Big Bed for Little Snow – by Grace Lin
  68. Pete With No Pants – by Rowboat Watkins
  69. Nine Months before a baby is born – by Miranda Paul
  70. Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go To School – by Julie Falatko
  71. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust – by Alan Bradley
  72. Sometimes You Fly – by Katherine Applegate
  73. Wolfie the Bunny – by Ame Dyckman
  74. Why? – by Adam Rex
  75. We Are Grateful – by Traci Sorell
  76. The Gardener – by Sarah Stewart
  77. The Curious Garden – by Peter Brown
  78. Me … Jane – by Patrick McDonnell
  79. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! – by Carmen Agra Deedy
  80. They Say Blue – by Jillian Tamaki
  81. The Undefeated – by Kwame Alexander
  82. Hawk Rising – by Maria Gianferrari
  83. The Stuff of Stars – by Marion Dane Bauer
  84. Colette’s Lost Pet – by Isabelle Arsenault
  85. Stop That Yawn! – by Caron Levis
  86. Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian – by Jacob Sager Weinstein
  87. Narwhal’s Otter Friend – by Ben Clanton
  88. When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nationby Tim Tingle
  89. Untouchable – a novel – by Scott O’Connor
  90. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – by L. Frank Baum
  91. Fry Bread: a Native American family story – by Kevin Noble Maillard
  92. Give Me Back My Bones! – by Kim Norman
  93. Love, Agnes: postcards from an octopus – by Irene Latham
  94. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – by E. L. Konigsburg
  95. The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins
  96. Into the Water – by Paula Hawkins
  97. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Maker’s Strike of 1909 – by Michelle Markel
  98. Dreamers – by Yuyi Morales
  99. My Papi Has a Motorcycle – by Isabel Quintero
  100. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  101. Nobody’s Duck – by Mary Sullivan
  102. Moo Moo in a TuTu – by Tim Miller
  103. Duck, Duck, Porcupine! – by Salina Yoon
  104. Snail & Worm Again – by Tina Kügler
  105. I Don’t Want To Be a Frog – by Dev Petty
  106. The Remember Balloons – by Jessie Oliveros
  107. Flying Deep: climb inside deep-sea submersible ALVIN – by Michelle Cusolito
  108. You Are Special – by Max Lucado
  109. Not My Idea: a book about whiteness – by Anastasia Higginbotham
  110. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Samuel Clements  (Mark Twain)
  111. After the Fall: how Humpty Dumpty got back up again – by Dan Santat
  112. Birdsong – by Julie Flett
  113. A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals – by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  114. Alma and How She got Her Name – by Juana Martinez-Neal
  115. Birdsong – by Julie Flett
  116. Brave New World – by Aldous Huxley
  117. White Fang – by Jack London
  118. The Jungle Book l & ll – by Rudyard Kipling
  119. Anne of Green Gables – by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  120. The Reluctant Dragon – by Kenneth Grahame

APRIL 2020:

  1. The Blue Umbrella – by Ruskin Bond
  2. Stepping on the Cracks – by Mary Downing Hahn