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



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


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!


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