2017 Titles with Starred Reviews – a First Look

I started this post almost two months ago. I was experimenting with using citations so the list would be more easily printable. Given that it took me this long, it’s likely I won’t keep up with the citations, so enjoy them while they’re here. I’m a little rusty on citations, so my apologies if I’ve noted something wrong – especially in the publishing/imprints. Also it’s immediately out of date since it doesn’t take into account any 2017 journals – this is just 2017 titles that received stars in 2016 journals.

As of December 31 there are 157 books either published or due to be published in 2017 that have received 244 stars.

4 starred reviews: 7 books

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3 starred reviews: 17 books

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Citations:

4 starred reviews (7 titles):
Flying Lessons and Other Stories.
Ellen Oh, ed. Crown. ISBN 9781101934593. B, K, SLJ, PW.
A Greyhound, a Groundhog. Emily Jenkins, illus. by Chris Appelhans. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. ISBN 9780553498059. B, K, SLJ, PW.
History Is All You Left Me. Adam Silvera. SoHo Press/SoHo Teen. ISBN 9781616956929. B, K, SLJ, PW.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury. 9781619635548. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Molly Bang. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 9780545805414. B, K, PW, SLJ.
We Are Okay. Nina LaCour. Penguin/Dutton. 9780525425892. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250076366. B, HB, K, PW.

3 starred reviews (17 titles):
Allegedly. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Teagen. 9780062422644. B, K, PW.
American Street. Ibi Zoboi. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062473042. B, K, PW.
Antoinette. Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Christian Robinson. 9781481457835. B, K, PW.
Dreamland Burning. Jennifer Latham. Little, Brown. 9780316384933. B, K, SLJ.
Egg. Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062408723. K, PW, SLJ.
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Floyd Cooper. HarperCollins. 9780060277093. B, PW, SLJ.
The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062498533. B, K, PW.
Hello Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414151. B, K, PW.
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481468244. B, K, PW.
Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood. Patricia C. McKissack, ed., illus. by Brian Pinkney. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780375870880. K, PW, SLJ.
A List of Cages. Robin Roe. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484763803. B, K, PW.
Little Fox in the Forest. Stephanie Graegin. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553537895. B, K, PW.
The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power. Ann Bausum. National Geographic Kids. 9781426326653. K, PW, SLJ.
The Murderer’s Ape. Jakob Wegelius. Random House/Delacorte. 9781101931752. B, K, PW.
Optimists Die First. Susin Nielsen. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9780553496901. K, PW, SLJ.
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. Tonya Bolden. Abrams. 9781419714559. K, PW, SLJ.
The Secret Project. Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481469135. B, K, PW.

2 starred reviews (32 titles):
ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet. Juana Medina. Penguin/Viking. 9781101999783. B, SLJ.
Big Cat, Little Cat. Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook. 9781626723719. K, PW.
Bull. David Elliott. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544610606. B, K.
Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism. Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. Henry Holt. 9780805098358. B, K.
Fire Color One. Jenny Valentine. Penguin/Philomel. 9780399546921. BCCB, K.
Forever, or a Long, Long Time. Caela Carter. HarperCollins. 9780062385680. K, SLJ.
Gorilla Down. Gill Lewis, illus. by Susan Meyer. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481486576. K, PW.
Grand Canyon. Jason Chinn. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781596439504. B, PW.
The Harlem Charade. Natasha Tarpley. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545783873. K, PW.
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Kelly Jensen, ed. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616205867. K, PW.
Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. Mary Losure. Candlewick. 9780763670634. K, SLJ.
Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of. Martin Brown. Scholastic/David Fickling. 9781338089349. B, K.
Life in a Fishbowl. Len Vlahos. Bloomsbury. 9781681190358. B, PW.
Life on Mars. Jon Agee. Penguin/Dial. 9780399538520. K, SLJ.
The Lotterys Plus One. Emma Donoghue, illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545925815. K, PW.
Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. Patricia Hruby Powell, illus. by Shadra Strickland. Chronicle. 9781452125909. B, K.
Me and Marvin Gardens. Amy Sarig King. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545870740. PW, SLJ.
Noisy Night. Mac Barnett, illus. by Brian Biggs. Roaring Brook. 9781596439672. B, K.
Piecing Me Together. Renée Watson. Bloomsbury. 9781681191058. K, PW.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet. Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545722889. K, PW.
See You in the Cosmos. Jack Cheng. Penguin/Dial. 9780399186370. K, PW.
Silver Stars. Michael Grant. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062342188. B, K.
Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis. Jeannine Atkins. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481459051. B, K.
This House, Once. Deborah Freedman. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481442848. K, PW.
Tony. Ed Galing, Illus. by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723085. K, PW.
Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. HarperCollins. 9780062455734. K, PW.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook. 9781596439542. B, K.
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick. 9780763664329. B, K.
Velocity. Chris Wooding. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545944946. K, PW.
The Warden’s Daughter. Jerry Spinelli. Knopf. 9780375831997. K, PW.
What Will Grow? Jennifer Ward, illus. by Susie Ghahremani. Bloomsbury. 9781681190303. PW, SLJ.
When Morning Comes. Arushi Raina. Tradewind. 9781896580692. K, PW.

1 star (101 titles):
10 Things I Can See From Here. Carrie Mac. Knopf. 9780399556258. K.
Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears. Jessica Olien. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062451774. BCCB.
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights. Deborah Kops. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629793238. K.
Another Castle: Grimoire. Andrew Wheeler, illus. by Paula Ganucheau. Oni. 9781620103111. PW.
At the Edge of the Universe. Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481449663. K.
Beautiful Broken Girls. Kim Savage. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300593. K.
Becoming Bach. Tom Leonard. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722866. SLJ.
Bird, Balloon, Bear. Il Sung Na. Knopf. 9780399551550. K.
Blueberry Pancakes Forever. Angelica Banks, illus. by Stevie Lewis. Henry Holt. 9781627791564. K.
Bob, Not Bob! Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484723029. PW.
Braced. Alyson Gerber. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9780545902144. K.
Bronze and Sunflower. Cao Wenxuan. Candlewick. 9780763688165. PW.
Calico Girl. Jerdine Nolen. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481459815. K.
Captain Pug. Laura James, illus. by Eglantine Ceulemans. Bloomsbury. 9781681193809. SLJ.
Caraval. Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. 9781250095251. PW.
The Carpenter. Bruna Barros. Gibbs Smith. 9781423646761. K.
A Cat Named Swan. Holly Hobbie. Random House. 9780553537444. PW.
City of Saints & Thieves. Natalie C. Anderson. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399547584. PW.
A Crack in the Sea. H.M. Bouwman, illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399545191. PW.
Dad and the Dinosaur. Gennifer Choldenko, illus. by Dan Santat. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399243530. PW.
Daughter of the Pirate King. Tricia Levenseller. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250095961. PW.
Delivery. Aaron Meshon. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481441759. K.
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Sarah Green. Albert Whitman. 9780807516997. K.
Dreadnought. April Daniels. Diversion Books. 9781682300688. K.
Empress of a Thousand Skies. Rhoda Belleza. Penguin/Razorbill. 9781101999103. K.
The Ethan I Was Before. Ali Standish. HarperCollins. 9780062433381. PW.
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, illus. by Yutaka Houlette. Heyday. 9781597143584. K.
Freya. Matthew Lawrence. Macmillan/Imprint. 9781250088178. K.
Frogkisser. Garth Nix. Scholastic. 9781338052084. K.
Gem & Dixie. Sara Zarr. Harpercollins/B alzer + Bray. 9780062434593. B.
Girl Rising. Tonya Lee Stone. Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9780553511468. K.
The Goldfish Boy. Lisa Thompson. Scholastic. 9781338053944. K.
Goodbye Days. Jeff Zentner. Crown. 9780553524062. B.
Hair. Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick. 9780763679316. PW.
Harry Miller’s Run. David Almond, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick. 9780763689759. PW.
Heart to Heart. Lois Ehlert. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481480871. PW.
Hunted. Meagan Spooner. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062422286. K.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544586505. K.
Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush. Peter Lourie, illus. by Wendell Minor. Henry Holt. 9780805097573. B.
Just a Girl. Carrie Mesrobian. HarperCollins. 9780062349910. B.
A Kids’ Guide to America’s First Ladies. Kathleen Krull, illus. by Anna DiVito. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062381071. K.
The Land of Nod. Robert Louis Stevenson, illus. by Robert Hunter. Nobrow/Flying Eye. 9781911171041. PW.
Last Day on Mars. Kevin Emerson. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press. 9780062306715. K.
The Last of August. Brittany Cavallaro. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062398949. B.
Laundry Day. Jessixa Bagley. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723177. PW.
Legends’ Lair: Where History Is Made. Joe O’Brien. Dufour Editions/O’Brien Press. 9781847178268. K.
Mama’s Kisses. Kate McMullan, illus. Tao Nyeu. Penguin/Dial. 9780525428329. PW.
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming. J. Anderson Coats. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481464963. K.
Maresi. Maria Turtschaninoff. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419722691. B.
Marlo. Christopher Browne. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062441133. K.
Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet. Jonah Winter, illus. by C.F. Payne. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781101933527. SLJ.
Mighty Mighty Construction Site. Sherri Rinker Duskey, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle. 9781452152165. PW.
Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt. Mary Kay Carson, illus. by Tom Uhlman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544416710. K.
Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars. Martine Murray. Knopf. 9780399550409. SLJ.
MWD: Hell Is Coming Home. Brian David Johnson & Jan Egelson, illus. by Laila Milevski & Karl Stevens. Candlewick. 9780763657062. K.
My Valley. Claude Ponti, illus. by Alyson Waters. Elsewhere Editions. 9780914671626. K.
Nemesis. Brendan Reichs. Penguin/Putnam. 9780399544934. K.
NewsPrints. Ru Xu. Scholastic/Graphix. 9780545803113. SLJ.
No More Bows. Samantha Coterill. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062408709. K.
North, South, East, West. Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Greg Pizzoli. HarperCollins/Haper. 9780060262785. K.
Nowhere Near You. Leah Thomas. Bloomsbury. 9781681191782. B.
Our Own Private Universe. Robin Talley. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen. 9780373211982. K.
Our Very Own Dog. Amanda McCardie, illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick. 9780763689483. K.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illus. by Ekua Holmes. 9780763680947. PW.
Pablo in the Snow. Teri Sloat, illus. by Rosalinde Bonnet. Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 9781627794121. B.
Perfect. Nicola Davies, illus. by Cathy Fisher. Graffeg/Trafalgar Square. 9781910862469. K.
A Perfect Day. Lane Smith. Roaring Brook. 9781626725362. K.
Poison’s Kiss. Breeana Shields. Random House. 9781101937822. BCCB.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick. 9780763648220. B.
Priscilla Gorilla. Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781481458979. K.
The Radius of Us. Marie Marquardt. St. Martin’s/Griffin. 9781250096890. SLJ.
Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner. Tadgh Bentley. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062335371. K.
Scar Island. Dan Gemeinhart. Scholastic. 9781338053845. K.
The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species. Sandra Markle. Lerner/Millbrook. 9781512410150. K.
Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy. Michael Cottman. National Geographic. 9781426326639. B.
Shake a Leg, Egg! Kurt Cyrus. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481458481. K.
Short. Holly Goldberg Sloan. Penguin/Dial. 9780399186219. B.
Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War. Debbie Levy, illus. Gilbert Ford. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484725986. PW.
The Someday Birds. Sally J. Pla, illus. by Julie McLaughlin. HarperCollins. 9780062445766. PW.
A Song About Myself. John Keats, illus. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick. 9780763650902. K.
Spring Hare. Eugene Yelchin. Henry Holt. 9781627793926. PW.
Storm Horse. Nick Garlick. Scholastic/Chicken House. 9780545904148. B.
The Storm Whale in Winter. Benji Davies. Henry Holt. 9781250111869. B.
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song. Gary Golio, illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb. Lerner/Millbrook. 9781467751230. K.
The Sweetest Sound. Sherri Winston. Little, Brown. 9780316302951. K.
Ten Miles One Way. Patrick Downes. Penguin/Philomel Books. 9780399544996. K.
Things to Do. Elaine Magliaro, illus. by Catia Chien. Chronicle. 9781452111247. PW.
Thunder Underground. Jane Yolen, illus. by Josée Masse. Boyds Mill/Wordsong. 9781590789360. K.
The Time Museum. Matthew Loux. First Second. 9781596438491. K.
Time Now to Dream. Timothy Knapman, illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick. 9780763690786. K.
The Truth of Right Now. Kara Lee Corthron. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481459471. K.
Warrior Bronze. Michelle Paver. Penguin/Dial. 9780803738843. K.
Watersong. Tim McCanna, illus. by Richard Smythe. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481468817. K.
What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies. Ruby Shamir, illus. by Matt Faulkner. Penguin/Philomel. 9780399547249. K.
When My Sister Started Kissing. Helen Frost. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374303037. K.
When the Rain Comes. Alma Fullerton, illus. by Kim LaFave. Pajama Press. 9781772780123. K.
The White Road of the Moon. Rachel Neumeier. Knopf. 9780553509328. K.
Wintersong. S. Jae-Jones. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne. 9781250079213. B.
XO,OX: A Love Story. Adam Rex, illus. by Scott Campbell. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626722880. PW.
The You I’ve Never Known. Ellen Hopkins. Simon & Schuster/McElderry. 9781481442909. PW.
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion. M.T. Anderson, illus. by Andrea Offermann. Candlewick. 9780763659394. PW.

Now I have to catch up on all those 2017 journals! In the meantime – happy reading!

Awards and Best Books and Stars, Oh My!

On Monday, January 23 various sections of the American Library Association gave out some of the biggest awards for children’s and young adult books from the previous year at the Youth Media Awards. I look forward to the Youth Media Awards every year – not much can get me out of bed that early in the morning, but the excitement just can’t be beat!

Part of why I started tracking starred reviews and best books was to try to read likely contenders, so let’s see how this year’s winners and honors stack up!

Newbery Award:

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Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ

Printz Award

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Winner: March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; Illustrated by Nate Powell
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Starred reviews – 1: SLJ
Best lists – 1: SLJ

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, PW, SLJ

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Kirkus, PW, SLJ

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

Caldecott Award

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Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Starred reviews – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
Starred reviews – 2: PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Horn Book, PW

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Starred reviews – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Starred reviews – 3: Booklist, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Booklist, SLJ

Some notes of interest:

  • Many of the titles with 5 starred reviews were honored this year, but none of the titles with 6 starred reviews were!
  • As usual, when there were 5 starred reviews, the Bulletin was the journal most likely to have abstained. In the case of March, Book Three I’m pretty sure they never even reviewed it although I would have to double check to be sure. This was a little more spread around than sometimes though – Kirkus didn’t star The Passion of Dolssa; SLJ didn’t star The Sun Is Also a Star or Du Iz Tak?; and Horn Book didn’t star Scythe or The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
  • Typically the starred reviews are the widest net of excellence, narrowed down into best books and then the awards only honor a handful of titles. However, Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol did not receive a starred review from Horn Book, but did make their Fanfare (best of the year) List.
  • Asking for It (1 star and list) and Leave Me Alone (2 stars and lists) are our annual reminder that starred reviews and best lists are far from perfect predictors and that the committee members read far more widely than most of us are able to do!

I read fewer books in 2016 than I have in quite awhile, but still managed to have read several of these before the awards. Trying to read up for the Mock Printz I participated in meant I read The Passion of Dolssa, Scythe and The Sun Is Also a Star; we picked The Passion of Dolssa as an honor book, but I thought all three were excellent. I listened to Wolf Hollow crying my eyes out at times and just finished the lovely The Girl Who Drank the Moon which I was halfway through at the time of the announcements. I haven’t really looked at any of the Caldecotts yet which is maybe not surprising since 11/12 of 2016 I was focused on teens!

Had you read any of these ahead of time? Which ones did you love? What books will you now be championing to readers yourself since they didn’t get awards?

I also encourage you to check out the many other awards that were announced at the Youth Media Awards – there are many other wonderful awards that focus on diverse titles or other formats that are well worth your while. You can see a list of some of them in my Award Winners spreadsheet.

Stay tuned for a post in the next week of 2017 titles that are already accumulating stars – maybe next year’s winners and honors will be among those! Happy reading!

November 2016 Stars

The end of the year is closing in fast! There are enough 2017 titles with stars, that I’m going to put those in a separate post – so here’s the info for titles published in 2016.

Stats for 2016 (These numbers have been edited since The Bad Guys has a 2016 publication date):

  • 1741 stars have been awarded to 1026 books published in 2016.
  • 6 books have 6 stars, 18 books have 5 stars, 60 books have 4 stars, 108 books have 3 stars, 217 books have 2 stars, 617 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 1741 stars by journal: Booklist 349; Bulletin 89; Horn Book 65; Kirkus 514; PW 389; SLJ 335.

6 starred reviews: 6 titles – new to the 6 star list are Before Morning by Joyce Sidman and Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet

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5 starred reviews – 18 books – 6 new titles: Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz; Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano; The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon; We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen; When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

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4 starred reviews – 60 titles – 4 new titles even though the total number decreased: The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee; The Journey by Francesca Sanna; Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe; The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhil

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3 starred reviews – 108 titles – 3 new titles in bold:
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Animals By the Numbers by Steve Jenkins
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes
Brown V. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice by Susan Goldman Rubin
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Cat From Hunger Mountain by Ed Young
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary
Fannie Never Flinched by Mary Cronk Farrell
First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story by Paul Fleischman
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman
The Heartless Troll by Øyvind Torseter 
Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Nannette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
NanoBots by Chris Gall
The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
One Minute Till Bedtime edited by Kenn Nesbitt
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim
Presenting Buffalo Bill by Candace Fleming
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin
Return by Aaron Becker
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Rules of the House by Mac Barnett
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowan
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Swap! by Steve Light
Teacup by Rebecca Young
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Things Too Huge to Fix By Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
A Voyage in the Clouds by Matthew Olshan
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

For complete information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet.

Happy reading!

October 2016 Stars

We’re closing in on the end of the year and journals are starting to review 2017 titles in larger quantities. This means we have a brief list at the top now of 2017 titles and then the longer 2016 list below. As the 2017 stars begin to pile up, I may start dividing them into two posts, but it depends on how fast that list grows.

2017 titles with 3 starred reviews:
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Stats for 2016 so far:

  • 1694 stars have been awarded to 1005 books published in 2016.
  • 4 books have 6 stars, 14 books have 5 stars, 62 books have 4 stars, 109 books have 3 stars, 209 books have 2 stars, 607 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 1694 stars by journal: Booklist 340; Bulletin 79; Horn Book 50; Kirkus 509; PW 389; SLJ 327.

6 starred reviews: 4 titles

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5 starred reviews – 14 books – 3 new titles: Before Morning by Joyce Sidman; Scythe by Neal Shusterman; Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

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4 starred reviews – 62 titles – 14 (!) new titles: Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre; Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo; Florence Nightingale by Catherine Reef; A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards; Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith; The Music in George’s Head by Suzanne Slade; My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier; Old Dog Baby  Baby by Julie Fogliano; Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel; Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales; The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan; A Small Thing…But Big by Tony Johnston; The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon; Uprooted by Albert Marrin

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3 starred reviews – 109 titles – the 20 new books are in bold:
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Animals By the Numbers by Steve Jenkins
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes
The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee
Brown V. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice by Susan Goldman Rubin
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Cat From Hunger Mountain by Ed Young
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary
Fannie Never Flinched by Mary Cronk Farrell
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman
Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Nannette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
NanoBots by Chris Gall
The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim
Presenting Buffalo Bill by Candace Fleming
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin
Return by Aaron Becker
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Rules of the House by Mac Barnett
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowan
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Swap! by Steve Light
Teacup by Rebecca Young
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Things Too Huge to Fix By Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhill
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
A Voyage in the Clouds by Matthew Olshan
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

For complete information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet.

Happy reading!

September 2016 Printz Contenders

printzcontendergraphicCatching up slowly but surely. Here’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from September journals have been entered.

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

165 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-4, 5 stars-11, 4 stars-50, 3 stars-100). 2 of the 6 star books is too young; 2 of the 5 star books is too young, 17 of the 4 star books are too young, 45 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 99 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (44 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung –  4 stars
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – 5 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King – 4 stars
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely – 4 stars

List Two (42 titles):
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – 4 stars
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghost by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 5 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson – 4 stars
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet – 5 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman – 4 stars
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

September 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicDue to time constraints there was no August Newbery Update, but here’s the September information. Also, thanks to Sam Bloom who pointed out that per their author blurb Eric and Terry Fan were born in the United States and therefore The Night Gardener is eligible!

Three lists: List one – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, List 2 – outliers (picture books, graphics, titles for the upper age range), List 3: non-US authors (ineligible – IF my googling of nationality/residence is accurate).   165 titles have 3 or more stars as of the end of September. New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders (38 books):
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow – non-fiction
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson – non-fiction
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghost by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 5 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery – non-fiction
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis – non-fiction
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi – short stories
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson – 4 stars
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner – non-fiction – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet – biography – 5 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman – 4 stars
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – non-fiction – 5 stars
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

Outliers (104 books):
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – picture book – 4 stars
American Girls by Alison Umminger – YA
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit – top of Newbery age range
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff – picture book biography
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat – picture book
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – YA
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman – picture book – 4 stars
Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes – graphic

Best Frints in the Universe – Antoinette Portis – picture book – 4 stars
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre – picture book
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – YA – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky – picture book biography
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari – picture book
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter – picture book
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey – graphic
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn – YA
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis – picture book – 4 stars
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock – picture book
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti – YA
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – YA – 4 stars
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle – picture book
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins – picture book – 5 stars
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book – 4 stars
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan – picture book – 4 stars
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown – YA

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – graphic – 4 stars
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming – picture book non-fiction
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman – picture book
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards – picture book
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein – graphic
I Hear a Pickle and Smell, See, Touch & Taste It, Too! by Rachel Isadora – picture book – 4 stars
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead – picture book – 4 stars
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson – picture book
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill – poetry collection – 6 stars
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee – picture book – 4 stars
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo – picture book
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – graphic memoir – 5 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery – YA
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy – picture book biography
The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade – picture book biography
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – YA
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – YA
NanoBots by Chris Gall – picture book
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan – picture book
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke – graphic picture book
Old Dog Baby Baby – picture book
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin – picture book – 4 stars
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff – YA
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore – non-fiction picture book
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh – picture book – 5 stars
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe – picture book
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel – YA

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – YA – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – YA – 4 stars
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin – picture book
Return by Aaron Becker – picture book
Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales – picture book
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – picture book – 5 stars
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey – picture book
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – YA
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant – picture book
A Small Thing….but Big by Tony Johnston – picture book
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito – picture book

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko – picture book – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – graphic – 4 stars
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole – picture book
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson – picture book
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – YA
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – YA
Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowan – picture book
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King – YA – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Evan Turk – picture book – 4 books
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories – 4 stars
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – YA
Swap! by Steve Light – picture book
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach – YA
There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith – picture book – 4 stars
Their Great Gift by John Coy – picture book non-fiction
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie – picture book – 6 stars
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier- picture book
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley – picture book
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas – picture book
Uprooted by Albert Marrin – YA Non-Fiction
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter – YA
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure – picture book
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – YA – 4 stars
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen – picture book – 4 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – poetry collection – 5 stars
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – poetry – 4 stars
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes – picture book
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – YA
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – YA – 4 stars (publication delayed indefinitely)
The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart – picture book – 4 stars
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter – picture book biography

Non-US authors (23 books): (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – German
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston – UK
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – UK
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore – Canadian
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard – Canadian
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian – 4 stars
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Journey by Francesca Sanna – Italian
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 6 stars
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung – Australian – 4 stars
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter – UK
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks – Canadian
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – Dutch
Railhead by Philip Reeve – UK
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Canadian
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart – Scottish
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan – Australian
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – Australian – 4 stars
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – UK – 4 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad – Australian

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

September 2016 Stars

Things have been slow around the blog lately which is because I have very exciting news to share: I have accepted a job as Assistant Manager in the Popular Materials Department at the Palatine Public Library! I am very grateful for my time at the Algonquin Area Public Library – it was my first job in the Library world and I learned so much from many wonderful people. Popular Materials is an all ages department so I’ll still be spending plenty of time with children’s and YA literature and continuing to track things here (I am eagerly awaiting the Best Book lists which should be coming soon). The actual job change will be happening in a couple weeks so bear with me as I try to squeeze my spreadsheet work in as the dust from the change settles.

In starred reviews news – unbelievably we have our first 2017 book receiving a star! Flying Lessons and Other Stories ed. by Ellen Oh received a star from Booklist in their 9/15/16 issue.

Stats for 2016 so far:

  • 1595 stars have been awarded to 968 books published in 2016.
  • 4 books have 6 stars, 11 books have 5 stars, 50 books have 4 stars, 100 books have 3 stars, 213 books have 2 stars, 590 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 1595 stars by journal: Booklist 315; Bulletin 66; Horn Book 50; Kirkus 506; PW 363; SLJ 295.

6 starred reviews: holding steady with these 4 titles.

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5 starred reviews – 11 books – 4 new titles: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill; March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh; Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

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4 starred reviews – 50 titles – 12 new titles: Before Morning by Joyce Sidman; Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis; The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis; Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan; Ghost by Jason Reynolds; Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung; Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson; Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin; Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King; Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman; We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen; When We Was Fierce by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (publication delayed indefinitely)

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3 starred reviews – 100 titles – the 21 new books are in bold:
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
The Journey by Francesca Sanna

Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi
The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
NanoBots by Chris Gall
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin
Return by Aaron Becker
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
A Small Thing….but Big by Tony Johnston
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowan
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Swap! by Steve Light
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

For complete information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet.

Happy reading!

August 2016 Printz Contenders

printzcontendergraphicSomeday My Printz Will Come is back with their initial list of contenders so I highly recommend popping on over there to see what they’ve got on the radar. Here’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from August journals have been entered. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite for your own personal contender list!

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

139 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-4, 5 stars-7, 4 stars-40, 3 stars-88). 2 of the 6 star books is too young; 1 of the 5 star books is too young, 12 of the 4 star books are too young, 38 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 86 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (44 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – 4 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely

List Two (42 titles):
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – 4 stars
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 4 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

National Book Award Longlist

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Yesterday the Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature was announced. It’s interesting to me to think about how the criteria for the National Book Award stacks up against the criteria for the Newbery and Printz and against the number of starred reviews. Here’s a closer look.

Eligibility: The National Book Award pulls from titles published between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. I believe all of the ALA Awards, but definitely the Newbery and Printz, pull from the previous calendar year. So the 2016 National Book Award lists compare best to the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards, but they don’t overlap completely.

Beyond publication date the only stated criteria for the National Book Award that I can find is that it must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher. This is actually stricter than the Newbery criteria which also allows for authors who are United States residents, but not citizens, and far stricter than the Printz criteria which only requires that a book be designated as Young Adult, available in print and distributed through a US publishing house.

Criteria: Other than that, the process is pretty vague leading me to wonder if each year the new committee gets to define their own criteria. If anyone else can find something similar to the Newbery Manual on the National Book website, please let me know!

Judges: This year, the Young People’s Literature judges are: William Alexander, Valerie Lewis, Ellen Oh, Katherine Paterson, and Laura Ruby. Per the SLJ post, they selected the longlist from 326 submissions.

The National Book Foundation also puts some pretty stringent conditions on the publishers who submit books. There’s a small fee to submit titles and if a title gets named as a Finalist? They must agree to “contribute $3,000 toward a promotional campaign…($750 for presses with income of under $10 million).” I don’t work for a publishing house, so I don’t know for sure, but I would suspect this means that they are choosy about what they submit meaning there are lower chances for outliers. Since the Foundation returned to having a youth award in 1996, I don’t think there’s been a single picture book or easy reader named. A tiny bit of poetry and a generous sprinkling of non-fiction are included, but the lion’s share of honored titles are novels.

So how does the 2016 Longlist fare with starred reviews and eligibility for the Newbery and Printz? For starters none of the four books that have received 6 starred reviews (so far) was a likely contender and none made the list. Frances Hardinge is British which knocks out The Lie Tree and both School’s First Day of School and Thunder Boy Jr. are picture books. I thought maybe Jazz Day had a chance, but no dice. Let’s analyze the titles that did make the list!

bookedAlexander, Kwame. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. April 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender; author is a previous winner
Printz: a little young for the Printz but within the criteria
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. The Bulletin recommended it without a star; SLJ reviewed it positively, but did not star it.

raymienightingaleDiCamillo, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. Candlewick. April 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender; author is a previous winner
Printz: a little young for the Printz but within the criteria
Stars: One of only two of the books with 5 starred reviews to make the longlist – despite some others that I thought would be likely NBA contenders like The Passion of Dolssa. Starred reviews are from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The Bulletin recommended it without a star.

march_book_threeLewis, John and Andrew Aydin. March: Book Three. illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf. August 2016.
Newbery: Probably too old; plus it’s the third in a trilogy which lowers its chances
Printz: right in the age range and they’ve honored sequels and graphic novels before.
Stars: 5 starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book (not in the spreadsheet yet ’cause it’s in the Sep/Oct issue and I haven’t started entering September yet), Kirkus, Publishers Weekly (but in their adult section) and School Library Journal. The Bulletin has not yet reviewed this one – I’m not sure they’ve actually reviewed any of the March graphic novels.

whentheseaturnedtosilverLin, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. Little, Brown. October 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender; previous honor for author; Can it escape the curse of being a “companion book”?
Printz: barely touches the Printz age range – not likely
Stars: 5 starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed this, but it’s a later pub date, so they’re probably coming.

when_the_moon_was_oursMcLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne. October 2016.
Newbery: upper age range; unlikely
Printz: traditional contender; previous Morris honor
Stars: 2 starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, but it hasn’t been reviewed at all by Booklist, the Bulletin, Horn Book or Publishers Weekly yet, so there may be more to come.

burnbabyburnMedina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. March 2016.
Newbery: upper age range; unlikely
Printz: traditional contender
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus and School Library Journal. The Bulletin recommended it without a star; Publishers Weekly reviewed it with no star.

paxPennypacker, Sara. Pax. illustrated by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. February 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender
Printz: barely touches the age range – unlikely
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The Bulletin recommended it without a star; the Horn Book reviewed it with no star.

ghostReynolds, Jason. Ghost. Simon & Shuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. August 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender
Printz: bottom of the age range
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist (Sep – not in spreadsheet), Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal (Sep – not in spreadsheet). Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed it.

sachikoStelson, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. Carolrhoda. October 2016.
Newbery: non-fiction so less likely, but right in the age range
Printz: non-fiction has not been doing well lately
Stars: 2 starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal – both in September issues. Kirkus and Publishers Weekly reviewed with no stars. Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed it.

sun_is_also_a_starYoon, Nicola. The Sun Is Also a Star. Random House/Delacorte. November 2016.
Newbery: upper age range; unlikely
Printz: traditional contender
Stars: 3 starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly (Sep – not in spreadsheet). School Library Journal reviewed without a star. Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed it.

A few things to note:

  • Candlewick is the only publisher with two titles on the list.
  • Publication dates range from February to November with October being the most popular month at three titles.
  • None of the October/November titles have been reviewed by the Horn Book or Bulletin yet and I expect reviews of at least some of them to still be coming – especially with the National Book Award attention.
  • 2 have 5 starred reviews; 5 have 4; 1 has 3 and 2 have 2 – however with reviews still to come on several it’s hard to know how that will shake out. March, Book Three (5 stars); When the Sea Turned to Silver (4 stars); When the Moon Was Ours (2 stars) and Ghost (4 stars) have all received stars from every journal that’s reviewed them so far.
  • We have five traditional contenders for the Newbery and three traditional contenders for the Printz. March, Book Three would be an outlier for the Printz as both a graphic novel and third in a trilogy, but both graphics and sequels have been honored before. Non-fiction has not been faring well with either award so Sachiko‘s chances aren’t great. Raymie Nightingale is the only one that I think has even a chance of double recognition from both the Printz and the Newbery, but you never really know. Pretty much everything has been reviewed such that it touches the age range for both awards.

The only one of these I’ve personally read is Burn Baby Burn which I found to be excellent. Anyone else have a favorite they’re pulling for to make the Shortlist or win it all? In the meantime, I’m off to track some of these down.

Happy Reading!

August 2016 Stars

Oh vacation – that double edged sword – you need it to refresh and relax and renew, but when you come back – oh the to-do lists! Catching up on my blogging has finally made it to the top of the list so here’s the August list of everything with three or more starred reviews.

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex has moved up to the six starred reviews list.

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Stats for the year so far:

  • 1454 stars have been awarded to 908 books published in 2016.
  • 4 books have 6 stars, 7 books have 5 stars, 40 books have 4 stars, 88 books have 3 stars, 202 books have 2 stars, 513 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 1454 stars by journal: Booklist 277; Bulletin 48; Horn Book 36; Kirkus 486; PW 341; SLJ 266.

5 starred reviews – nothing new on this list:

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4 starred reviews – 40 titles; 8 are new to this level: Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann; Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson; Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes; The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz; March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; The Reader by Traci Chee; Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan; and When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin.

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3 starred reviews – 88 titles – new books are in bold:
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
NanoBots by Chris Gall
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Return by Aaron Becker
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
A Small Thing….but Big by Tony Johnston
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Swap! by Steve Light
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo-publication delayed
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

For complete information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet.

Happy reading!

UPDATED 9/12: Added the starred review for March, Book Three that Publishers Weekly did not designate as a children’s review moving it from three starred reviews to four and updated stats accordingly.