December 2017 Starred Reviews of 2018 Titles

2017 titles are pretty much wrapped up at this point. Starred reviews will continue to trickle in for 2017 books over the next few months and I will add them to the starred reviews spreadsheet as they do, but I’m ready to move on to 2018 books!

December 2017 stars tally for 2018 titles:

  • 159 books published in 2018 have been awarded 224 starred reviews as of the end of December.  2 books have 4 starred reviews, 13 books have 3 starred reviews, 33 books have 2 starred reviews, 111 books have 1 starred review.

4 starred reviews: 2 books – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies moves up from 3 stars

the girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book cover

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Printz Possibilities Wrap-Up

Now it’s time to talk Printz! Someday My Printz Will Come has crowned it’s Pyrite Winner and continues to vote for its Honor slate. My local Young Adult Librarian Discussion group (miss you all!) met earlier this month and named The Hate U Give as their Mock Printz winner with You Bring the Distant Near and Landscape with Invisible Hand as their Honors.

In general, The Hate U Give is cleaning up at Mock Awards – so if you are one of the few who haven’t read it yet? I suggest you get on that!

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the last Printz post are marked in bold. There’s a handful of picture books that have one review that hits age 12 with their ranges; I’ve excluded those because there’s plenty here to look at without them!

The Usual Disclaimers: The criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – this is just one way to identify titles to read if you enjoy following the awards like I do. Also, I am in no way affiliated with the official Printz committee.
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Newbery Possibilities Wrap-Up

Mock Award groups all over the country are reading their final books and preparing for their decisions; Heavy Medal is getting ready to vote online and the Oakland results are in! The actual ALA Youth Media Awards ceremony will be on Monday, February 12 beginning at 8 a.m. MT (woohoo! I can actually get up at a normal time this year!) and can be viewed here. Here’s my last round-up of titles that meet the Newbery criteria.

One note: some people clearly feel that One Last Word by Nikki Grimes could indeed be eligible. I still lean on the ineligible side due to the inclusion of previously published poems, but would be happy to be incorrect and wanted to recognize the varied opinions out there. Final decisions on eligibility are made by the Newbery Committee Chair and the Priority Group Consultant.

The usual disclaimer: I have no official connection to the Newbery Award or Committee – nothing I say here has any bearing on the Committee’s deliberations. I’m merely an avid fan and data nerd.

Brief reminder of the basic Newbery qualifications:

  • Children are defined as being up to and including the age of 14.
  • Books must be published in the U.S. first; titles originally published elsewhere are not eligible.
  • The author must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Here’s how the four lists break down:

  • List one: Novels solidly in the age range
  • List two: Everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc.
  • List three: YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old.
  • List four: What I think are ineligible titles – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons.

Of course, this list is just considering titles via the lens of starred reviews. There are many more ways to find worthy titles and I encourage you all to explore them as much as possible. Some years are like last year and The Girl Who Drank the Moon (5 starred reviews) takes home the medal, but you never know when it’s going to be a Moon Over Manifest year (2 starred reviews) or a Last Stop on Market Street (3 starred reviews and a picture book to boot) year!

As of the end of December there were 214 titles with three or more starred reviews. New titles are marked in bold.
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2017 Starred Reviews Wrap-Up

Starred reviews for 2017 books will continue trickling in for a few months, but with the December journals entered and the majority of reviews focusing on 2018 titles now this is going to be my last post rounding up 2017 starred reviews. As you’ll see below there’s almost no movement happening among 2017 titles at this point – in fact there’s just one book added to the 3+ stars list. There will be a separate post updating the list of 2018 starred titles for the December journal entries and there’s plenty of change happening there!

December 2017 stars tally:

  • 1093 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1882 starred reviews as of the end of December.
  • 4 books have 6 starred reviews, 29 books have 5 starred reviews, 58 books have 4 starred reviews, 123 books have 3 starred reviews, 233 books have 2 starred reviews, 646 books have 1 starred review.

The last list of all the 2017 titles are after the jump.

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November 2017 Starred Reviews

The end of the year is fast approaching – that means Best Book lists are arriving! PW, Kirkus, Horn Book and SLJ are already out – you can see them in my Best Books 2017 Spreadsheet. Booklist is announcing theirs via newsletter this week; the Bulletin Blue Ribbons won’t come out ’til January.

Several of the journals have switched over to primarily reviewing 2018 titles at this point so there’s fewer additions to the 2017 list than in previous months. However, the 2018 list is starting to build already – I’ve listed those here, but will probably do two separate posts next month once the December reviews are tallied.  I’m also still discovering online only starred reviews from Kirkus – if you see something I’ve missed please send it my way.

November 2017 stars tally:

  • 1079 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1861 starred reviews as of the end of November.
  • 4 books have 6 starred reviews, 29 books have 5 starred reviews, 58 books have 4 starred reviews, 122 books have 3 starred reviews, 228 books have 2 starred reviews, 638 books have 1 starred review.
  • 102 books published in 2018 have been awarded 131 starred reviews as of the end of November.  1 book has 4 starred reviews, 6 books have 3 starred reviews, 14 books have 2 starred reviews, 81 books have 1 starred review.

2018 Titles:

4 starred reviews: 1 book

3 starred reviews: 6 books

4 starred reviews (1 title):
The Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert, illus. Jim Tierney. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250147905. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews (6 titles):
The Cruel Prince. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310277. B, PW, SLJ.
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. B, K, SLJ.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. B, K, PW.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. B, PW, SLJ.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. B, K, PW.
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. K, PW, SLJ.

2017 titles are after the jump.

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Printz Possibilities Updated for October Stars

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the last Printz post are marked in bold. There’s a lot of them because it’s been so long since I had time to put this list together!

I do want to remind everyone that the criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – there are plenty of books out there that the real committee members will be looking at that aren’t on this list and some that are on both of these lists that they’ve probably already judged unworthy of serious consideration.
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October 2017 Starred Reviews

Not as many new titles, but some movement going on in this month’s stars: Long Way Down moves on to the six starred reviews list, Her Right Foot moving on to the five starred reviews list and we even have our first book of 2018 with three starred reviews: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black!

October 2017 stars tally:

  • 1056 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1800 starred reviews as of the end of October.
  • 4 books have 6 starred reviews, 20 books have 5 starred reviews, 60 books have 4 starred reviews, 116 books have 3 starred reviews, 232 books have 2 starred reviews, 624 books have 1 starred review.
  • 35 books published in 2018 have been awarded 42 starred reviews as of the end of October.  1 book has 3 starred reviews, 5 books have 2 starred reviews, 29 books have 1 starred review.

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September 2017 Starred Reviews

Fall is such a busy and exciting time in the book world! Book Award season is in full swing – The Marrow Thieves just won the Kirkus Prize; the National Book Award announced its shortlist (What Girls Are Made OfFar From the TreeI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterClayton Byrd Goes Underground; and American Street), and PW announced their Best of 2017 list.

As the year rushes towards its close, the September journals covered a pretty large chunk of the Fall publishing season – and there’s a very small smattering of 2018 titles with stars already! I won’t list 2018 titles here until something has at least 3 starred reviews, but you can check out the new page in the spreadsheet anytime. Also keep your eyes peeled for a link to the spreadsheet where I will track the 2017 best lists from the six journals I follow; it should appear on the site sometime this week.

We also have our first (Will it be the only?) picture book to receive six starred reviews appearing this month: When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

September 2017 stars tally:

  • 1000 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1707 starred reviews as of the end of September.
  • 3 books have 6 starred reviews, 20 books have 5 starred reviews, 56 books have 4 starred reviews, 109 books have 3 starred reviews, 226 books have 2 starred reviews, 586 books have 1 starred review.

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Newbery Possibilities Updated for August Stars

I’m back! It’s been awhile – between family things and preparing for and attending the Illinois Library Association’s annual conference (where I was on a panel discussion for the first time – slightly terrifying, but mostly fun!), my nerdy book stat stuff had to take a back seat.

I didn’t have a chance to update my list of possible Newbery contenders over the summer at all which means this is four months of added titles. Unfortunately, since that meant adding over 70 books it took me so long that the data is immediately out of date because it does not account for any September or October starred reviews (entering September reviews is next on my blog/spreadsheet list of to-dos). I will try to post another update once the September data is in since hopefully that will be a smaller task.

Please note that I have no official connection to the Newbery Award or Committee – nothing I say here has any bearing on the Committee’s deliberations. I’m merely an avid fan and data nerd. For people with far more experience who have actually served on the Newbery Committee I encourage you to check out SLJ’s Heavy Medal blog.

Also, welcome to my new readers; I’ve been seeing a significant increase in views this fall which is great! I would encourage you to read the Starred Reviews page for a list of which journals I track (there are many entities that give starred reviews out and I do not follow all of them) and an explanation of my notation system.

Brief reminder of the basic Newbery qualifications:

  • Children are defined as being up to and including the age of 14.
  • Books must be published in the U.S. first; titles originally published elsewhere are not eligible.
  • The author must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Here’s how the four lists break down:

  • List one: Novels solidly in the age range
  • List two: Everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc.
  • List three: YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old.
  • List four: What I think are ineligible titles – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons.

DIsclaimer: My eligibility rulings are far from final – I’m making my best guesses based on the terms and criteria and internet searches regarding citizenship/residency.

Also – please remember starred reviews do not have the same criteria as the Newbery. There are plenty of titles not on this list that the committee will likely be looking at for a variety of reasons.  This list is just one way to focus your reading, I encourage you to seek out excellent children’s literature in other places as well!

As of the end of August there were 161 titles with three or more starred reviews. New titles are marked in bold.
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August 2017 Starred Reviews

With the return of Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott it’s the official opening of Mock Awards season! For more mock awards fun be sure to check in with Guessing Geisel who have been going strong all summer and Someday My Printz Will Come once they return.

It’s also the opening of actual awards season with the announcement of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature longlist this morning and don’t forget to watch for the Kirkus Prize shortlist to be announced Tuesday, September 26.

UPDATE: Thanks to readers Avan and Matt who pointed out online only starred reviews for The Black Witch (from Booklist) and Lexie the Word Wrangler (from Kirkus). I’ve added both to the three star list now and updated the numbers below.

In the process of looking into that, I also discovered an online only starred review from Kirkus for Stanley’s Numbers. There may be more starred online only reviews from Kirkus, but I haven’t yet found an easy way to search that, so it’s going to take me a while to sift through those on the Kirkus website. I was able to double check Booklist through their advanced search function, so I don’t think I’ve missed anymore from them.

Please – I encourage anyone who notices something missing to let me know! I definitely appreciate the help.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to Kazia who pointed out that York: The Shadow Cipher was recorded with two different titles with two stars each (York and The Shadow Cipher) so actually has four stars!

UPDATE #3: Whelp, I’m on fire this month, friends! Thanks to Jennifer Schultz who pointed out that I cited When’s My Birthday? in one instance as What’s My Birthday? – a book that, to my knowledge, does not exist. That moved When’s My Birthday? up to the four stars list. Numbers and citations are updated below.

August 2017 stars tally:

  • 917 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1531 starred reviews as of the end of August.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 17 books have 5 starred reviews, 44 books have 4 starred reviews, 98 books have 3 starred reviews, 208 books have 2 starred reviews, 548 books have 1 starred review.

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