31 Spectacular Titles by Bryan Collier, Dhonielle Clayton & More | Starred Reviews, June 2022

Check out this month's star-studded picture books selections. Plus, you don't want to miss our recommendations for family music albums and the  latest roundup of professional development offerings.

The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything: The Story of Maria Mitchell (Alary)
©2022 illus. by Ellen Rooney



Eliot, Hannah. I’m a Little Pumpkin. illus. by Anna Daviscourt. Little Simon.

Walstead, Alice. How to Catch a Witch. illus. by Andy Elkerton. Sourcebooks/Wonderland.

Williams, Zac. Spooky Snacks and Treats: Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes for Kids. Gibbs Smith.


Picture Books

Alary, Laura. The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything: The Story of Maria Mitchell. illus. by Ellen Rooney. Kids Can. 

Barnett, Mac. The Great Zapfino. illus. by Marla Frazee. S. & S./Beach Lane.

Camper, Cathy. Arab Arab All Year Long! illus. by Sawsan Chalabi. Candlewick. 

Collier, Bryan. Music Is a Rainbow. illus. by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown.

Sirdeshpande, Rashmi. Dadaji’s Paintbrush. illus. by Ruchi Mhasane. Levine Querido. 

Stead, Philip C. Every Dog in the Neighborhood. illus. by Matthew Cordell. Holiday House/Neal Porter

Watts, Bernadette. Varenka. NorthSouth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Middle Grade

Clayton, Dhonielle. The Marvellers. Holt. 

Eagar, Lindsay. The Patron Thief of Bread. Candlewick. 

Leali, Michael. The Civil War of Amos Abernathy. HarperCollins.

Merchant, Tamzin. The Mapmakers. illus. by Paola Escobar. Norton.

Wolo, Mamle. The Kaya Girl. Little, Brown.



Kaylor, Serena. Long Story Short. Wednesday Bks.

Romero, R.M. The Ghosts of Rose Hill. Peachtree.

Scelsa, Kate. Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Solomon, Rachel Lynn. See You Yesterday. S. & S.



Burns, Loree Griffin. Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama. photos by Ellen Harasimowicz. Charlesbridge. 

Farrell, Mary Cronk. Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam. Abrams/Amulet.

Nayeri, Dina. The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found. photos by Anna Bosch Miralpeix. Candlewick.

Pringle, Laurence. The Secret Life of the Sea Otter. illus. by Kate Garchinsky.

Roberts, Barbara Carroll. A Rose Named Peace: How Francis Meilland Created a Flower of Hope for a World at War. illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline.

Turner, Pamela S. How To Build A Human. illus. by John Gurche. Charlesbridge.


Professional Reading

Feigelson, Dan. Radical Listening: Reading and Writing Conferences to Reach All Students. Scholastic.

Kittle, Penny & Kelly Gallagher. 4 Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency. Heinemann Educational.

M’Lot, Christine & Katya Adamov Ferguson, eds. Resurgence: Engaging With Indigenous Narratives and Cultural Expressions In and Beyond the Classroom. Portage & Main.

Schwebel, Sara L. & Jocelyn Van Tuyl, eds. Dust Off the Gold: Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial. Routledge. 



Nutmegger. Performed by Steve Elci and Friends. Steve Elci and Friends.

Smith & Yarn. Performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and Red Yarn. Tuff Gong International. 

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