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Louisiana Finds Her Way

Powerful, Gripping, Important, and Timely—But is It Distinguished?

Nominations Catch-Up: Jackie, Parker, and Ivy

Damaged Families, Resilient Girls

Kate DiCamillo on "Louisiana's Way Home"

Tweens & Teens Review Girl-Powered Middle Grade & Thrilling YA

WATCH: National Book Award Finalist Elizabeth Acevedo Talks About Representation in YA Lit

45 Phenomenal Titles | November 2018 Stars

Goblins, Elves, and a Different Kind of Book

Will Woodson Win?

Books Exploring Privilege Are Part of the Diversity Discussion


Adulting via Audio: 23 Teen-Friendly Adult Audiobooks

X Marks the Spot (In My Heart)

A Graphic Memoir, a Sequel, Debuts, and More | Pondering Printz

Horses, Houdini, & Haunted Theme Parks: 10 Favorite Fall Graphic Novels for Tweens & Teens

Co-Authors and Sequels: Penderwicks 5 and a Zombie in a Chicken Suit

Lesson Plans for "Dear Substitute" by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

Angela Dominguez Visits The Yarn: Episode #80

Latest New and Forthcoming YA and MG To Know

Another Look at a Heavy Medal Readers' Favorite

20 Middle Grade Books About Ghosts, Witches, and More

National Book Award Finalists Could Be Newbery Medalists, Too

SLJ Reviews of the Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards

Cozying Up with Mysteries | New Titles for Middle Grade Readers

Book Review: The Collectors by Jacqueline West

Thoughts on Indigenous Peoples Day

It's Time To Start Nominating

Born To Edit: A Profile of Little, Brown's Alvina Ling

Sneak Peek at New Diary of a Wimpy Kid, "The Meltdown"

12 Picture Books That Showcase Native Voices

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

27 Middle Grade and YA Latinx Titles for National Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond

Nat Geo Hopes Fact-Based Fiction Will Inspire New Explorers

Reimagining Our Futures: YA Authors On Feminism, Fairy-Tales, & Fantasy

Getting Real with Janelle Milanes About “Analee, in Real Life”

Latinx Authors & Illustrators Launch “Las Musas”

SLJ's Reviews of the 2018 National Book Award Longlisters

12 Picture Books for the Fall 2018 Holiday Season

Refugee Stories Are Just the Beginning: How Fiction Opens Children’s Minds

Nova Ren Suma On Ghosts, Unreliable Narrators, & "A Room Away from the Wolves"

12 YA Titles To Give You Thrills & Chills

Photos Tell the Story

Courtney Summers On True Crime, Podcasts, and “Sadie”


People Kill People

Sure to be a divisive novel, both for its storytelling and themes, this offering spotlights critical social issues but misses the mark on its delivery.


A unique take on meaningful themes of open-mindedness and inclusion make this an instant classic.

Detective Paw of the Law: The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks

Give this to mystery-loving emergent readers ready for shorter chapter books, but not quite ready for longer works like "A to Z" mysteries or "Nancy Drew."

The Wall in the Middle of the Book

A silly read-aloud with an important message. A solid choice for storytime and one-on-one sharing.

Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy

A first purchase; a definite yes if one is looking for a laugh-out-loud read-aloud.


This candy-colored treat is an essential addition to graphic novel collections.

The Guggenheim Mystery

A top mystery for middle grade readers.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life

Readers interested in dependable information on bipolar disorder will appreciate this title. A possible option for book discussion groups.

Dear Evan Hansen

An unpredictable and endearing take on some classic themes, this novel will especially appeal to fans of the show but will also be easily accessible to new audiences.

Spy Penguins

This light, funny adventure series will appeal to elementary school mystery fans.

The Spy with the Red Balloon

A fast-moving read sure to delight those who enjoy historical fiction. Purchase where the first entry is popular, as well as where there are fans of books set during this period by Markus Zusak and Elizabeth Wein.

Baby's Firsts

This title will have an audience in public libraries because of its universal theme. Sure to be a staple in baby storytime.

The Kaleidoscope Sisters

A unique story for teens who enjoy fantasy and tragedy. Give this to fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Leading Edge of Now

An additional purchase where beach reads with weighty emotional themes and a touch of melodrama are popular.


Idle's appealing story is a quiet, charming pourquoi tale that will delight young readers and listeners. Perfect for bedtime or anytime sharing.

The Tiger's Egg

A satisfying and humorous read-aloud for preschool groups and a good bedtime story, too.

Ignite the Stars

A strong first book in a sure-to-be successful science fiction series.

You Have the Right To Remain Fat

An important, no-nonsense voice for self-acceptance that will resonate with most readers, especially those grappling with body image issues.

Grizzly Boy

Suited for one-on-one sharing, this book could be used to spark discussions about imaginative play and following rules.

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport

An excellent addition to nonfiction graphic novel collections.

Muse of Nightmares

Purchase where Taylor has a loyal following and where the previous title is popular.

Louisiana's Way Home

A thoughtful and finely written story that earns its place among DiCamillo's other beloved novels.

The Bottle Imp of Bright House

A recommended secondary purchase for medium and large middle grade collections. Fans of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach or Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories From Wayside School will appreciate Llewellyn's morbid sense of humor.

The Perfect Secret

This sequel shines a light on topics that many young readers are aware of and eager to discuss. The author provides a space where tweens can read about the social realities that impact themselves and their peers.

Nipper and the Lunchbox

There are a plethora of books about the faithful companionship of dogs, but this one is a worthy addition to any school and library collection.

Star in the Jar

A suggested first purchase for all libraries, this selection holds strong appeal for young readers. A perfect choice for bedtime and small group sharing.

A Is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet from Artichoke to Zest

Foodies will love this celebration of all good things to eat. Also an excellent introduction to more complex culinary vocabulary.

Poppy and Sam and the Leaf Thief

Highly recommended for most graphic novel collections.

Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter

Light on character development and plot but brimming with charm, this stunning volume will enchant ghost story enthusiasts and those interested in Japan.

Born Scared

Not recommended.

Sylvia's Bookshop: The Story of Paris's Beloved Bookstore and Its Founder (As Told by the Bookstore Itself!)

A delightful celebration of a brave and entrepreneurial young woman and her illustrious bookshop. Recommended for purchase for larger collections.


Pair with Eoin Colfer's Illegal to start a dialogue on refugees and immigration.

Apple in the Middle

A strong story with themes that resonate with many adolescents as they try to figure out who they are in life. Highly recommended.

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

An ineffectual depiction of peaceful protest with little context or clarity. Librarians should offer Innosanto Nagara's A is for Activist instead.

Sorrel and the Sleepover

An excellent story to encourage children embarking on new friendships or experiences to be their true selves and a reminder that it takes bravery to open up and share our differences. Great for a friendship-themed storytime or one-on-one sharing.

The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful

Expertly crafted, in both word and form, this tale feels old and new and will be gobbled up by kids.

A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot

Readers who enjoy nonstop action will want to give this new series a try.

I'm Ok

The compelling, funny protagonist makes this a solid general purchase for school and public libraries.

Anna at the Art Museum

Children will relate to Anna and adults may want to use the title as an introduction for a museum visit.


A satisfying first installment in what will be a sought-after series.

The Lying King

An entertaining addition in the vein of the fables of Aesop.

Love Like Sky

Readers will fall in love with Georgie and her "blended-up" family as they navigate tough challenges and new family dynamics.

The Opposite of Innocent

A must-have for YA collections.


This excellent memoir encapsulates the fears, hopes, and dreams that come along with immigrating to a new place and building a new life in an unfamiliar and often hostile landscape. A timely and much-needed selection.


A slow story about families and the difference between love and obedience. Give to thoughtful readers and purchase for medium YA collections.

The Boneless Mercies

An excellent choice for any YA fantasy collections.

Carmela Full of Wishes

Carmela's journey of wishing, waiting, and wanting resonates on many levels; an important addition to bookshelves everywhere.

Trail of Lightning

Purchase this original and thrilling spin on the postapocalyptic genre everywhere speculative fiction is popular.

Anne Arrives

Purchase where illustrated chapter books are popular.


A necessary purchase for libraries that have Warcross; those where science fiction circulates well, should pick up both volumes in this duology.

Bully on the Bus

A short yet poignant title on a timely topic; a valuable addition to elementary school and public library collections.


This poetic ode to a place lost in time is an excellent choice for general reading and classroom sharing, and a must-purchase regionally.

Ballet Breakdown

This sports series is one that aspiring dancers will appreciate.

The Displaced: Refugee Writers On Refugee Lives

U.S. policy about refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants will continue to make headlines for years—this book is an essential purchase for all libraries and a must for displays on current events.

Rosie's Glasses

This wordless picture book explores the impact positive thinking can have on one's happiness. A solid choice for most school and public libraries.

Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story

A well-crafted picture book biography that belongs in every elementary nonfiction collection.

A Blade So Black

This is a must-purchase where refreshing urban fantasies and retellings are in demand.

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