Sunday, January 15, 2023

Children's books Read 2022

 The next two posts will be my list of the books I've read during the year. 

This first one is Children's Books:

Picture Books


Archer, Micha. Wonder Walkers. NY: Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Random House, 2021.

            (2022 Caldecott honor book)

Beer, Sophie.  Love makes a family. NY: Dial books for young readers, 2018. (board book)

Bishop, Jack. Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie, a Thanksgiving Celebration. Illus. Michelle Mee

 Nutter.  Boston, MA:  America’s Test Kitchen, 2020.

Celenza, Anna Harwell.  Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.  Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge,

2011.  (I’m jealous.  When I wrote a biography of Duke Ellington I tried to get my publisher to put a CD of Ellington’s music in the back of the book, but they wouldn’t. 

Charlesbridge does have a CD of his jazzy Nutcracker Suite in the back of this book.)

Doyen, Denise. The Pomegranate witch. Illus. Eliza Wheeler.  San Francisco, Chronicle 

books, 2017. 

Harris, Shawn. Have you ever seen a flower? San Francisco: Chronicle books, 2021.

            (2022 Caldecott honor book)

Hale, Shannon. Pretty perfect kitty corn. Illus Leuyen Pham. NY: Abrams books for young

             readers, 2022. 

Herz, Henry. I am Smoke. Illus. Merce’ Lo’pez. Thomaston, MA: Tilbury House Publishers, 

            2021. (2022 – ALA Notable Children’s Books award)

Ho, Joanna. Eyes that kiss in the corners. Illus. Dung Ho. NY: HarperCollins, 2021.

            (2022 Golden Kite winner)

Lichtenheld, Tom and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Moo-Moo I love you. NY: Abrams books, 2020.

McAnulty, Stacy. LOVE. Illus. Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. Philadelphia: RP Kids, 2018.

Meyers, Susan. Everywhere Babies. Illus. Marla Frazee. NY/San Diego: Harcourt, 2001.

Rau’l the third. !Vamos!  Let’s cross the bridge. Illus. Elaine Bay. Boston, MA:

 Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.   (2022 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award.) 

Rowland, Kelly and Jessica McKay. Always with you , always with me. Illus. Fanny Liem. 

            NY: Viking/ PenguinRandom/ Hightree, 2022

Scanlon, Liz Garton.  All the World.  Illus. Marla Frazee. NY, San Diego: Beach Lane Books,

 2009.  (2010 Caldecott Honor book)

Wang, Andrea.  Watercress. Illus. Jason Chin.  NY: Holiday House/ Neal Porter Books, 2021.

            (2022 awards =  Caldecott Medal, Newbery Honor, Asian Pacific American Librarians’

 Association Award)

Williams, Sienna. All we need is love. Illus. Julia Seal. Cottage Farm, UK: Igloo books, 2021.


I Can Read


Cepeda, Joe.  I Hop. NY: Holiday House, 2021. (2022 Pura Belpre’ Honoree)

Fenske, Jonathan. Nothing fits a Dinosaur. NY: Simon Spotlight Ready to Read, 2021.

            (2022 Geisel Honor Book)

Tabor, Corey R.  Fox at night. My first I can read. NY: Balzer & Bray/ HarperCollins, 2021.

            (2022 Geisel Award)





Barnhill, Kelly. The Ogress and the Orphans. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2022.

            (So much better written than her 2017 Newbery Award book, HE GIRL WHO DRANK 

THE MOON, Which seemed as if it were several different books mooshed together. I’m 

hoping she gets another Newbery for this one.)

DiCamillo, Kate. The Beatryce prophecy.  Illus. Sophie Blackall. Somerville, MA: Candlewick

             Press, 2021.      

Higuera, Donna Barba. The Last Cuentista. NY: Levine Querido, 2021.

            (2022 ALA Pura Belpre’ honor book)  (Science fiction with mix of English & Spanish)

Holm, Jennifer. The Lion of Mars. NY:  Random House, 2021.  

Lukoff, Kyle. Too bright to see. NY: Dial BFYR, 2012. (2022 Newbery Award)

            (This book should have info on the flap so that transgender kids can find this.

            A review says “raises the familiar within the unfamiliar in its ghostly story of 

            recognition. Kyle Lukoff patiently reveals Bug’s growing discomfort with scripts

            of girlhood and reflects the process of self-knowledge. Introspective narration

            murmurs of Bug’s transgender identity. This welcome coming-out story will haunt us 

            far into the future.”   Includes a haunted house and the death of a gay uncle.) 

Moses, Rucker and Theo Gangi. Kingston and the magician’s lost and found. Book one.

            NY: GP Putnam, 2021. (Urban fantasy) 

   ….    Kingston and the echoes of magic. Book two. NY: GP Putnam, 2021.

Reedy, Trent.  Racing storm mountain. NY: WW Norton &Co., 2022.

            (sequel to Hunter’s Choice.)

Rex, Adam. The true meaning of Smekday.  Hyperian books for children, 2007.

            (The 2015 Movie HOME was based on this book, but the movie changed the ending.        and other parts.)

Selfors, Suzanne. Wedgie & Gizmo. NY: Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins, 2017.

            (the first book of a funny series about a guinea pig who thinks he’s an ‘evil genius’ and a 

bouncy, yappy dog (squirrel!) living in a blended family.)

Shang, Wendy Wan-Long.  The Secret battle of Evan Pao. NY: Scholastic Press, 2022.

Vernon, Ursula.  Nurk, the strange, surprising adventures of a (somewhat) brave shrew

            San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Inc./ HMH, 2008.

Werlin, Nancy.  Healer & Witch.  Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2022.

Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons.  Book 1 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

            San Diego, CA:  Jane Yolen Books/ Harcourt Brace & Company, 1990.

    ….   Searching for Dragons. Book 2 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

            San Diego, CA:  Jane Yolen Books/ Harcourt Brace & Company, 1991.

    ….   Calling on Dragons, Book 3 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

            San Diego, CA:  Jane Yolen Books/ Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993.

    ….   Talking to Dragons,  Book 4 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

            San Diego, CA:  Jane Yolen Books/ Harcourt Brace & Company, 1985.

            (This last book was actually written as a stand-alone, but Editor Yolen asked Pat to write

 prequels – resulting in this series.) 

            (both Jane Yolen and Patricia Wrede mentored me when I was a beginning writer.)

            (I was able to watch online discussions about these books as they were being produced –

            Fun Fact:  Pat kept using the Temporary name of “Bowling for Dragons” for each of

 these when they were in draft form and going through the editing process. Bowling for

 Dollars was a popular TV show at that time.)

Yee, Lisa. Maizy Chen’s Last Chance. NY: Random House, 2022.

            (I predict many awards for this amazing book. It celebrates the power of food, family,

             understanding our roots, and stepping up to help others when it matters the most.)

            (Prediction came true – it was on the short list for the National Book Award!)



YA Fiction:


Anderson, M.T.  Feed.  Cambridge MA: Candlewick Press, 2002.

            (I sat next to MT when we both received the 2003 Boston Globe/ Horn Book Awards.

His award was for this book.  Mine was for To Fly)

Collins, Suzanne.  The ballad of songbirds and snakes. NY: Scholastic, 2020.

            (In case you wanted a fictional biography of Coriolanus Snow and how the Hunger 

Games became to be. What a twisted tale.)

Dessen, Sarah.  Once and for all.  NYL /Viking, 2017. 

(I had heard she wrote good stories and they were right -- this is a good read. Includes lots about the job of Wedding planners – much better than the Jesse Sutanto books.) 

Durst, Sarah Beth. The Shelterings. NY: Clarion, 2022

Jones, Diana Wynne.  A tale of time city. NY: Greenwillow books, 1987.

Kingfisher, T.  A wizard’s guide to defensive baking. Dallas, TX: Argyll, 2020. 

            (self published or small press published, I can’t tell which), but very good fantasy by

             author, Ursula Vernon.  I’d place it in middle grade, myself instead of YA. Although 

            she writes YA horror under this name, I hope she does more like this one, and gets a

             traditional publisher who will place it solidly in middle grade)

Lackey, Mercedes and Rosemary Edghill. Legacies, a Shadow Grail Novel. NY: Tor/ Tom

 Doherty Asso. Book, 2010. 

    ….   Conspiracies, a Shadow Grail Novel 2. NY: Tor/ Tom Doherty Asso. Book, 2011. 

    ….   Sacrifices, a Shadow Grail Novel 3. NY: Tor/ Tom Doherty Asso. Book, 2013.

    ….   Victoriesa Shadow Grail Novel 4. NY: Tor/ Tom Doherty Asso. Book, 2014.

Little Badger, Darcie.  A Snake falls to Earth. Arthur A Levine/ Levine Querido, 2021. 

            (2022 John Newbery Honor book)  (Native American) 

Price, Tirzah.   Sense and Second-degree Murder.  NY: Harper Teen, 2022.  

Rosenbloom, Fiona.  You are so not invited to my Bat Mitzvah! NY: Hyperion, 2005. 





JB Bazalgette       Paeff, Colleen. The great stink – how Joseph Bazalgette solved London’s

             poop pollution problem. Illus. Nancy Carpenter.  NY: Margaret K. McElderry books,      Simon & Schuster, 2021.   (2022 Robert F. Sibert honor book)

JB Bly Hannigan, Kate. Nellie vs. Elizabeth, two daredevil journalists’ breakneck race around

             the world. Illus. Rebecca Gibbon.  NY: Calkins Creek/ Astra Books for Young Readers, 

            2022.   (uses quotes from newspapers of the time period.  Plus backmatter.)

JB Longworth. Kerley, Barbara. What to do about Alice? Illus. Edwin Fotheringham. 

            NY: Scholastic Press, 2008.

JB Shahn         Levinson, Cynthia. The People’s Painter, how Ben Shahn fought for justice

             with art.  Illus. Evan Turk. NY: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021.

            (2022 Robert F. Sibert Award. 2022 Sydney Taylor Notable book)

JB Simone       Todd, Traci N. Nina, a story of Nina Simone. Ills. Christian Robinson. 

            NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2021. (2022 Coretta Scott King Honor award)





JB DePaola.  DePaola, Tomie. 26 Fairmont Avenue. NY: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1999.

    ….   Here we all are, A 26 Fairmont Avenue Book. NY: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 2000.

    ….   On My Way, A 26 Fairmont Avenue Book. NY: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 2001.

    ….   What a year, A 26 Fairmont Avenue Book. NY: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 2002.

JB Roundtree  Roundtree Dovey Johnson and Katie McCabe. We wait for the sun, the story of

             young Dovey Johnson Roundtree and her grandmother’s enduring love. Illus. Raissa 

            Figueroa.  NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2021. (2022 Coretta Scott King Award)

            (This one probably was difficult to catalogue because the main ‘story’ is a picture book

             and the biography part is in the endnotes.  Is this a new trend?)

JB Tesla          Westergaard, Azadeh. A life electric the story of Nikola Tesla. Illus. Ju’lia Sarda.

             NY: Viking/ Penguin Random House, 2021. 

            (a more complete biography is in the backmatter than in the main ‘story.’)

JB White         Sweet, Melissa. Some Writer, the story of EB. White. NY: Houghton Mifflin

 Harcourt, 2016. 

(This meshes nicely with the adult book I’m also reading – The Years with Ross by James Thurber where he talks about working on The New Yorker magazine with E.B. (Andy) White and his Katharine.)





YA 323.1196  Magoon, Kekla. Revolution in our Time, the Black Panther Party’s promise to the

             people.  Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2022. (National Book Award Honor book)

            (faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Writing for Children and Young Adults)

J 629.13          Burleigh, Robert. Wilbur Wright meets lady liberty. Illus. Wendell Minor. 

NY: Henry Hold, 2021.

J 571.786        Steward, Melissa. Summertime Sleepers, Animals that hibernate Estivate

            Illus. Sarah S. Brannen. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2021. 

            (2022 Robert F. Sibert honor book)

J 972.91064    Sheinkin, Steve. Fallout: spies, superbombs, and the ultimate cold war 

            showdown. NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2021.  (2022 Sibert Medal)

J 973.04          Jarrow, Gail. Ambushed! The assassination plot against President Garfield

            NY: Boyds Mills and Kane/ Astra Publishing House, 2021.  (2022 Sibert Honor book)

J 972.0496      Zoboi, Ibi. The People Remember. Illus Loveis Wise. NY: Balzer + Bray/ 

            HarperCollins, 2021.   (2022 Coretta Scott King Honor award)

            (uses the principles of Kwanzaa to talk about the history of African Americans.)

J 973.0497      Sorell, Traci. We are still here! Native American truths everyone should know.

            Illus. Frane’ Lessac. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2021. 

            (2022 Robert F. Sibert honor book, 2022 American Indian youth honor book, 

            2022 ALA Notable book)

J 973.099        Leiner, Katherine. First children, Growing up in the white house. Illus. Katie 

Keller. NY: Tambourine Books, 1996.

J 973.099        Rhatigan, Joe. White House Kids, the perks, pleasures, problems, and pratfalls of 

the presidents’ children.   Watertown, MA:  Charlesbridge, 2012.

J 973.3            Our White House, looking in / looking out. Created by 108 renowned authors and 

illustrators and the national children’s book and literary alliance. Cambridge, MA: 

Candlewick, 2008. 

J 976.686        Weatherford, Carole Boston. Unspeakable – the Tulsa race massacre. Illus. Floyd

 Cooper. Minneapolis, MN: CarolRhoda Books, 2021. (2022 Caldecott medal)

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