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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | October 2016

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1610-star-picbks-cvstripPicture Books

Doi, Kaya. Chirri & Chirra. tr. from Japanese by Yuki Kaneko. illus. by author. Enchanted Lion. Sept. 2016. p. 74.

Gravett, Emily. Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts. illus. by author. S. & S. Sept. 2016. p. 76.

O’Leary, Sara. A Family Is a Family Is a Family. illus. by Qin Leng. Groundwood. Sept. 2016. p. 82.

Olshan, Matthew. A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785. illus. by Sophie Blackall. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Oct. 2016. p. 82.

Poulin, Andrée. Pablo Finds a Treasure. tr. from French by author. illus. by Isabelle Malenfant. Annick. Sept. 2016. p. 83.

Rylant, Cynthia. Little Penguins. illus. by Christian Robinson. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Oct. 2016. p. 70.

Sidman, Joyce. Before Morning. illus. by Beth Krommes. HMH. Oct. 2016. p. 86.

Stead, Philip C. Samson in the Snow. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2016. p. 86.

Willems, Mo. Nanette’s Baguette. illus. by author. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. Oct. 2016. p. 88.

Young, Ed. The Cat from Hunger Mountain. illus. by author. Philomel. Nov. 2016. p. 88.

Young, Rebecca. Teacup. illus. by Matt Ottley. Dial. Oct. 2016. p. 88.

Zagarenski, Pamela. Henry & Leo. illus. by author. HMH. Oct. 2016. p. 88.

1610-star-cb-mg-ya-gn-cvstripChapter Books

James, Laura. Captain Pug. illus. by Églantine Ceulemans. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2017. p. 90.

Krishnaswami, Uma. Book Uncle and Me. illus. by Julianna Swaney. Groundwood. Sept. 2016. XPRESS

Middle Grade

Hubbard, Kirsten. Race the Night. Disney-Hyperion. Nov. 2016. p. 96.

Sands, Kevin. Mark of the Plague. S. & S./Aladdin. Sept. 2016. XPRESS


Bardugo, Leigh. Crooked Kingdom. Holt. Sept. 2016. XPRESS

Braxton-Smith, Ananda. Merrow. Candlewick. Nov. 2016. p. 108.

Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect. Cinco Puntos. Oct. 2016. p. 114.

Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. S. & S. Nov. 2016. p. 115.

Graphic Novels

Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Vol. 1. illus. by Robert Hack. Archie Comics. Aug. 2016. p. 118.

Gaiman, Neil. Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk to Girls at Parties. illus. by Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon. Dark Horse. Jul. 2016. p. 118.

Sturm, James. Ape & Armadillo Take Over the World. illus. by author. Toon. Sept. 2016. p. 91.


Asim, Jabari. Preaching to the Chickens. illus. by E.B. Lewis. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Oct. 2016. p. 124.

Bolden, Tonya. How To Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Viking. Sept. 2016. p. 135.

BYRD, Robert, retel. Jason and the Argonauts: The First Great Quest in Greek Mythology. illus. by author. Dial. Oct. 2016. p. 126. POP

Farrell, Mary Cronk. Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights. Abrams. Nov. 2016. p. 128.

Heos, Bridget. Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Oct. 2016. p. 136. POP

Jenkins, Steve. Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics. illus. by author. HMH. Nov. 2016. p. 128. POP

Marrin, Albert. Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II. Knopf. Oct. 2016. p. 138.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice. Holiday House. Oct. 2016. p. 138.

Potter, Beatrix & others. A Celebration of Beatrix Potter: Art and Letters by More Than 30 of Today’s Favorite Children’s Book Illustrators. Warne. Nov. 2016. p. 130.

Thornhill, Jan. The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. illus. by author. Groundwood. Oct. 2016. p. 133.

Professional Reading

Bang, Molly. Picture This: How Pictures Work. rev. ed. illus. by author. Chronicle. Aug. 2016. p. 142.


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. p. 48.

The First Silent Night. Dist. by PBS. 2015. p. 45.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2016. p. 40.


Shovan, Laura. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Recorded Books. Jul. 2016. p. 47.

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