The 27 titles, organized by age group, represent a wide range of genres, from humor to fantasy to superhero fare. Among the books: Eric Wight's Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, Jeff Smith's Little Mouse Gets Ready, Kean Soo's Jellaby: Monster in the City, Chris Chris Eliopoulos and Ig Guara's Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, Jeremy Love's Bayou, Richard Sala's Cat Burglar Black and Naoki Urasawa's Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka.
"Though our list encompasses a variety of serious genres -- historical fiction, memoir -- we also felt it was important to include titles that were just plain fun, especially for beginning readers," Katherine Dacey writes in the introduction to the list. "We also realize that there can be a gap between what critics deem 'excellent' and what kids are actually reading, so we encourage you to share your own experiences: How have kids reacted to the books on our list? Do you agree with our age recommendations? Are there titles that we overlooked?"