My “have read” 2017 book list

I love books. I love to read books. I’m learning to write books. Here I’m listing the books I’ve read this 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.
Any book I have marked *(ARC)* is an Advanced Reading Copy I was given in exchange for my free and honest review.
My reading interests vary widely. If you’re interested in any on this list or are encouraged to read more, too, do let me know! If you have suggestions of what may look good in my reading stash I’d love to hear about it.
:) Happy Reading!
PS: This year I am doing a book study and reading many of the books mentioned in it. I’m also doing the Reading For Research Month challenge in March which adds many more books to my reading success.



  1. Duff’s Monkey Business – by Budge Wilson
  2. Going Places – by Peter H. Reynolds
  3. The Water Princess – by Susan Verde
  4. The Dot – by Peter H. Reynolds
  5. I Am Yoga – by Susan Verde
  6. The Girl Who Drank the Moon – by Kelly Barnhill
  7. Missing Nimâmâ – by Melanie Florence (read my review posted April 25’17 & our interview posted April 27’17)
  8. Harold and Harold – by Budge Wilson
  9. The Truth About Twinkie Pie – by Kat Yeh
  10. 10 Little Ninjas – by Miranda Paul (read my review posted January 26’17)
  11. The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy – by Martha Brockenbrough
  12. Pax – by Sara Pennypacker
  13. The Most Wonderful Tales of the Year – Holiday memories written and performed by Audible narrators
  14. Ish – by Peter H. Reynolds
  15. Bunny Cakes – by Rosemary Wells
  16. The Blue Elephant – by Jeffrey Quinn
  17. Dancing in the Shine – by Diane Lynn McGyver
  18. For the Love of Pickle Juice – by Shelly Lee Gossett
  19. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt – by Deborah Hopkinson
  20. Rotten Ralph’s Rotten Family – by Jack Gantos
  21. That’s Good! That’s Bad! On Santa’s Journey – by Margery Cuyler
  22. Owen – by Kevin Henkes
  23. Ducky – by Eve Bunting
  24. Old Turtle – by Douglas Wood
  25. Sam and the Tigers – by Julius Lester
  26. Bedtime for Frances – by Russell Hoban


  1. 81 Days Below Zero – by Brian Murphy
  2. The Princess and the Frogs – by Veronica Bartles  (read my review posted February 9’17)
  3. The Story of Ferdinand – by Munro Leaf
  4. Best in Show for Rotten Ralph – by Jack Gantos
  5. The Statues That Walked – by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo
  6. Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters – by Jason A. Ramos & Julian Smith
  7. I Remember Miss Perry – by Pat Brisson
  8. Everything to Spend the Night: from A to Z – by Ann Whitford Paul
  9. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – by Doreen Cronin
  10. Diary of a Wombat – by Jackie French
  11. All You Need For a Snowman – by Alice Schertle
  12. Little Mouse’s Big Valentine – by Thacher Hurd
  13. The Cats in Krasinski Square – by Karen Hesse
  14. Tuesdays with Morrie: an Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson – by Mitch Albom
  15. Sam Sorts – by Marthe Jocelyn
  16. When a Dragon Moves in Again – by Jodi Moore (read my review posted April 6’17)
  17. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great – by Bob Shea
  18. I Thought This Was a Bear Book – by Tara Lazar  (read my review posted March 9’17)
  19. There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight – by Penny Parker Klostermann (read my review posted March 23’17)
  20. The Whispering Town – by Jennifer Elvgren
  21. The Wednesday Surprise – by Eve Bunting
  22. Christmas Wombat – by Jackie French
  23. Whose Mouse Are You? -by Robert Kraus
  24. Snappsy The Alligator – did not ask to be in this book!- by Julie Falatko  (read my review posted March 30’17)
  25. The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles in the Snow – by Julie  Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton (read my review posted March 2’17)
  26. Buster the Little Garbage Truck – by Marcia Berneger
  27. Diary of a Baby Wombat – by Jackie French
  28. I Yam a Donkey! – by Cece Bell
  29. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs – as told to Jon Scieszka
  30. Be a Friend – by Salina Yoon
  31. Jamberry – by Bruce Degen

March 2017:

  1. Du Iz Tak? – by Carson Ellis
  2. Rhyming Dust Bunnies – by Jan Thomas
  3. The Tree Lady: The true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever – by H. Joseph Hopkins
  4. The Tenth Good Thing about Barney – by Judith Viorst
  5. The Impossibly True Story of Tricky Vic, the Man who Sold the Eiffel Tower – by Greg Pizzoli
  6. The Magic Kerchief – by Kirby Larson
  7. The Airport Book – by Lisa Brown
  8. Lorenzo the Pizza-Loving Lobster – by Claire Lordon (read my review posted April 13’17)
  9. Stick and Stone – by Beth Ferry
  10. How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? – by Jane Yolen
  11. Horrible Bear! – by Ame Dyckman
  12. Lottie’s New Beach Towel – by Petra Mathers
  13. Diary of a Worm – by Doreen Cronin
  14. Watersong – by Tim McCanna (read my review posted April 20’17)
  15. Big Help! – by Anna Grossnickle Hines
  16. Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer – by Robert Burleigh
  17. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T! – by Elise Parsley
  18. Very Little Red Riding Hood – by Teresa Heapy
  19. Big Red Lollipop – by Rukhsana Khan
  20. Dizzy – by Jonah Winter
  21. Hug Machine – by Scott Campbell
  22. If Animals Kissed Good Night – by Ann Whitford Paul
  23. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart – by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
  24. This is Not a Picture Book! – by Sergio Ruzzier
  25. Best in Snow – by April Pulley Sayre
  26. Light up the Night – by Jean Reidy
  27. All the World – by Liz Garton Scanlon
  28. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music – by Margarita Engle
  29. Are We There Yet? – by Dan Santat
  30. The Journey – by Francesca Sanna
  31. We Found a Hat – by Jon Klassen
  32. The Night Gardener – by Terry Fan
  33. One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree – by Daniel Bernstrom
  34. Thunder Boy Jr. – by Sherman Alexie
  35. Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals – by Jess Keating
  36. The Bear and the Piano – by David Litchfield
  37. School’s First Day of School – by Adam Rex
  38. Leave Me Alone! – by Vera Brosgol
  39. Bob, Not Bob! – by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick
  40. The Little Engine That Could – by Watty Piper
  41. Time out For Monsters! – by Jean Reidy
  42. Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation – by Duncan Tonatiuh
  43. Nanette’s Baguette – by Mo Willems
  44. Penguin Problems – by Jory John
  45. Shh! We Have a Plan! – by Chris Haughton
  46. Cat Knit – by Jacob Grant
  47. Ooko – by Esmé Shapiro
  48. Worm Loves Worm – by J. J. Austrian
  49. They All Saw a Cat – by Brendan Wenzel
  50. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine – by Laurie Wallmark
  51. Vampirina Ballerina –  by Anne Marie Pace
  52. The Sleepy Little Alphabet: a bedtime story from Alphabet Town – by Judy Sierra
  53. The Library – by Sarah Stewart
  54. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos – Deborah Heiligman
  55. Judy Moody was in a mood – by Megan McDonald
  56. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein – by Jennifer Berne
  57. Sparky! – by Jenny Offill
  58. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark – by Debbie Levy
  59. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus – by Jen Bryant
  60. The Other Side – by Jacqueline Woodson
  61. Moo! – by David LaRochelle
  62. Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois – by Amy Novesky
  63. A Child of Books – by Oliver Jeffers
  64. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story – by Patrick McDonnell
  65. I Want My Hat Back – by Jon Klassen
  66. This is Not My Hat – by Jon Klassen
  67. And Two Boys Booed – by Judith Viorst
  68. The Princess and the Pony – by Kate Beaton
  69. I Don’t Like Koala! – by Sean Ferrell
  70. Zen Socks – by Jon J. Muth
  71. Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzy Murphy Story – by Emily Arnold McCully
  72. Meet the Dullards – by Sara Pennypacker
  73. What in the World?: Numbers in Nature – by Nancy Raines Day
  74. Little Elliot, Big City – by Mike Curato
  75. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – by Mo Willems
  76. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas – by Natasha Yim
  77. Beauty and the Beast – by H. Chuku Lee
  78. Little Roja Riding Hood – by Susan Middleton Elya
  79. Giant Squid – by Candace Fleming
  80. Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors – by Joyce Sidman
  81. Mother Goose Bruce – by Ryan T. Higgins
  82. Assassin’s Apprentice – by Robin Hobb
  83. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White – by Melissa Sweet
  84. The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window – by Jeff Gottesfeld
  85. Lottie’s New Friend – by Petra Mathers
  86. A Cake for Herbie – by Petra Mathers
  87. Madeline – by Ludwig Bemelmans
  88. Turkey Claus – by Wendi Silvano
  89. Flight School – by Lita Judge
  90. Chicken in Space – by Adam Lehrhaupt
  91. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 – by Michelle Markel
  92. Ida, Always – by Caron Levis
  93. Strictly No Elephants – by Lisa Mantchev
  94. Written Anything Good Lately? – by Susan Allen
  95. A Crow of His Own – by Megan Dowd Lambert
  96. Too Purpley! – by Jean Reidy
  97. I’m Here – by Peter H. Reynolds
  98. Mustache Baby – by Bridget Heos
  99. Goodnight Moon – by Margaret Wise Brown
  100. Curious George Gets a Medal – by H. A. Rey
  101. Olivia – by Ian Falconer
  102. Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance – by Robert Munsch

APRIL 2017:

  1. Saltwater Joys – by Wayne Chaulk
  2. Sarah – by Jean Edwards Stacey
  3. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid – by Megan MacDonald
  4. Inspector Flytrap – by Tom Angleberger
  5. Heroines: Great Women from Many Times and Places – by Rebecca Hazell
  6. No, David! – by David Shannon
  7. Memoirs of a Goldfish – by Devin Scillian
  8. Stellaluna – by Janell Cannon
  9. The Snowy Day – by Ezra Jack Keats
  10. Gaston – by Kelly DiPucchio
  11. Stuck With the Blooz – by Caron Levis
  12. A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day – by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  13. I Love Cake: starring Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose – by Tammi Sauer
  14. Where Are My Books? – by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  15. The Heart and the Bottle – by Oliver Jeffers
  16. Pippi Longstocking – by Astrid Lindgren
  17. Dormouse Dreams – by Karma Wilson
  18. Heroes of Isle aux Morts – by Alice Walsh (read my review posted April 18’17)
  19. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast – by Josh Funk
  20. Dragon was Terrible – by Kelly DiPucchio
  21. Hotel Bruce – by Ryan T. Higgins
  22. Dragons Love Tacos – by Daniel Salmieri
  23. My Lucky Day – by Keiko Kasza
  24. If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T! – by Elise Parsley
  25. A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake – by Robin Newman
  26. Leo: a Ghost Story – by Mac Barnett
  27. Boats for Papa – by Jessixa Bagley
  28. Red Sled – by Lita Judge
  29. Woodpecker Wham! – by April Pulley Sayre
  30. Meerkat Mail – by Emily Gravett
  31. Last Stop on Market Street – by Matt De La Peña
  32. LMNO Peas – by Keith Baker
  33. Owl Babies – by Martin Waddell
  34. Normal Norman – by Tara Lazar (read my review posted May 4’17)
  35. Fire Pie Trout – by Melanie Mosher (read my review posted April 11’17)
  36. Roberto the Insect Architect – by Nina Laden
  37. Raindrops Roll – by April Pulley Sayre
  38. Chrysanthemum – by Kevin Henkes
  39. Knots on a Counting Rope – by Bill Martin & John Archambault
  40. The Cat’s Quizzer – by Dr. Seuss
  41. When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings – by Petra Mathers
  42. Chato’s Kitchen – by Gary Soto
  43. Chato and the Party Animals – by Gary Soto
  44. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – by Dr. Seuss
  45. Duck, Duck, Porcupine – by Salina Yoon
  46. Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever – or Snack Time? – by Tammi Sauer
  47. Shy – by Deborah Freedman
  48. Found – by Salina Yoon
  49. Before I Leave – by Jessixa Bagley
  50. The Lake Where Loon Lives – by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
  51. Mr. Particular: The World’s Choosiest Champion – by Jason Kirschner
  52. Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks – by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez
  53. My LOVE for You is the SUN – by Julie Hedlund (read my review posted May 11’17)
  54. Dear Dragon – by Josh Funk
  55. It’s Only Stanley – by Jon Agee
  56. Music for the End of Time – by Jen Bryant
  57. The Three Questions: based on a story by Leo Tolstoy – by John J. Muth
  58. Bawk and Roll – by Tammi Sauer
  59. Pirasaurs! – by Josh Funk
  60. Radiant Child: the story of a young artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat – by Javaka Steptoe
  61. A Horse Named Steve – by Kelly Collier
  62. Over and Under the Snow – by Kate Messner
  63. Children Make Terrible Pets – by Peter Brown
  64. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile – by Bernard Waber
  65. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion – by Alex T. Smith
  66. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – by Kevin Henkes
  67. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? – by Frans De Waal
  68. There’s a Giraffe in My Soup – by Ross Burach
  69. Best Frints in the Whole Universe – by Antoinette Portis
  70. Teeny Tiny Toady – by Jill Esbaum
  71. Plants Can’t Sit Still – by Rebecca E. Hirsch
  72. A Pocket for Corduroy – by Don Freeman
  73. I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are – By Bridget Heos
  74. My Dog is the Best – by Laurie Ann Thompson
  75. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – by Beatrix Potter
  76. Freedom in Congo Square – by Carole Boston Weatherford
  77. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin – by Jennifer Fisher Bryant
  78. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah – by Laurie Ann Thompson
  79. Poultrygeist – by Mary Jane Auch
  80. Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille – by Jen Bryant
  81. Little Blue Truck – by Alice Schertle
  82. Turkey Tot – by George Shannon
  83. The King of Keji – by Jan L. Coates (read my review posted May 2’17)

MAY 2017:

  1. The School Train – by Helen Acker
  2. The Egyptian Cinderella – by Shirley Climo
  3. The Mermaid’s Purse – by Patricia Polacco
  4. Thank You, Mr. Falker – by Patricia Polacco
  5. 1 Zany Zoo – by Lori Degman
  6. Diary of a Fly – by Doreen Cronin
  7. The Paper Dolls – by Julia Donaldson
  8. Bloom – by Doreen Cronin
  9. Giggle, Giggle, Quack – by Doreen Cronin
  10. Picnic – by Emily Arnold McCully
  11. The Three Legged Cat – by Margaret Mahy
  12. The Most Wonderful Egg in the World – by Helme Heine
  13. Wings: A Tale of Two Chickens – by James Marshall
  14. The Foolish Frog – by Pete Seeger
  15. The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders – by Jack Prelutsky
  16. Diary of a Spider – by Doreen Cronin
  17. Just Being Audrey – by Margaret Cardillo
  18. Don’t Cross the Line! – by Isabel Minhós Martins
  19. Chicken Sunday – by Patricia Polacco
  20. Mrs. Katz and Tush  by Patricia Polacco
  21. Benno and the Night of Broken Glass – by Meg Wiviott
  22. Still a Gorilla! – by Kim Norman
  23. Sea Monkey & Bob – by Aaron Reynolds
  24. Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness – by Donna Janell Bowman
  25. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: an African Tale – by John Steptoe
  26. Beyond Words: what animals think and feel – by Carl Sapina
  27. The Monster Who Lost His Mean – by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
  28. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place – by Julie Berry