39 Exemplary Titles from Vera Brosgol, Ellen Oh, & Rita Williams-Garcia| Starred Reviews, May 2021

Rita Williams-Garcia returns to YA, actor Channing Tatum aces his debut picture book, and Robert Burleigh scores two starred reviews. These and more can be found on this month's list of must-haves.

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Picture Books

Brosgol, Vera. Memory Jars. Roaring Brook.

Charles, Tami. Zuri Ray Tries Ballet. illus. by Sharon Sordo. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

Czekaj, Jef. Little Ghoul Goes to School. ­HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Diaz, Lucky. Paletero Man. illus. by Micah Player. HarperCollins/Harper.

Fontaine, Valérie. The Big Bad Wolf in My House. tr. from French by Shelley Tanaka. illus. by Nathalie Dion. Groundwood.

Gigot, Jami. Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie. Holt.

Karlins, Mark. Kiyoshi’s Walk. illus. by Nicole Wong. Lee & Low.

Lee, Huy Voun. Like a Dandelion. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Pearson, Tracey Campbell. Girls and Boys Come Out To Play. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson.

Perkins, Lynne Rae. The Museum of Everything. HarperCollins/Greenwillow.

Pyle, Nathan W. Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature. HarperCollins/Harper.

Soontornvat, Christina. The Ramble Shamble Children. illus. by Lauren Castillo. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen.

Tatum, Channing. The One and Only Sparkella. illus. by Kim Barnes. Feiwel & Friends.

Wade, Stef. Q and U Call It Quits. illus. by Jorge Martin. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

Zhu, Ben. Dessert Island. Roaring Brook.


Chapter Books

Quigley, Dawn. Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend. illus. by Tara Audibert. Heartdrum.


Middle Grade

Hagger-Holt, Sarah. Nothing Ever Happens Here. Yellow Jacket.

Hamza, Nina. Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

Melleby, Nicole. How To Become a Planet. Algonquin.

Oh, Ellen. Finding Junie Kim. HarperCollins/Harper.

Youngblood, Leslie C. Forever This Summer. Little, Brown.



Abtahi, Olivia. Perfectly Parvin. Putnam.

Choi, Mary H.K. Yolk. S. & S.

Garrett, Camryn. Off the Record. Knopf.

King, A.S. Switch. Dutton.

Lee, Emery. Meet Cute Diary. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

Lee, Stacey. Luck of the Titanic. Putnam.

McLemore Anna-Marie. The Mirror Season. Feiwel & Friends.

North, Phoebe. Strange Creatures. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. A Sitting in St. James. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.


Graphic Novels

Durand, Élodie. Parenthesis. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. Top Shelf Comics.

McGrane, Madeline. The Accursed Vampire. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

Mercado, Yehudi. Chunky. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen.



Barone, Rebecca E.F. Race to the Bottom of the Earth: Surviving Antarctica. Holt.

Burleigh, Robert. Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea. illus. by Wendell Minor. Holiday House/Neal Porter.

Burleigh, Robert. Wilbur Wright Meets Lady Liberty. illus. by Wendell Minor. Holt/Christy Ottaviano.

Esperón, María García. The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas. tr. from Spanish by David Bowles. illus. by Amanda Mijangos. Levine Querido.

Riley, Scott. The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field. illus. by Nguyen Quang & Kim Lien. Millbrook.

Yoo, Paula. From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement. Norton.

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