26 Exemplary Titles | Starred Reviews, October 2019

Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our October 2019 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels for children and teens.


Picture Books

Barnett, Mac. Just Because. illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Candlewick. Sept. 2019.

Charles, Tami. Freedom Soup. illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. Candlewick. Dec. 2019. 

Cooper, Susan. The Shortest Day. illus. by Carson Ellis. Candlewick. Oct. 2019. 

Fogliano, Julie. Just In Case You Want To Fly. illus. by Christian Robinson. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2019. 

Krauss, Ruth. Roar Like a ­Dandelion. ­illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2019. 

Larkin, Shabazz. The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter. illus. by author. Readers to Eaters. Aug. 2019.

Maillard, Kevin Noble. Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal. 48p. Roaring Brook. Oct. 2019. 

Mora, Oge. Saturday. illus. by author. Little, Brown. Oct. 2019.

Perkins, Lynne Rae. Wintercake. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Oct. 2019.

Perkins, Mitali. Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border. illus. by Sara Palacios. Farrar. Sept. 2019. 


Middle Grade

Lackey, Lindsay. All the Impossible Things. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2019. 

Kramer, J. Kasper. The Story That Cannot Be Told. S. & S./Atheneum. Oct. 2019.

Reynolds, Jason. Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks. S. & S./Atheneum. Oct. 2019. 



Courtney, Nadine Jolie. All-American Muslim Girl. Farrar. Nov. 2019. 

Deming, Sarah. Gravity. Random/Make Me a World. Nov. 2019.



America’s Test Kitchen Kids. The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks eXplore. Oct. 2019. 

Hopkins, Lee Bennett, ed. I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage. illus. by various. Lee & Low. Oct. 2019. 

McCann, Michelle Roehm. Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety. Atria/Beyond Words. Oct. 2019.

Maclear, Kyo. It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way. illus. by Julie Morstad. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2019. 

Markle, Sandra. The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks. Lerner. Oct. 2019. 

Rajcak, Hélène. Unseen Worlds: Real-Life Microscopic Creatures Hiding All Around Us. illus. by Damien Laverdunt. What On Earth? Bks. Oct. 2019. 

Rose, Tiffany. M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child. illus. by author. little bee. Oct. 2019. 

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War. illus. by author. Abrams. Sept. 2019. 


Graphic Novels

Barnes, Daniel. The Black Mage. illus. by D.J. Kirkland. Oni. Oct. 2019. 

Holm, Jennifer L. Sunny Rolls the Dice. illus. by Matthew Holm. Scholastic/Graphix. Oct. 2019. 

Kim, Hyun Sook & Ryan Estrada. Banned Book Club. illus. by Ko Hyung-Ju. Iron Circus Comics. Feb. 2020.

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