34 Outstanding Titles| Starred Reviews, November 2019

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


Picture Books

Best, Cari. I’m Brave! I’m Strong! I’m Five! illus. by Boris Kulikov. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Oct. 2019. 

Cooper, Elisha. River. illus. by author. Scholastic/Orchard. Oct. 2019. 

del Mazo, Margarita. My Big Bear, My Little Bear and Me. illus. by Rocio Bonilla. NubeOcho. Nov. 2019. 

Harrison, Hannah E. Bear Is Awake!: An Alphabet Story. illus. by author. Dial. Nov. 2019. 

Jeffers, Oliver. The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable. illus. by author. Philomel. Sept. 2019. 

Raczka, Bob. Beware! illus. by Larry Day. Charlesbridge. Oct. 2019. 

Read, Kate. One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller. illus. by author. Peachtree. Oct. 2019. ­

Snape, Emily. Old MacDonald Had a Baby. illus. by K-Fai Steele. Feiwel & Friends. Nov. 2019. 

Thimmesh, Catherine. A Baby Like You. HMH. Nov. 2019. 

Vilela, Fernando. Along the Tapajós. illus. by author. Amazon/AmazonCrossing. Oct. 2019. 

Yoon, JooHee. Up Down Inside Out. Illus. by author. Enchanted Lion. Oct. 2019. 

 

Middle Grade

Harrington, Kim. Revenge of the Red Club. S. & S./Aladdin. Oct. 2019. 

Mbalia, Kwame. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. Oct. 2019. 

Moss, Tamara. Lintang and the Pirate Queen. HMH/Clarion. Oct. 2019. 

Murphy, Julie. Dear Sweet Pea. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Oct. 2019. 

O’Hart, Sinéad. The Starspun Web. Knopf. Nov. 2019. 

 

YA

Giles, Lamar. Not So Pure and Simple. HarperTeen. Jan. 2020. 

La Sala, Ryan. Reverie. Sourcebooks/Fire. Dec. 2019. 

Shusterman, Neal. The Toll. S. & S. Nov. 2019. 

Winters, Julian. How to Be Remy Cameron. Duet. Sept. 2019. 

Yee, F.C. The Iron Will of Genie Lo. Abrams/Amulet. Jan. 2020. 

 

Nonfiction

Brimner, Larry Dane. Accused!: The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment. Calkins Creek. Oct. 2019. 

Bryant, Jen. Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson. illus. by Cannaday Chapman. Abrams. Nov. 2019. 

Gottlieb, Iris. Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression. Chronicle. Oct. 2019. 

Hagerup, Inger. Little Parsley. illus. by Paul René Gauguin. Enchanted Lion. Oct. 2019. 

Harrington, Janice N. Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner. illus. by Theodore Taylor III. Calkins Creek. Nov. 2019. 

Harrison, Vashti with Kwesi Johnson. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History. illus. by author. Little, Brown. Nov. 2019. 

Lloyd, Christopher. Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us! illus. by Mark Ruffle. What On Earth Bks. Nov. 2019. 

Martínez, Claudia Guadalupe. Not a Bean. illus. by Laura González. Charlesbridge. Nov. 2019. 

Wohlleben, Peter. Can You Hear the Trees Talking?: Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest. Greystone. Oct. 2019. 

 

Graphic Novels

Ha, Robin. Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. illus. by author. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Jan. 2020. 

 

Parenting

Gross, Gail. How To Build Your Baby’s Brain: A Parent’s Guide to Using New Gene Science To Raise a Smart, Secure, and Successful Child. Skyhorse. Aug. 2019. 

Siegel, Daniel & Tina Payne Bryson. The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired. Ballantine. Jan. 2020. 

 

Professional Reading

Fraser, Catherine. Love the Questions: Reclaiming Research with Curiosity and Passion. Stenhouse. Sept. 2019. 

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