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2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner and a
2016 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. By Laurie Ann
Thompson. Illus. by Sean Qualls. Random/
Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780449817445).
Emmanuel doesn’t allow his malformed leg to
deter him from riding a bike to crusade for disability rights in Ghana. His successes chronicled in
this biography are inspirational. A 2016 Schneider
Family Book Award winner.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s
Most Famous Bear. By Lindsay Mattick.
Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Little, Brown, $18
This heartening tale is an incredible account of
the friendship and love shared between a soldier
and the real bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
The 2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner.
Float. By Daniel Miyares. Illus. by the author.
Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481415248).
In this wordless picture book, a gray, rainy day
turns into an adventure when a boy makes a paper
boat and plays outside in the rain.
Flop to the Top! By Eleanor Davis and Drew
Weing. Illus. by the authors. TOON, $12.95
Wanda is shocked to learn that her dog,
Wilbur—not Wanda—has become an instant celebrity when a selfie goes viral. Bright, bold cartoon
art tells this story, emphasizing that friendship and
family are more important than fame.
Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y zumbido: Animal
Poems / Poemas de animales. Ed. by Julie
Paschkis. Illus. by the author. Holt, $17.99
Fourteen poems of mammals, birds, insects,
fish, and reptiles are presented in both English and
Spanish. Embedded within the lively illustrations
are additional words in both languages.
Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker
Helped Win the American Revolution. By Mara
Rockliff. Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch. HMH,
Little-known hero baker of the American Revolution Christopher Ludwick stars in this engaging
picture-book biography with a tasty twist.
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village. By Fang
Suzhen. Illus. by Sonja Danowski. Tr. by Huang
Xiumin. NorthSouth, $19.95 (9780735842168).
Xiao Le’s grandmother passes away soon after he
spends a rare day visiting her. His mother is sad,
but Xiao Le helps her feel better, telling her what
Grandma is doing in heaven. A 2016 Batchelder
The Grasshopper and the Ants. By Jerry
Pinkney. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown, $18
In this adaptation of Aesop’s fable, vivid, intricate watercolors bring to life hardworking ants
as they prepare for the winter, while a playful
grasshopper wishes they would join in his merrymaking instead.
Growing Up Pedro. By Matt Tavares.
Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $16.99
A young Pedro Martínez, inspired by his brother Ramon, rises from humble beginnings in the
Dominican Republic to become one of the best
major-league baseball players of our time.
Hippos Are Huge! By Jonathan London. Illus.
by Matthew Trueman. Candlewick, $16.99
Filled with fascinating facts about the fierce,
but sometimes playful, creature, this dynamically
illustrated volume profiles the hippo, whose monstrous jaw and razor-sharp tusks make it the most
dangerous animal in Africa.
I Yam a Donkey! By Cece Bell. Illus. by the
author. Clarion, $16.99 (9780544087200).
Correcting a donkey’s grammar and pronunciation comically leads to one yam’s demise.
If You Plant a Seed. By Kadir Nelson. Illus. by
the author. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $18.99
A rabbit and mouse wait patiently for the seeds
they planted to grow into delicious vegetables.
When some birds want part of the harvest, everyone learns being kind is the most fruitful way to
Last Stop on Market Street. By Matt de la Peña.
Illus. by Christian Robinson. Putnam, $16.99
CJ’s journey with his nana is not just a simple
bus ride; it is a multisensory experience through
which he discovers that beautiful music, nature,
and people surround him. The 2016 Newbery
Medal Winner and a 2016 Caldecott Honor
Lenny & Lucy. By Philip C. Stead. Illus. by Erin
E. Stead. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99
Homemade guardians Lenny and Lucy protect
Peter and his dog from the dark, scary woods
and help him find fun and friendship at his new
home. Pops of color bring life to the charcoal illustrations.
Leo: A Ghost Story. By Mac Barnett. Illus.
by Christian Robinson. Chronicle, $16.99
Leo, a child ghost, leaves his home when its
Awkward. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by
the author. Yen, $11 (9780316381307).
Art club and science club go head-to-head
for a table at the Annual School Club Fair,
while a boy and a girl from each try to figure
out how to be friends despite a bitter rivalry.
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New
Orleans. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author.
HMH, $18.99 (9780544157774).
Brown chronicles Hurricane Katrina and the
impact it had on the city and people of New
Orleans. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book and
a 2016 Sibert Honor Book.
Lumberjanes. By Noelle Stevenson and
others. Illus. by Brooke Allen.
• v. 1. Boom! Box, paper, $14.99
• v. 2. Boom! Box, paper, $14.99
Five best friends spend the summer at camp
defeating magical monsters and trying to find
out what the junk is going on.
• v.2: Generation Why. By G. Willow
Wilson. Illus. by Jacob Wyatt and
Adrian Alphona. Marvel, paper, $15.99
• v.3: Crushed. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus.
by Takeshi Miyazawa and Elmo Bondoc.
Marvel, paper, $15.99 (9780785192275).
Ms. Marvel teams up with Wolverine, faces
the Inventor, and struggles with her first crush.
Nimona. By Noelle Stevenson. Illus.
by the author. Harper Teen, $17.99
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter
with a knack for villainy. A 2016 Top 10 Quick
Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Roller Girl. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus. by
the author. Dial, $20.99 (9780525429678).
Astrid signs up for roller-derby camp but has
no idea how hard it will be or what it will cost
her. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book and a
2016 Newbery Honor winner.
Sacred Heart. By Liz Suburbia. Illus. by
the author. Fantagraphics, paper, $24.99
In a town where all the adults seem to be
missing, a group of teens struggles to figure out
who they are and who is killing them.
A Silent Voice. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus. by
• v. 1. Kodansha, paper, $10.99
• v. 2. Kodansha, paper, $10.99
• v. 3. Kodansha, paper, $10.99
Shoya’s life was dramatically altered after he
was ostracized in elementary school for teasing
Shoko for being deaf—five years later, could he
hope for forgiveness?
Trashed. By Derf Backderf. Illus. by
the author. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95
Inspired by real-life experiences, the author
uncovers the messy inside world of garbage collection.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. By Ryan
North. Illus. by Erica Henderson.
• v.1: Squirrel Power. Marvel, paper, $15.99
• v.2: Squirrel You Know It’s True. Marvel,
paper, $14.99 (9780785197034).
Squirrel Girl and her sidekick, Tippy-Toe,
kick butts and eat nuts.
TOP 10 GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS
FOR TEENS, 2016
The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises recommended graphic novels for
readers ages 12 to 18, all published in 2015. For the complete list, visit ala.org/yalsa/2016-great-
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