December 2018 Starred Reviews

UPDATE 1/7/19: Thanks to an anonymous comment that pointed out I was missing the Kirkus star for Darius the Great Is Not Okay bumping it up to 3 stars, I’ve updated the lists to add it. In the process of correcting that, I realized that I had Toil & Trouble noted both that way and as Toil and Trouble so it also has 3 stars and I’ve added it as well. The numbers for 2018 titles have been updated to reflect those changes. Many thanks to Anonymous – I always appreciate the extra sets of eyes checking for things I have missed!

Happy New Year! Only 2 new books with 3 starred reviews for the 2018 lists. This is probably the last time I’ll include the 2018 lists since things have slowed down so much on that front. My goal is to post one more each of the Newbery and Printz roundups before the Youth Media Awards are announced on Monday, January 28.

December 2018 stars tally:

  • 1170 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1901 starred reviews as of the end of December.  6 books have 6 starred reviews; 21 books have 5 starred reviews, 44 books have 4 starred reviews, 125 books have 3 starred reviews, 235 books have 2 starred reviews, 739 books have 1 starred review.
  • For 2018 titles: 2 books have been added with 3 stars (ETA: plus the 2 I’ve missed previously)
  • 151 books published in 2019 have been awarded 215 starred reviews as of the end of December. 5 books have 4 starred reviews, 8 books have 3 starred reviews, 33 books have 2 starred reviews, 105 books have 1 starred review.
  • For 2019 titles: 2 titles with 4 starred reviews are new; 4 titles have been added with 3 stars

2018 Starred Reviews

6 starred reviews:  6 books

baby monkey private eye book coverdread nation book coverDreamers book cover
Hey, Kiddo book coverLouisiana's Way Home book coverThe Patchwork Bike book cover

5 starred reviews:  21 books

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkaha big mooncake for little star book coverboots on the ground book coverbrazen book covercardboard kingdom coverdrawn together book coverdream country book coverthe funeral book coverthe girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book coverhello lighthouse book coverimagine book coverthe journey of little charlie book coverjulian is a mermaid book coverKitten and the Night Watchman book covermartin rising book coverMerci Suárez Changes Gears book coverpicture us in the light book coverspooked! book coverSweep book coverthunderhead book cover

4 starred reviews: 44 books

americanized book coverand the ocean was our sky book coverThe assassination of brangwain spurge book coverAttucks! book coverbe prepared book coverbetween the lines book coverblue book coverchasing king's killer book coverchildren of blood and bone book coverThe Day You Begin book coverDry book coverThe Elephant book coverendling the last book coverFinding Langston book coverfront desk coverharbor me book covera heart in a body in the world book coveri got it book coverKnights vs. Dinosaurs book coverlove book covernight job book coverNowhere Boy book coverocean meets sky book coverotis and will coverA Parade of Elephants book coverparker inheritance book coverpie is for sharing book coverthe place between breaths book coverpoet x book coverthe prince and the dressmaker book coverrebound coversadie book coversaving winslow book coverSawkill Girls book coverSea Prayer book coverThe Season of Styx Malone book coverspeak the graphic novel book coverStronger, Faster, and More Beautiful book coverThe Stuff of Stars book coverTale from the Inner City book coverthey say blue book coverThe war outside book coverWe Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices book coverwhale in a fishbowl cover

3 starred reviews: 125 books – 2 new titles: Mallko and Dad and Tiger vs. Nightmare. Darius the Great Is Not Okay and Toil & Trouble were missed previously and have now been added.

3x4 book coverafter the shot drops book coverall of this is true book coverall that I can fix book coveralma and how she got her name book coveramal unbound book coveramerican panda book coveramerican road trip book coverthe apocalypse of elena mendoza book coveraru shah and the end of time book coverastonishing color of after book coverbetty before x book coverBlacklisted! book coverBlanca & Roja book coverblood water paint coverblue rider book coverbob book coverThe Boneless Mercies book coverbook of boy book coverthe book of pearl book coverburied beneath the baobab tree book coverbusy creatures day eatingcamp panda book coverCarmela Full of Wishes book coverCheck, Please!: #Hockey book coverCountdown: 2979 Days to the Moon book coverthe cruel prince book coverDarius the Great Is Not Okay book coverDear Substitute book coverdinosaur expert book coverevery month is a new year coverfacing frederick book coverthe faithful spy book coverthe field book coverFound book coverfrom twinkle with love covergame changers book covergeraldine coverghost boys book coverGiraffe Problems book coverThe Good Demon book covergood rosie book covergrace for gus book coverThe Grand Escape book coverthe great dictionary caper book coverHammering for Freedom book coverhello hello book coverA History of Pictures for Children book coverThe House in Poplar Wood book covera house that once was book coverhurricane child book coverthe hyena scientist book coverI walk with Vanessa book coverillegal book coverImagine book coverin the past coverInterrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise book coverislandborn book coverIt Wasn't Me book coverivy aberdeen's letter to the world book coverjoan procter, dragon doctor book coverJust Mercy Adapted for Young Adults book covera lady has the floor book coverThe Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy book covera land of permanent goodbyes book coverlibba: the magnificent life of elizabeth cotten book coverlife inside my mind book covera lite too bright coverThe Little Barbarian book coverllamaphoneslove hate and other filters book coverLove to Everyone book coverMallko and Dad book coverMemphis, Martin and the Mountaintop book coverthe miscalculations of lightning girl covermonday's not coming book covera most unusual day book covermy fathers words book covermy plain jane covernew shoes book coverthe night diary book coverOn a Sunbeam book coveron the other side of the garden book coverthe other ducks coverout of left field coverpetra book coverPhotographic book coverproud book coverrodent rascals book coverthe rough patch book covera round of robins book coversecret sisters of the salty sea book coverSo Done book coverSpill Zone The Broken Vow book coverstone for sascha coverThe Storyteller book coverSummer Bird Blue book coverSwallow's Dance book coverSwing book covertale of angelino brown book covertess of the road book coverThank You, Omu! book coverthousand beginnings and endings book coverTiger vs. Nightmare book coverToil and Trouble book coverthe triumphant tale of the house sparrow book coverthe truth as told by mason buttle book coverUnbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens book coverThe Unwanted book coververnon is on his way book covervotes for women book coverThe Wall in the Middle of the Book book coverWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga book coverWe Don't Eat Our Classmates book coverwe'll fly away coverWhat Do You Do With a Voice Like That? book coverwhat I leave behind book coverWhat If It's Us book coverwhat the night sings book coverwhere the watermelons grow book coverWinter is Here book coverYou Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! book coveryou go first coverZola's Elephant book coverZora & Me: The Cursed Ground book cover

6 starred reviews (6 titles):
Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Brian Selznick and David Serlin, illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338180619. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Dread Nation. Justina Ireland. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062570604. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Dreamers. Yuyi Morales. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823440559. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. Jarret J. Krosoczka. Scholastic/Graphix. 9780545902472. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Louisiana’s Way Home. Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick. 9780763694630. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Patchwork Bike. Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus. by Van Thanh Rudd. Candlewick. 9781536200317. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews (21 titles):
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah.Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780399554193. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace Lin. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316404488. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam.
 Elizabeth Partridge. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780670785063. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. Pénélope Bagieu. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728691. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
 The Cardboard Kingdom. Chad Sell, et al. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524719371. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Drawn Together. Minh Lê, illus. Dan Santat. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484767603. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Dream Country. Shannon Gibney. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780735231672. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Funeral. Matt James. Groundwood. 9781554989089. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert, illus. Jim Tierney. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250147905. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316362382. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Raúl Colón. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481462730. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Journey of Little Charlie. Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545156660. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Julián Is a Mermaid. Jessica Love. Candlewick. 9780763690458. BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Kitten and the Night Watchman. John Sullivan, illus. by Taeeun Yoo. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481461917. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Meg Medina. Candlewick. 9780763690496. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Picture Us in the Light.
Kelly Loy Gilbert. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484726020. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America. Gail Jarrow. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629797762. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419731402. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW.
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews (44 titles):
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card.
Sara Saedi. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524717797. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
And the Ocean Was Our Sky. Patrick Ness, illus. by Rovina Cai. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062860729. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick. 9780763698225. B, HB, K, PW.
Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City. 
Phillip Hoose. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306120. B, BCCB, K, PW.
Be Prepared. Vera Brosgol. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626724457. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery. Sandra Neil Wallace, illus. by Bryan Collier. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481443876. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Blue. Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626720664. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin.
 James L. Swanson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545723336. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250170972. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Day You Begin. Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399246531. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Dry. Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781481481960. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Elephant. Jenni Desmond. Enchanted Lion. 9781592702640. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Endling: The Last. Katherine Applegate, illus. by Tony Piedra. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062335524. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Finding Langston. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823439607. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Front Desk. Kelly Yang. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338157796. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
Harbor Me. Jacqueline Woodson. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399252525. B, K, PW, SLJ.
A Heart in a Body in the World. Deb Caletti. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink. 9781481415200. B, BCCB, K, PW.
I Got It! David Wiesner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544309029. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Knights vs. Dinosaurs. Matt Phelan. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062686237. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Love. Matt de la Peña, illus. by Loren Long. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781524740917. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Night Job. Karen Hesse, illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick. 9780763662387. B, BCCB, K, SLJ.
Nowhere Boy. Katherine Marsh. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781250307576. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Ocean Meets Sky. Terry and Eric Fan. Simon & Schuster. 9781481470377. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Katherine Roy. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316393829. BCCB, HB, PW, SLJ.
A Parade of Elephants. Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062668271. BCCB, HB, K, SLJ.
The Parker Inheritance. Varian Johnson. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781481470377. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Pie is for Sharing. Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, illus. by Jason Chin. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725621. B, BCCB, HB, K.
The Place Between Breaths. An Na. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481422253. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Poet X. Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062662804. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626723634. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Rebound. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544868137. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Sadie. Courtney Summers. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books. 9781250105714. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Saving Winslow. Sharon Creech. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062570703. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Sawkill Girls. Claire Legrand. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062696601. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Sea Prayer. Khaled Hosseini, illus. by Dan Williams. Penguin Random House/Riverhead. 9780525539094. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Season of Styx Malone. Kekla Magoon. Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9781524715953. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. B, HB, K, SLJ.
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Arwen Elys Dayton. Penguin Random House/Delacorte. 9780525580959. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Stuff of Stars. Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick. 9780763678838. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Tales from the Inner City. Shaun Tan. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338298406. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki. Abrams. 9781419728518. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
The War Outside. Monica Hesse. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316316699. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope. Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, eds. Penguin Random House/Crown. 9780525580423. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Whale in a Fishbowl. Troy Howell, illus. by Richard Jones. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524715182. B, BCCB, K, PW.

3 starred reviews (125 titles):
3×4. Ivan Brunetti. TOON Books & Graphics. 9781943145348. K, PW, SLJ.
After the Shot Drops.
Randy Ribay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328702272. K, PW, SLJ.
All of This Is True. Lygia Day Peñaflor. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062673657. BCCB, K, SLJ.
All That I Can Fix. Crystal Chan. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781534408883. BCCB, K, SLJ.
Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal. Candlewick. 9780763693558. B, PW, SLJ.
Amal Unbound. Aisha Saeed. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399544682. K, PW, SLJ.
American Panda. Gloria Chao. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481499101. B, PW, SLJ.
American Road Trip. Patrick Flores-Scott. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 9781627797412. B, PW, SLJ.
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481498548. B, PW, SLJ.
Aru Shah and the End of Time. Roshani Chokshi. Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. 9781368012355. K, PW, SLJ.
The Astonishing Color of After. Emily X.R. Pan. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316463997. B, PW, SLJ.
Betty Before X. Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306106. K, PW, SLJ.
Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment. Larry Dane Brimner. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781620916032. B, K, SLJ.
Blanca & Roja. Anna-Marie McLemore. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 9781250162717. B, K, SLJ.
Blood Water Paint. Joy McCullough. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780735232112. B, PW, SLJ.
Blue Rider. Geraldo Valério. Groundwood. 9781554989812. HB, K, PW.
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 9781250166623. B, PW, SLJ.
The Boneless Mercies. April Genevieve Tucholke. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374307066. K, PW, SLJ.
The Book of Boy. Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illus. by Ian Schoenherr. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062686206. B, HB, K.
The Book of Pearl. Timothée de Fombelle. Candlewick. 9780763691264. B, BCCB, K.
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree.Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062696724. B, K, PW.
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion. 9781368013529. B, PW, SLJ.
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild. Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544818910. B, K, SLJ.
Carmela Full of Wishes. Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9780399549045. K, PW, SLJ.
Check, Please!: #Hockey. Ngozi Uzaku. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250177964. B, K, SLJ.
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon. Suzanne Slade, illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree. 9781682630136. B, PW, SLJ.
The Cruel Prince. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310277. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Adib Khorram. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525552963. K, PW, SLJ.
Dear Substitute. Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illus. by Chris Raschka. Hachette/Disney-Hyperion. 9781484750223. B, HB, PW.
The Dinosaur Expert. Margaret McNamara, illus. by G. Brian Karas. Pengin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780553511437. B, K, SLJ.
Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World. Marilyn Singer, illus. by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low. 9781620141625. B, K, PW.
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. B, K, SLJ.
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419728389. B, K, SLJ.
The Field. Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. NorthSouth. 9780735843127. B, HB, K.
Found. Jeff Newman, illus. by Larry Day. Simon & Schuster. 9781534410060. K, PW, SLJ.
From Twinkle, With Love. Sandhya Menon. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481495400. B, K, SLJ.
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481476843. B, HB, SLJ.
Geraldine. Elizabeth Lilly. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723597. K, PW, SLJ.
Ghost Boys. Jewell Parker Rhodes. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316262286. B, PW, SLJ.
Giraffe Problems. Jory John, illus. by Lane Smith. Penguin Random House. 9781524772031. B, PW, SLJ.
The Good Demon. Jimmy Cajoleas, illus. by Michael Hoeweler. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419731273. B, K, PW.
Good Rosie! Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Harry Bliss. Candlewick. 9780763689797. K, PW, SLJ.
Grace for Gus. Harry Bliss. Harpercollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062644107. HB, K, PW.
The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century. Neal Bascomb. Scholastic Focus/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338140347. B, K, SLJ.
The Great Dictionary Caper. Judy Sierra, illus. by Eric Comstock. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481480048. B, K, PW.
Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story. Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illus. by John Holyfield. Lee & Low. 9781600609695. B, K, SLJ.
Hello Hello. Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle. 9781452150147. B, K, PW.
A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings. David Hockney and Martin Gayford, illus. by Rose Blake. Abrams. 9781419732119. BCCB, K, PW.
The House in Poplar Wood. K. E. Ormsbee. Chronicle. 9781452149868. K, PW, SLJ.
A House That Once Was. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Lane Smith. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781626723146. B, K, SLJ.
Hurricane Child. Kheryn Callender. Scholastic. 9781338129304. B, K, SLJ.
The Hyena Scientist. Sy Montgomery, photog. by Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544635111. B, BCCB, K.
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness. Kerascoët. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524769550. K, PW, SLJ.
Illegal. Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492662143. B, K, PW.
Imagine. Juan Felipe Herrera, illus. by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick. 9780763690526. K, PW, SLJ.
In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More than 500 Million Years. David Elliott, illus. by Matthew Trueman. Candlewick. 9780763660734. B, K, SLJ.
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise. David Ezra Stein. Candlewick. 9780763688424. B, PW, SLJ.
Islandborn/Lola. Junot Díaz, illus. by Leo Espinosa. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735229860. B, PW, SLJ.
It Wasn’t Me. Dana Alison Levy. Penguin Random House/Delacorte. 9781524766436. K, PW, SLJ.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316515467. K, PW, SLJ.
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles. Patricia Valdez, illus. by Felicita Sala. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9780399557255. B, PW, SLJ.
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice. Bryan Stevenson. Penguin Random House/Delacorte. 9780525580034. B, K, SLJ.
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights. Kate Hannigan, illus. by Alison Jay. Boyds Mill/Calkins Creek. 9781629794532. B, K, PW.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. Mackenzi Lee. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062795328. B, K, SLJ.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. Atia Abawi. Penguin Random House/Philomel. 9780399546839. K, PW, SLJ.
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten. Laura Veirs, illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Chronicle. 9781452148571. K, PW, SLJ.
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Jessica Burkhart, ed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481494649. B, PW, SLJ.
A Lite Too Bright. Samuel Miller. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062662002. B, K, SLJ.
The Little Barbarian. Renato Moriconi. Eerdmans. 9780802855091. HB, K, PW.
LlamaPhones. Janik Coat. Abrams/Appleseed. 9781419728273. B, K, PW.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. B, PW, SLJ.
Love to Everyone. Hilary McKay. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry. 9781534427105. B, BCCB, HB.
*NEW* Mallko and Dad. Gusti. Enchanted Lion. 9781592702596. B, K, PW.
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968. Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629797182. B, K, SLJ.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Stacy McAnulty. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781524767570. K, PW, SLJ.
Monday’s Not Coming. Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062422675. BCCB, PW, SLJ.
A Most Unusual Day. Sydra Mallery, illus. by E.B. Goodale. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062364302. K, PW, SLJ.
My Father’s Words. Patricia MacLachlan. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062687692. B, K, PW.
My Plain Jane. Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062652775. B, PW, SLJ.
New Shoes. Chris Raschka. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062657527. BCCB, PW, SLJ.
The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735228511. K, PW, SLJ.
On a Sunbeam. Tillie Walden. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250178138. B, PW, SLJ.
On the Other Side of the Garden. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554989836. K, PW, SLJ.
The Other Ducks. Ellen Yeomans, illus. by Chris Sheban. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725027. B, K, PW.
Out of Left Field. Ellen Klages. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780425288597. B, K, PW.
Petra. Marianna Coppo. Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra. 9780735262676. B, K, PW.
Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña. Getty. 9781947440005. B, HB, SLJ.
Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Edition. Ibtihaj Muhammad. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316477000. B, K, PW.
Rodent Rascals. Roxie Munro. Holiday House. 9780823438600. B, K, PW.
The Rough Patch. Brian Lies. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671271. B, PW, SLJ.
A Round of Robins. Katie Hesterman, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399547782. HB, PW, SLJ.
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. Lynne Rae Perkins. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062499660. B, BCCB, PW.
So Done. Paula Chase. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062691781. K, PW, SLJ.
Spill Zone: The Broken Vow. Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Alex Puvilland. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626721500. B, K, SLJ.
A Stone for Sascha. Aaron Becker. Candlewick. 9780763665968. K, PW, SLJ.
The Storyteller. Traci Chee. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9780399176791. B, K, SLJ.
Summer Bird Blue. Akemi Dawn Bowman. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481487757. B, K, SLJ.
Swallow’s Dance. Wendy Orr. Pajama Press. 9781772780628. B, K, SLJ.
Swing. Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess. HarperCollins/Zondervan/Blink. 9780310761914. K, PW, SLJ.
The Tale of Angelino Brown. David Almond, illus. by Alex T. Smith. Candlewick. 9780763695637. BCCB, K, PW.
Tess of the Road. Rachel Hartman. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781101931288. B, BCCB, K.
Thank You, Omu! Oge Mora. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316431248. K, PW, SLJ.
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, eds. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671158. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Tiger Vs. Nightmare. Emily Tetri. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626725355. BCCB, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, eds. HarperCollins/Harlequin Teen. 9781335016270. B, K, PW.
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow. Jan Thornhill. Groundwood. 9781773060064. B, K, SLJ.
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. K, PW, SLJ.
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. 
Marieke Nijkamp, ed. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306502. B, K, PW.
 The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees. Don Brown. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328810151. HB, K, SLJ.
Vernon Is on His Way: Small Stories. Philip C. Stead. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626726550. B, PW, SLJ.
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. Winifred Conkling. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616207342. HB, K, PW.
The Wall in the Middle of the Book. Jon Agee. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525555452. B, K, PW.
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. Traci Sorell, illus. by Frané Lessac. Charlesbridge. 9781580897723. HB, K, SLJ.
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. Ryan T. Higgins. Hachette/Disney-Hyperion. 9781368003551. HB, K, PW.
We’ll Fly Away. 
Bryan Bliss. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062494276. B, K, PW.
What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Chris Barton, illus. by Ekua Holmes. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481465618. B, K, SLJ.
What I Leave Behind. Alison McGhee. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481476560. B, K, PW.
What If It’s Us. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. HarperCollins/HarperTeen and Balzer + Bray. 9780062795250. K, PW, SLJ.
What the Night Sings. Vesper Stamper. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524700386. K, PW, SLJ.
Where the Watermelons Grow. Cindy Baldwin. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062665867. B, PW, SLJ.
Winter is Here. Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062747181. B, K, SLJ.
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P. Alex Gino. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545956246. K, PW, SLJ.
You Go First. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414182. BCCB, K, SLJ.
Zola’s Elephant. Randall de Sève, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328886293. B, K, SLJ.
Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground. T.R. Simon. Candlewick. 9780763643010. HB, K, SLJ.

2019 Starred Reviews

4 starred reviews:  3 books – 2 new titles Pay Attention, Carter Jones and We Set the Dark on Fire

Black Enough book coverThe Gilded Wolves book coverNew Kid book coverPay Attention, Carter Jones book coverWe Set the Dark on Fire book cover

3 starred reviews:  8 books – 4 are new: Bloom Boom!, Courting Darkness, Eventown, and This Promise of Change

The Bell Rang book coverBloom Boom book coverCourting Darkness book coverDragon Pearl book coverEventown book coverThe Roots of Rap book coverThis Promise of Change book coverThe Wicked King book cover

4 starred reviews (5 titles):
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062698728. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Gilded Wolves. Roshani Chokshi. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books. 9781250144546. B, K, PW, SLJ.
New Kid. Jerry Craft. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062691194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Pay Attention, Carter Jones. Gary D. Schmidt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544790858. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* We Set the Dark on Fire. Tehlor Kay Mejia. HaperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062691316. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews (8 titles):
The Bell Rang. James E. Ransome. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781442421134. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Bloom Boom! April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781481494724. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Courting Darkness. Robin LaFevers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544991194. K, PW, SLJ.
Dragon Pearl. Yoon Ha Lee. Hachette/DIsney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan. 9781368013352. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Eventown. Corey Ann Haydu. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062689801. K, PW, SLJ.
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Frank Morrison. Bonnier/Little Bee. 9781499804119. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality. Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy. Bloomsbury. 9781681198521. K, PW, SLJ.
The Wicked King
. Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310352. B, K, SLJ.

For information on titles with one or two starred reviews, please see the spreadsheet.

Happy reading!


2 thoughts on “December 2018 Starred Reviews

  1. Noticed a correction… Darius the Great is Not Okay has 3 — PW, SLJ, Kirkus. Thanks for your amazing work collecting this info!


    1. Thank you so much for catching that! In the process of going back looking for the review I was missing (it was the Kirkus one) I discovered that I had Toil & Trouble marked both that way and as Toil and Trouble so when I have time I’ll be adding both to the list! It helps so much to have additional eyes catching the things I miss – thanks!


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