29 Great New Books, Audiobooks, and Poetry Titles to Start the Year| Starred Reviews, January 2024

Welcome 2024 with this selection of starred reviews, including several audiobooks narrated by their authors, such as those by Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as new poetry collections from Renée Watson and Jane Yolen.

Inside art/No Cats in the Library (Emmons) ©2024 by Lauren Emmons
No Cats in the Library (Emmons) ©2024 by Lauren Emmons

Picture Books

Anganuzzi, Clara. The Ocean Gardener.Tiger Tales. 

Emmons, Lauren. No Cats in the Library. S. & S./Paula Wiseman. 

Thurman, Brittany J. Forever and Always. illus. by Shamar Knight-Justice. Greenwillow.  


inside art/Fox versus Fox (Tabor) ©2024 by Corey R. Tabor
Fox versus Fox (Tabor) ©2024 by Corey R. Tabor

Transitional Books

Henry, Steve. Friends Are Fun. Holiday House. 

Tabor, Corey R. Fox versus Fox. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 


Middle Grade

Faruqi, Saadia. The Partition Project. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Headen, Sandra W. Warrior on the Mound. Holiday House. 

Ireland, Meredith. Emma and the Love Spell. Bloomsbury. 

Isler, Emily Barth. The Color of Sound. Carolrhoda. 

Lapera, Anna. Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice. Levine Querido. 



Ixta, Carolina. Shut Up, This Is Serious. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Moldavsky, Goldy. Just Say Yes. Holt. 

Sutanto, Jesse Q. Didn’t See That Coming. Delacorte.

Sutherland, Krystal. The InvocationsPenguin/Nancy Paulsen.

inside art/The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions (Clarkson) ©2024 by Giselle Clarkson
The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions (Clarkson) ©2024 by Giselle Clarkson


Clarkson, Giselle. The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions. Gecko. 

Fleming, Candace. The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II. Scholastic Focus. 

Hoyt, Megan. A Grand Idea: How William J. Wilgus Created Grand Central Terminal. illus. by David Szalay. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction (Young Readers Adaptation): An Unnatural History. Macmillan/Godwin. 

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality. illus. by Alex Bostic. Carolrhoda. 



Amos, Shawn. Ellis Johnson Might Be Famousnarrated by author. Hachette Audio.

Davis, Dana L. Fake Famousnarrated by author. Brilliance Audio. 

King, Coretta Scott with the Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds. Coretta: The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King. narrated by January LaVoy. Macmillan Young Listeners.

McBride, Amber. Gone Wolf. narrated by Ariel Blake. Macmillan Young Listeners. 

Moore, Tanisia. I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams. narrated by Nile Bullock, Tanisia Moore & Robert Paul, Jr. Scholastic Audio. 

Reynolds, Jason. There Was a Party for Langston: King O’ Letters. narrated by author. Recorded Bks. 

Woodson, Jacqueline. Remember Us. narrated by author. Listening Library. 

inside art/In and Out the Window (Yolen) ©2024 by Cathrin Peterslund
In and Out the Window (Yolen) ©2024 by Cathrin Peterslund


Jacob, Lucinda & Sarah Webb, eds. I Am the Wind: Irish Poems for Children Everywhere. illus. by Ashwin Chacko. Little Island.

Watson, Renée. Black Girl You Are Atlas. illus. by Ekua Holmes. Penguin/Kokila. 

Yolen, Jane. In and Out the Window. illus. by Cathrin Peterslund. Philomel. 

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