36 Superb Titles | Starred Reviews, September 2019

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

Birdsong (Flett) ©2019 by Julie Flett

Picture Books

Ferry, Beth. The Scarecrow. illus. by The Fan Brothers. HarperCollins/Harper. Sept. 2019.

Flett, Julie. Birdsong. illus. by author. Greystone Kids. Sept. 2019. 

Greig, Louise. Sweep. illus. by Júlia Sardà. S. & S. Sept. 2019. 

Miyakoshi, Akiko. The Piano Recital. tr. from Japanese. illus. by author. Kids Can Pr. Sept. 2019. 

Muhammad, Ibtihaj with S.K. Ali. The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family. illus. by Hatem Aly. Little, Brown. Sept. 2019. 

Oh, Joowon. Our Favorite Day. illus. by author. Candlewick. Sept. 2019.

Phi, Bao. My Footprints. illus. by Basia Tran. Capstone. Sept. 2019.

Smith, Heather. The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden. illus. by Rachel Wada. Orca. Sept. 2019. 

Smith, Sydney. Small in the City. illus. by Sydney Smith. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2019.

Sorell, Traci. At the Mountain’s Base. illus. by Weshoyot Alvitre. Penguin/Kokila. Sept. 2019. 

Velasquez, Eric. Octopus Stew. illus. by author. Holiday House. Sept. 2019. 


Our Favorite Day (Oh) ©2019 by Joowon Oh

Middle Grade

Lackey, Lindsay. All the Impossible Things. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2019. 

McManis, Charlene Willing with Traci Sorell. Indian No More. Lee & Low/Tu Bks. Sept. 2019.


Garrett, Camryn. Full Disclosure. Knopf. Oct. 2019. 

Magoon, Kekla. Light It Up. Holt. Oct. 2019. 

Munda, Rosaria. Fireborne. Putnam. Oct. 2019. 

Pink, Randi. Girls Like Us. Feiwel & Friends. Oct. 2019. 

Graphic Novels

Hale, Shannon. Best Friends. illus. by LeUyen Pham. First Second. Sept. 2019. 

Steinkellner, Emma. The Okay Witch. illus. by author. S. & S./Aladdin. Sept. 2019. 


Barrett, Hayley. What Miss Mitchell Saw. illus. by Diana Sudyka. S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2019. 

Ewing, Chana Ginelle. An ABC of Equality. illus. by Paulina Morgan. Quarto/Frances Lincoln. Sept. 2019.

Hegedus, Bethany. Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou. illus. by Tonya Engel. Lee & Low. Aug. 2019. 

Johnson, Hal. The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature. illus. by Tim Sievert. Workman. Sept. 2019. 

Sheinkin, Steve. Born To Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America. illus. by Bijou Karman. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2019. 

Tate, Nikki. Choosing To Live, Choosing To Die: The Complexities of Assisted Dying. illus. by Belle Wuthrich. Orca. Sept. 2019.

Winter, Jonah. Thurgood. illus. by Bryan Collier. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Sept. 2019. 

Wittenstein, Barry. A Place to Land. illus. by Jerry Pinkney. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. Aug. 2019. 

Professional Reading

Keane, Nancy J. Tech-Savvy Reading Promotion: A Toolbox for Librarians and Other Educators. Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas. Apr. 2019. p. 151.


Ahmed, Samira. Internment. Hachette Audio. 2019. p. 88.

Barnes, Derrick. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Recorded Books. 2019.p. 86.

Bausum, Ann. VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America. Listening Library. 2019. p. 89.

Benjamin, Ali. The Next Great Paulie Fink. Hachette Audio. 2019. 86.

Campbell, K.G. A Small Zombie Problem. Listening Library. 2019. p. 86.

King, A.S. Dig. Listening Library. 2019. p. 90.

Perkins, Mitali. Forward Me Back to You. Listening Library. 2019. p. 91.

Venkatraman, Padma. The Bridge Home. Listening Library. 2019. p. 88.

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Emily Schneider

There does not seem to be even one book with Jewish content on this list. Why?

Posted : Sep 02, 2019 04:59

Colleen Orend Orend

Maybe none were published in September/October?

Posted : Sep 09, 2019 04:34



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