32 Outstanding Titles, Including Music and Two Young Readers Adaptations | Starred Reviews, December 2022

Starred titles closing out the year include the latest releases from Cinda Williams Chima and Kwame Alexander, and more.

You Matter to Me (Richards) ©2022 by Robert Paul



Kazi, Natasha Khan. Moon’s Ramadan. HarperCollins/Versify. 

LaMotte, Lily. Chloe’s Lunar New Year. illus. by Michelle Lee. HarperCollins. 


Picture Books

Brown, Tameka Fryer. That Flag. illus. by Nikkolas Smith. HarperCollins. 

Clarke, Jane. Tiptoe Tiger. illus. by Britta Teckentrup. Candlewick.

Hartman, Brooke. Watch Out for the Lion! illus. by Anna Süßbauer. Page Street. 

Richards, Doyin. You Matter to Me. illus. by Robert Paul, Jr. Feiwel & Friends. 

Schwartz, Amy. 13 Stories About Ayana. Holiday House. 


Chapter Books

Castillo, Lauren. A Place to Call Home. Knopf. 

Faruqi, Saadia. Marya Khan and the ­Fabulous Jasmine Garden. illus. by Ani Bushry. Amulet. 


Middle Grade

Callender, Kacen. Moonflower. Scholastic. 

Dubois, Caroline Brooks. Ode to a Nobody. Holiday House. 

Malinenko, Ally. This Appearing House. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Symes-Smith, Esme. Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston. Random/Labyrinth Road. 

Tureaud, Maria. The Last Hope in Hopetown. Little, Brown.



Adler, Dahlia, ed. At Midnight: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined. Flatiron. 

Chima, Cinda Williams. Children of Ragnarok. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Ernshaw, Shea. A Wilderness of Stars. S. & S. 

Gustafson, Cassie. The Secrets We Keep. S. & S. 

Martins, Vitor. This Is Our Place. tr. from Portuguese by Larissa Helena. Scholastic/PUSH. 

Wilder, A.K. Curse of Shadows. Entangled Teen. 


Graphic Novels

Paulsen, Bree. Garlic and the Witch. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 



Alexander, Kwame. An American Story. illus. by Dare Coulter. Little, Brown.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. adapt. by Monique Gray Smith. illus. by Nicole Neidhardt. Zest.

Van der Linde, Laurel. Black Swans. illus. by Sawyer Cloud. Sunbird. 

Walls LaNier, Carlotta with Lisa Frazier Page. A Mighty Long Way (Adapted for Young Readers): My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. Delacorte. 

WIlson, Diane, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney, & John Coy. Where We Come From. illus. by Dion MBD. Carolrhoda. 



The Greats! Louis & Dan and the Invisible Band. 

Mil Colores. Nathalia Musica. 

Mosaic. Jumpin’ Jamie.

The Movement. School Time Music. 

Multiply. TooWise Productions. 

Musiquita. Chiquirriquitica. 

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