City, Iztaccíhuatl (the Sleeping Woman) and
Popocatépetl (from words meaning smoking and
mountain), is told in this original version of an
ancient legend. A 2017 Belpré Illustrator Honor
Raymie Nightingale. By Kate DiCamillo.
Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763681173).
DiCamillo’s writing sparkles with humor and
hope as new friends Raymie, Beverly, and Louisiana endeavor to find their places in the world.
The Secret Keepers. By Trenton Lee Stewart.
Illus. by Diana Sudyka. Little, Brown/Megan
Tingley, $18.99 (9780316389556).
When 12-year-old Reuben finds a peculiar,
magical watch that has the power to turn its owner invisible, he’s propelled on the adventure of a
The Sound of Silence. By Katrina Goldsaito.
Illus. by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown, $16.99
After a musician tells Yoshio her favorite sound
is ma (silence), the boy seeks ma amid the daily
bustle of his life in Tokyo.
Steamboat School. By Deborah Hopkinson.
Illus. by Ron Husband. Disney/Jump at the Sun,
When James’ school is closed by a law forbidding the education of African Americans, he helps
create a clever alternative.
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught
the World about Kindness. By Donna Janell
Bowman. Illus. by Daniel Minter. Lee & Low,
Born a slave, William “Doc” Key became a
self-taught veterinarian. With much kindness,
he raised a remarkable horse, named Jim Key,
which he taught to answer questions, spell, and
The Storyteller. By Evan Turk. Illus. by the
author. Atheneum, $18.99 (9781481435185).
During a time of drought, a storyteller and his
apprentice weave a complex tale to rescue their
city from a menacing sandstorm.
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. By Jan
Thornhill. Illus. by the author. Groundwood,
Great auks, flightless birds resembling penguins,
were prolific in the icy waters of the northern Atlantic until human hunters, egg collectors, and
climate change led to their extinction.
A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly)
True Story of the First International Flight
by Balloon in 1785. By Matthew Olshan.
Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Farrar, $17.99
Based on the first hot-air-balloon trip from
England to France, this is the funny and wise account of two adventurous men who must work
together to avoid disaster.
Wet Cement. By Bob Raczka. Roaring Brook,
Children will enjoy the unusual format of the
poems and their titles in this kid-friendly collection of concrete poetry.
When Mischief Came to Town. By Katrina
Nannestad. Harcourt, $16.99 (9780544534322).
Recently orphaned, Inge Maria goes to live with
her grandmother. Through her wild and spirited
ways, Inge soon endears herself to the villagers,
bringing joy to all.
splashes in a puddle, but it’s only a picture—until
reality mirrors art.
Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. By Yuyi
Morales. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/
Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781626722408).
Wild adventures ensue when young luchador
Niño is pitted against his little sisters, the lucha
School’s First Day of School. By Adam Rex.
Illus. by Christian Robinson. Roaring Brook/
Neal Porter, $16.99 (9781596439641).
In this charming account of first-day jitters, a
brand-new school building is the one wracked
with nerves as the school year begins.
Thunder Boy Jr. By Sherman Alexie. Illus.
by Yuyi Morales. Little, Brown, $17.99
Named after his father, Thunder Boy Jr. seeks a
new name that’s all his own and celebrates something cool that he has done.
We Are Growing! A Mo Willems’ Elephant and
Piggie Like Reading! Book. By Laurie Keller.
Illus. by the author. Disney/Hyperion, $9.99
The exuberance felt by a few blades of grass
as they celebrate their individuality and quick
growth is cut short in the face of an approaching lawn mower. The 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel
We Found a Hat. By Jon Klassen. Illus. by the
author. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763656003).
Two turtles unexpectedly explore the depths
of their friendship and loyalty when they come
across a good-looking hat without an owner.
Weekends with Max and His Dad. By Linda
Urban. Illus. by Katie Kath. HMH, $16.99
On weekends, third-grader Max visits his dad’s
new apartment and begins to adjust to his parents’
When Andy Met Sandy. By Tomie dePaola and
Jim Lewis. Illus. by Tomie dePaola. Simon &
Schuster, $8.99 (9781481441551).
A story of gentle friendship begins when one
child courageously asks another to play.
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? By
Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Chris Van Dusen.
Candlewick, $14.99 (9780763673116).
Baby Lincoln goes on a “necessary journey,”
taking the opportunity to explore, grow, and find
herself. In the end, she realizes that there is no
place like home.
The Best Man. By Richard Peck. Dial, $16.99
Four men in Archer’s family become his heroes
in this story of small-town life, family, and marriage.
Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black
Sheep. By Abby Hanlon. Dial, $14.99
Dory’s best friend, Rosabelle, can read big chapter books. Feeling left out, Dory decides she will
learn to read, no matter what it takes.
Full of Beans. By Jennifer L. Holm. Random,
Bean and his gang of friends find the resources
to survive the Great Depression’s hardships in
their hometown of Key West, Florida.
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled. By Lynne Rae
Perkins. Illus. by the author. Greenwillow, $17.99
A boy and his newly adopted dog learn about
math, science, and other school subjects through
everyday interactions in nature and with each
The Girl Who Drank the Moon. By Kelly
Barnhill. Algonquin, $16.95 (9781616205676).
Saved by a witch as a baby, Luna is accidentally
filled with extraordinarily powerful magic. The
2017 John Newbery Medal winner.
I Am Not a Number. By Jenny Kay Dupuis and
Kathy Kacer. Illus. by Gillian Newland. Second
Story, $18.95 (9781927583944).
Sent to a residential boarding school in Canada,
Irene reminds herself that her family, language,
and Anishinaabe culture are a source of great
strength and pride.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her
Mark. By Debbie Levy. Illus. by Elizabeth
Baddeley. Simon & Schuster, $17.99
Discover the life of Supreme Court justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg in this picture-book biography
about how one small yet powerful woman persisted against great odds. A 2017 Top 10 Amelia
Bloomer Project Book.
Juana & Lucas. By Juana Medina. Illus.
by the author. Candlewick, $14.99
Juana, a spirited young girl in Bogotá, Colombia, shares her frustrations and successes in
learning English. The 2017 Pura Belpré Author
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. By John David
Anderson. HarperCollins/Walden Pond, $16.99
Ms. Bixby is the sort of teacher who makes going to school worthwhile. When she is diagnosed
with cancer, three boys decide to make sure her
last day is perfect.
Pax. By Sara Pennypacker. Illus. by Jon
Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $16.99
Readers join a stirring search for peace in this
poignant tale of loss and reconciliation, told in the
alternating views of a fox and his boy.
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack
Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by Lou
Fancher and Steve Johnson. Viking, $18.99
This homage to Ezra Jack Keats takes the form
of a biographical poem, telling of his creation of
Peter, the young, black protagonist of The Snowy
Day, and Keats’ impact on children’s literature.
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of
Young John Lewis. By Jabari Asim. Illus. by
E. B. Lewis. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99
Civil rights leader and Georgia congressman
John Lewis grew up in rural Alabama. Emulating preachers at church, young John literally fed
and ministered to his farmyard congregation of
The Princess and the Warrior. By Duncan
Tonatiuh. Illus. by the author. Abrams, $16.95
The origin of two volcanoes near Mexico