36 Dazzling Titles | Winter 2018 Stars

These works for children and teens—from the latest picture book offering by Antoinette Portis to the hilariously poignant debut by Ben Philippe—have been selected by SLJ editors as the top titles featured in our Winter 2018 issue.

Picture Books

Gonzalez III, Raúl. ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. illus. by author. HMH/Versify. Apr. 2019. p. 49.

McDaniel, Breanna J. Hands Up! illus. by Shane W. Evans. Dial. Jan. 2019. p. 50.

Robinson, Christian. Another. illus. by ­author. S. & S./Atheneum. Mar. 2019. p. 51.

Ruzzier, Sergio. Good Boy. illus. by author. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2019. p. 52.

Vamos, Samantha R. The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung. illus. by Sebastià Serra. Charlesbridge. Jan. 2019. p. 54.

Wong, Liz. The Goose Egg. illus. by author. Knopf. Jan. 2019. p. 54.

Middle Grade

Cervantes, Angela. Lety Out Loud. ­Scholastic. Feb. 2019. p. 55.

Melleby, Nicole. Hurricane Season. ­Algonquin. May 2019.p. 57.

Stoddard, Lindsey. Right as Rain. ­HarperCollins/Harper. Feb. 2019. p. 59.


Alkaf, Hanna. The Weight of Our Sky. S. & S./Salaam Reads. Feb. 2019. p. 62.

Elliott, David. Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. HMH. Mar. 2019. p. 62.

Ferrer, Marianne. A Story About Cancer with a Happy Ending. illus. by India Desjardins. Frances Lincoln. Jan. 2019. p. 60.

Giles, Lamar. Spin. Scholastic. Jan. 2019.p. 61. POP

Grove, S.E. The Waning Age. Viking. Feb. 2019. p. 63.

Philippe, Ben. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Nov. 2018. p. 62. POP

Rivera, Lilliam. Dealing in Dreams. S. & S. Mar. 2019. p. 62. POP

Trelease, Gita. Enchantée. Flatiron. Feb. 2019. p. 65. POP

Graphic Novels

Lowry, Lois. The Giver Graphic Novel. HMH. Feb. 2019. p. 66.

Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth: True Comics from the Latin American Youth Center. illus. by various. Shout Mouse. May 2019. p. 78.


Brockenbrough, Martha. Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump. Feiwel & Friends. Nov. 2018. p. 75.

Dunbar, Erica Armstrong & Kathleen van Cleve. Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared To Run Away. S. & S./­
Aladdin. Jan. 2019.p. 75.

Jenkins, Steve & Robin Page. The Frog Book. illus. by authors. HMH. Feb. 2019. p. 72.

Manley, Curtis. Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet. illus. by Jessica Lanan. Roaring Brook. Jan. 2019. p. 72.

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion. ­illus. by Gordon C. James. Carolrhoda. Feb. 2019. p. 72.

Portis, Antoinette. Hey, Water! illus. by ­author. 48p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Mar. 2019. p. 73. POP

Rappaport, Doreen. Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller. illus. by Linda ­Kukuk. Disney-Hyperion. Feb. 2019. p. 73.

Southgate, Vix. Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka & Strelka. illus. by Iris Deppe. Mar. 2019. p. 74. POP

Wick, Walter. A Ray of Light. photos by ­author. Scholastic. Feb. 2019. p. 74.

Yoo, Paula. The Story of Movie Star Anna May Wong. illus. by Lin Wang. Lee & Low. Jan. 2019. p. 74

Adult Books 4 Teens

Castle, Jacqui. The Seclusion. Inkshares. Sept. 2018. p. 68.

Dyachenko, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko. Vita Nostra. tr. from Russian by Julia Meitov Hersey. HarperCollins/Harper. Nov. 2018.
p. 68.

Morton, Kate. The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Atria. Oct. 2018. p. 69.

Tobak, Vikki. Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. Clarkson Potter. Oct. 2018. p. 69.


Madrone, Kelly Huegel. LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens. Free Spirit. Sept. 2018. p. 44.


SOTOMAYOR, Sonia. The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor. Listening Library. Sept. 2018. p. 42.

WATSON, Renée. Piecing Me Together. ­Recorded Bks. May 2018. p. 42.

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