There have been so many amazing books published this year, but it would seem unfair to do a “best books of the year” because there are so many I have not read.  So I have decided to go for “highlights” instead, books that I read and have particularly loved this year; this is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are some of the titles I would recommend if people asked me: “what good books did you read in 2017?”


Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais (Pushkin Children’s Books)
Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano (Hodder Children’s Books)
Moon by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger Press)
The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (Hodder Children’s Books)
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and Hannah Horn (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith  (Walker Books)
The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket and Matthew Forsythe (Andersen Press)
–  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli (Chronicle)



Have a wonderful festive season, I will see you in the New Year!

© Gabrielle Vincent