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2019 Stand-outs

Announcing the 2019 Sonderbooks Stand-outs!

Sonderbooks Stand-outs are my personal favorites from all the books I read in a year. They're not necessarily the very best, but they're the books that touched my heart. Read more about how I choose Stand-outs on my blog. All these books are highly recommended! These are books I love, and I hope you'll find some you love, too!

General Nonfiction
  1. Educated
    by Tara Westover
  2. Just Mercy
    by Bryan Stevenson
  3. Becoming
    by Michelle Obama
  4. Joyful
    by Ingrid Fetell Lee
  5. The Landscapes of Green Gables
    by Catherine Reid

Christian Nonfiction
The Universal Christ
  1. The Universal Christ
    by Richard Rohr
  2. Raising Hell
    by Julie Ferwerda
  3. That All Shall Be Saved
    by David Bentley Hart
  4. Creation and the Cross
    by Elizabeth A. Johnson
  5. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
    by J. D. Myers

Becoming Mrs. Lewis
  1. Becoming Mrs. Lewis
    by Patti Callahan
  2. Spinning Silver
    by Naomi Novik
  3. The Harp of Kings
    by Juliet Marillier
  4. Marilla of Green Gables
    by Sarah McCoy

Children's Fiction
We're Not From Here
  1. We're Not From Here
    by Geoff Rodkey
  2. Cog
    by Greg van Eekhout
  3. Pie in the Sky
    by Remy Lai
  4. Pay Attention, Carter Jones
    by Gary D. Schmidt
  5. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe
    by Carlos Hernandez
  6. White Bird
    by R. J. Palacio
  7. The Dark Lord Clementine
    by Sarah Jean Horwitz
  8. The Potter's Boy
    by Tony Mitton
  9. Homerooms and Hall Passes
    by Tom O'Donnell
  10. The Lost Girl
    by Anne Ursu
  11. Rabbit's Bad Habits
    by Julian Gough

Children's Nonfiction - Picture Books
Nine Months
  1. Nine Months
    by Miranda Paul
    illustrated by Jason Chin
  2. How Many?
    A Different Kind of Counting Book

    by Christopher Danielson
  3. The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
    by Mac Barnett
    illustrated by Sarah Jacoby
  4. Can You Hear the Trees Talking?
    by Peter Wohlleben
  5. The Lost Words
    by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

Teen Fiction
  1. Damsel
    by Elana K. Arnold
  2. Stepsister
    by Jennifer Donnelly
  3. Butterfly Yellow
    by Thanhhà Lai
  4. The Wicked King
    by Holly Black
  5. The Toll
    by Neal Shusterman
  6. Lovely War
    by Julie Berry
  7. With the Fire on High
    by Elizabeth Acevedo
  8. On the Come Up
    by Angie Thomas

Picture Books
  1. Truman
    by Jean Reidy
  2. Saturday
    by Oge Mora
  3. Maybe Tomorrow?
    by Charlotte Agell
    illustrated by Ana Ramírez González
  4. One Fox
    A Counting Book Thriller

    by Kate Read
  5. Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!
    by Dan Santat
  6. Circle
    by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
  7. Penny and Her Sled
    by Kevin Henkes

Longer Children's Nonfiction
They Called Us Enemy
  1. They Called Us Enemy
    by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott
    art by Harmony Becker
  2. Shout
    by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. Ordinary Hazards
    by Nikki Grimes
  4. Free Lunch
    by Rex Ogle
  5. Best Friends
    by Shannon Hale
    artwork by LeUyen Pham