April 2016 Stars Update

April numbers are in – one book has been acclaimed by all six journals: Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo!jazzdayUpdated stats for the year so far:

  • 814 stars have been awarded to 510 books
  • 1 book has 6 stars, 5 books have 5 stars, 21 books have 4 stars, 47 books have 3 stars, 122 books have 2 stars, 314 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 814 stars by journal: Booklist 156; Bulletin 29; Horn Book 15; Kirkus 268; PW 195; SLJ 151.

Here are the 5 books which have received 5 starred reviews:



4 stars (21 titles):

olinguito bittersideofsweet booked burnbabyburn exitpursuedbyabear ihearapickle ideasareallaround memoryoflight pax ravenkingsamurairising snappsythealligator sophiequireandthelaststoryguard tribeofkidsunbecoming wearetheants wetcement whengreenbecomestomatoes Groundwood Logos Spine wildrobotwolfhollow


3 stars (47 titles) – like last month I’ve left out subtitles for some of the non-fiction and books new to the list are in bold:

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Character, Driven by David Lubar
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
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
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins
Swap! by Steve Light
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

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


2 thoughts on “April 2016 Stars Update

  1. I am so grateful for your work here. I look at it every month and I build my reading list off of it.

    I have noticed one missing review, though. Salt to the Sea by Sepetys should have a starred review for Booklist (Booklist starred (December 1, 2015 (Vol. 112, No. 7))

    Thanks again for all you do.


    1. Hi Anne! Thanks so much for catching that. It’s weird – I have everything else from that issue – just not Salt to the Sea! It’s in the spreadsheet now and I’ll add it to the update next month. Glad you find the spreadsheets useful. Thanks again!


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