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Family Reading Fanfare for 2020

Earlier this month, the Horn Book announced our Fanfare selections, our best books of the year list for 2020. This was surely a strange year for sharing books with my children, requiring library holds (and contactless pickups); increased e-reading and audiobook-listening; and reading and re-reading old friends from around the house (and very privileged to have them).

If you're looking for that last-second, seventh-or-eighth-night Hanukkah present, or any other holiday gifts, peruse our Fanfare annotations. The titles, for all ages, are uplifting, entertaining, thought-provoking, illuminating, LOL-funny, tearjerking, and all good things that books can be. Remember to support your indie bookstores and libraries -- and to be kind to the people who work there -- wear a mask, and enjoy the end of 2020. 

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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