Sunday, December 31, 2023

Books read 2023 - Children's Books

  Booklist of Books Read in 2023


Picture Books


Appelt, Kathi. Counting Crows.  Illus. Rob Dunlavey. NY: Atheneum books for young readers/

 Simon & Schuster,  2015.

Bagley, Jessixa. Boats for Papa. NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 

Baker, Keith. L M N O peas. NY: Beach Lane books/ Simon & Schuster, 2010.

            (Alphabet book)

Blackall, Sophie. Negative cat. NY: Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Random, 2021.

Bledsoe, Josh. Hammer and nails.  Illus. Jessica Warrick. NY: Flashlight press, 2016

Boynton, Sandra. Woo Hoo! You’re doing Great! NY: Little Brown & Co, 2023.

Brown, Peter. Mr. Tiger goes wild. NY: Little brown and Co., 2013.

            (2014 Boston Globe/ Horn Book illustrator award, and others)

Celenza, Anna Harwell. Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Illus. Don Tate. Watertown, MA: 

Charlesbridge, 2011. (Music CD included) 

Charles, Tami. All Because you matter. Illus. Bryan Collier. NY: Orchard/ Scholastic, 2020.

Cohen, Paula. Big dreams, small fish. Montclair, NY: Levine Querido, 2022.

            (2023 Sydney Taylor Honor award)

Cronin, Doreen. Click, clack, Moo, cows that type. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

            (2001 Caldecott Honor book)

De La Pena, Matt. Last stop on Market Street. Illus. Christian Robinson. NY: GP Putnam sons/

 Penguin group, 2015.   ( 2016 Newbery Medal, Corretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 

and a Caldecott Honor) 

De Seve, Randall.  This story is not about a kitten. Illus. Carson Ellis. NY: Random House 

Studio, 2022. 

Denise, Christopher. Knight Owl.  NY: Little, Brown and Co, 2022. (2023 Caldecott Honor)

Diterlizzi, Angela & Tony. A very cranky book. NY: Quill tree books/ HarperCollins, 2023.

Doerrfeld, Cori. The Rabbit Listened. NY: Dial books/ PenguinRandom, 2018.

Donaldson, Jula. The Gruffalo. NY: Dial Books, 1999.

Dyckman, Ame. Dandy. Illus. Charles Santoso. NY: Little Brown & Co., 2019.

Ferneyhough, Liza. Nana, Nenek, & Nina. NY: Dial Books for young readers, 2022.

            (2023 ALA Asian Pacific American Award.)

Ferry, Beth. The Scarecrow.  Illus. The Fan Brothers. NY: Harper, 2019.

Fraser, Lu. The littlest Yak. Illus. Kate Hindley. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree, 2020.

Gehl, Laura and Tom Lichtenheld. One big pair of underwear. NY: Beach Lane Books/

 Simon&Schuster, 2014. 

    ….   One big pair of underwear, (board book) NY: Little Simon. 2018. (contains full text)

    ….   Peep and Egg, I’m not hatching. (board book) NY: Little Simon. 2016.

    ….   Peep and Egg, I’m not Trick-or-treating. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016.

Goade, Michaela. Berry song.  NY: Little, Brown and Co, 2022.

            (2023 Caldecott Medal Honor book, Notable Children’s books)

Going, K.L.  Dog in Charge. Illlus. Dan Santat. NY: Dial books, 2012.

Gordon, Gus. Herman and Rosie. Neal Porter books/ Roaring Brook Press,, 2013.

Hennessy, B.G. The once upon a time Map Book, take a tour of six enchanted lands. Cambridge, 

MA: Candlewick press, 1999.

Hobernam, Mary Ann. The seven silly eaters. Illus. Marla Frazee. NY: Browndeer Press/ 

Harcourt Brace & Co, 1997.

Higgins, Carter. Big and small and in-between. Illus. Daniel Miyares. San Francisco, CA: 

Chronicle Books, 2022.  (2023 Geisel Award)

Knudsen, Michelle. Library Lion. Illus. Kevin Hawkes. 2006.  (many awards) 

    ….   Marilyn’s Monster. Illus. Matt Phelan. Sommerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2015.

Lindstrom, Carole. We are water protectors. Illus Michaels Goade. NY: Roaring Brook Press,

             2020.  (2021 Caldecott Award)

McGinty, Alice B. Bathe the cat. Illus. David Roberts. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2021.

Messner, Kate. Once upon a book. Illus. Grace Lin. NY: Little Brown and Co., 2023.

            (Caldecott Honoree Illustrator Grace Lin forces you to read the book twice – once for the

 story and twice for the illustrations, to find the rabbit she put on every page and to 

appreciate how the girl’s dress changes on each page.)

Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. NY: Neal Porter Books/ Holiday House, 2018.

Munsch, Robert. The paper bag princess.  Illus Michael Martchenko. Toronto, Canada: Annick

 Press Ltd., 1980.

Noll, Amanda. I need my monster. Illus. Howard McWilliam. Brooklyn, NY: Flashlight Press,


Oliver, Carmen. Bears make the best reading buddies. Illus, Jean Claude. North Mankato, MN: Picture window books/ Capstone, 2016.

Nambi, Shoshana. The very best Sukkah, a story from Uganda. Illus Moran Yogev. Moosic, PA:

 Kalaniot Books, 2022. 

(2023 Coretta Scott King author award, National Jewish book award)

Nickel, Sandra. Big bear and the little fish. Minneapolis, MN:  Carolrhoda Books, 2022.

            (2023 Charlette Huck Award)

Petty, Dev.  I don’t want to be a frog. Illus. Mike Boldt. NY: Doubleday, 2015.

Portis, Antoinette.  A seed Grows. NY: Neal Porter books, Holiday House, 2022.

            (2023 Sibert honor award, Geisel honor award)

Rinker, Sherri Duskey. Goodnight, goodnight, construction site.  Illus. Tom Lichenneld. 

            San Francisco, CA: Chronicle, 2011. (I read the board book version)

Salati, Doug. Hot Dog. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2022. (2023 Caldecott Medal Award)

Savage, Stephen. SuperTruck. Neal Porter books/ Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

Scanlon, Liz Garton. Noodle & Lou. Illus. Arthur Howard. NY: Beach Lane Books/ Simon &

 Schuster, 2011.

    ….   One dark bird.  Illus. Frann Preston-Gannon. NY: Beach Lane Books, 2019.

Shea, Bob. Chez Bob. N: Little, brown and Company, 2021.

Smalls. Irene. My Nana and me.  Illus. Cathy Ann Johnson. NY; Little Brown and Co., 2005.

Stein, David  Ezra.      Interrupting Chicken. Sommerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010.

            (2011 Caldecott honor book)

Sullivan, John. Kitten and the night watchman.  Illus. Taeeun Yoo. NY: Paula Wiseman book,

 Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Underwood, Deborah. Bearnard’s Book. Illus Misa Saburi. NY: Henry Holt and Co, 2019.

Vischer, Frans.  A Very Fuddles Christmas. NY: Aladdin/ Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Wallmark, Laurie. Rivka’s presents. Illus. Adelina Lirius. NY: Random house, 2023.

    ….   Her eyes on the stars – Maria Mitchell, astronomer. Berkeley, CA: Creston

 Books, 2023. 

Watt, Melanie. Scaredy squirrel makes a friend. Tonowanda, NY & Toronto, ON, 2007.

Wheeler, Lisa. Someone builds the dream. Illus Loren Long. NY: Dial books for young readers/

 Penguin Random, 2021.  (heavy construction of the plans others make)

White, Dianne. Dark on Light. Illus. Felicita Sala. NY: Beach Lane Books/ Simon & Schuster, 


    ….   Green on Green. Illus. Felicita Sala. NY: Beach Lane Books/ Simon & Schuster, 2020.

Willems, Mo.  Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs. NY: Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins, 2012.

Windness, Kaz. Bitsy Bat, school star. NY: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2023.

Yoon, Salina. Be a Friend. NY: Bloomsbury, 2016.


Nonfiction Picture Books


J 620.136     Theule, Larissa. Concrete from the ground up. Illus Steve Light. Sommerville, MA:

     Candlewick Press. 2022.  (2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Books)



I Can Read


Emberley, Michael.  I did it!  NY: Holiday House, 2022. (2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

 winning Book)

Dubois, Liz Goulet. That egg is mine! Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2022. 

            (2023 Crystal Kite Award, New England Region)

Iwai, Melissa. Gigi and Ojiji.  NY: Harper, 2022. (2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book)

Madan, Vikram. Owl and Penguin. NY: Holiday House, 2022. 

(2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book)

Ruzzier, Sergio. Fish and Wave.  I Can Read Comics. NY: Harper/Alley, 2022. 

(not a graphic style.  Not a comic.) (2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book)




 Anderson, M.T. (Tobin)  Elf Dog and Owl Head.   Illus.  Junyi Wu. Somerville, MA: 

Candlewick Press, 2023. 

Bramucci, Stephen. Race for the Ruby Turtle. NY: Bloomsbury children’s books, 2023.

Christmas, Johnnie. Swim Team- small waves, big changes. NY: HarperAlley/ HarperCollins, 

2022.  (graphic novel) (2022 National Book Award Long list) 

(2023 Coretta Scott King Honor book)  

Clayton, Dhonielle.  The Marvellers. NY: Henry Holt and Co, 2022. (Texas Bluebonnet winner)

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

Jordan, Anna.  Shira & Esther’s double dream debut. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books,

2023.  (told in present tense by a narrator who keeps inserting his own amusing comments, explaining what’s happening and translating parts to English for the reader.)

King, Amy Sarig. Attack of the black rectangles. NY: Scholastic Press, 2022. 

            (She is an ALA Margaret A. Edwards award winner. I happen to have met both her and

 the author she features in this story – Jane Yolen. Based on a true story about what

happened to Jane’s book The Devil’s Arithmetic. Sure to be banned in Florida

 because “Attack…”  features censorship of books.)

Lowry, Lois. The Winderby puzzle, history and story. NY: Clarion Books/ HarperCollins, 2023.

Luqman-Dawson, Amina. Freewater.  Boston: Little Brown and Co, 2022.

            (2023 Newbery Medal)

Nash, Mary.  Mrs. Coverlet’s magicians. Boston: Little Brown and Co, 1961. (I was surprised to

 find this at my local library. Their copy is 47 years old and still in good shape.)

Soontornvat, Christina.  The Last Mapmaker. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2022.

            (2023 Newbery honor book, plus other awards) 

Sutanto, Jesse o.  Theo Tan and the fox spirit. NY: Feiwel and Friends, 2022.

    ….   Theo Tan and the Iron Fan. NY: Feiwel and Friends, 2023.  

            (The author of the fun adult book, Dial A for Auntie, this delves into Asian based


Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Mr. Whiskers and the shenanigan sisters. NY: Alfred A. Knopf/

 Penguin Random House, 2023. 

(I’ve tried writing several stories from the viewpoint of a dog, but this one is the best!)

Wrede, Patricia. The dark lord’s daughter. (possibly book 1) NY: Random House, 2023.

            ( I can’t wait for the next book in this series.)

Yang, Kelly. Front desk. NY: Scholastic, 2018.  (2019 Asian Pacific American Award)

    ….   Three Keys, a front desk novel. NY: Scholastic, 2020.

    ….   Room to Dreama front desk novel. NY: Scholastic, 2021. 

    ….   Key Playera front desk novel. NY: Scholastic, 2022.

    ….   New from here. NY: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2022.

    ….   Finally Seen. NY: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2023.  (mentions book banning)



YA Fiction:


Springer, Nancy. Enola Holmes and the black barouche. NY: Wednesday Books/ St. Martin’s,

 2021. (this series is now a popular movie series)

    ….   Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade. NY: Wednesday Books/ St. Martin’s,


    ….   Enola Homes and the mark of the mongoose. NY: Wednesday books/ St. Martin’s Press,


Urban, Linda. Talk Santa to Me. NY: Atheneum/ Simon & Schuster, 2022.

            (Excellent, by a graduate and now faculty member of VCFA)

Wrede, Patricia and Caroline Stevermer. The Grand Tour or the purloined coronation regalia – 

being a revelation of matters of high confidentiality and greatest importance, including

 extracts from the intimate diary of a noblewoman and the sworn testimony of a lady of quality. NY: Harcourt Inc., 2004.




JB Bartali        Hoyt, Megan. Bartali’s Bicycle, the true story of Gino Bartali, Italy’s secret hero.

 NY: Quill Tree Books / HarperCollins, 2021. 

JB Barton        Friddell, Claudia. To the Front! Clara Barton braves the battle of Antietam.

            Illus. Christopher Cyr. NY: Calkins Creek/ Astra Books, 2022. 

JB Gilmore.    Rockliff, Mara. Sweet Justice, Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery bus boycott. 

            Illus. R. Gregory Christie. NY: Rando House Studio, 2022. (ALA Sibert Honor book)

JB Heumann   Cocca-Leffler, MaryAnn. Fighting for Yes!  The story of disability rights activist

 Judith Heumann. With a note from Judith Heumann.  Illus: Vivien Mildenberger. NY: 

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2022. 

JB Heumann   Pimentel, Annette.  All the Way to the Top, How one Girl’s Fight for American

 with Disabilities Act Changed Everything.  Illus. Nabi Ali.   Naperville, IL:  Sourcebooks

 Explore, 2020.

JB Knox          Silvey, Anita. Henry Knox -- bookseller, soldier, patriot. Illus: Wendell Minor.

NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ Clarion Books, 2010.

JB Ocasio-Cortez        Denise, Anika Aldamuy. Phenomenal AOC, the roots and rise of 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Illus. Loris Lora. NY: HarperCollins, 2022. 

            (2023 Pura Belpre’ Illustrator Honor award)

JB Winton       Sis, Peter. Nicky & Vera, a quiet hero of the Holocaust and the children he 

rescued. NY: Norton Young Readers, 2021.

GN J B Santat, Dan. A first time for everything. NY: First Second/ Roaring Brook Press,

 2023. (Graphic novel memoir) (National Book Award Winner- young people’ literature) 





J Butler           Zoboi, Ibi. Star Child, a biographical constellation of Octovia Estelle Butler.

            NY: Dutton, 2022.  

YA-B Heumann          Heumann, Judith with Kristen Joiner. Rolling Warrior – The incredible, 

sometimes awkward true story of a rebel girl on wheels who helped spark a Revolution

Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2021.  (A great Read; better than her adult autobiography.)

J Pinkney        Pinkney, Jerry. Just Jerry – how drawing shaped my life, a memoir. NY: Little,

 Brown and Company, 2023.




J 333.9541      O’Connell, Jennifer.  Elephants Remember, a true story. Thomaston, MA: 

Tilbury House publishers, 2022.  

J 362.779        Yang, Kao Kalia. From the tops of the trees. Illus. Rachel Wada. Mn: Carolrhoda

 Books, 2021. 

(2023 Asian/Pacific American Award for picture books. 2022 Notable Award.)

YA 688.7        Stone, Tanya Lee.  The good, the bad, and the Barbie; a doll’s history and her 

impact on us – Unauthorized.  NY: Viking/ Penguin, 2010. 

YA GN 920.72           Anderson, Laurie Halse, editor. Wonderful Women of the World

            Crowfordsville, IN: DC Comics, 2021.   

(short, graphic novel type biographies of 24 women)  


J 940.5318      Stiefel, Chana.  The tower of life, how Yaffa Eliach rebuilt her town in stories and

 photographs.  Illus. Susan Gal.  NY: Scholastic Press, 2022.  (2023 Sydney Taylor Book

 Award, Robert F. Sibert Honor book, and Russell Freedman Nonfiction Award)

J 940.5449      Stone, Tanya Lee. Peace is a Chain Reaction, How World War II Japanese 

balloon bombs brought people of two nations, together. Somerville, MA: Candlewick 

Press, 2022.     

J 973.0496      Weatherford, Carole Boston. Standing in the need of prayer, a modern retelling of 

the classic spiritual. Illus. Frank Morrison. NY: Crown BFYR, 2022. 

            (2023 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award)

976.6   Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon, the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI.

            NY:  Crown books for young readers/Random House, 2021. (the YA version)

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