37 Awesome Titles by Brian Pinkney, Angie Thomas, Renée Watson & More| Starred Reviews, December 2020

Angie Thomas's prequel to The Hate U Give is only one of the amazing works on this month's stars list.

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Picture Books

Akveld, Joukje. What Ollie Saw tr. from Dutch by Bill Nagelkerke. illus. by Sieb Posthuma . Levine Querido. 

Blackall, Sophie. If You Come to Earth. Chronicle. 

Camper, Cathy. Ten Ways To Hear Snow. ­illus. by Kenard Pak. Penguin/Kokila. 

DiPucchio, Kelly. Oona. illus. by Raissa Figueroa. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen.

Ho, Joanna. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. illus. by Dung Ho. HarperCollins/Harper. 

Hsin-Yu, Sun. One Afternoon. Reycraft. 

Kirsch, Vincent X. From Archie to Zack. Abrams. 

Klein, Cheryl B. A Year of Everyday Wonders. illus. by Qin Leng. Abrams.

Kusel, Susan. The Passover Guest. illus. by Sean Rubin. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 

Lawson, JonArno. Over the Shop. illus. by Qin Leng. Candlewick. 

Pinkney, Brian. Time for Kenny. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Stein, Peter. The Runaway No-Wheeler. illus. by Bob Staake. Viking. 


Chapter Books

Goodner, David. Kondo & Kezumi Reach Bell Bottom. illus. by Andrea Tsurumi. Little, Brown. 

Katz, Alan. S.O.S.: Society of Substitutes: The Great Escape. illus. by Alex Lopez. HarperCollins/Harper. 


Middle Grade

de la Cruz, Melissa. The Thirteenth Fairy. Roaring Brook. 

Gertler, Caroline. Many Points of Me. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Giles, Chrystal D. Take Back the Block. Random. 



Andreu, Maria E. Love in English. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Arnold, David. The Electric Kingdom. Viking. 

Kaur, Jasmin. If I Tell You the Truth. HarperCollins/Harper.

McGinnis, Mindy. The Initial Insult. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Onome, Louisa. Like Home. Delacorte. 

Thomas, Angie. Concrete Rose. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Watson, Renée. Love Is a Revolution. Bloomsbury. 



Amara, Phil & Oliver Chin. Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing. illus. by Juan Calle. Immedium. 

Gansworth, Eric. Apple: (Skin to the Core). Levine Querido. 

Golabek, Mona & Lee Cohen. Hold On to Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane. adapt. by Emil Sher. illus. by Sonia Possentini. Little, Brown. 

Joseph, Frederick. The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. Candlewick. 

León, Amyra. Concrete Kids. illus. by Ashley Lukashevsky. Penguin Workshop. 

Macfarlane, Robert. The Lost Spells. illus. by Jackie Morris. House of Anansi. 

Roundtree, Dovey Johnson & Katie McCabe. Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. adapt. by Jabari Asim. Roaring Brook. 

Ruelle, Karen Gray. Surprising Spies: Unexpected Heroes of World War II. Holiday House. 

Thacher, Meg. Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations. illus. by Hannah Bailey. Storey. 


Professional Reading

Fisher, Douglas, Nancy Frey, & John Hattie. The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K–12: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting. Corwin. 



Brown, Roseanne A. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. HarperAudio, 

Iloh, Candice. Every Body Looking. Listening Library. 

Nix, Garth. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. Listening Library.  

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