44 Stellar Books, Including Hi-Lo and Graphic Novels | Starred Reviews, September 2023

This month Donna Barba Higuera's latest novel is a must-have, Phillip Pullman returns to the world of 'His Dark Materials' and the duo of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen ask, 'How does Santa go down the chimney?'

The Truth About Dragons (Leung) ©2023 by Hanna Cha
The Truth About Dragons (Leung) ©2023 by Hanna Cha



Barnes, Derrick. Santa’s Gotta Go! illus. by Courtney Lovett. Penguin. 

Barnett, Mac. How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick. 

Berkowitz, Leah. The Moving-Box Sukkah. illus. by Sharon Vargo. Apples & Honey.

Cummings, Troy. Otto the Ornament. Random. 

Ferry, Beth. The Christmassy Cactus. illus. by A.N. Kang. HarperCollins. 

Kleinrock, Liz. Come and Join Us! illus. by Chaaya Prabhat. HarperCollins. 

Takahashi, J.P. Tokyo Night Parade. illus. by Minako Tomigahara. HarperCollins. 

Weissman, Elissa Brent. Hanukkah Upside Down. illus. by Omer Hoffmann. Abrams. 

Willan, Alex. Elves Are the Worst! S. & S. 


Picture Books

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hey, Baby Girl! illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic. 

Leung, Julie. The Truth About Dragons. illus. by Hanna Cha. Holt.

Mahdavi, Azam. Empty and Me. illus. by Maryam Tahmasebi. Lee & Low. 

Minor, Rachel Montez. See You on the Other Side. illus. by Mariyah Rahman. Crown. 

Ortega, Mirelle. River of Mariposas. Cameron. 

Quang, Phùng Nguyên. My Grandfather’s Song. illus. by Hunh Kim Liên. Random. 

Smith, Lane. Stickler Loves the WorldRandom House Studio. 


Stickler Loves the World (Smith) ©2023 by Lane Smith
Stickler Loves the World (Smith) ©2023 by Lane Smith


Transitional Books

Mora, Julissa. Baking with Mi Abuelita. Random. 

Faruqi, Saadia. Ali the Great and the Market Mishap. illus. by Debby Rahmalia. Capstone. 


Middle Grade

Arango, Andrea Beatriz. Something Like HomeRandom. 

Higuera, Donna Barba. Alebrijes. Levine Querido. 

Lim, Rebecca. Tiger DaughterDelacorte. 

Marrero, Letisha. Salsa Magic. Levine Querido. 

Pullman, Philip. Once Upon a Time in the North. illus. by Chris Wormell. Knopf. 



Ferguson, Jen. Those Pink Mountain Nights. HarperCollins. 

King, A.S, ed. The Collectors: StoriesDutton. 

Lord, Emery. All That’s Left to SayBloomsbury. 

Metoui, Meriam. A Guide to the Dark. Holt. 

Sawyerr, Hannah V. All the Fighting Parts. Abrams. 

Wellington, Joelle. Their Vicious GamesS. & S. 


Graphic Novels

Hatke, Ben. Things in the BasementFirst Second. 

Larson, Hope. Be That WayHoliday House. 

Redford, Ruth. Period: The Quick Guide to Every Uterus. illus. by Aitana Giráldez. Mayo Clinic Pr. 

Steinkellner, Emma. Nell of Gumbling: My Extremely Normal Fairy-Tale Life. Labyrinth Road. 

Sterling, Zachary. Mabuhay!: A Graphic Novel. Scholastic/Graphix. 


The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln (Arroyo) ©2023 by Jacqui Davis
The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln (Arroyo) ©2023 by Jacqui Davis


The ABCs of Baby’s Needs: A Sign Language Book for Babies. illus. by Loris Lora. little bee.

Arroyo, Raymond. The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln. illus. by Jacqui Davis. Zonderkidz.

Kephart, Beth. Good Books for Bad Children: The Genius of Ursula Nordstrom. illus. by Chloe Bristol. Random.

Hohn, Nadia L., ed. The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes). illus. by Roza Nozari. Orca. 

Parrot-Ryan, Maria. Mysterious Glowing Mammals: An Unexpected Discovery Sparks a Scientific Investigation. Millbrook. 

Shaffer, Jody Jensen. Creep, Leap, Crunch!: A Food Chain Story. illus. by Christopher Silas Neal. Knopf.

Slater, Dashka. Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed. Farrar. 

Walker, Cameron. National Monuments of the U.S.A. illus. by Chris Turnham. Wide Eyed Eds. 



Burgoine, Nathan. Stuck with You. Lorimer. 

Liss, Jennifer. DoublesSaddleback. 

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