Oliver Jeffers has made the Barnes & Noble ‘The Best Books of 2020’ list!


We are delighted to share the news that the one and only Oliver Jeffers and his fantastic picture book, What We’ll Build, has made the Barnes & Noble top ten books of 2020!

A note from Barnes & Noble:

As the year draws to a close, we’ve rounded out the list, just in time for gift-giving season! With world-rocking moments for social justice and equality, soul-warming poetry, hair-raising thrills and chills, mouth-watering recipes and thought-provoking memoirs galore, 2020 has given us endless honorable reads (and more than likely, the time to actually read them). Here are the best books of 2020.

Oliver joins a stellar list, including: Untamed by Glennon Doyle, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Caste:The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, Whale Day: And Other Poems by Billy Collins, Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson, Osayi Endolyn (With), and Yewande Komolafe (With), Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, and A Promise Land by Barack Obama.

​Barnes & Noble describe Oliver’s beautiful picture book, What We’ll Build: Plans for Our Together Future as:

Gorgeously crafted, both lyrically and visually, Oliver Jeffers adds to his library of timeless, heartfelt classics with What We’ll Build: Plans for Our Together Future. Anchored in the importance of family, there is an equally powerful thread of accepting others and being open with love and kindness. Truly a story that can be appreciated by all ages.

”[Has] the offbeat, sweet style Jeffers’ fans know and love.” —Kirkus Reviews

From internationally bestselling and world-renowned picture book creator Oliver Jeffers comes the companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are!

What shall we build, you and I?
Let’s gather all our tools for a start.
For putting together . . .
and taking apart.

A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm.

A rare and enduring story about a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities, and all we need to build a together future. From celebrated author-illustrator and visual artist Oliver Jeffers comes a gorgeously told father-daughter story and perfect picture book companion to Here We Are. The perfect baby shower gift or gift for new parents!

Praise for What We’ll Build:

“An intensely personal statement of intergenerational fellowship and an obvious pick for library shelves best explored at home.” —School Library Journal

“Children will love his playbook for building a future of love and imagination, and they will delight in the special relationship the father and daughter share.” —Booklist

“Stroked in generous swaths of warm color and Jeffers’s signature childlike scribbles . . . .. Jeffers’s benediction portrays a parent who surrounds his child with love and steadies her as she learns how to bring her dreams to fruition.” —Publishers Weekly