Top Ten New-To-Me Authors We Read In 2017

This week we’re talking about the authors we first encountered on the page in 2017. It’s a nice way to reflect on the past year, yes? 🙂


It’s been a great year for new-to-me books! I’ll be honest, my adult reading has been in a bit of a rut this year, but I’ve discovered a whole bunch of new-to-me children’s book authors. These aren’t all necessarily debut authors, they’re simply authors I hadn’t read anything from prior to 2017.

In no particular order, here are a few authors I’ve discovered this year:

  1. Joanne SchwartzTown is By The Sea
  2. Andrea J LoneyTake a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee
  3. Jessie Sima – Not Quite Narwhal
  4. Josh Funk – It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk
  5. Camille Andros – Charlotte the Scientist is Squishes
  6. Ariel Bernstein – I Have a Balloon
  7. Gaia Cornwall – Jabari Jumps
  8. Carter Higgins  – This Is Not A Valentine
  9. Emma Otheguy – Martí’s Song for Freedom
  10. Julie Segal-Walters – This Is Not A Normal Animal Book


In the order in which I first read these authors in 2017 (because you can bet that some of these books were reread in short order):

  • Elizabeth Marshall ThomasThe Hidden Life of Deer
  • Jen Hatmaker, Seven
  • John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, March (books 1, 2, and 3)
  • Isabel Quintero, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
  • Stacey Lee, Outrun the Moon
  • Karuna Riazi, The Gauntlet
  • Mark Forsyth, The Etymologicon
  • James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, The Backstagers Vol. 1. Rebels Without Applause
  • Shane Arbuthnott, Dominion
  • Mary Renault, The King Must Die and The Persian Boy

Honourable mentions to: Daniel O’Malley (The Rook); Ruby Slipperjack (These Are My Words); Saachi Koul (One Day We Will All Be Dead And None of This Will Matter); Peadar O’Guilin (The Call), and Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi).


  1. Sarah Manguso: 300 Arguments
  2. Weike Wang: Chemistry
  3. Hwang Jungeun: 100 Shadows
  4. Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things To Me
  5. Juliana Gray: A Most Extraordinary Pursuit
  6. Elena Ferrante: Frantumaglia
  7. Yu Hua: The Seventh Day
  8. Susan Muaddi Darraj: A Curious Land
  9. Judith Merkle Riley: The Oracle Glass


Share your own Top Ten Tuesday list with us in the comments! Cheers!