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.


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:


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.


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