My Top Middle Grade, Picture Book and YA #Booklists of 2016

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Top Booklists of 2016

Are you curious to know which posts from Jump Into a Book have been the most popular with my readers in 2016?  Well…the wait is over and here are the stand-outs and “populars” from 2016. Do you see your favorite on this list?

If I could pin-point a reoccurring theme for 2016 it would have to be DRAGONS! From the movie Pete’s Dragon to my own victories and awards with my kidlit picture book Dragons Are Real, these delightful beasts have been all around me in 2016. And what would my dragon year be without a booklist about dragons (or two). Read more here.

Dragon booklist for early readers

NOTE: Dragons are Real is now available for purchase on Amazon for the limited-time sale price of 8.88!  We are also offering a special free bonus gift of a Dragons Are Real Inspiration Activity Guide when you purchase your copy of this enchanting picture book.(email after purchase to claim your bonus activity guide). Get deeper book details HERE and learn why this captivating picture book has won the Royal Purple Dragonfly Award and is a Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for 2016.

Another common theme in 2016 was KINDNESS. I’ve always thought the best way to teach my kids to be kind is to be kind myself. While that’s a really good start, I can’t be with them all day long and life is filled with opportunities to be both kind and unkind. This got me thinking, what books are out there that teach kindness? Here’s a look at what I found;The Kindness Booklist for Kids.

kindness booklist

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a classic. I’ve read it to a variety of nieces and nephews throughout the years, and my own children grab it often. Miss Rumphius is an old friend that we go back to again and again.

Miss Rumphius Cover

This lovely book inspired a graphic that has been shared, tweeted and RePin MANY times. Read the fill post HERE.

If you thought the kids’ game Mindcraft was popular, wait until you see the my booklist of 14 Minecraft Books for Kids

Mindcraft books for kids

{Click to Tweet} If your #YA #readers Like Percy Jackson, Check THIS awesome #booklist!

Percy Jackson

Happy Birthday to our National Parks! 100 years ago on August 25th, the National Parks were created to preserve the unique and wild areas of this vast and beautiful country. Here is A National Park Picture Book Booklist

National Parks booklist

Anything Roald Dahl is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and this year was no different. Check out my Celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Fun, Freebies and BOOKS post.


I had some much fun this summer with my Notable Women series where I shined the spotlight on (and explored the lives of) notable women like author Pam Munoz Ryan, American Revolution hero Sybil Ludington and activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Though there were many wonderful booklists and reviews from this series, this nature booklist by author Nicola Davies was a hit!

Nicola Davis Booklist

One of the things I love most about winter is SNOW and being “snowed in” seems to happen frequently (whether officially…or “by choice”). In 2016, I thought I’d share a few of our all time favorite books about snow. Enjoy The Snowed In Winter Book Festival-A Snowy Kidlit Booklist.


On a funner note-I was the first Featured Expert for 2016 on KidLit TV!

KidLit TV

What JIAB booklists were your favorite in 2016?
So exciting! My book Dragons Are Real (illustrated by Michael Welply) has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016!
Kirkus Reviews

What makes this book special is the idea that the fiercest beasts in known history or imaginations everywhere could actually be the best of friends. It’s a lesson in finding companionship in the most unusual of places. Readers will also learn things about dragons that might not be common knowledge such as they are master of disguises and how they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats.
So if you haven’t started looking for a dragon to be your best friend, you’d better get going! Having a dragon as a friend is not what you think and I can assure you that everything you thought you knew about Dragons is a total myth.
To celebrate, this vibrant picture book is on sale for $8.88 until 12.31.16! Don’t miss this wonderful deal on a exceptional and unique children’s book. Click the image below or go HERE to grab your copy on Amazon.