Best Books for Kids and Teens 2018

I hope to blog more about books for children and young adults in 2019.  Below are favorites I read this year.  I’m sure I’m missing some fabulous titles; but there’s only one me and so many amazing books published each year.

Picture Books

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Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

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Imagine! By Raul Colon

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Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

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You’re Snug With Me by Chitra Soundar and illustrated by Poonam Mistry

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Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell and illustrated by Corinna Luyken

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The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros and illustrated by Dana Wulfkekotte

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The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrated by Van T Rudd

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This Book is Red:  Books That Drive Kids Crazy! by Beck and Matt Stanton

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A House That Once Was? by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith

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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets:  A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

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Night Job by Karen Hesse and illustrated by G. Brian Karas

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My Pictures After the Storm by Eric Veille

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A Different Pond by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui

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Potato Pants by Laurie Keller

 

Beginning Readers

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Please, No More Nuts by Jonathan Fenske

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Mr. Monkey Visits a School by Jeff Mack

 

Biographies for Kids

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Pies From Nowhere:  How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito and illustrated by Laura Freedom

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Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala

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So Tall Within:  Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary Schmidt and illustrated by Daniel Minter

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Sisters and Champions:  The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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The Secret Kingdom:  Nek Chand, a Changing India and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

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Between the Lines:  How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace and illustrated Bryan Collier

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Girl Running:  Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimental and illustrated by Micha Archer

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What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of the Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Christ Barton and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

 

Nonfiction for Kids

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We Are Grateful by Traci Sorrell and illustrated by Frane Lessac

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Otis and Will Discover The Deep:  The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Katherine Roy

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The Brilliant Deep:  Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

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Pass Go and Collect $200:  The Real Story of How Monopoly was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Steven Salerno

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What’s On Your Plate?  Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Stewart and illustrated by Christiane Engel

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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

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What Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz and Allison Black

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Terrific Tongues by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Jia Liu

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The Elephant by Jenni Desmond

 

Middle Grade Fiction

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

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Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Young Adult Fiction

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Brave Enough by Kati Gardner

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Breakout by Kate Messner

 

Young Adult Graphic Novels

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

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Princess and Dress Maker by Jen Wang

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Speak:  The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll

 

Outlier

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

 

 Perfect for Storytime

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There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

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Mad, Mad Bear! by Kimberly Gee

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How do You Take a Bath? by Kate McMullan and illustrated by Sydney Hanson

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There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott

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Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

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Play This Book by Jessica Young and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

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Don’t Blink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by David Roberts

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The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan and illustrated by Tom Knight

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Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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Old Hat by Emily Gravett

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The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier and illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

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I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep by Dev Petty and illustrated Mike Boldt

 

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