Best of 2020!

As we close out this *memorable* year, it seems more and more 2020 Best Book lists have appeared in the past few weeks.

While we’re all looking forward to a much brighter year ahead, let’s remember lots of good things happened in 2020–including the wonderful picture books on the lists below and many others.

Thanks to hardworking editors, publishers, writers and illustrators who kept dreaming and creating despite the challenges we faced this year!

Horn Book Fanfare – Best Books of 2020

SLJ Best Picture Books 2020

2020 Nonfiction Picture Books – “31 Days, 31 Lists”, A Fuse #8 Production

New York Public Library: Best Books for Kids 2020

The 2020 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books

Parents: “30 Best Children’s Books of 2020”

This last video list is a glorious, surprising treat for the eyes!

Let’s Talk Picture Books: Favorite Casewraps of 2020

Of course, there are many more fantastic lists of great 2020 picture books.

What are your favorite lists and picture books this year?

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at:


  1. Thank you for these lists. It’s great to have them all in one place.

  2. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Thank God for these wonderful books…during the most not-so-wonderful year ever.

  4. What a great resource for Best Of Lists! Thanks for putting it together.

  5. Lists like these help me make sure I don’t miss some great books! Thanks for the roundup!

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