A Bevy of Board Books, Jacqueline Woodson's Latest Novel, & 46 other outstanding titles | Starred Reviews, July 2020

Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our July 2020 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, graphic novels, and audiobooks for children and teens.


Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our July 2020 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, graphic novels, and audiobooks for children and teens.

Board Books

Babin, Stéphanie. Matching Game Book: Zoom! illus. by Ben Newman.
––––. Whose Baby Is This? illus. by Camille Tisserand. ea vol: Chronicle/Twirl. 

Beer, Sophie. Kindness Makes Us Strong. Dial.

Brisson, Pat. Before We Eat: From Farm to Table. illus. by Mary Azarian. Tilbury.

Burach, Ross. I Love My Tutu Too! Scholastic. 

Burton, Jeffrey. The Wheels on the Dump Truck. illus. by Alison Brown. S. & S./Little Simon. 

Dee, Noor H. I Say As-Salamu ‘Alaykum.
––––. I Say Mashallah. ea vol: illus. by Iput. Islamic Foundation. 

Grant, Shauntay. My Hair Is Beautiful. photos by various. Nimbus. 

Huang, Yu-Hsuan. Peek-a-Boo Little Dinosaur. S. & S./Little Simon. 

Joosten, Michael. My Two Dads and Me. illus. by Izak Zenou. Doubleday. 

Lo, Rich. One, Two, Three Dim Sum: A Mandarin-English Counting Book. duopress. 

MCEWEN, Katharine. Who’s Hiding in the Woods?
––––. Who’s Hiding on the River?
ea vol: Candlewick/Nosy Crow.

Salguero, Andrés. Hello, Friend, Hola, Amigo! illus. by Sara Palacios. Scholastic. 

Surplice, Holly. Snow Still. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. 

Van Hout, Mies. From 1 to 10. Pajama Pr. p. 31.


Picture Books

Cabrera, Cozbi A. Me & Mama. S. & S./Denene Millner Bks. 

Irving, A.J. Dance Like a Leaf. illus. by Claudia Navarro. Barefoot. 

Underwood, Deborah. Every Little Letter. illus. by Joy Hwang Ruiz. Dial. 

Wahl, Phoebe. The Blue House. Knopf. 


Middle Grade

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Fighting Words. Dial. 

Carter, Caela. How To Be a Girl in the World. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Frost, Helen. All He Knew. Farrar. 

McKay, Hilary. The Time of Green Magic. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. 

Nayeri, Daniel. Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story). Levine Querido. 

Okorafor, Nnedi. Ikenga. Viking. 

Walters, Eric. The King of Jam Sandwiches. Orca. 

Woodson, Jacqueline. Before the Ever After. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. 



Cuthew, Lucy. Blood Moon. Candlewick/Walker. 

Córdova, Zoraida. Wayward Witch. Sourcebooks/Fire. 

Deonn, Tracy. Legendborn. S. & S./Simon Pulse. 

Johnson, Lora Beth. Goddess in the Machine. Razorbill. 

Murphy, Julie. Faith: Taking Flight. Harper-Collins/Balzer + Bray. 

Murphy, Emily Bain. Splinters of Scarlet. HMH. 

Reed, Christina Hammonds. The Black Kids. S & S. 


Graphic Novels

Dachez, Julie. Invisible Differences: A Story of Asperger’s, Adulting and Living a Life in Full Color. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. illus. by Mademoiselle Caroline. Oni. 

Howard, Abby. The Last Halloween: Book 1; Children. Iron Circus. 

Hughes, Kiku. Displacement. First Second. 

Hirsch, Andy. Rocks and Minerals: Geology from Caverns to the Cosmos. First Second. 



Chin, Jason. Your Place in the Universe. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks.

Jensen, Kelly. Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy. Algonquin. 

McKenna, Miles. Out!: How To Be Your Authentic Self. Abrams/Amulet. 



Elliott, Joseph. The Good Hawk. Brilliance Audio. 

Myers, Walter Dean. 145th Street: Short Stories. Listening Library. 

Myers, B.R. Rogue Princess. Dreamscape Audio. 

Reynolds, Jason & Ibram X. Kendi. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Hachette Audio. 

Stone, Nic. Clean Getaway. 

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