50 Spectacular Titles | September 2018 Stars

From the return of the Interrupting Chicken to the charming YA collaboration by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, SLJ's top September picks are titles librarians will want to add to their shelves.


Picture Books

Bauer, Marion. The Stuff of Stars. illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick. Sept. 2018. p. 85.

Daywalt, Drew. Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy. illus. by Scott Campbell. Disney-­Hyperion. Sept. 2018. p. 88.

de la Peña, Matt. Carmela Full of Wishes. illus. by Christian Robinson. Putnam. Oct. 2018. p. 88.

Grant, Shauntay. Africville. illus. by Eva Campbell. Groundwood. Sept. 2018. p. 91.

Latour, Francie. Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings. illus. by Ken Daley. Groundwood. Oct. 2018. p. 93.

Lee, JiHyeon. Door. illus. by author. 56p. Chronicle. Oct. 2018. p. 93.

Rueda, Claudia. Hungry Bunny. illus. by author. Chronicle. Sept. 2018. p. 95.

Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise. illus. by author. 40p. Candlewick. Sept. 2018. p. 96.

Middle Grade

Chase, Paula. So Done. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Aug. 2018. p. 104.

DiCamillo, Kate. Louisiana’s Way Home. Candlewick. Oct. 2018. p. 104.

Gino, Alex. You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P. Scholastic. Sept. 2018. p. 104.

Holland, Elise. The Thorn Queen. Spark. Sept. 2018. p. 106.

Lee, Yoon Ha. Dragon Pearl. Disney-Hyperion. Jan. 2019. p. 107.

Marsh, Katherine. Nowhere Boy. Roaring Brook. Aug. 2018. p. 108.

Mattick, Lindsay & Josh Greenhut. Winnie’s Great War. illus. by Sophie Blackall. Little, Brown. Sept. 2018. p. 109.


Albertalli, Becky & Adam Silvera. What If It’s Us. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2018. p. 117.

Dabos, Christelle. A Winter’s Promise. Europa. Oct. 2018. p. 118.

Kornher-Stace, Nicole. Latchkey. Mythic Delirium. Jul. 2018. p. 114.

Lee, Mackenzi. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Oct. 2018. p. 120.

Liu, Jennie. Girls on the Line. Carolrhoda Lab. Nov. 2018. p. 120.

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. All the Stars Denied. Lee & Low/Tu Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 114.

McLemore, Anna-Marie. Blanca & Roja. ­Feiwel & Friends. Oct. 2018. p. 121.

Mafi, Tahereh. A Very Large Expanse of Sea. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Oct. 2018. p. 122.

Martin, Maggie Ann. To Be Honest. Feiwel & Friends/Swoon Reads. Aug. 2018. p. 122.

Quigley, Dawn. Apple in the Middle. North Dakota State University. Aug. 2018. p. 115.

Talley, Robin. Pulp. Harlequin Teen. Nov. 2018. p. 123.

Tucholke, April Genevieve. The Boneless ­Mercies. Farrar. Oct. 2018. p. 124.

van Dam, Katrin. Come November. Scholastic. Oct. 2018. p. 115.

Graphic Novels

Arnold, Tedd, Martha Hamilton, & Mitch Weiss. Noodleheads Find Something Fishy. illus. by Tedd Arnold. Holiday House. Sept. 2018. p. 101.

Brown, Don. The Unwanted: Stories of the ­Syrian Refugees. illus. by author. HMH. Sept. 2018. p. 142.

Neri, G. Grand Theft Horse. illus. by Corban Wilkin. Lee & Low/Tu Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 142.

Westerfeld, Scott. Spill Zone: The Broken Vow. illus. by Alex Puvilland. First Second. Jul. 2018. p. 125.


Bascomb, Neal. The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century. ­Scholastic Focus. Sept. 2018. p. 137.

Bolden, Tonya. No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas. illus. by Don Tate. Knopf. Oct. 2018. p. 132.

Hubbard, Rita Lorraine. Hammering for ­Freedom: The William Lewis Story. illus. by John Holyfield. Lee & Low. Sept. 2018. p. 133.

Moyer, Naomi M. Black Women Who Dared. illus. by author. Second Story. Sept. 2018. p. 140.

Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. illus. by author. Holiday House. Sept. 2018. p. 134. POP

Rockliff, Mara. Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman ­Filmmaker. illus. by Simona Ciraolo. ­Chronicle. Sept. 2018. p. 136.

Winter, Ali. Peace and Me. illus. by Mickaël El Fathi.Lantana. Sept. 2018. p. 136.

Adult Books 4 Teens

Eber, Christine. When a Woman Rises. Cinco Puntos. Jun. 2018. p. 126.

Nations, Erin. Gumballs. illus. by Erin ­Nations. Top Shelf. May 2018. p. 129.

Novik, Naomi. Spinning Silver. Ballantine/Del Rey. Jul. 2018. p. 126.

Nguyen, Viet Thanh, ed. The Displaced: ­Refugee Writers On Refugee Lives. Abrams. Apr. 2018. p. 127.

Pyenson, Nick. Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures. Viking. Jun. 2018. p. 128.

Roanhorse, Rebecca. Trail of Lightning. S. & S./Saga. Jun. 2018. p. 127.

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight. illus. by author. Abrams ComicArts. Aug. 2018. p. 129.

Tovar, Virgie. You Have the Right To Remain Fat. Feminist Pr. Aug. 2018. p. 128.

Varoufakis, Yanis. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: Or, How Capitalism Works—and How It Fails. Farrar. May 2018. p. 128.

Professional Reading

Donally, Jaime. Learning Transported: ­Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms. ISTE. Mar. 2018. p. 143.

Luhtala, Michelle & Jacquelyn Whiting. News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News. illus. by Jacquelyn Whiting. Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas. May 2018. p. 143.

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