Reviews of the Day, 2020: Books for Youth

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing titles that showcase the spotlight in the current issue of Booklist. Some Reviews of the Day are high-demand titles, while others are less-known gems we think deserve more visibility.

In keeping with the season of year-end “best” lists, we’ve compiled ALL of the Reviews of the Day for 2020, from January to December 18; divided them into four categories (adult books, books for youth, audiobooks, and graphic novels); and will be posting one category—and with it, dozens of Reviews of the Day—a day over the next few days. Below you’ll find every youth book Review of the Day from 2020. We hope you’ll enjoy this look back at a vibrant year in reading and stay tuned for more by following us on Twitter @ALA_Booklist.



‘Ohana Means FamilyAgain AgainBefore the Ever AfterBeyond MeBigger than a DreamThe Boys in the Back RowDear JustyceDress CodedEvery Body LookingEverything Sad Is UntrueFelix Ever AfterThe Feminist Agenda of Jemima KincaidFinding BalanceGirl, UnframedGreen on GreenGrown • The Invincible Summer of Juniper JonesKent StateThe KnockoutLights on Wonder RockThe List of Things That Will Not ChangeMy Favorite MemoriesMy Heart UnderwaterThe Next Great JaneThe Ocean CallsOf Salt and ShoreParachutesSantiago’s Road HomeSeeking an AuroraThe Summer of EverythingThe Voting BoothThree Keys (A Front Desk Novel)We Will Live in This Forest AgainWhere the World EndsWith a Star in My Hand


All Eyes on HerBurn Our Bodies DownPremeditated MyrtleThe ProjectTornado Brain


19 Love SongsCampIt Only Happens in the MoviesShe Drives Me CrazySuper Fake Love SongYou Say It First

Science Fiction / Fanstasy / Horror

Amari and the Night BrothersThe Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesBlazewrath GamesCatalystThe Circus of Stolen DreamsA Complicated Love Story Set in SpaceThe Conference of the BirdsGirl Giant and the Monkey KingGirl, Serpent, ThornLegendbornLobizonaNever Look BackOasisPaola Santiago and the River of TearsA Peculiar PerilA Phoenix First Must BurnThe Puppetmaster’s ApprenticeRaybearerA Sky beyond the StormA Song below WaterSpindlefish and StarsStar DaughterStarcrossedTales from the HinterlandThe Valley and the Flood


Arts / Geography, Travel, & Culture / Literature

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (Young Adult Edition)The Cat Man of AleppoFlying PaintingsGirl on a MotorcycleI RememberIn One Ear and Out the Other

Feelings & Behavior / Social Sciences

Call Me AmericanLift as You ClimbLifting As We ClimbLizzie Demands a Seat!One EarthThe TalkVotes of Confidence, 2nd Edition

Health & Medicine / Science

Be a Virus Warrior!Dear TreefrogThe International Day of the GirlJane against the WorldOilPoisoned WaterWonder Women of Science


111 TreesA Bowl Full of PeaceStampedThe Teachers March!Women in the Old WestYear of the Rabbit'

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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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