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Shelf Care, Episode #6: Editors’ Choices

In this episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, the Booklist editors gathered around the fire (JK, we gathered in the sound-proof-ish room in the basement of the ALA office) to dig a little deeper into how the Editors’ Choice lists come together, to call out a few faves, and to talk about what’s coming in 2020.

Episode #6: Editors’ Choices

Here’s what we talked about:

Books for Youth

Full Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2019

The Usual Suspects, by Maurice Broaddus

The Very, Very Far North, by Dan Bar-El and illustrated by Kelly Pousette

We Set the Dark on Fire, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Stargazing, by Jen Wang

Pokko and the Drum, by Matthew Forsythe

Sweety, by Andrea Zuill

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, by Lamar Giles and illustrated by Dapo Adeola

We Are the Perfect Girl, by Ariel Kaplan

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, by Carlos Hernandez

Historical fiction in a time of war

Lovely War, by Julie Berry

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves behind Them All, by Laura Ruby

The Fountains of Silence, by Ruta Sepetys

#OwnVoices, especially Native characters

At the Mountain’s Base, by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Tradition, by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal


Bringing Down a President: The Watergate Scandal, by Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy and illustrated by Tim Foley

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Debbie Reese, and Jean Mendoza


Full Editors’ Choice: Adult Audio, 2019

Full Editors’ Choice: Youth Audio, 2019

Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid and read by a full cast

Hey Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and read by the author and a full cast

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett and read by Tom Hanks

Southern Lady Code, by Helen Ellis and read by the author

The 5 O’Clock Band, by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and read by Dion Graham

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, by Tony Kushner and read by the Broadway cast

Books for Adults

Full Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2019

Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, by Marie Arana

Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie

This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo

The Far Field, by Madhuri Vijay

Figuring, by Maria Popova

Carnegie shortlist

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys across the Last Untamed Frontier, by Ian Urbina

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, by David Treuer

Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes

Bowlaway, by Elizabeth McCracken

Ayesha at Last, by Uzma Jalaluddin

Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, by Tatiana Schlossberg

Feast Your Eyes, by Myla Goldberg

Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli

Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston'

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