41 Essential Purchases, Including Music, Bilingual Books, & Graphic Novels from Remy Lai | Starred Reviews, March 2022

Music recommendations for the classroom, transitional books, and a lovely read for Mother's Day are included in this month's 41 starred reviews, spanning picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and more.


All One Tribe. Performed by various artists. Aya World Productions. 

All the Ladies. Performed by Joanie Leeds. Joanie Leeds. 

Seconds. Performed by Ben Tatar & the ­Tatar Tots. Ben Tatar Music.



Marino, Gianna. Waiting for Mama. Viking.


Picture Books

Acosta, Alicia. Pumpkin and Me. illus. by Mercè Galí. NubeOcho.

Alary, Laura. Sun in My Tummy. illus. by Andrea Blinick. Pajama. 

Gómez, Blanca. Dress-Up Day. Abrams. 

Imapla. Lola Loves Animals. minedition. 

Isern, Susanna. Zorro dice mentiras. illus. by Leire Salaberria. NubeOcho.

Raúl the Third. My Nap, Mi Siesta: A Coco Rocho Book. illus. by Raúl the Third & Elaine Bay. Clarion/Versify. 

Raúl the Third. My Party, Mi Fiesta: A Coco Rocho Book. illus. by Raúl the Third & Elaine Bay. Clarion/Versify. 

WILSON, Ciara & Russell Wilson with JaNay Brown-Wood. Why Not You? illus. by Jessica Gibson. Random. 

Yvette, Latonya. The Hair Book. illus. by Amanda Jane Jones. Sterling. 


Transitional Books

Applegate, Katherine. Doggo and Pupper Save the World. illus. by Charlie Alder. Feiwel & Friends. 


Chapter Books

Allen, Kari. Maddie and Mabel. illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. Kind World. 

Delahaye, Rachel. Little Owl Rescue. illus. by Suzie Mason & Artful Doodlers. Tiger Tales.


Middle Grade

Elliott, L.M. Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Morpurgo, Michael. The Puffin Keeper. illus. by Benji Davies. Puffin Canada.

Nannestad, Katrina. We Are Wolves. Atheneum. 



Castle, Jacqui. The Chasm. Inkshares.

Diederich, Phillippe. Diamond Park. Dutton. 

Emezi, Akwaeke. Bitter. Knopf. 

Gow, Robin. A Million Quiet Revolutions. Farrar.

Lee, Mackenzi. The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 

Schwartz, Dana. Anatomy: A Love Story. Wednesday Bks. 

Wilson, Kip. The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin. Clarion/Versify. 

Woodfolk, Ashley. Nothing Burns as Bright as You. Clarion/Versify.


Graphic Novels

Gao, Laura. Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

Lai, Remy. Rainbow the Koala. Holt.

Lai, Remy. Star the Elephant. Holt. 

Liu, Marjorie. Wingbearer. illus. by Teny Issakhanian. HarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

Venable, Colleen AF. Best Friends for Never. illus. by Stephanie Yue. Random. 

Willis, Maggie Edkins. Smaller Sister. Roaring Brook. 



Atkins, Jeannine. Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science. Atheneum. 

Bulion, Leslie. Serengeti: Plains of Grass. illus. by Becca Stadtlander. Peachtree. 

Ganeri, Anita. Forest Fighter: The Story of Chico Mendes. illus. by Margaux Carpentier. Crocodile. 

Nature and Me: A Guide to the Joys and Excitements of the Outdoors. illus. by Tyla Mason. The School of Life. 

Sanderson, Ruth. A Storm of Horses: The Story of Artist Rosa Bonheur. Crocodile. 

Zimmer, Marc. Science and the Skeptic: Discerning Fact from Fiction. Twenty-First Century Bks. 

Zimmermann, Laura K. Mushroom Rain. illus. by Jamie Green. Sleeping Bear.

Zoboi, Ibi. Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler. Dutton. 

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