37 Titles Exemplary Picks, Including Audiobooks and the Latest from Traci Sorrell & Tae Keller| Starred Reviews, May 2022


Powerful women artists, poetry choices, and riveting historical fiction are featured in this month’s starred works.

Picture Books

Ashman, Linda. I Like This, You Like That. illus. by Eve Coy. Abrams/Appleseed.

Cousins, Lucy. A Good Place. Candlewick.

Hare, John. Field Trip to Volcano Island. Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson.

Higgins, Carter. Big and Small and In-Between. illus. by Daniel Miyares. Chronicle.

Lai, Thanhha. Hundred Years of Happiness. illus. by Nguyen Quang & Kim Lien. HarperCollins.

Lyons, Kelly Starling. My Hands Tell a Story. illus. by Tonya Engel. Reycraft.

Meddour, Wendy. Tisha and the Blossoms. illus. by Daniel Egneus. Candlewick.

Pumphrey, Jarrett & Jerome Pumphrey. Somewhere in the Bayou. Norton.

Sorell, Traci. Powwow Day. illus. by Madelyn Goodnight. charlesbridge.

Van, Muon Thi. I Love You Because I Love You. illus. by Jessica Love. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen.

Weatherford, CaroleBoston. Grandma and Me. illus. by Ashleigh Corrin. Jabberwocky.


Daly, Nikki. Fly High, Lolo. Catalyst.

Smallman, Steve. Maggie Sparks and the Monster Baby. illus. by Esther Hernando. Sweet Cherry.

Middle Grade

Ellis, Deborah. Step. Groundwood.

Keller, Tae. Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone. Random.

Kuo, Jane. In the Beautiful Country. HarperCollins/Quill Tree.

McDunn, Gillian. Honestly Elliott. Bloomsbury.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Turtle of Michigan. Greenwillow.

Rogers, Alexandria. The Witch, The Sword, and the Cursed Knights. Little, Brown.


Dwyer, Kristin. Some Mistakes Were Made . HarperTeen.

Goka, Ruby Yayra. Even When Your Voice Shakes. Norton.

Jackson, Kosoko. Survive the Dome. Sourcebooks/Fire.

Locke, Catherine. This Rebel Heart. Knopf.

McCrina, Amanda. The Silent Unseen: A Novel of World War II. Farrar.

graphic novels

Christmas, Johnnie. Swim Team. HarperAlley.


Caldwell, Stella. Pride: An Inspirational History of the LGBTQ+ Movement. Penguin Workshop.

Dommermuth-Costa, Carol & Anna Landsverk. Quiet Fire: Emily Dickinson’s Life and Poetry. Twenty First Century.

Dunlap, Julie. I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau. illus. by Megan Elizabeth Baratta. Tilbury.

Hirsch, Rebecca E. Where Have All the Birds Gone? Nature in Crisis. Twenty First Century.

Nelson, Marilyn. Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor’s Life. Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano.


Kooser, Ted & Connie Wanek. Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech. illus. by Richard Jones. Candlewick.

Transitional Books

Iwai, Melissa. Gigi and Ojiji. HarperCollins.


Bye, Emmanuel. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy. Macmillan Young Listeners.

Grandn, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: Adapted for Young Readers: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Listening Library.

Jahren, Hope. The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults): How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here. Listening Library.

Kendi, Ibram X. & Jason Reynolds. Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You. adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul. Hachette Audio.

Treuer, Anton. Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition. Dreamscape Audio.


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