Best Books of 2020 PREVIEW!

It’s Best Books season again, the time of year when editors, reviewers and readers in the book community list the best books they’ve read over the last 12 months. I am still compiling the data — I am tracking more than 20 best books lists — but there are already some clear frontrunners. Here are the sixteen books that have already been named to at least six — and counting — best young adult book lists for 2020:

Lists Author Title
12 Elizabeth Acevedo Clap When You Land
10 Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning ‘Stamped from the Beginning’
9 Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam Punching the Air
9 Jordan Ifueko Raybearer
8 Aiden Thomas Cemetery Boys
8 Gene Luen Yang Dragon Hoops
8 Leah Johnson You Should See Me in a Crown
7 Kacen Callender Felix Ever After
7 Traci Chee We Are Not Free
6 Nic Stone Dear Justyce
6 Mike Curato Flamer
6 Lamar Giles Not So Pure and Simple
6 David Yoon Super Fake Love Song
6 Dean Atta The Black Flamingo
6 Nina LaCour Watch Over Me
6 Jenny Torres Sanchez We Are Not From Here

Some of the lists I’ve been tracking this year include:

…and more! I will list all of my sources when I publish my final list of the Best YA Books of 2020 early next year! Stay tuned…

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