Here is the list of Children's books I read in 2018. (adult books in next post)
Booklist of Books Read in 2018
Barnes, Derrick. Crown, an ode to the fresh cut. Illus Gordon James. Chicago: Bolden, Agate,
2017. (FOUR #ALA awards—Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King
Author Honor, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor!)
Bauer, Marion Dane. Little Cat’s Luck. NY: Simon & Schuster Books for young readers,
2016. (Texas Bluebonnet Award)
Bellairs, John. The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Illus. Edward Gorey. NY: Dial Press,
Blackall, Sophie. Hello Lighthouse. NY: Little Brown & Co., 2018. (Could have been
classified as children’s nonfiction, but CIP shows as Easy Fiction.)
Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow. NYL Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
(Caldecott medal winner 2018)
Dale, Elizabeth. Nothing can frighten a bear. Illus. Paula Metcalf. Somerville, MA: Nosy Crow, Candlewick Press, 2016.
Dillon, Diane. I can be anything! Don’t tell me I can’t. NY: Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, 2018.
Fogliano, Julie. When’s my birthday? Illus. Christian Robinson. NY: Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2017. (I’m not impressed)
Higgins, Ryan. We don’t eat our classmates. NY: Disney/ Hyperion, 2018.
Hopkinson, Deborah and John Hendrix (illus). Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek a tall, thin tale. NY: Swartz and wade, 2008. Fictionalized account of a possible young Lincoln adventure.
Mattick, Lindsay.Finding Winnie, the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Illus Sophie Blackall. NY:Little Brown and Co., 2017. (2018 Caldicott Winner.)
Phi, Bao A different Pond. Illus Thi Bui. North Manakato, MN: Capstone Young
Readers, 2017. (Caldecott Honor book) (Publisher is claiming it won- it didn’t)
Robinson, Nikki Slade. Anywhere Artist. NY: Clarion, Books, 2016.
(mixture of photographs of nature art with illustrations of sylph like child in a
painted landscape. Lovely!)
Tamaki, Jillian. They Say Blue. NY: Abrams books for young readers, 2018.
Teekentrup, Britta. Moon, a peek-through picture book. NY: Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2017. (Cut outs show the progression of the moon through its phases. Originally pub in Great Britain. Clunky rhythm and rhyme, which made me think it had been translated from another language – but no.)
Underwood, Deborah. Here Comes Teacher CAT.Illus. Claudia Rueda. NY: Dial, 2017.
…. Here Comes Valentine CAT. Illus. Claudia Rueda. NY: Dial, 2016.
Wallace, Adam. How to Catch a Leprechaun. Illus. Andy Elkerton. Naperville, IL:
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016. (very disappointing. Fulfills the need for a
St. Paddy’s Day picture book, but with dull poetry – ABCB) and an
ending that does not scan and left me thinking, “Huh?”)
Wong, Janet. Apple Pie 4thof July. Illus Margaret Chodos-Irvine. NY: Harcourt, 2002.
(I was told to use this as a great example of page breaks.)
I Can Read
Arnold, Ted, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss. Noodleheads see the future. NY: Holiday House, 2017. (Geisel honor book)
Butler, Dori Hillestad. King & Kayla and the case of the missing dog treats. Illus. Nancy
Meyers. NY: Peachtree Publishers, 2017. (2018 ALA/ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel
Kugler, Tina. Snail & Worm Again. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. (2018 Geisel honor book)
Meisel, Paul. I See a Cat. NY: Holiday House,, 2017. (2018 ALA/ALSC Theodor Seuss
Geisel Honor book. A very easy reader but in picture book format.)
Snyder, Laurel. Charlie & Mouse. Illus Emily Hughes. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2017. (2018 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award winner)
Yoon, Salina. My Kite is Stuck! And other Stories. NY: Bloomsbury, 2017. (2018 Geisel honor book. San Diego, CA author/ illustrator – YAY!)
J – FICTION :
Aronson, Sarah.The Wish List, The worst Fairy Godmother Ever! NY, Scholastic, 2017.
…. The Wish List, Keep Calm and Sparkle On! NY, Scholastic, 2018.
Cartaya, Pablo. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. NY: Viking, 2017. (Pura Belpre author honor book.
Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. NY: Houghton Miflin Harcourt, 1991 / 2002. (originally published by Harcourt, edited by Jane Yolen. One of my favorite books, except this time when I reread it I began noticing various writer techniques which I now must think about.)
…. Moongobble and Me – the Mischief Monster. Illus Katherine Coville. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2007.
…. The Enchanted Files: Trolled. Illus by Paul Kidby. NY: Random House 2017. (Book 3 of the Enchanted Files whereby various characters from the land of Enchantment discover themselves in the human world.)
Cowell, Cressida. The Wizards of Once. (book 1 - Once there was Magic) NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2017. (Newbery honor)
Heinlein, Robert. The Rolling Stones. NY: Ballantine books, 1952. (one my favorite books I read as a child and only improves with re-reading. However, it’s fun at this point to notice the things about the future that he predicted accurately and others that seemed logical, but the modern technology is different.)
Holm, Jennifer.The third mushroom/ believe in the unexpected. NYL Random House, 2018.
Horvath, Polly. Mrs. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! By Mrs. Bunny, translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath. NY: Swartz & Wade books, 2012. (I was wondering how I had missed this lovely book. But then I noticed the date. I had retired from library work and that was the year my husband died.)
Houts, Michelle. WinterFrost. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2014.
Johnson, Varian. The Parker Inheritance. NY: Arthur A, Levine Books, Scholastic, 2018. (a great mystery story jumping back and forth from 1900s life for African Americans to kids today. I predict Coretta Scott King author Book award for sure, plus possible Newbery.) (Update – Now is a Boston Globe/ Horn Book award Honor book, the same award I won in 2003.)
Kalmar, Daphne. A Stitch in Time. NY: Feiwel and Friends, 2018. (another book I think will be seriously considered for the Newbery and other awards.)
Kelly, Erin Entrada. Hello, Universe, some friendships are meant to be.NY: Greenwillow, 2017. (Newbery winner)
King, Amy Sarig. Me and Marvin Gardens. NY: Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine Boooks), 2017. (Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Usually writes YA books)
Landis, Matthew. The Not so Boring Letters of Private Nobody. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018.
McAnulty, Stacy. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. NY: Random House, 2018. Another book I predict will win awards, maybe Newbery.
Pla, Sally J. Stanley will probably be fine. Illus Steve Wolfhard. NY, Harper, 2018. (don’t be confused by the illustrator. It’s not a picture book. It’s not a graphic novel. It’s a story about a boy who occasionally draws a comic strip.) (I predict this one will win quite a few awards during the upcoming award season.)
Riordan, Rick. The Trials of Apollo, Book One, The Hidden Oracle. NY: Disney/ Hyperion, 2016.
…. The Trials of Apollo, Book Two, The Dark Prophecy. NY: Disney/ Hyperion, 2017.
…. The Trials of Apollo, Book Three, The Burning Maze. NY: Disney/ Hyperion, 2018. (hmmm. It looks as if this trilogy is going to continue to 4 or more books)
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Indian Shoes. NY: HarperCollins, 2002. (short stories about a Native American boy who lives in a city/ town.)
Townsend, Jessica. Nevermoor, the trials of Morrigan Crow. NY: Little Brown and Co., 2017. (I’ve decided that I really love British fantasies and can’t wait for a sequel.)
Yolen, Jane and Adam Stemple The Hostage Prince. (The Seelie Wars: Book 1) NY: Viking/ Penguin, 2013.
…. The Last Changling. (The Seelie Wars: Book 2) NY: Viking/ Penguin, 2015.
…. The Seelie King’s War. (The Seelie Wars: Book 1) NY: Viking/ Penguin, 2016.
Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. NY: Talk Miramax Books, Hyperion Books for Children. 2001.
Maas, Sarah. A Court of Thorns and Roses. NY: Bloomsbury, 2015.
…. A Court of Mist and Fury. NY: Bloomsbury, 2016. (more raw sex than a lot of adult novels. Why?)
…. Court of Wings and Ruin. NY: Bloomsbury, 2017. (series has more raw sex than a lot of adult Science Fiction/ Fantasy books. Why?)
…. Court of Frost and Starlight. NY: Bloomsbury, 2018.
Pierce, Tamora. Tempests and Slaughter, The Numair Chronicles, Book One, A Tortall Legend. NY: Random House, 2018. (Excellent writing style. I can’t wait for the next few books in this series)
Putney, M.J. (Mary Jo) Dark Mirror. NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2010.
…. Dark Passage. NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2011.
…. Dark Destiny NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2012.
Reedy, Trent. Divided we fall. (Book 1) NY: Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2014.
…. Burning Nation. (Book 2) NY: Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2015.
…. The Last Full Measure. (Book 3) NY: Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2016.
(Dystopian novels about the breakdown of the USA into multiple countries, plus WW3)
PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES:
JB Bader Levy, Debbie. I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark. Illus. Elizabeth
Baddeley. NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
(Orbis Pictus award honor book – and other awards)
JB Burcaw Burcaw, Shane. Not So Different, what you really want to ask about having a
disability – Go Ahead, Ask Me. Illus. by photographs by Matt Carr. NY:
Roaring Brook Press, 2017. (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book
Medal honor book 2018)
JB Chavez Rau, Dana Meachen. Who was Cesar Chavez? NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 2017.
JB Choi Martin, Jacqueline Briggs and June Jo Lee. Illus Man One. Chef Roy Choi. Bellevue, Washington: Readers to Eaters, 2017. (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal honor book 2018)
JB Keats Pinkney, Andrea Davis. A Poem for Peter, the story of Ezra Jack Keats and the creation of The Snowy Day. Illus. Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson. NY: Viking, 2016.
JB Key Bowman, Donna Janell. Step Right Up, How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness. NY: Lee & Low Books, Inc, 2016.
JB Newbery Markel, Michelle. Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books.Illus Nancy Carpenter. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2017.
JB Santana Mahin, Michael. When Angels Sing, the story of rock legend Carlos Santana.Illus Jose Ramirez. NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018.
JF Say Say, Allen. Silent Days, Silent Dreams. NY: Arthur A Levine Books, Scholastic Inc.,
2017. Catalogued as fiction in San Diego Library, but should have been in
biography. (Schneider Family Book Award)
JB Tubman Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Illus. James E. Ransome (husband) Before She was Harriet. NY: Holiday House, 2017. (Corretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book)
JB Waters Mahin, Michael. Muddy, the story of blues legend Muddy Waters. Ilus. Evan Turk. NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.
JB Wright Old, Wendie. To Fly, the story of the Wright brothers. NY: Clarion, 2002.
JB Van Gogh Heiligman, Deborahs. Vincent and Theo, the Van Gogh Brothers. NY: Henry Holt and Co, 2017.
J and YA NONFICTION:
YA323.1196… Brnimner, Larry Dane. Twelve Days in May, Freedom Ride 1961. Honesdale, PA: Calkins creek, 2017. (Robert Sibert ALA award)
J 551 Hale, Christy. Water Land: land and water forms around the world. NY: Neal Porter book, Roaring Brook Press, 2018. (cutouts illustrate water and land forms)
J 581.467 Stewart, Melissa. A seed is the start. Washington, DC: National Geographic Kids, 2018.
J 599.7695 Newman, Patricia. Sea Otter heroes, the predators that saved an ecosystem. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press 2017. (Robert Sibert honor book)
YA 791.4472 Jarrow, Gail. Spooked! How a radio broadcast and the War of the Worlds sparked the 1938 invasion of America. Honesdale,PA: Calkins Creek/ Highlights, 2018. (Perfectly published in the fall, just in time for Halloween.)
J 973.7092 Bowman, Donna Janell. Illus. S.D. Schindler. Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2018. (a little-known piece of Lincoln history told in second person.)