41 Standout Books, Including Adult Books for Teens | Starred Reviews, March 2024

Elizabeth Acevedo's adult debut receives an SLJ star this month, along with the latest Adam Gidwitz novel, two books for young readers about Eid al-Fitr, and more.

Afikoman, Where’d You Go?: A Passover ­Hide-and-Seek Adventure (Levington) ©2024 by Noa Kelner


Board Books

Beautiful Butterflies. illus. by Margarida Esteves. Gibbs Smith. 

Evans, Harriet. Big and Little: A Book of Animal Opposites. illus. by Linda Tordoff. Tiger Tales. 

Hodgson, Rob. Knock Knock: Who’s There? Magic Cat.

Osakwe, Leah. Let’s Be Brave. illus. by Becky Paige. Tiger Tales. 

Otter, Isabel. Color Gallery. illus. by Sophie Ledesma. Tiger Tales. 

Selena, Elena. Peekaboo Who? Twirl Bks. 

Urban, Chiêu Anh. Illusions in Art: Food. Candlewick.

Wenzel, Brendan. Hello Hello Shapes. Chronicle. 

Zanotto, Lucas. Where Is My Nose? Tra Publishing. 



Acabado, Hana. My Mama Is a Work of Art. Running Pr. 

Jaleel, Aaliya. EidTale: An Eid al-Fitr Adventure. Abrams/Appleseed. 

Levington, Rebecca Gardyn. Afikoman, Where’d You Go?: A Passover Hide-and-Seek Adventure. illus. by Noa Kelner. Penguin/Rocky Pond. 

Talkhani, Zeba. The Most Exciting Eid. illus. by Abeeha Tariq. Scholastic.

Yuksel, M.O. Sami’s Special Gift. illus. by Hüseyin Sönmezay. Charlesbridge. 


Our Woolly Bear (Arthur) ©2024 by Katie Arthur


Picture Books

Arthur, Kate. Our Woolly BearOwlkids. 

Hilderman, Tasha. Métis Like Me. illus. by Risa Hugo. Tundra. 

Moreira, Henrique Coser. The First Day of May. Levine Querido. 

Wiley, DeAnn. Homegrown. Holt. 

Wong, Jack. All That GrowsGroundwood. 

Gigi and Ojiji: Perfect Paper Cranes (Iwai) 
©2024 by Melissa Iwai


Transitional Books

Bates, Janet Costa. A Week of Shenanigansillus. by Gladys Jose. Candlewick. 

iwai, Melissa. Gigi and Ojiji: Perfect Paper Cranes. HarperCollins. 


Middle Grade

Gidwitz, Adam. Max in the House of Spies: A Tale of World War II. Dutton. 

Lewers, Nedda. Daughters of the Lamp. Putnam. 

Williams, Alicia D. Mid Air. illus. by Danica Novgorodoff. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 



Chee, Traci. Kindling. HarperCollins.

Gomera-Tavarez, Camille. The Girl, the Ring, & the Baseball Bat. Levine Querido. 

Le, Vanessa. The Last BloodcarverRoaring Brook. 

Nicholls, Sally. Yours from the Tower. Candlewick/Walker. 


Graphic Novels

Doucet, Rashad. Art Club. Little, Brown Ink. 

HANAOR, Ziggy. The Egg Incident. illus. by Daisy Wynter. Cicada. 

Roman, Dave. Unicorn BoyFirst Second.


All of Those Babies (Larsen) ©2024 by Stephanie Laberis



Alexander, Lori. Cactus Queen: Minerva Hoyt Establishes Joshua Tree National Park. illus. by Jenn Ely. Astra/Calkins Creek. 

Behrman, Sarah T. The Sea Hides a Seahorse. illus. by Melanie Mikecz. Collective Book Studio. 

Jewell, Tiffany. Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School. HarperCollins/Versify. 

Larsen, Mylisa. All of Those Babies. illus. by Stephanie Laberis. S. & S./Beach Lane. 

Pew, Kailei. Kid-Ventors: 35 Real Kids and Their Amazing Inventions. illus. by Shannon Wright. Feiwel & Friends. 

Rosenstock, Barb. The Great Lakes: Our Freshwater Treasure. illus. by Jamey Christoph. Knopf. 


Adult Books 4 Teens

Acevedo, Elizabeth. Family Lore. HarperCollins/Ecco. 

Boey, Brandon Ying Kit. Karma of the Sun. CamCat. 

Parry, H.G. The Magician’s Daughter. Orbit/Redhook. 

Tobar, Héctor. Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino. MCD. 

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