Jerry Craft's Follow-Up to 'New Kid,' a Latinx 'Orpheus & Eurydice' Retelling, & 30 Other Exemplary Titles | Starred Reviews, October 2020

From the graphic novel adaptation of Jason Reynold's Long Way Down to Black Lives Matter cofounder's first book for young readers, the starred titles in our October 2020 issue are essential purchases for children and teens.


Picture Books

Angeli, May. The Bear and the Duck. Eerdmans. 

Barrington, Gregory. Cow Boy Is NOT a Cowboy. HarperCollins. 

Dubuc, Marianne. Your House, My House. Kids Can.

Hale, Christy. Out the Door. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks.

Joyner, Andrew. Stand Up! Speak Up!: A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution. Random/Schwartz & Wade.

Lin, Grace. What Will Fit? illus. by Grace Lin. Charlesbridge. 

Marino, Gianna. We Will Live in This Forest Again. Holiday House.

Pinkney, Jerry. The Little Mermaid. Little, Brown.

Umrigar, Thrity. Sugar in Milk. illus. by Khoa Le. Running Pr.

Willems, Mo. I Want To Sleep Under the Stars! Disney-Hyperion. 


Middle Grade

Blecher, Jennifer. Stick with Me. HarperCollins/Greenwillow.

Giles, Lamar. The Last Mirror on the Left. illus. by Dapo Adeola. HMH/Versify.

Grabenstein, Chris. The Smartest Kid in the Universe. Random.

Patterson, James & Kwame Alexander. Becoming Muhammad Ali. illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Little, Brown.

Stein, Tammar. Beni’s War. Kar-Ben. 



Gong, Chloe. These Violent Delights. S. & S./Simon Pulse. 

Pan, Emily X.R. & Nova Ren Suma, eds. Foreshadow: Stories To Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA. Algonquin. 

Reynolds, Justin A. Early Departures. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks.

Rivera, Lilliam. Never Look Back. Bloomsbury. 


Graphic Novels

Craft, Jerry. Class Act. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. p.

de Panafieu, Jean-Baptiste. The History of the World in Comics. illus. by Adrienne Barman. Holiday House.

Johnson, Varian. Twins. illus. by Shannon Wright. Scholastic/Graphix.

Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel. adapt. & illus. by Danica Novgorodoff. S. & S./Atheneum.



Bradshaw, Cheryl M. Real Talk About Sex and Consent: What Every Teen Needs To Know. New Harbinger.

Bruchac, Joseph. One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War General. Abrams.

Bryant, Jen. Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball. illus. by Frank Morrison. Abrams.

Grossman, Emily. What Breathes Through Its Butt?: Mind-Blowing Science Questions Answered. illus. by Alice Bowsher. Bloomsbury.

Khan-Cullors, Patrisse & Asha Bandele. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power To Change the World. adapted by Benee Knauer. St. Martin’s/Wednesday Bks.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield. illus. by Richie Pope. Candlewick.

Sabic-El-Rayess, Amra with Laura L. Sullivan. The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival. Bloomsbury.

Tate, Don. William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad. Peachtree. 

Vourvoulias, Sabrina. Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States. illus. by Gloria Félix. Running Pr. 

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