36 Exceptional Titles, Including 7 Spanish Language Books and a Celebration with Raúl the Third | Starred Reviews, June 2024

This month, Arihhonni David shines with a new early reader based on an Indigenous tale, Rex Ogle delivers with both graphic novel and literary memoirs, and more.

The Ofrenda That We Built (Gutiérrez) ©2024 by Gabby Zapata



GUTIÉRREZ, Jolene & Shaian Gutiérrez. The Ofrenda That We Built. illus. by Gabby Zapata. Chronicle. 

RAMÍREZ, Mariana Ríos. Abuelita’s Gift: A Día de Muertos Story. illus. by Sara Palacios. Knopf.

RAÚL THE THIRD, ¡Vamos! Let’s Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos: A Halloween and Day of the Dead Celebration. HarperCollins/Clarion/Versify. 

THAMIZHMANI, Lakshmi. Navya Sings for Navarathri. illus. by Avani Dwivedi. HarperCollins.


La princesa y el ­guerrero: Una leyenda de dos volcanes (Tonatiuh) ©2024 by Duncan Tonatiuh



CRUZ, Angie. Angélica y la güira. tr. by Kianny N. Antigua. illus. by Luz Batista. Penguin/Kokila. 

DE LA PEÑA, Matt. El lugar perfectotr. by Polo Orozco & Ileana Orozco. illus. by Paola Escobar. Putnam. 

GHAREHBAGHI, Masoud. Todos los helados del mundo. Clavis. 

LEVI, Taltal. ¡Viva el aguacate! tr. by Achy Obejas. NorthSouth. 

RUSSELL-BROWN, Katheryn. La pequeña Melba y su gran trombón. tr. by Rita Elena Urquijo-Ruiz. illus. by Frank Morrison. Lee & Low. 

TONATIUH, Duncan. La princesa y el guerrero: Una leyenda de dos volcanestr. by Hercilia Mendizabal Frers. Abrams. 

VALLE, Gama. Prohibido llorar. illus. by Lorenzo Sangió. Editorial Destellos. 


Cesaria Feels the Beat (Adusei) ©2024 by Priscila Soares


Picture Books

ADUSEI, Denise Rosario. Cesaria Feels the Beat. illus. by Priscila Soares. Roaring Brook.

BINGHAM, Winsome & Wiley Blevins. The Table. illus. by Jason Griffin. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 

LAURENT, Lina. Secret Gardeners: Growing a Community and Healing the Earth. tr. by Sofia Karlsson & Jen Pulju Porter. illus. by Maija Hurme. Pajama Pr. 

LÊ, Minh. Built to Last. illus. by Dan Santat. Knopf. 

LIU, Linda. Sour Apple. Holt. 

MOLESSO, Ashley & Chess Needham. Just Like My Family. Running Pr. 

TABOR, Corey R. Ursula Upside Down. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

WEBB, Amy & Grace Webb. Emma’s Awesome Summer Camp Adventureillus. by Merrilee Liddiard. Beaming Bks. 


Transitional Books

DAVID, Arihhonni. The Good Game. Holiday House. 


Middle Grade

BADUA,Tracy & Alechia Dow. The Cookie CrumblesHarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

CHOLDENKO, Gennifer. The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman. Knopf. 

MOULTON, Deke. Benji Zeb Is a Ravenous WerewolfTundra. 

QUIGLEY, Dawn. Red Bird DancedHarperCollins/Heartdrum. 

STECHER, Leah. The Things We Miss. Bloomsbury. 



CALLEN, Rocky. Crashing into YouHolt. 

JAHREN, Hope. Adventures of Mary Jane. Delacorte. 

KÖLSCH, Freddie. Now, Conjurers. Union Square & Co. 

WILLIAMS, LaDarrion. Blood at the RootRandom/Labyrinth Road.


Graphic Novels

CALIN, Cassandra. The New Girl. Scholastic/Graphix. 

OGLE, Rex. Pizza Face. illus. by Dave Valeza. Scholastic/Graphix.

WIBOWO, Jes & Cin Wibowo. Lunar Boy. HarperAlley. 


I See Color: An Affirmation and Celebration of Our Diverse World (Bolling) ©2024 by Laylie Frazier



BAUSUM, Ann. The Bard and the Book: How the First Folio Saved the Plays of William Shakespeare from Oblivion. illus. by Marta Sevilla. Peachtree.

BOLLING, Valerie & Kailei Pew. I See Color: An Affirmation and Celebration of Our Diverse World. illus. by Laylie Frazier. HarperCollins. 

DAY, Nicholas. Nothing: John Cage and 4’33”. illus. by Chris Raschka. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 

OGLE, Rex. Road Home. Norton. 

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