41 Exemplary Titles, Including a New Book From Maurice Sendak, and More | Starred Reviews, October 2023

Graphic novels, audiobooks, and poetry are among the list of standout titles for this month.




Board Books

Allen, Kari. Whose Prints? illus. by Kim Smith. Little Simon. 

Daemicke, Songju Ma. Our World: China. illus. by Jam Dong. Barefoot. 

Gallion, Sue Lowell. Our Underwater World: A First Dive into Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers. illus. by Lisk Feng. Phaidon. 


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I’m Going to Build a Snowman (Aswan) ©2023 by Jashar Aswan

Picture Books

Aswan, Jashar. I’m Going to Build a SnowmanS. & S. 

Bates, Amy June. The Welcome Home. S. & S./Paula Wiseman. 

Jonker, Travis. Just One FlakeAbrams.

Li, Hui. Scroll. Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano. 

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McGhee, Alison. Baby Be. illus. by Sean Qualls. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 

Sendak, Maurice. Ten Little RabbitsHarperCollins. 

Sullivan, John. Ethan and the Strays. illus. by Hatem Aly. S. & S./Paula Wiseman. 

Yamasaki, Katie. Place Hand Here. Norton.


Middle Grade

Albus, Kate. Nothing Else But Miracles. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson. 

Swartz, Elly. Hidden Truths. Delacorte. 



Arnold, Elana K. The Blood YearsHarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Baker, Kylie Lee. The Scarlet Alchemist. Inkyard.

Levithan, David. Ryan and Avery. Knopf. 

Pearsall, Kate. Bittersweet in the HollowPutnam. 

Reid, Ava. A Study in DrowningHarperTeen. 


Graphic Novels

Viva, Frank. Gotta Go! TOON. 


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Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira (Tonatiuh) ©2023 by Duncan Tonatiuh


Brown, Aly. The Last Unexplored Place on Earth: Investigating the Ocean Floor with Alvin the Submersible. Feiwel & Friends. 

Fitzharris, Lindsey. Plague-Busters!: Medicine’s Battles with History’s Deadliest Diseases. illus. by Adrian Teal. Bloomsbury. 

Gianferrari, Maria. Fungi Growillus. by Diana Sudyka. S. & S./Beach Lane. 

Haldar, Raj. This Book Is Banned. illus. by Julia Patton. Sourcebooks/eXplore. 

Ho, Joanna. On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei’s Art Is Changing the Tide. illus. by Catia Chien. Scholastic/Orchard. 

O’Leary, Sara. The Little Books of the Little Brontës. illus. by Briony May Smith. Tundra.

Sandler, Martin W. Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor. Astra. 

Sibley, David Allen. What It’s Like to Be a Bird (Adapted for Young Readers): From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing and Why. Delacorte. 

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira. Abrams. 

Wenzel, Brendan. Every Dreaming Creature. Little, Brown. 

Winter, Jonah. The Snow Man: A True Storyillus. by Jeanette Winter. S. & S./Beach Lane. 



Roy, Keidrick & others. Smithsonian America: The Atlas. Thunder Bay Pr. 

Sánchez, Aaron E., ed. The Schlager Anthology of Hispanic America: A Student’s Guide to Essential Primary Sources. Schlager. 

Sumereau, J.E., ed The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Transgender Studies. Rowman & Littlefield. 



Goade, Michaela. Berry SongHachette Audio. 

Graves, Byron. Rez Ball. HarperAudio. 

Hooper, Don P. True TrueListening Library.

Martín, Pedro. Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir. Listening Library.

Pla, Sally J. The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn. HarperAudio. 

Quin, Tegan & Sara Quin.Tegan and Sara: Junior High. Macmillan Audio. 

Wong, Jack. When You Can Swim. Scholastic Audio. 



Engle, Margarita. The Sculptors of Light: Poems About Cuban Women Artists. illus. by Cecilia Puglesi. Reycraft. 

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The Sculptors of Light (Engle) ©2023 by Cecilia Pugles

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