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2016-2017 yearbook superlatives

Summer is winding down: the weather has turned cooler (sob!) and students are starting the new school year. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2016–2017. What superlative would you award your favorite character?

Most likely to write a bestseller: E. B. White, Some Writer!; Ezra Jack Keats, A Poem for Peter; Cilla Lee Jenkins, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire 

Most likely to be in a museum: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Radiant Child; Vincent Van Gogh, Vincent and Theo; Keith Haring, Keith Haring; Mary Blair, Pocket Full of Colors

Most likely to design a museum: Zaha Hadid, The World Is Not a Rectangle; Maya Lin, Maya Lin

Most fashionable: Ann Cole Lowe, Fancy Party Gowns; Charlie, The Fashion Committee; Pete, Pete with No Pants

Best hair: Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Most musical: Pete Seeger, Listen!; Muddy Waters, Muddy; Amina, Amina’s Voice

Best dancers: Amalia Hernandaz, Danza!; Jessie, Pointe, Claw

Biggest bookworms: Arturo Schomburg, Schomburg; Eddie, The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library

Best photographers: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, Eyes of the World; James VanDerZee, Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Best substitute: Teacher Cat, Here Comes Teacher Cat

Most organized: Sam, Sam Sorts (100 Favorite Things)

Most helpful: Bulldozer, Bulldozer Helps Out

Biggest potty mouths: Whose Poop Is That? and Poop Detectives

Most reckless: Sergeant Reckless, Sergeant Reckless


Cutest couples: Natasha and Daniel, The Sun Is Also a Star; Monty and Percy, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue; Pen and Blake, Girl Mans Up; Gpa and Gma, The Last True Love Story

Best breakup: Adam and Chloe, Landscape with Invisible Hand

Best friends: Juana and Lucas, Juana & Lucas; Astrid and Eli, Stay; Felix and Zyx, Felix Yz; Noah and Claudia, Cloud and Wallfish

Best frenemies: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, The Good Fight


Varsity MVPs:

Football team: Jim Thorpe; Undefeated; Tessa, The Football Girl

Swim team: Gertrude Ederle, Trudy’s Big Swim; Jabari, Jabari Jumps; Mira, Fish Girl

Track team: Ghost, Ghost; Leo, Running Full Tilt

Chess team: Henderson Middle Schoolers, The Champions’ Game

All-around athlete: Eugen Sandow, Strong as Sandow


They blinded me with science: Ada Lovelace: Ada’s Ideas and Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science; Caroline Herschel, Caroline’s Comets; New Horizons team, Mission to Pluto

Most likely to change the world: John Lewis, March trilogy


For more Horn Book silliness about books we love, see the 2017 Mind the Gap Awards and previous years’ yearbook superlatives.



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