New Books for Spring from Kevin Henkes, Kyle Lukoff, Renée Watson, and More | Starred Reviews, April 2021

Dolley Madison and intrepid traveler Marianne North are but two of the engaging heroines who appear in this month's list of books we found star-worthy. 

Bubbles...Up! (Davies), ©2021 by Sonia Sánchez

Picture Books

Abbott, Zoey. I Do Not Like Yolanda. Tundra.

Bee, William. Stanley’s Lunch Box. Peachtree Petite.

Bedia, Elizabeth Gilbert. Balloons for Papa. illus. by Erika Meza. Harper. 

Boynton, Alice & Wiley Blevins. Dolley Madison, the White House, and the Big Tornado. illus. by Massimiliano di Lauro. Reycraft. 

Byatt, Jo. Bea by the Sea. Child’s Play. 

Carter, Anne Laurel. What the Kite Saw. illus. by Akin Duzakin. Groundwood. 

Clanton, Ben. Blankie. Tundra. 

Dahl, Michael. Little Turtle Tries. illus. by Oriol Vidal. Capstone. 

Davies, Jacqueline. Bubbles...Up! illus. by Sonia Sánchez. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Elschner, Géraldine. Hide-and-Seek with Little Hippo. illus. by Anja Klauss. Schiffer Kids. 

Forman, Ruth. Curls. illus. by Geneva Bowers. Little Simon. 

Hall, Michael. House Mouse. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Holub, Joan. This Little Environmentalist: A Love-the-Earth Primer. illus. by Daniel Roode. Little Simon. 

Hwang, Sarah. Toasty. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson. 

John, Jory. Something’s Wrong! A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear. illus. by Erin Kraan. Farrar. 

Lawlor, Laurie. Fearless World Traveler: Adventures of Marianne North. illus. by Becca Stadtlander. Holiday House. 

Lescaut, Sophie. The Tree Told Me. illus. by Thanh Portal. Reycraft. 

Pham, Leuyen. Outside, Inside. Roaring Brook. 


Middle Grade

Henkes, Kevin. Billy Miller Makes a Wish. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Kelly, Erin Entrada. Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Lukoff, Kyle. Too Bright To See. Dial. 

Maccoll, Michaela. View from Pagoda Hill. Calkins Creek.  

Kessler, Liz. When the World Was Ours. Aladdin.

Simon, Raphael. The Anti-Book. Dial. 

Watson, Renée. Ways To Grow Love. illus. by Nina Mata. Bloomsbury. 



Flake, Sharon G. The Life I’m In. Scholastic.  

Ibáñez, Francisco Montaña. The Immortal Boy/El Inmortal. Levine Querido. 

Shabazz, Ilyasah with Tiffany D. Jackson. The Awakening of Malcolm X. Farrar. 

Smyth, Ciara. Not My Problem. HarperTeen. 


Graphic Novels

Bogart, Matthew & Jesse Holden. Incredible Doom: Vol. 1. HarperAlley. 

Parker, Meghan. ed. by Craig Yoe. Teaching Artfully. Clover. 



Ferrada, María José. Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile. tr. from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. illus. by María Elena Valdez. Eerdmans. 

Freeman, Anna Harber & Barbara Gonzales. Shaped By Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez. illus. by Aphelandra. Albert Whitman. 

McDivitt, Lindsey. A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation. illus. by Charley Palmer. Eerdmans. 

Shreeve, Elizabeth. Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas. illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon. Candlewick.

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