24 Exceptional Titles | April 2019 Stars

From delightful picture books to probing YA novels, these titles represent the cream of the crop reviewed in SLJ's April issue.

Picture Books

Brosgol, Vera. The Little Guys. illus. by ­author. Roaring Brook. Apr. 2019. p. 56.

Ledyard, Stephanie Parsley. Home Is a Window. illus. by Chris Sasaki. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. Apr. 2019. p. 62.

Lyons, Kelly Starling. Going Down Home with Daddy. illus. by Daniel Minter. Peachtree. Apr. 2019. p. 62.

Walsh, Liam Francis. Make a Wish, Henry Bear. illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Apr. 2019. p. 65.


Middle Grade

Gemeinhart, Dan. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. Holt. Jan. 2019. Xpress

Parry, Rosanne. A Wolf Called Wander. illus. by Mónica Armiño. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May 2019. p. 72.

Stark-Mcginnis, Sandy. Extraordinary Birds. Bloomsbury. Apr. 2019. p. 74.

Warga, Jasmine. Other Words for Home. HarperCollins/Harper. May 2019. p. 76.



Acevedo, Elizabeth. With the Fire on High. HarperCollins/Harper. May 2019. p. 84.

Bartlett, Claire Eliza. We Rule the Night. Little, Brown. Apr. 2019. p. 84.

Rufener, Brenda. Since We Last Spoke. HarperCollins/Harper. Apr. 2019. p. 92.


Graphic Novels

Dunn, Georgia. Lupin Leaps In. illus. by ­author. Andrews McMeel. Mar. 2019. p. 80.

Maclear, Kyo. Operatic. illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler. Groundwood. Apr. 2019. p. 80.

Meconis, Dylan. Queen of the Sea. illus. by author. Candlewick. Jun. 2019. p. 81.



Barnett, Mac. The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown. illus. by Sarah ­Jacoby. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. May 2019. p. 93.

Poliquin, Rachel. Beastly Puzzles: A ­Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game. illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler. Kids Can Pr. May 2019. p. 94.

Wood, Susan. Sandy Feet! Whose Feet?: Footprints at the Shore. illus. by Steliyana Doneva. Sleeping Bear. Apr. 2019. p. 96.

Yousafzal,Malala. We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World. Little, Brown. Jan. 2019. p. 99.

Zunon, Elizabeth. Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family. illus. by author. Bloomsbury. May 2019. p. 96.


Professional Reading

Wyckoff, Amy & Marie Harris. Career Programming for Today’s Teens: Exploring Nontraditional and Vocational Alternatives. ALA Editions. Nov. 2018. p. 103. Poetry



Alexander, Kwame. The Undefeated. illus. by Kadir Nelson. Versify. Apr. 2019. p. 100.

Brown, Skila. Clackety Track: Poems about Trains. illus. by Jamey Christoph. ­Candlewick. Mar. 2019. p. 100.

Duncan, Alice Faye. A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks. illus. by Xia Gordon. Sterling. Jan. 2019. p. 101.

Hutchens, Verlie. Trees. illus. by Jing Jing Tsong. S. & S./Beach Lane. Mar. 2019. p. 101.

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