37 Standout Titles, Including the Latest Becky Albertalli and Angeline Boulley Novels | Starred Reviews, May 2023

Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro's middle grade adventure receives a star this month, as do a Jarrett Lerner early reader and the Nintendo game Metroid Prime Remastered

Forever Our Home/kâkikê kîkinaw. (Simpson) ©2023 by Carla Joseph

Picture Books

Arnaldo, Monica. Mr. SHarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Asterplume, Z.B. Sometimes, a Tiger. Feiwel & Friends. 

Charlton-Trujillo, e.E. & Pat Zietlow Miller. A Girl Can Build Anything. illus. by Keisha Morris. Viking. 

Freitas, Bethany V. Ready for Kindergarten. illus. by Maja Andersen. HarperCollins/Clarion. 

Paul, Baptiste. Patchwork Prince. illus. by Kitt Thomas. Dial. 

Reidy, Jean. A Book About You and All the World Too. illus. by Joey Chou. HarperCollins.

Simpson, Tonya. Forever Our Home/kâkikê kîkinaw. illus. by Carla Joseph. Orca.

Tillotson, Carrie. B Is for Bananas. illus. by Estrela Lourenço. Penguin/Flamingo. 


Transitional Books

Lerner, Jarrett. Nat the Cat Takes a Bath. S. & S./Spotlight.


Middle Grade

Hobson, Brandon. The StorytellerScholastic. 

Riordan, Rick & Mark Oshiro. The Sun and the Star: A Nico di Angelo Adventure. Disney-Hyperion. 



Albertalli, Becky. Imogen, ObviouslyHarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Boulley, Angeline. Warrior Girl UnearthedHolt. 

Caprara, Rebecca. Spin. S. & S./Atheneum. 

Owen, Margaret. Painted Devils. Holt. 

Reynolds, Jason. Miles Morales Suspended: A Spider-Man Novel. illus. by Zeke Peña. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 

Rosenblum, Cameron Kelly. The Sharp Edge of SilenceHarperCollins/Quill Tree. 


Graphic Novels

Glasheen, Kate. Constellations. Holiday House. 

Quin, Tegan & Sara Quin. Tegan and Sara: Junior High. illus. by Tillie Walden. Farrar.



Aikens-Nuñez, Talia. Men of the 65th: The Borinqueneers of the Korean War. Zest Bks.

Barton, Bethany. I’m Trying to Love GermsViking. 

Berne, Jennifer. How the Sea Came to Be: (And All the Creatures in It.) illus. by Amanda Hall. Eerdman. 

Kumura, Yukie, Kōdo Kumura & Steven Sheinkin. Yukie’s Island: My Family’s World War II Story. Roaring Brook. 

Magoon, Kekla. Ketanji: Justice Jackson’s Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. illus. by Laura Freeman. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Miller, Ron. The Big Backyard: The Solar System Beyond Pluto. Twenty-First Century.

Skiadas, Elaine. Fantastic Vegan Recipes for the Teen Cook: 60 Incredible Recipes You Need to Try for Good Health and a Better Planet. Page Street. 

Weiss-Tuider, Katharina. Mission: Arctic: A Scientific Adventure to a Changing North Pole. tr. by Shelley Tanaka. illus. by Christian Schneider. Greystone. 

Wenjen, Mia. Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World. illus. by Robert ­­Sae-Heng. Barefoot Bks. 

Wilkes, Angela. Children’s Quick and Easy Cookbook: More Than 60 Simple Recipes. DK. 


Adult Books 4 Teens

Makkai, Rebecca. I Have Some Questions for You. Viking. 

Mohamed, Deena. Shubeik Lubeik. Pantheon. 

Wimberly, Ronald. Now Let Me Fly: A Portrait of Eugene Bullard. illus. by Brahm Revel. First Second. 


Professional Reading

Kroski, Ellyssa, ed. 25 Ready-to-Use Sustainable Living Programs for Libraries. ALA Editions.

Muhammad, Gholdy. Unearthing Joy: A Guide to Culturally and Historically Responsive Teaching and Learning. Scholastic Professional.



The Little Red Fort/El fuertecito rojo. adapt. from the book by Brenda Maier. illus. by Sonia Sánchez. Weston Woods. 

Town Destroyer. Bullfrog Films. 



Metroid Prime RemasteredNintendo. 

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