A Nikki Grimes Picture Book, Erin Entrada Kelly's Latest, and 45 Other Exceptional Titles | Starred Reviews, April 2020

Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our April 2020 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels for children and teens.

Bo the Brave (Woollvin)  ©2020  illus. by Bethan Woollvin


Picture Books

Batori, Susan. It Is a Tree. Holiday House. 
Gauthier, David. Letters from Bear. illus. by Marie Caudry. Eerdmans. 
Glynn, Dylan. Rain Boy. Chronicle. 
Gomez, Rebecca J. Federico and the Wolf. illus. by Elisa Chavarri. Clarion. 
Grimes, Nikki. Southwest Sunrise. illus. by Wendell Minor. Bloomsbury. 
Haughton, Chris. Don’t Worry, Little Crab. Candlewick. 
Kheiriyeh, Rashin. Bahar, the Lucky. Reycraft. 
Lê, Minh. Lift. illus. by Dan Santat. Little, Brown. 
Lindstrom, Carole. We Are Water Protectors. illus. by Michaela Goade. Roaring Brook. 
Liu, Chingyen & I-Tsun Chiang. Woodpecker Girl. illus. by Heidi Doll. Reycraft. 
MacLachlan, Patricia. My Friend Earth. illus. by Francesca Sanna. Chronicle. 
Na, Il Sung. That’s My Carrot. Knopf. 
Ramadan, Danny. Salma the Syrian Chef. illus. by Anna Bron. Annick. 
Rizzo, Suzanne Del. Golden Threads. illus. by Miki Sato. Owlkids. 
Springstubb, Tricia. Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures. illus. by Elaheh Taherian. Candlewick. 
Wohlleben, Peter. Peter and the Tree Children. illus. by Cale Atkinson. Greystone. 
Woollvin, Bethan. Bo the Brave. Peachtree. 

Middle Grade

Barron, Rena. Maya and the Rising Dark. HMH. 
Henderson, Leah. The Magic in Changing Your Stars. Sterling. 
Kacer, Kathy. Louder Than Words. Annick.
Kelly, Erin Entrada. We Dream of Space. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 
Lai, Remy. Fly on the Wall. Holt.
Maldonado, Torrey. What Lane? Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. 
Nesbet, Anne. Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen. Candlewick. 
Respicio, Mae. Any Day with You. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. 
Tan, Amy Rebecca. Summer at Meadow Wood. HarperCollins/Harper. 


Allen, Rachael. The Summer of Impossibilities. Abrams/Amulet. 
Chee, Traci. We Are Not Free. HMH. 
Capetta, Amy Rose and Cori McCarthy. Sword in the Stars. Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson Bks. 
Jasinska, Alicia. The Dark Tide. Sourcebooks/Fire. 
Lockhart, E. Again Again. Delacorte. 
McWilliams, Kelly. Agnes at the End of the World. Little, Brown. 
Ross, Rebecca. Sisters of Sword and Song. HarperTeen. 
Stone, Nic. Shuri: A Black Panther Novel. Scholastic. 
Yang, Kelly. Parachutes. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. 
Zimmermann, Laura. My Eyes Are Up Here. Dutton. 

Graphic Novels

Knisley, Lucy. Stepping Stones. Random/Graphic. 
Yang, Gene Luen. Superman Smashes the Klan. illus. by Gurihiru. DC Comics. 


Browne, Mahogany L. & others. Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice. illus. by Theodore Taylor III. Roaring Brook. 
Cordell, Matthew. Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. 
Fishman, Seth. The Ocean in Your Bathtub. illus. by Isabel Greenberg. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 
Laroche, Giles. Lost Cities. HMH. 
Sayre, April Pulley. Cityscape: Where Science and Art Meet. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 
Looking for more excellent new and forthcoming books? Check out our March list of starred titles. 

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