The Latest from Misty Copeland & Mac Barnett—plus 31 Other Sterling Titles | Starred Reviews, September 2020

Add all of these essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our September 2020 issue, including new works by Cynthia Kadohata, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Sy Montgomery.

Picture Books

Anderson, Clayton. Letters from Space. illus. by Susan Batori. Sleeping Bear.

Barnett, Mac. A Polar Bear in the Snow. illus. by Shawn Harris. Candlewick.

Copeland, Misty. Bunheads. illus. by Setor Fiadzigbey. Putnam.

Lam, Thao. The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story. Owlkids. 

Larsen, Andrew. I Do Not Like Stories. illus. by Carey Sookocheff. Owlkids.

Morelli, Licia. I Am Darn Tough. illus. by Maine Diaz. Tilbury. 

Papp, Lisa. Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog. Peachtree. 

Pyke, Josh. Lights-Out, Leonard! illus. by Chris Nixon. Kane Miller. 

Scott, Jordan. I Talk Like a River. illus. by Sydney Smith. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. 

Venable, Colleen A.F. The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom. illus. by Lian Cho. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Voake, Charlotte. Some Dinosaurs Are Small. Candlewick. 


Middle Grade

Bond, Victoria. The Summoner. Candlewick.

Jung, Mike. The Boys in the Back Row. Levine Querido. 

Kadohata, Cynthia. Saucy. illus. by Marianna Raskin. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. 

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It. illus. by Brian Pinkney. Little, Brown. 

Sutton, Karah. A Wolf for a Spell. illus. by Pauliina Hannuniemi. Knopf. 



Fitzgerald, Mara. Beyond the Ruby Veil. Little, Brown. 

Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great Deserves Better. Dial. 

Kisner, Adrienne. Six Angry Girls. Feiwel & Friends. 

Niven, Jennifer. Breathless. Knopf. 

Philippe, Ben. Charming As a Verb. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Strandberg, Mats. The End. tr. from Swedish by Judith Kiros. Arctis. 


Graphic Novels

Naujokaitis, Pranas T. The Challenger Disaster: Tragedy in the Skies. illus. by Pranas T. Naujokaitis. First Second. 

Smith, Brian “Smitty.” Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together. HarperAlley. 



Batten, Mary. Life in a Frozen World: Wildlife of Antarctica. illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree. 

Davies, Nicola. Grow: Secrets of Our DNA. illus. by Emily Sutton. Candlewick. 

Duffield, Katy S. Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals. illus. by Mike Orodán. S. & S./Beach Lane. 

Janisch, Heinz. Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life. illus. by Maja Kastelic. NorthSouth. 

Levine, Sara. Eye by Eye: Comparing How Animals See. illus. by T.S. Spookytooth. Millbrook. 

Montgomery, Sy. Becoming a Good Creature. illus. by Rebecca Green. HMH. 

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 

Ritchie, Scot. Follow Your Breath!: A First Book of Mindfulness. Kids Can.
Soontornvat, Christina. All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. Candlewick.



Atta, Dean. The Black Flamingo. HarperAudio. 

Mabry, Samantha. Tigers Not Daughters. Recorded Books. 

Patrick, Cat. Tornado Brain. Listening Library. 

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