March 2020 Starred Reviews

So. Obviously it’s been awhile, but it’s time to start catching up. Many thanks to those who have reached out to check and make sure I’m ok. I’m very lucky to be fine. But I struggle to focus when I’m not working and when almost my entire job has moved online it is difficult to convince myself to spend more time on my computer when I get home. What this means for this blog is that Newbery and Printz posts are going to have to wait until I can get caught up on the starred reviews spreadsheet.

Honeybee joins The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh with six starred reviews – it’s a good year to be Candace Fleming!

March 2020 stars tally:

  • 455 books published in 2020 have been awarded 714 starred reviews as of the end of March.
  • 2 books with 6 starred reviews; 6 books with 5 starred reviews; 14 books with 4 starred reviews; 44 books with 3 starred reviews; 95 books with 2 starred reviews; 294 books with 1 starred review.
  • 25 books are entirely new to the list: 2 with five starred reviews, 3 with four starred reviews and 20 with three starred reviews.

2020 Starred Reviews

6 starred reviews:  2 books – Honeybee moves up from five starred reviews

Honeybee book coverThe Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh book cover

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823442850. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh.
Candace Fleming. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780525646549. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews:  6 books – 2 books are new: Prairie Lotus and When Stars Are Scattered; 2 books move up from four starred reviews: Hike and The Old Truck; 1 book moves up from three starred reviews: The List of Things That Will Not Change

Hike book coverThe List of Things That Will Not Change book coverThe Old Truck book coverPrairie Lotus book coverWhen Stars Are Scattered book coverWhen You Trap a Tiger book cover

Hike. Pete Oswald. Candlewick. 9781536201574. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The List of Things That Will Not Change. Rebecca Stead. Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9781101938096. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Old Truck. Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey. W.W. Norton and Company/Norton Young Readers. 9781324005193. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Prairie Lotus. Linda Sue Park. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9781328781505. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* When Stars Are Scattered. Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, illus. by Victoria Jamieson with Iman Geddy. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525553915. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
When You Trap a Tiger.
Tae Keller. Penguin Random House. 9781524715700. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews:  14 books – 3 books are entirely new: Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom; The Next President; and Tigers, Not Daughters; 1 book moves up from three starred reviews: ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go Eat

¡Vamos!: Let's Go Eat book coverAlmost American Girl book coverBedtime for Sweet Creatures book coverBox book coverKing and the Dragonflies book coverLizzie Demands a Seat book coverMy Best Friend book coverNesting book coverThe Next President book coverNot So Pure and Simple book coverThe Oldest Student book coverRick book coverStamped book coverTigers, Not Daughters book cover

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go Eat. Raúl the Third, illus. by Raúl the Third with Elaine Bay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. 9781328557049. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
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* Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Michele Wood. Candlewick. 9780763691561. HB, 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.
*NEW* The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents. Kate Messner, illus. by Adam Rex. Chronicle. 9781452174884. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Not So Pure and Simple. Lamar Giles. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062349194. 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.
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.
*NEW* Tigers, Not Daughters. Samantha Mabry. Workman/Algonquin. 9781616208967. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews:  44 books – 20 books are new to the list; they are marked *NEW* below

19 Love Songs book coverAll the Days Past, All the Days to Come book coverAll the Dear Little Animals book coverAstronauts book coverBanned Book Club book coverBear Goes Sugaring book coverBeing Frog book coverBlack Is a Rainbow Color book coverThe Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity book coverThe Cat Man of Aleppo book coverChild of the Universe book coverConsent (For Kids!) book coverDandelion's Dream book coverDon't Worry, Little Crab book coverDragon Hoops book coverEcho Mountain book coverEfrén Divided book coverFrom the Desk of Zoe Washington book coverGet a Grip, Vivy Cohen! book coverThe Girl Who Speaks Bear book coverHello, Neighbor! book coverIn a Jar book coverIn the Woods book coverKent State book coverLeaving Lymon book coverMadame Badobedah book coverMagnificent Homespun Brown book coverThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street book coverMañanaland book coverOne Little Bag book coverThe Only Black Girls in Town book coverOutside In book coverOverground Railroad book coverRaybearer book coverRed Hood book coverShow Me a Sign book coverSnapdragon book coverThey Went Left book coverThe Thief Knot book coverThis Book Is Anti-Racist book coverTwo Little Trains book coverWays to Make Sunshine book coverWe Are Not From Here book coverWe Are Water Protectors book cover

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.
*NEW* All the Dear Little Animals. Ulf Nilsson, illus. by Eva Eriksson. Lerner/Gecko Press. 9781776572892. 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.
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* Black Is a Rainbow Color. Angela Joy, illus. by Ekua Holmes. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781626726314. B, HB, K.
*NEW* The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan. Amy Alznauer, illus. Daniel Miyares. Candlewick. 9780763690489. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Cat Man of Aleppo. Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781984813787. B, K, PW.
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* Don’t Worry, Little Crab. Chris Haughton. Candlewick. 9781536211191. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Dragon Hoops. Gene Luen Yang, illus. by Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626720794. B, BCCB, PW.
*NEW* Echo Mountain. Lauren Wolk. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780525555568. B, K, PW.
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* Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Sarah Kapit. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525554189. B, K, SLJ.
The Girl Who Speaks Bear. Sophie Anderson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338580839. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers. Matthew Cordell. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823446186. B, K, PW.
In a Jar. Deborah Marcero. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9780525514596. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* In the Woods. David Elliott, illus. by Rob Dunlavey. Candlewick. 9780763697839. B, HB, K.
*NEW* Kent State. Deborah Wiles. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338356281. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Leaving Lymon. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823444427. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Madame Badobedah. Sophie Dahl, illus. by Lauren O’Hara. Candlewick/Walker US. 9781536210224. B, K, PW.
Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration. Samara Cole Doyon, illus. by Kaylani Juanita. Tilbury House. 9780884487975. K, PW, SLJ.
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* One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey. Henry Cole. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338359978. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* The Only Black Girls in Town. Brandy Colbert. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316456388. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Outside In. Deborah Underwood, illus. by Cindy Derby. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328866820. K, PW, SLJ.
Overground Railroad. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823438730. B, K, PW.
Raybearer. Jordan Ifueko. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419739828. B, K, PW.
Red Hood. Elana K. Arnold. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062742353. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Show Me a Sign. Ann Clare LeZotte. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338255812. K, PW, SLJ.
Snapdragon. Kat Leyh. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250171115. B, K, PW.
*NEW* They Went Left. Monica Hesse. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316490573. B, PW, SLJ.
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.
Two Little Trains. Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Greg Pizzoli. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062676511. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Ways to Make Sunshine. Renée Watson, illus. by Nina Mata. Bloomsbury. 9781547600564. B, K, PW.
*NEW* We Are Not From Here. Jenny Torres Sanchez. Penguin Random House/Philomel. 9781984812261. B, K, SLJ.
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!

2 thoughts on “March 2020 Starred Reviews

  1. I read about a third of the Charles Lindbergh book and I decided I wasn’t into reading about a racist man when all the attention should be on Black Lives Mattering. I set it aside.


    1. I can understand that. I just got a copy from the Library, but since I am a very slow non-fiction reader anyway, we will see how far I get! It’s good to hear from you; I hope you are well and surviving the pandemic reasonably.


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