29 Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, August 2019

Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our August 2019 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels for children and teens. 

Ball & Balloon (Sanders) ©2019 by Helen Yoon

Picture Books

Barnes, Derrick. The King of Kindergarten. illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Jul. 2019. p. 50.

Javaherbin, Mina. My Grandma and Me. illus. by Lindsey Yankey. Candlewick. Aug. 2019. p. 57.

Kelkar, Supriya. The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh. illus. by Alea Marley. Sterling. Sept. 2019. p. 57.

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Squeak! illus. by Kate Harvey McGee. Philomel. Aug. 2019. p. 58.

McMullan, Kate. As Warm as the Sun. illus. by Jim McMullan. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. Aug. 2019. p. 58.

Peoples-Riley, Daria. I Got Next. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Jul. 2019. p. 60.

Sanders, Rob. Ball & Balloon. illus. by Helen Yoon. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Aug. 2019. p. 61.

Silvestro, Annie. Butterflies on the First Day of School. illus. by Dream Chen. Sterling. May 2019. p. 53.

Stewart, Sarah. This Book of Mine. illus. by David Small. Farrar. Aug. 2019. p. 62.

Wenzel, Brendan. A Stone Sat Still. illus. by author. Chronicle. Aug. 2019. p. 63.

Willems, Mo. The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! illus. by author. Disney/Hyperion. Jul. 2019.p. 54.


Middle Grade

Kelly, Erin Entrada. Lalani of the Distant Sea. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2019. p. 68.

Mills, Allison. The Ghost Collector. Annick Pr. Sept. 2019. p. 69.

Pérez, Celia C. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. Kokila. Sept. 2019. p. 70.

Watson, Renée. Some Places More Than Others. Bloomsbury. Sept. 2019. p. 72.



Barron, Rena. Kingdom of Souls. HarperTeen. Sept. 2019. p. 78.

Drake, Julia. The Last True Poets of the Sea. Disney/Hyperion. Oct. 2019. p. 76.

Ruby, Laura. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Oct. 2019.p. 81.

Yoon, David. Frankly in Love. Putnam. Sept. 2019. p. 82.



Bragg, Georgia. Caught!: Nabbing History’s Most Wanted. illus. by Kevin O’Malley. Crown. Sept. 2019. p. 90.

Hale, Christy. Todos Iguales/All Equal: Un Corrido de Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove. illus. by author. Lee & Low. Aug. 2019. p. 86.

Houtman, Jacqueline & others. Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington. City Lights. Aug. 2019. p. 91.

Johnson, Mindy. Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation. illus. by Lorelay Bové. Disney. Aug. 2019. p. 86.

Levy, Debbie. The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music. illus. by Sonja Wimmer. Kar-Ben. Aug. 2019. p. 86.

Thermes, Jennifer. Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island. illus. by author. Abrams. Aug. 2019. p. 92.


Graphic Novels & Nonfiction

Rowell, Rainbow. Pumpkinheads. illus. by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second. Aug. 2019. p. 83.

Tamaki, Mariko. Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass. illus. by Steve Pugh. DC Ink. Sept. 2019. p. 83.

Wang, Jen. Stargazing. illus. by author. First Second. Sept. 2019. p. 74.

Telgemeier, Raina. Guts. illus. by author. Scholastic/Graphix. Sept. 2019. p. 93.

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