33 Exceptional Titles, Including Videos and Professional Reading | Starred Reviews, November 2023

Chloe Gong's latest receives a star this month, along with an early reader from Zaila Avant-garde, the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Image from: My Bollywood Dream (Dwivedi) ©2023 by Avani Dwivedi
My Bollywood Dream (Dwivedi) ©2023 by Avani Dwivedi

Picture Books

Daise, Natalie. Okra Stew. Holt. 

Dwivedi, Avani. My Bollywood Dream. Candlewick.

Hahn, Sabina. I Am a Dragon! HarperCollins. 

Hopkinson, Deborah. Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred. illus. by Paul O. Zelinksky. Random/Anne Schwartz. 

Slater, Nicola. Let’s Go to Color Camp. Chronicle. 

Smith, Sidney. Do You Remember? Holiday House/Neal Porter. 

Stead, Philip C. The North Wind and the Sun. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 


Words Are Magic! (Avant-Garde) ©2023 by Felicia Whaley
Words Are Magic! (Avant-Garde) ©2023 by Felicia Whaley

Transitional Books

Avant-garde, Zaila. Words Are Magic! illus. by Felicia Whaley. Random.


Middle Grade

Roumani, Rhonda. Tagging Freedom. Union Square & Co. 

Supplee, Suzanne. Sweetness All Around. Holiday House. 

Symes-Smith, Esme. Sir Callie and the Dragon’s Roost. Labyrinth Road. 



Caletti, Deb. Plan ARandom/Labyrinth Road. 

Gong, Chloe. Foul Heart Huntsman. S. & S./McElderry. 

Johnson, Jackie. Bladestay. CamCat. 

Schrefer, Eliot. Charming Young ManHarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 


Graphic Novels

Cacao, Joanna. The Secret of the Ravens. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

Prince, Liz. Science Comics: Frogs: Awesome AmphibiansFirst Second. 

Reynolds, Emma. Drawn to Change the World: 16 Youth Climate Activists, 16 Artists. illus. by Emma Reynolds & others. HarperAlley. 

Suenaga, Yuki. Akane-banashi, Vol. 1. llus. by Takamasa Moue. Viz Media.

Twin, Christopher. Bad Medicine. Emanata. 

Williams, Lily. Look on the Bright Side. illus. by Karen Schneemann. First Second. 


Image from: Thank a Farmer (Gianferrari) ©2023 by Monica Mikai
Thank a Farmer (Gianferrari) ©2023 by Monica Mikai


Bilan, Jasbinder. My Incredible India. illus. by Nina Chakrabarti. Candlewick.

Gianferrari, Maria. Thank a Farmer. illus. by Monica Mikai. Norton. 

Guillain, Charlotte. The River That Flows Beside Me. illus. by Jo Empson. words & pictures. 

Hodgson, Rob. When the Moon Became the Moon. Penguin Workshop/Rise X. 

Hoyt, Megan. Kati’s Tiny Messengers. illus. by Vivien ­Mildenberger. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 


Professional Reading

Butler, Virginia McGee. Becoming Ezra Jack Keats. Univ. of Mississippi. 

James, Dawnavyn M. Beyond February: Teaching Black History Any Day, Every Day, and All Year Long, K-3. Stenhouse. 

Pugh, Tison. Queer Oz: L. Frank Baum’s Trans Tales and Other Astounding Adventures in Sex and Gender. Univ. of Mississippi. 



Atomic Cover Up. Video Project. 

Chez Bob. Weston Woods. 

This Is Not Financial Advice. Optimist Productions. 

Truth Tellers. Bullfrog Films. 

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