These are the children's books:
Booklist of Books Read in 2019
Blackall, Sophie. Hello Lighthouse. NY: Little Brown and Company, 2018.
(winner of the 2019 Randolph Caldecott award – her second one)
(Excellent author note about lighthouses. NOTE- she knows that librarians don’t
like important information on the endpapers covered up by the book cover, so she
left empty space there. Yay!)
Campbell, Marcy. Adrian Simcox does not have a horse. Illus. Corinna Luyken. NY: Dial
Books fYR, 2018.
Choi, Susan. Camp Tiger. Illus John Rocco. NY: GP Putnam’s Sons, 2019.
Clarke, Maxine Benega. The patchwork bike. Illlus. Van Thanh Rudd. Somerville, MA:
Candlewick Press, 2018. (Illustrations of cobbled together not-quite bike parts
painted on cardboard.)
Colleen, Marcie. Penguinaut! Illus. Emma Yarlett. NY: Orchard Books/ Scholastic, 2018.
Cuevas, Michelle. The care and feeding of a pet black hole. NY: Dial books for young
readers, 2017. (mixture of science, fantasy, adapting to the death of a father.)
Denos, Julia. Windows. Illus. E.B. Goodale. Sommerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2017.
(nighttime walk looking at house windows from outside, imagining what’s
Henkes, Kevin. A Parade of Elephants. NY: Greenwillow books, 2018.
Holm, Jennifer L., vs. Matthew Holm. The evil princess vs. the brave knight. NY: Random
House, 2019. (although Jennifer and her brother Matthew are white, Matthew
created an Asian Princess and an African Knight for this story of sibling rivalry.)
James, LK. The Full House and the empty house. Shelburne, VT: Ripple Grove Press, 2019.
Jenkins, Emily. All-of-a-Kind family Hanukkah, based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor.
Illus. Paul O. Zelinsky. NY: Swartz & Wade books, 2018.
(Sydney Taylor Book award winner for younger readers.)
Le, Minh. Drawn Together. Illus. Dan Santat. NY: Hyperion/ Disney, 2018.
(ALSC Notable children’s book and other awards)
Lies, Brian. The Rough Patch. NY: HarperCollins, 2018. (Caldecott Honor Book)
Lin, Grace. A big mooncake for little star. NY: Little Brown and company, 2018.
(the author says it is Not based on any Chinese folktales but is an original tale)
(2019 Caldecott Honor Book – second one for her)
Love, Jessica. Julia’n is a mermaid. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2018.
(was the winner of the Stonewall Book award, honoring books important to the
Lyons, Kelly Starling. Going Down Home with Daddy. Illus Daniel Minter. Atlanta, GA:
Martinez-Neal, Juana. Alma and how she got her name. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press,
2018. (she was named after various relatives who had talents that Alma has
inherited.) (2019 Caldecott Honor book)
McClintock, Barbara. Vroom! NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019.
Mora, Oge. Thank you, Omu! NY: Little Brown and Company, 2018.
(Caldecott Honor book and Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New
Talent Illustrator Award. A small author’s note included.)
Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. NY: Greenwillow, 2018. (2019 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award)
(lovely book about an immigrant –herself- discovering USA free libraries with a long
author’s note about her own experience as an immigrant becoming a permanent
resident of USA.)
Newman, Leslea. Sparkle boy. Illus. Maria Mola. NY: Lee & Low, 2017.
(preschool boy wants sparkle skirt, bracelet, fingernails & parents are ok with it.)
Paul, Miranda. Nine Months, before a baby is born. Illus. Jason Chin. NY: Holiday House,
2019. (Illustrations of the development of a baby on one side and illustrations of
activities of the family on the other.)
Portis, Antoinette. Hey, Water! NY: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House, 2019.
(actually has lots of NF information and could easily be catalogued NF. Actually,
Library of Congress lists it as 553 nonfiction. Don’t know why my library made it
Quintero, Isabel. My Papi has a Motorcycle. Illus Zeke Pena. NY: Kokila/ Penguin Random,
2019. (uses Spanish words with no explanation)
Reidy, Jean. Truman. Illus Lucy Ruth Cummins. NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
2019. (Triman is a turtle)
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Why? NY: Neal Porter Books/ Holiday House, 2019.
Sorell, Traci. We are Grateful, Otsaliheliga. Illus Frane’ Lessac. Watertown, MA:
Charlesbridge, 2018. (Cherokee events around the year teaching Cherokee words.
ALA Sibert Honor)
Stemple, Heidi. Counting Birds. Illus Clover Robin. Lake Forest, CA: Quarto/ Sea Grass,
Teague, Mark. Fly! NY: Beachlane Books, 2019. (wordless view of mama bird thoughts
and baby bird’s thoughts – which often get ridiculous.)
Underwood, Deborah. Ogilvy. Illus T.L. McBeth. NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
Wenzel, Brendan. A stone sat still. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2019.
(an illustrated tone poem)
Yolen, Jane and Heidi Stemple. Not all princesses dress in pink. Illus Anne-Sophie Languetin.
NY: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010.
Yolen, Jane and Adam Stemple. Crow not Crow. Illus Elizabeth Dulemba. APEX, NC: Cornell Lab Publishing Group, 2018.
Yolen, Jane. What to do with a box. Illus Chris Sheban. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions,
2018. (as you read, the board book takes the shape of a box)
I Can Read
Butler, Dori Hillestad. King & Kayla and the case of the lost tooth. Atlanta GA: Peachtree
Publishers, 2018. (2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book)
Tabor, Corey. Fox and the Tiger. NY: Balzer + Bray, 2018.
(2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award)
J – FICTION :
Alexander, Zeno. The Library of Ever. Book 1. NY: Imprint/ Macmillan, 2019.
(Pen name of VCFA grad, Stephen Messer.)
Auxier, Jonathan. Sweep – the story of a girl and her monster. NY: Amulet Books, 2018.
2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, Older Readers
2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Winner
2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Children's Literature
2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Winner
2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Children's Literature
Barrett, Tracy. Marabel and the book of fate. NY: Little Brown, 2018.
Blake, Ashley Herring, The might heart of Sunny St. James. NY: Little Brown, 2019.
(girl with replacement heart discovers she loves girls, not boys.)
Coakley, Lena. Wicked Nix. NY: Amulet Books, 2018.
GN JC Craft, Jerry. New Kid. NY: Harper, 2019. (graphic novel)
GN JM Meconis, Dylan. Queen of the Sea. NY: Walker Books, 2019. (graphic novel)
Medina, Meg. Merci Suarez changes gears. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press,
2018. (John Newbery Medal Winner, 2019)
Magoon, Kekla. The Seasons of Styx Malone. NY: Random House, 2018.
Messer, Stephen. Windblowne. NY: Random House, 2010.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. The Book of Boy. NY: Greenwillow Books, 2018.
(John Newbery Honor Book, 2019)
Perl, Erica. All Three Stooges. NY: Alfred A. Knnoff, 2018.
(Sydney Taylor Book honor book for older readers.)
Reedy, Trent. Gamer Army. NY: Scholastic - Arthur A Levine Books, 2018.
(an updated version of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card?)
Rodkey, Geoff. We’re not from here. NY: Crown Books FYR, 2019.
(SF. The last humans land on a strange planet of giant mosquito-like beings where
they are NOT accepted.)
Vallentine, Nicold. A time traveler’s theory of relativity. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda books,
Yang, Kelly. Front Desk. NY: Arthur A Levine Books/ Scholastic, 2018.
Yelchin, Eugene. Spy Runner. NY: Henry Holt and Co, 2019. (1953 Communist scare)
Anderson, MT, et al. Fatal throne, the wives of Henry VIII tell all. NY: Schwartz & Wade
books, 2018. (each wife written by a different person – Jennifer Donnelly, Candace
Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Linda Sue Pak, Deborah Hopkinson,
and MT Anderson wrote the Henry VIII parts.)
Berry, Julie. The scandalous sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. NY: Roaring brook Press, 2014.
Brennan, Sarah Rees. In Other Lands. Easthampton, MA: Big Mouth House, 2017.
(Fantasy/ bi-sexual hero)
Capetta, Amy Rose and Cori McCarthy. Once & Future – this time Excalibur chooses her.
NY: Jimmy Patterson Books, 2019.
(LGBTQ+ version of the King Arthur story, set in the future.)
Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game. NY: Tor, 1977, 1991.
Edwardson, Debby Dahl. My name is not easy. Skyscape, 2011.
(National book Award Finalist) (Alaskan boarding school)
Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great is not okay. NY: Dial, 2018.
(Persian/ American boy with depression visits family in Iran)
Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue. NY: Katherine Tegen Books/
HarperCollins publishers, 2017.
(homosexuals on their Grand Tour in Regency times)
Murphy, Jullie. Dumplin’, go big or go home. NYL Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins, 2015.
GN YA Wang, Jen. The prince and the Dressmaker. NY: First Second, 2018.
PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES:
JB Binney Biebow, Natascha. The Crayon Man, the true story of the invention of Crayola
crayons. Illus Steven Salerno. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
JB Brown Barnett, Mac. The important thing about Margaret Wise Brown. Illus. Sarah
Jacoby. NU: Balzer + Bray/ HarperColllins, 2019.
(Clever use of titles of Brown’s books and using page number to match Brown’s age
for events. However, I’m sure that Ann Carroll More didn’t call her books TRUCK.
She probably said, Druck or Dreck. I suspect autocorrect messed that up.)
JB Burton Rinker, Sherri. Big Machines: the story of Virginia Lee Burton. Illus John Rocco.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. (illustrated in Virginia Lee Burton’s style.
Word placement is also in her style, not often seen these days. Plus constant
inclusion of her two boys and their appreciation of her big machine stories.)
JB Goldberg Aronson, Sarah. Just like Rube Goldberg, the incredible true story of the man
behind the machines. Illus Robert Neubecker. NY: Beach Lane Books, 2019.
JB Jordan Barton, Chris. What do you do with a voice like that? The story of
extraordinary congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Illus. Ekua Holmes. NY: Beach Lane
Books, 2018. (NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction)
(wonderful backmater, including a time line giving much, much more info)
JB King Meltzer, Brad. I am Billie Jean King. Illus Christopher Eliopoulos. NY: Penguin
Young Readers, 2019.
JB LaMarr Wallmark, Laurie. Hedy LaMarr’s double life, Hollywood legend and brilliant
inventor. Illus Katy Wu. MY: Sterling Children’s Books, 2019.
JB Fletcher. Nelson, Vaunda. Let ‘er buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion. Illus Gordon C. James. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2019.
JB Newbery Markel, Michelle. Balderdash! John Newbery and the boisterous birth of
children’s books. Illus Nancy Carpenter. San Francisco: Chronicle books, 2017.
JB Tolkien. John Ronald’s Dragons – the story of J.R.R. Tolkien. Illus. Eliza Wheeler.
NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
JB Tyson. Krull, Kathleen and Paul Brewer. Starstruck – the cosmic journey of Neil
DeGrasse Tyson. Illus. Frank Morrison. NY: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018.
J and YA NONFICTION:
J 379.26 Boyce, Ann Allen and Debbie Levy. The promise of change, one girl’s story in
the fight for school equality. NY: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019.
(The desegregation of a high school in Tennessee told in blank verse)
J 641.822 Wang, Andrea. Magic Ramen, the story of Momofuku Ando. Illus Kana
Urbanowicz. NY: Little Bee Books, 2019.
YA973.913 Sandler, Martin. 1919, the year that changed America. NY: Bloomsbury, 2019.
YA973.933 Brockenbrough, Martha. Unpresidented, a Biography of Donald Trump. NY:
Feiwel and Friends, 2018. (ends in the middle of 2018. Blue typeface – even the
photographs.) (among the dedications are the words “And to the Parkland
generation: You know what to do.)