55 Awesome Titles | August 2018

This month's list is chock-full of unforgettable middle grade novels with Latinx protagonists, YA thrillers, and amazing picture books for every shelf.

Author and Illustrator Kevin Henkes, A Parade of Elephants.

Picture Books

Andros, Camille. The Dress and the Girl. illus. by Julie Morstad. Abrams. Aug. 2018. p. 56.

Calabrese, Keith. Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma. illus. by Juana Medina. S. & S./Atheneum. Jul. 2018. p. 51.

Damm, Antje. The Visitor. tr. from German by Sally-Ann Spencer. illus. by author. Gecko. Sept. 2018. p. 58.

Henkes, Kevin. A Parade of Elephants. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2018. p. 60.

Hesse, Karen. Night Job. illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick. Sept. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763662387. p. 60.

Isadora, Rachel. My Dog Laughs. illus. by author. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Aug. 2018. p. 60.

Kerley, Barbara & Rhoda Knight Kalt. Tigers and Tea with Toppy. illus. by Matt Stephens. Scholastic. Sept. 2018. p. 60.

Verde, Susan. Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community. illus. by John Parra. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 62.

Willems, Mo. I Lost My Tooth! illus. by author. Disney-Hyperion. Oct. 2018. p. 63.

Woodson , Jacqueline. The Day You Begin. illus. by Rafael López. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Aug. 2018. p. 55.


Chapter Books

Elliott, Zetta. Dragons in a Bag. Random. Oct. 2018. p. 64.

Kuhlmann, Torben. Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure. illus. by author. NorthSouth. Oct. 2018. p. 64.


Middle Grade

Anderson, Sophie. The House with Chicken Legs. Scholastic. Sept. 2018. p. 65.

Braden, Ann. The Benefits of Being an Octopus. Sky Pony. Sept. 2018. p. 65.

Cervantes, J.C. The Storm Runner. Disney-Hyperion. Sept. 2018. p. 65.

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Finding Langston. Holiday House. Aug. 2018. p. 66.

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. The Dollar Kids. Candlewick. Aug. 2018. p. 67.

Kidd, Ronald. Lord of the Mountain. Albert Whitman. Sept. 2018. p. 67.

Maldonado, Torrey. Tight. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 68.

Older, Daniel José. Dactyl Hill Squad. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 68.

Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle. Aug. 2018. p. 68.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Harbor Me. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Aug. 2018. p. 70.



Bowman, Akemi Dawn. Summer Bird Blue. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Sept. 2018. p. 72.

Flores-Scott, Patrick. American Road Trip. Holt. Sept. 2018. p. 71.

Gibney, Shannon. Dream Country. Dutton. Sept. 2018. p. 73.

Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Dial. Aug. 2018. ISBN 9780525552963. p. 73.

Legrand, Claire. Sawkill Girls. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Oct. 2018. p. 74.

McGaffin, Pam. The Leaving Year. BookSparks/SparkPress. Aug. 2018. p. 74.

Ness, Patrick. And the Ocean Was Our Sky. illus. by Rovina Cai. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2018. p. 76.

Pattou, Edith. West. HMH. Oct. 2018. p. 71.

Soria, Destiny. Beneath the Citadel. Abrams/Amulet. Oct. 2018. p. 77.

Suma, Nova Ren. A Room Away from the Wolves. Algonquin. Sept. 2018. p. 77.

Summers, Courtney. Sadie. Wednesday Bks. Sept. 2018. p. 78.


Graphic Novels

Frank, Anne. Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. adapted by Ari Folman. illus. by David Polonsky. Pantheon. Oct. 2018. p. 86.

Hirsch, Andy. Trees: Kings of the Forest. illus. by author. First Second. Aug. 2018. p. 86.

Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. illus. by author. Scholastic/Graphix. Oct. 2018. p. 86.

Mosco, Rosemary. Solar System: Our Place in Space. illus. by Jon Chad. First Second. Sept. 2018. p. 86.

Steele, Hamish. DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test. illus. by author. Nobrow/Flying Eye. Aug. 2018. p. 79

Thrash, Maggie. Lost Soul, Be at Peace. illus. by author. Candlewick. Aug. 2018. p. 79.

Ukazu, Ngozi. Check, Please!: #Hockey. illus. by author. First Second. Sept. 2018. p. 79. POP



Eggers, Dave. What Can a Citizen Do? illus. by Shawn Harris. Chronicle. Sept. 2018. p. 80. POP

Higginbotham, Anastasia. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. illus. by author. Dottir. Sept. 2018. p. 81.

Jensen, Kelly, ed. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health. Algonquin. Oct. 2018. p. 85.

Mangal, Mélina. The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just. illus. by Luisa Uribe. Lerner. Nov. 2018. p. 81.

Pringle, Laurence. The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat. illus. by Kate Garchinksy. Boyds Mills. Sept. 2018. p. 82.

Sotomayor, Sonia. Turning Pages: My Life Story. illus. by Lulu Delacre. Philomel. Sept. 2018. p. 82.


Professional Reading

Evans, Nancy. Cultivating Strong Girls: Library Programming That Builds Self-Esteem and ­Challenges Inequality. ABC-CLIO. p. 87.



Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. Dreamscape. 2018. p. 48.

Du Iz Tak? Weston Woods. 2018. p. 46.

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey. Dreamscape. 2018. p. 47.

Nanette’s Baguette. Weston Woods. 2018. p. 47.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Dreamscape. 2018. p. 49.

They All Saw a Cat. Weston Woods. 2017.
p. 47.

We Found a Hat. Weston Woods. 2018. p. 47.

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