33 Stellar Titles, Including a Zora Neale Hurston adaption by Ibram X. Kendi and 2 Nintendo Games | Starred Reviews, February 2024

This month, check out a middle grade novel by John Schu, the latest book from Kelly Yang, and more.

Image: Oops! Rabbit (Ham) ©2024 by Jo Ham
Oops! Rabbit (Ham) ©2024 by Jo Ham

Picture Books

Buchet, Nelly. Big Sister, Long Coat. illus. by Rachel Katstaller. NorthSouth. 

Ham, Jo. Oops! Rabbit. Candlewick. 

John, Jory. You’re Going to Love This Book! illus. by Olivier Tallec. Farrar. 

Lee, Jessica J. A Garden Called Home. illus. by Elaine Chen. Tundra. 

My Little Ogichidaa (Poll) ©2024 by Hawlii Pichette


Poll, Willie. My Little Ogichidaa: An Indigenous Lullaby. illus. by Hawlii Pichette. Medicine Wheel. 

Scott, Jordan. Angela’s Glacier. illus. by Diana Sudyka. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 


Chapter Books

Fernandez, Caroline. Asha and Baz Meet Katia Krafft. illus. by Dharmali Patel. Common Deer.


Middle Grade

Behar, Ruth. Across So Many Seas. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. 

Khan, Hena, ed. The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices. Little, Brown. 

Matas, Carol. Zevi Takes the Spotlight. Orca. 

Schu, John. Louder Than Hunger. Candlewick. 

Yang, Kelly. Finally Heard. S. & S. 



Cole, Olivia A. Ariel Crashes a Train. Random/Labyrinth Rd. 

Thiru, Dinesh. Into the Sunken City. HarperTeen. 


Graphic Novels

Nadel, Estelle & Bethany Strout. The Girl Who Sang. illus. by Sammy Savos. Roaring Brook. 

Olsen, Brittany Long. The Happy Shop. Oni. 

Reedstrom, Kirk. Duck and Moose: Duck Moves In! Disney-Hyperion.

Reedstrom, Kirk. Duck and Moose: Moose Blasts Off! Disney-Hyperion. 

Underhill, Scout. DnDoggos: Get the Party Started. Feiwel & Friends. 

Yu, Mei. Lost & Found: Based on a True Story. Union Square Kids & Co. 



Hurston, Zora Neale. Barracoon: Adapted for Young Readers. adapt. by Ibram X. Kendi. illus. by Jazzmen Lee-Johnson. HarperCollins/Amistad.

Polak, Monique. Remember This: The Fascinating World of Memory. illus. by Valéry Goulet. Orca. 

Sánchez Vegara, Maria Isabel. Tenzing Norgay. illus. by Bandana Tulachan. Quarto/Frances Lincoln. 

What Makes Us Human (Santos) ©2024 by Anna Forlati


Santos, Victor D.O. What Makes Us Human. illus. by Anna Forlati. Eerdmans. 

Silver, Erin. Mighty Scared: The Amazing Ways Animals Defend Themselves. illus. by Hayden Maynard. Orca. 

Smith, Sherri L. & Elizabeth Wein. American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky. Putnam.

Williams, Dinah Dunn. Amazing Immortals: A Guide to Gods and Goddesses Around the World. Abrams. 


Professional Reading

Burns, Elizabeth A. Assessing Learners: Using the AASL Standards to Measure Competency and Growth. ALA Eds. 

Ebarvia, Tricia. Get Free: Antibias Literacy Instruction for Stronger Readers, Writers, and Thinkers. Corwin. 

Valk, Allison, Ximin Mi & Ashley L. Schick. Making Virtual Reality a Reality: Designing Educational Initiatives in Libraries with Emerging Technologies. Libraries Unlimited.



Gonzalves, Theodore S. Smithsonian Asian Pacific American History, Art, and Culture in 101 Objects. Smithsonian. 


Super Mario Bros (Wonder) 2023 Nintendo



Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Nintendo. 

Pikmin 4. Nintendo. 

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