44 Spectacular Titles, Including Cookbooks | Starred Reviews, May 2024

Among this month's standouts are the latest graphic novel co-authored by Gender Queer's Maia Kobabe, a picture book from Kyle Lukoff, and a video adapted from Carole Boston Weatherford's book about Mary Hamilton.

Lighthouse and the Little Boat (Frawley) ©2024 by Ben Mantle

Picture Books

Beckmeyer, Drew. The First Week of School. S. & S./Atheneum.

Flett, Julie. Let’s Go! Greystone. 

Frawley, Katie. Lighthouse and the Little Boat. illus. by Ben Mantle. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Henkes, Kevin. Finding Things. illus. by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow. 

Lukoff, Kyle. Just What to Do. illus. by Hala Tahboub. Dial.

Nelson, Sarah. Firefly Galaxy. illus. by Estrellita Caracol. Barefoot. 


Middle Grade

Cochran, John. Breaking into Sunlight. Algonquin. 

Gow, Robin. Gooseberry. Abrams/Amulet. 

Melleby, Nicole. Winnie Nash Is Not Your Sunshine. Algonquin. 

Miller, G.F. Not If You Break Up with Me First. S. & S./Aladdin. 

Siddiqui, Maleeha. Any Way You Look. Scholastic. 



Ahmed, Samira. This Book Won’t Burn. Little, Brown. 

Hammonds, Jas. Thirsty. Roaring Brook. 

Khorram, Adib. The Breakup Lists. Dial. 

Lee, Stacey. Kill Her Twice. Putnam.

Lucier, Makiia. Dragonfruit. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

McCauley, Kyrie. Bad Graces. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Schwartz, Leanne. To A Darker Shore. Page Street. 


Graphic Novels

Anderson, Kit. Safer Places. Avery Hill. 

Brosgoi, Vera. Plain Jane and the Mermaid. First Second. 

Dandro, Travis & A.A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh. illus. by Travis Dandro. Drawn & Quarterly. 

Fantaskey, Beth. Wires Crossed. illus. by ONeillJones. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

Fong, Debbie. Next Stop. Random House Graphic. 

Karim, Violet Chan. Summer Vamp. Random House Graphic. 

Kobabe, Maia & Sarah Peitzmeier. Breathe: Journeys to Healthy Binding. illus. by Maia Kobabe. Dutton. 

Todd, Jonathan. Timid. Scholastic/Graphix. 

Mr. Pei’s Perfect Shapes (Leung) ©2024 by Yifan Wu


Kim, Cheryl. Wat Takes His Shot: The Life & Legacy of Basketball Hero Wataru Misaka. illus. by Nat Iwata. Lee & Low.

Lee, Erika & Christina Soontornvat. Made in Asian America: A History for Young People. Harper/Quill Tree. 

Leung, Julie. Mr. Pei’s Perfect Shapes: The Story of Architect I.M. Pei. illus. by Yifan Wu. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Mann, J. Albert. Shift Happens: The History of Labor in the United States. HarperCollins. 

Medina, Belen. Daughter of the Light-Footed People: The Story of Indigenous Marathon Champion Lorena Ramírez. illus. by Natalia Rojas Castro. S. & S./Atheneum. 

Sobel, Syl. Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts: Understanding How Our Country Picks Its President. Sourcebooks/eXplore. 


Professional Reading

Howard, Tyrone C. Equity Now: Justice, Repair, and Belonging in Schools. Corwin. 

Newkirk, Thomas. Literacy’s Democratic Roots: A Personal Tour Through Eight Big Ideas. Heinemann. 

Schreiber, Mary & Wendy K. Bartlett. Curating Community Collections: A Holistic Approach to Diverse Collection Development. Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited. 

Ward, Judit H. & Nicholas A. Allred. The Librarian’s Guide to Bibliotherapy. ALA Eds. 

Water is Water (Paul) Weston Woods ©2023


Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case of Equality and Respect. adapt. from the book by Carole Boston Weatherford. illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford. Dreamscape. 

Finding Her Beat. Good Docs. 

A Plate of Hope: The Inspiring Story of Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen. adapt. from the book by Erin Frankel. illus. by Paola Escobar. Dreamscape. 

Water Is Water. adapt. from the book by Miranda Paul. illus. by Jason Chin. Weston Woods. 



Agostini, Alliah L. with Taffy Elrod. The Juneteenth Cookbook: Recipes and Activities for Kids and Families to Celebrate. illus. by Sawyer Cloud. becker&mayer! kids. 

Atherton, David. David Atherton’s Christmas Cookbook for Kids. illus. by Katie Cottle. Candlewick. 

Gadzekpo, Darryl & Ella Phillips. From Plant to Plate: Turn Home-Grown Ingredients into Healthy Meals! illus. by Alan Berry Rhys. DK. 

Wheatley, Abigail. World Kitchen: A Children’s Cookbook; Family Recipes from Around the World. illus. by Chaaya Prabhat. Usborne.

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