57 Excellent Titles from Kevin Henkes, Chihiro Takeuchi, Raúl the Third, and More| Starred Reviews, October 2021

Here are the 57 starred reviews featured in our October print issue spanning picture books, graphic novels, professional reading, and more.

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Picture Books

Arndt, Michael. One Yellow Sun. Andrews McMeel.

Aronson, Katelyn. Clovis Keeps His Cool. illus.by Eve Farb. Page Street.

Baek, Heena. Magic Candies. Amazon Crossing. 

Becker, Shelly. One, Two, Grandma Loves You. illus. by Dan Yaccarino. Abrams Appleseed. 

Cain, Linda C. & Susan Rosenbaum. Blast Off. illus. by Leo Dillon & Diane Dillon. New York Review. 

Chan, Ruth. Thank You, Neighbor! HarperCollins/ Harper.

Engle, Margarita. A Song of Frutas. illus. by Sara Palacios. Atheneum. 

Greene, Rhonda Gowler. This Magical, Musical Night. illus. by James Rey Sanchez. Little Bee.

Henkes, Kevin. A House. Greenwillow. 

Hughes, Langston. Lullaby (for a Black Mother). illus. by Sean Qualls. Clarion. 

Laden, Nina. Dear Little One. illus. by Melissa Castrillón. S. & S./Paula Wiseman. 

Maheshwari, Priti Birla. Chaiwala! illus. by Ashley Barron. Owlkids. 

Patel, Sanjay & Emily Haynes. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth. illus. by Sanjay Patel. Chronicle. 

Phelan, Matt. Sweater Weather. Greenwillow.

Raúl the Third. ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge. Clarion/Versify.

Robbins, Dean. ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines. illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick.

Shea, Bob. Chez Bob. Little, Brown.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Red. Holiday House/Neal Porter.

Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast. Candlewick.

Takeuchi, Chihiro. Paper Peek: Alphabet. Candlewick Studio

Tamura, Marikka. Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! illus. by Daniel Rieley. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. 

Tierney, Peggy Porter. How to Change the World in 12 Easy Steps. illus. by Marie Letourneau. Tanglewood. 

Walker, Alice. Sweet People Are Everywhere. illus. by Quim Torres. 

Williams, Schele. Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History. illus. by Tonya Engel. Abrams 


Chapter Books

Arnold, Elana K. Starla Jean Takes The Cake. illus. by A.N. Kang. Roaring Brook.

Haldar, Raj. Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery. illus. by Neha Rawat. Sourcebooks Explore. 


Middle Grade

Bacon, Lee. Imaginary. illus. by Katy Wu. Abrams/Amulet. 

Bowling, Dusti. Across the Desert. Little, Brown. 

Forman, Gayle. Frankie & Bug. Aladdin. 

Mills, Claudia. The Lost Language. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson. 

Siddiqui, Maleeha. Barakah Beats. Scholastic. 



Abdel-Magied, Yassmin. Listen, Layla. Penguin Australia. 

Asphyxia. The Words in My Hands. Annick. 

Gilbert, Kelly Loy. When We Were Infinite. S. & S.

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World. S. & S. 

Velasquez, Elisabet. When We Make It. Dial. 


Graphic Novels

Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. adapt. & illus. by Gareth Hinds. Etch. 

Criswell, Shelby. Queer as All Get Out: 10 People Who’ve Inspired Me. Street Noise. 

Fung, Rosena. Living with Viola. Annick. 

Merritt, Kory. School of Phantoms. Clarion. 

Smith, Niki. The Golden Hour. Little, Brown. 



Alabed, Bana. My Name Is Bana. illus. by Nez Riaz. S. & S./Salaam Reads. 

Amescua, Gloria. Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua. illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams. 

Baptiste, Tracey. African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History. illus. by Hillary D. Wilson. Algonquin. 

Bourne, Shakirah & Dana Alison Levy, eds. Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again. DK. 

Cross, Alan & others. The Science of Song: How and Why We Make Music. illus. by Carl Wiens. Kids Can. 

Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Crown. 

Gordon, Tyler. We Can: Portraits of Power. Farrar. 

Hudson, Wade & Cheryl Willis Hudson, eds. Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life. illus. by various. Crown. 

Magoon, Kekla. Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. Candlewick. 

Rockwell, Lizzy. I Love Insects. Holiday House. 

Yelchin, Eugene. The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Candlewick.


Lim, Elizabeth. Six Crimson Cranes. Listening Library. 

Nunn, Malia. Sugar Town Queens. Listening Library.


Professional Reading

Madigan, Maura. Learning Centers for School Libraries. ALA Editions. 

Scoggin, Jennifer & Hannah Schneewind. Trusting Readers: Powerful Practices for Independent Reading. Heinemann. 

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