22 Stellar New Reads (and Listens) | June Stars

Kwame Alexander, Kyle Lukoff, Remy Lai, and Stacey Lee are among the authors whose books made our list of stellar titles in the June issue. 


Picture Books

Alexander, Kwame. How to Read a Book. illus. by Melissa Sweet. HarperCollins/Harper. Jun. 2019. p. 59.

Bryon, Nathan. Rocket Says Look Up! illus. by Dapo Adeola. Random. Jun. 2019. p. 60.

Cotterill, Samantha. This Beach Is Loud! illus. by author. Dial. Jun. 2019. p. 59.

Lukoff, Kyle. When Aidan Became a Brother. illus. by Kaylani Juanita. Lee & Low. May 2019. p. 64.


Middle Grade

Courage, Nick. Storm Blown. Delacorte. Jul. 2019. p. 71.

Lai, Remy. Pie in the Sky. illus. by author. Holt. May 2019. p. 72.

Panteleakos, Nicole. Planet Earth Is Blue. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. May 2019. p. 74.

Rauf, Onjali Q. The Boy at the Back of the Class. Delacorte. Aug. 2019. p. 75.



Lee, Stacey. The Downstairs Girl. Putnam. Aug. 2019. p. 80.

Reed, Amy. The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Jul. 2019. p. 84.

Ribay, Randy. Patron Saints of Nothing. Kokila. Jun. 2019. p. 84.



Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States for Young People. adapted by Richie Chavet. Beacon. Jun. 2019. p. 91.

Judge, Lita. Homes in the Wild: Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. Jun. 2019. p. 88.


Graphic Novels & Nonfiction

Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri & others. This Place: 150 Years Retold. illus. by Tara Audibert & others. Highwater. May 2019. p. 86.

Akulukjuk, Roselynn & Danny Christopher. Putuguq and Kublu and the Qalupalik. illus. by Astrid Arijanto. Inhabit Media. May 2019. p. 70.

Andrews, Ryan. This Was Our Pact. illus. by author. First Second. Jun. 2019. p. 76.

Brunetti, Ivan. Comics: Easy as ABC!: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids. illus. by author & others. TOON. Apr. 2019. p. 94.


Professional Reading

Harlan, Mary Ann. The Girl-Positive Library: Inspiring Confidence, Creativity, and Curiosity in Young Women. Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas. Dec. 2018. p. 95.



Buenos Diaz. Performed by The Lucky Band. CD. Rainy Day Dimes Music. 2019. p. 52.

Kindred. Performed by Renee & Friends. CD. One Melody Records. 2019. p. 52.

Shake It and Break It. Performed by Randy Kaplan. CD. Yellow Things Records and Books. 2019. p. 54.

Thumb Wrestling Champions. Performed by The Green Orbs. CD. Mama Bird Music. 2018. p. 54.


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