February 2020 Starred Reviews

With the Illinois stay at home order extended until April 30, I’ll be working from home for the rest of the month. Trying to adapt library services and programming to an entirely remote model is keeping me plenty busy and I am very grateful that I am able to stay home and remain employed. Keeping busy has helped my mental health so far and I’m struggling to focus on reading anything, so I’ll be continuing to update my spreadsheets and this blog in my off-work hours. I hope you are all able to find your own ways to cope with this changed world and wish you as much health and safety as possible.

Only 12 more stars for the 2019 list and they are all single stars. With the accumulation slowing down, I’ve cut the 2019 list from this post and going forward, but I am still including the 2019 tally for now. 15 new titles for the 2020 list though so lots to look for there although I know access is sparser than normal for most people.

February 2020 stars tally:

  • 1106 books published in 2019 have been awarded 1805 starred reviews as of the end of February.
  • 2019: 5 books have 6 starred reviews, 18 books have 5 starred reviews, 58 books have 4 starred reviews, 102 books have 3 starred reviews, 224 books have 2 starred reviews, 699 books have 1 starred review.
  • 336 books published in 2020 have been awarded 522 starred reviews as of the end of February.
  • 2020: 1 book with 6 starred reviews; 2 books with 5 starred reviews; 12 books with 4 starred reviews; 26 books with 3 starred reviews; 85 books with 2 starred reviews; 210 books with 1 starred review.

2020 Starred Reviews

6 starred reviews:  1 book

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh book cover

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh. Candace Fleming. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780525646549. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews:  2 books – 1 book moves up from three starred reviews: Honeybee

Honeybee book coverWhen You Trap a Tiger book cover

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823442850. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
When You Trap a Tiger.
Tae Keller. Penguin Random House. 9781524715700. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews:  12 books – 2 books are entirely new: Hike and Rick; 2 books move up from three starred reviews: Lizzie Demands a Seat! and My Best Friend

Almost American Girl book coverBedtime for Sweet Creatures book coverHike book coverKing and the Dragonflies book coverLizzie Demands a Seat book coverMy Best Friend book coverNesting book coverNot So Pure and Simple book coverThe Old Truck book coverThe Oldest Student book coverRick book coverStamped book cover

Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir. Robin Ha. HaperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062685100. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures. Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492638322. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Hike. Pete Oswald. Candlewick. 9781536201574. B, K, PW, SLJ.
King and the Dragonflies. Kacen Callender. Scholastic Press. 9781338129335. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights. Beth Anderson, illus. by E.B. Lewis. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629799391. B, K, PW, SLJ.
My Best Friend. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Jillian Tamaki. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781534427228. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Nesting. Henry Cole. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062885920. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Not So Pure and Simple. Lamar Giles. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062349194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Old Truck. Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey. W.W. Norton and Company/Norton Young Readers. 9781324005193. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illus. by Oge Mora. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524768287. B, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Rick. Alex Gino. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338048100. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped From the Beginning. Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316453691. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews:  26 books – 13 books are new to the list; they are marked *NEW* below

¡Vamos!: Let's Go Eat book cover19 Love Songs book coverAll the Days Past, All the Days to Come book coverAstronauts book coverBanned Book Club book coverBear Goes Sugaring book coverBeing Frog book coverChild of the Universe book coverConsent (For Kids!) book coverDandelion's Dream book coverEfrén Divided book coverFrom the Desk of Zoe Washington book coverThe Girl Who Speaks Bear book coverIn a Jar book coverThe List of Things That Will Not Change book coverMagnificent Homespun Brown book coverThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street book coverMañanaland book coverOverground Railroad book coverRaybearer book coverRed Hood book coverSnapdragon book coverThe Thief Knot book coverThis Book Is Anti-Racist book coverTwo Little Trains book coverWe Are Water Protectors book cover

*NEW* ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go Eat. Raúl the Third, illus. by Raúl the Third with Elaine Bay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. 9781328557049. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* 19 Love Songs. David Levithan. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781984848635. B, BCCB, SLJ.
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come.
Mildred D. Taylor. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780399257308. B, K, PW.
Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. Jim Ottaviani, illus. by Maris Wicks. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728776. B, K, PW.
Banned Book Club. Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada, illus. by Ko Hyung-Ju. Iron Circus. 9781945820427. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Bear Goes Sugaring. Maxwell Eaton, III. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823444489. BCCB, K, PW.
Being Frog. April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781534428812. BCCB, K, PW.
*NEW* Child of the Universe. Ray Jayawardhana, illus. by Raúl Colón. Penguin Random House/Make Me a World. 9781524717544. K, PW, SLJ.
Consent (For Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of You. Rachel Brian. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316457736. B, K, SLJ.
Dandelion’s Dream. Yoko Tanaka. Candlewick. 9781536204537. BCCB, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Efrén Divided. Ernesto Cisneros. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062881687. B, K, PW.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington. Janae Marks. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062875853. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Girl Who Speaks Bear. Sophie Anderson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338580839. B, K, PW.
In a Jar. Deborah Marcero. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9780525514596. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* The List of Things That Will Not Change. Rebecca Stead. Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9781101938096. B, K, PW.
Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration. Samara Cole Doyon, illus. by Kaylani Juanita. Tilbury House. 9780884487975. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street. Lauren Oliver, illus. by Ethan M. Aldridge. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062345073. K, PW, SLJ.
Mañanaland. Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic Press. 9781338157864. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Overground Railroad. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823438730. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Raybearer. Jordan Ifueko. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419739828. B, K, PW.
Red Hood. Elana K. Arnold. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062742353. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Snapdragon. Kat Leyh. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250171115. B, K, PW.
The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story. Kate Milford, illus. by Jaime Zollars. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9781328466891. B, K, SLJ.
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How To Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work. Tiffany Jewell, illus. by Aurélia Durand. Quarto Knows/Frances Lincoln. 9780711245211. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Two Little Trains. Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Greg Pizzoli. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062676511. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* We Are Water Protectors. Carole Lindstrom, illus. by Michaela Goade. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781250203557. B, K, PW.

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

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Happy reading!

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