26 Stellar Titles | July Stars

Top titles reviewed in our July 2019 issue include a new Brian Pinkney picture book, an autobiography by NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, and the graphic novel adaptation of Kwame Alexander's The Crossover

Can I Keep It? (Jobe) ©2019 by Lisa Jobe

Picture Books

Jobe, Lisa. Can I Keep It? illus. by author. Page Street. Jul. 2019. p. 37.

Mercurio, Ishta. Small World. illus. by Jen Corace. Abrams. Jul. 2019. p. 38.

Pinkney, Brian. Puppy Truck. illus. by author. S. & S./Atheneum. Jun. 2019. p. 35.

The Night Is Yours (Zachariah) ©2019 by Keturah A. Bobo

Reidy, Jean. Truman. illus. by Lucy Ruth Cummins. S. & S./Atheneum. Jul. 2019. p. 39.

Zachariah, Abdul-Razak. The Night Is Yours. illus. by Keturah A. Bobo. Dial. Jul. 2019. p. 41.


Middle Grade

Armstrong, Kelley. A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying. Puffin ­Canada. Aug. 2019. p. 43.

Lockington, Mariama J. For Black Girls Like Me. Farrar. Jul. 2019. p. 45.

Mackler, Carolyn. Not If I Can Help It. ­ Scholastic. Jul. 2019. p. 45.




Emezi, Akwaeke. Pet. Random/Make Me a World. Sept. 2019. p. 49.

Henry, Katie. Let’s Call It a Doomsday. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. p. 51.

Tolman, Stacia. The Spaces Between Us. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Bks. p. 53.



Branfman, Jonathan. You Be You!: The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family. illus. by ­Julie Benbassat. Jessica Kingsley. Jul. 2019. p. 54.

Brouwer, Sigmund. Moon Mission: The Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11. Kids Can. May 2019. p. 59.

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People. adapted by Debbie Reese & Jean Mendoza. Beacon. Jul. 2019. p. 59.

Johnson, Chelsea & others. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All. illus. by Ashley Seil Smith. Dottir. Jul. 2019. p. 56.

Johnson, Katherine. Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson. S. & S./Atheneum. Jul. 2019. p. 59.

Long, David. When We Walked on the Moon. illus. by Sam Kalda. Quarto/Wide Eyed Editions. Jun. 2019. p. 57.

Markham, Lauren. The Far Away ­Brothers (Adapted for Young Adults): Two Teenage ­Immigrants Making a Life in America. Delacorte. Aug. 2019. p. 60.


Dear Justice League (Northrop) ©2019 by Gustavo Duarte

Graphic Novels

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. HMH. Sept. 2019. p. 47.

Gillman, Melanie. Stage Dreams. illus. by author. Graphic Universe. Sept. 2019. p. 47.

Kobabe, Maia. Gender Queer: A Memoir. illus. by author & Phoebe Kobabe. Lion Forge. May 2019. p. 60.

Northrop, Michael. Dear Justice League. ­illus. by Gustavo Duarte. DC Zoom. Aug. 2019. p. 47.

Walker, Suzanne. Mooncakes. illus. by Wendy Xu. Lion Forge. Oct. 2019. p. 53.



Glowacki, Jamie. Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler: Tackling These Crazy Awesome Years—No Time-Outs Needed. Gallery. Jun. 2019. p. 62.

Wojcicki, Esther. How To Raise Successful ­People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. HMH. May 2019. p. 62.


Professional Reading

Hart, Melissa. Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books To Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens. Sasquatch. Apr. 2019. p. 63.

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