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1602-Star-PB-MG-CVsPicture Books

ALEXIE, Sherman. Thunderboy Jr. illus. by Yuyi Morales. Little, Brown. May 2016. p. 58.

Ehlert, Lois. Rain Fish. illus. by author. S. & S./ Beach Lane. Apr. 2016. p. 64.

Fan, Terry & Eric Fan. The Night Gardener. illus. by authors. S. & S. Feb. 2016. p. 64.

Jackson, Richard. Have a Look, Says Book. illus. by Kevin Hawkes. S. & S./Atheneum. Apr. 2016. p. 67.

Martin, Bill, Jr. & Michael Sampson. Listen to Our World. illus. by Melissa Sweet. S. & S./ Paula Wiseman Bks. Mar. 2016. p. 69.

Merino, Gemma. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree. illus. by author. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2016. p. 69.

Thomson, Bill. The Typewriter illus. by author. Amazon/Two Lions. Mar. 2016. p. 73.

Velasquez, Eric. Looking for Bongo . illus. by Author. Holiday House. Feb. 2016. p. 58.

Middle Grade

Dooley, Sarah. Free Verse. Putnam. Mar. 2016. p. 80.

Hopkinson, Deborah. A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket. Knopf. Apr. 2016. p. 82.

Khan, Joshua. Shadow Magic. illus. by Ben Hibon. 336p. Disney-Hyperion. Apr. 2016. p. 83.

Starmer, Aaron. The Storyteller. Farrar. Mar. 2016. p. 86.


Caletti, Deb. Essential Maps for the Lost. S. & S./ Simon Pulse. Apr. 2016. p. 98.

Castner, K.D. Daughters of Ruin. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Apr. 2016. p. 93.

Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Abrams/Amulet. May 2016. p. 100.

Kephart, Beth. This Is the Story of You. Chronicle. Apr. 2016. p. 94.

Lord, Emery. When We Collided. Bloomsbury. Apr. 2016. p. 102.

Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. Mar. 2016. p. 103.

Nelson, Colleen. Finding Hope. Dundurn. Apr. 2016. p. 103.

STORK, Francisco. The Memory of Light. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 2016. p. 105.

Graphic Novels

Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling. illus. by Tony Cliff. First Second. Mar. 2016. p. 107.

Brremaud, Frederic. Love: The Tiger. illus. by author. Magnetic. 2015. p. 89.

Samanci, Özge. Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey. illus. by author. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. 2015. p. 126.


Baker, Jeannie. Circle. illus. by author. Candlewick. May 2016. p. 111.

Coy, John. Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land. photos by Wing Young Huie. Carolrhoda. Mar. 2016. p. 112.

Delacre, Lulu. ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado/Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest. illus. by author. Children’s Bk. Pr. Feb. 2016. p. 112.

Jarrow, Gail. Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. Apr. 2016. p. 124.

Jenkins, Steve & Robin Page. Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move. illus. by Steven Jenkins. HMH. May 2016. p. 113.

Lang, Heather. Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine. illus. by Raúl Colón. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. Mar. 2016. p. 113.

Macy, Sue. Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber. illus. by C.F. Payne. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Feb. 2016. p. 115.

Orgill, Roxane. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. illus. by Francis Vallejo. Candlewick. Mar. 2016. p. 116.

Raczka, Bob. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2016. p. 119.

Rockliff, Mara. Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic. illus. by Iacopo Bruno. Candlewick. Apr. 2016. p. 120.

1602-Star-AB4T-CVsAdult Books 4 Teens

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. We Should All Be Feminists. Vintage/Anchor. 2015. p. 110.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. Spiegel & Grau. 2015. p. 110.

De Robertis, Carolina. The Gods of ­Tango. Knopf. 2015. p. 108.

Franzen, Jonathan. Purity. Farrar. 2015. p. 108.

Jackson, Naomi. The Star Side of Bird Hill. Penguin. 2015. p. 109.

Kirk, Shannon. Method 15/33. Oceanview Publishing. 2015. p. 109.

Park, Patricia. Re Jane. Viking/Pamela Dorman Bks. 2015. p. 109.


The Gnomist. Dist. by Great Big Story. 2015. p. 46.

He Named Me Malala. Dist. by Twentieth Century Fox. 2015. p. 47.

That Is NOT a Good Idea! Dist. by Weston Woods. 2015. p. 46.

Threatened: The Controversial Struggle of the Southern Sea Otter. Dist. by the Video Project. 2013 released in 2015. p. 49.

Top Spin. Dist. by New Day Films. 2015. p. 49.


Agard, John. Book: My Autobiography. Brilliance. 2015. p. 51.

Carle, Eric. The Tiny Seed. Weston Woods. 2015. p. 50.

FUNKE, Cornelia. The Pirate Pig and Ruffleclaw. Listening Library. 2015. p. 52.

OLDER, Daniel José. Shadowshaper. Scholastic Audio. 2015. p. 55.

Wynne-Jones, Tim. The Emperor of Any Place. Brilliance. 2015. p. 55.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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