25 Fascinating Titles from Erica Martin, Laura Gehl, Ernesto Cisneros, & More | Starred Reviews, January 2022

Moving poetry, thought-provoking nonfiction, and an adorable Valentine's title are among this month's 25 starred reviews, spanning picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and more.

Two at the Top (Krishnaswami) ©2021 by Christopher Corr


Keller, Joy. Valenslime. illus. by Ashley Belote. Feiwel & Friends. 

Stein, Joel Edward. Raquela’s Seder. illus. by Sara Ugolotti. ­­Kar-Ben. 


Picture Books

Brown, Meredith Crandall. Milk and Juice: A Recycling Romance. HarperCollins/Harper. 

Diggs, Taye. Why?: A Conversation About Race. illus. by Shane W. Evans. Feiwel & Friends. 

Gehl, Laura. Apple and Magnolia. illus. by Patricia Metola. Flyaway.

Holt, Hannah. A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken. illus. by Korwin Briggs. Roaring Brook. 

Lloyd-Jones, Sally. Tiny Cedric. illus. by Rowboat Watkins. Random/Anne Schwartz. 

Sellers, Bakari. Who Are Your People? illus. by Reggie Brown. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 


Chapter Books

Hale, Shannon & Dean Hale. The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess. illus. by LeUyen Pham. Candlewick. 


Middle Grade

Bryant, Megan E. Abby in Between. Penguin Workshop. 

Bury, Katryn. Drew Leclair Gets a Clue. Clarion. 

Cisneros, Ernesto. Falling Short. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

Saeed, Aisha. Omar Rising. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. 



Burton, Jessie. Medusa. illus. by Olivia Lomenech Gill. Bloomsbury. 

Hutchinson, Shaun David. Before We Disappear. HarperTeen. 

Len, Vanessa. Only a Monster. HarperTeen. 

Rhodes, Morgan. Echoes and Empires. Penguin/Razorbill. 

Vedder, Leslie. The Bone Spindle. Penguin/Razorbill. 

Velez, Angela. Lulu and Milagro’s Search for Clarity. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 


Graphic Novels

Castellanos, Alexis. Isla to Island. S. & S./Atheneum.

Fairbairn, Nathan. PAWS: Gabby Gets It Together. illus. by Michele Assarasakorn. Penguin/Razorbill. 



Debbink, Andrea. Creatures. illus. by Asia Orlando. Quirk.

Krishnaswami, Uma. Two at the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest. illus. by Christopher Corr. Groundwood. 

MARTIN, Jetta Grace, Joshua Bloom, & Waldo E. Martin. Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party. Levine Querido.


Martin, Erica. And We Rise. Viking. 

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