36 Exceptional Titles, Including Music and the Latest from Lois Lowry and Elizabeth Wein | Starred Reviews, March 2023

From John Schu's latest picture book to an Ibram X. Kendi adaptation of a Zora Neale Hurston story, March's starred titles all shine.

Inside image from: Pardalita (Estrela) ©2023 illus by Joana Estrela


James-Duncan, Monique. Mommy Time. illus. by Ebony Glenn. Candlewick. 

Tarpley, Todd. Leprechaun vs. Easter Bunny. illus. by Stephanie Laberis. Little, Brown. 


Board Books

Aroeste, Sarah. Mazal Bueno! illus. by Taia Morley. Kar-Ben. 

Davies, Becky. No Matter What...We All Belong. illus. by Fernando Martìn. ­Tiger Tales. 

Hurston, Zora Neale. The Making of Butterflies. adapt. by Ibram X. Kendi. illus. by Kah Yangni. HarperCollins/Amistad.

Salas, Laura Purdie. Puddle Song. illus. by Monique Felix. Creative Editions. 

Smith, Danna. Peek-A-Boo Haiku: A Lift-the-Flap Book. illus. by Teagan White. Little Simon. 

Underwood, Deborah. Ducks! illus. by T.L. McBeth. Holt. 

Verhoeff, Nelleke. Bruno Builder Bakes Bread: A Mix-and-Match Book. Barefoot.

Yee, Patrick. 7 Best Things About Family. Flowerpot. 


Picture Books

Howes, Katey. Woven of the World. illus. by Dinara Mirtalipova. Chronicle. 

Kim, Dan-ah. The Train Home. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Schu, John. This Is a Story. illus. by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick. 

Scott, Jordan. My Baba’s Garden. illus. by Sydney Smith. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 


Middle Grade

Lowry, Lois. The Windeby Puzzle. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

Mendez, Jasminne. Aniana del Mar Jumps In. Dial. 

Riazi, Karuna. A Bit of Earth. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 



Cole, Olivia A. Dear Medusa. Random/Labyrinth Road. 

Mcginnis, Mindy. A Long Stretch of Bad Days. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Marchant, Kate. Whistleblower. Wattpad. 

Moreno, Eloy. Invisible (Spanish Edition). Nube de Tinta. 

Sambury, Liselle. Delicious Monsters. S. & S./McElderry. 

Tison, Ari. Saints of the Household. Farrar. 

Wein, Elizabeth. Stateless. Little, Brown. 


Graphic Novels

Estrela, Joana. Pardalita. tr. from Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Levine Querido. 

Ramm, Meggie. Batcat. 96p. Abrams/Amulet. 



Backhouse, Frances. Grizzly Bears. Orca.

Decalf, Jérémie. The Sky Is Not the Limit. Eerdmans. 

Flack, Roberta with Tonya Bolden. The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music. llus. by Hayden Goodman. Random/Anne Schwartz. 

Kwan, Leslie. A Is for Aretha. illus. by Rachelle Baker. Penguin/Kokila. 

Sanchez, Anita. The Monkey Trial: John Scopes and the Battle over Teaching Evolution. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

Wilson, Jamia. Young, Gifted and Black Too: Meet 52 More Black Icons from Past and Present. illus. by Andrea Pippin. Quarto/Wide Eyed Editions. 



The Green Album. Performed by ­Gro-Town. ­Danielle Carlomusto. 

Los fabulosos. Performed by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. 8 Pound Gorilla ­Records.

Make It Myself. Performed by Ants on a Log. Digital download. Ant Hill. 

Sing & Soar. Performed by Nanny ­Nikki. Nanny Nikki. 

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