Book List

2024 Newbery, Caldecott, and Youth Media Award Winners

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE EYES & THE IMPOSSIBLE

    MAY 9, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE EYES & THE IMPOSSIBLE

by Dave Eggers ; illustrated by Shawn Harris

One remarkable creature vividly shows readers that “there is so, so much to see.” Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EAGLE DRUMS

    SEPT. 12, 2023

CHILDREN'S

EAGLE DRUMS

by Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson ; illustrated by Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson

A captivating tale filled with enduring lessons about overcoming the fear of others. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ELF DOG AND OWL HEAD

    APRIL 11, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    MEXIKID

    AUG. 1, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    SIMON SORT OF SAYS

    JAN. 31, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    BIG

    MAY 2, 2023

CHILDREN'S

BIG

by Vashti Harrison ; illustrated by Vashti Harrison

A healing balm with the power to make the world a bit kinder. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    IN EVERY LIFE

    FEB. 7, 2023

CHILDREN'S

IN EVERY LIFE

by Marla Frazee ; illustrated by Marla Frazee

This lyrical blessing of a picture book belongs on every shelf. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    JOVITA WORE PANTS

    MARCH 7, 2023

CHILDREN'S

JOVITA WORE PANTS

by Aida Salazar ; illustrated by Molly Mendoza

Bravery and determination prevail in this inspiring tale of unconventional leadership. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THERE WAS A PARTY FOR LANGSTON

    OCT. 3, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TRUTH ABOUT DRAGONS

    AUG. 15, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE TRUTH ABOUT DRAGONS

by Julie Leung ; illustrated by Hanna Cha

A beautiful adventure about embracing both sides of one’s heritage. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    NIGERIA JONES

    MAY 9, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

NIGERIA JONES

by Ibi Zoboi

A strong declaration for supporting, loving, and empowering all Black women everywhere. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOW DO YOU SPELL UNFAIR?

    APRIL 11, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    KIN

    SEPT. 19, 2023

CHILDREN'S

KIN

by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford

A striking work that reshapes the narrative around enslavement. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    AN AMERICAN STORY

    JAN. 3, 2023

CHILDREN'S

AN AMERICAN STORY

by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Dare Coulter

With powerful art from a bold new talent, this is a probing and sensitive take on a devastating chapter of U.S. history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOLDING HER OWN

    JAN. 3, 2023

CHILDREN'S

HOLDING HER OWN

by Traci N. Todd ; illustrated by Shannon Wright

Long-overdue but welcome recognition for a pioneering graphic artist. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE COLLECTORS

    SEPT. 19, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE COLLECTORS

edited by A.S. King

An eclectic, poignant, and introspective treasure trove. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FIRE FROM THE SKY

    OCT. 17, 2023

  • TEEN

    GATHER

    OCT. 3, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

GATHER

by Kenneth M. Cadow

A heartfelt novel about the challenges of youth and the value of community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE GIRL I AM, WAS, AND NEVER WILL BE

    JAN. 10, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    HENRY, LIKE ALWAYS

    MARCH 21, 2023

CHILDREN'S

HENRY, LIKE ALWAYS

by Jenn Bailey ; illustrated by Mika Song

Deeply relatable reassurance for readers unnerved by change. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DANCING HANDS

    JULY 18, 2023

CHILDREN'S

DANCING HANDS

by Joanna Que & Charina Marquez ; illustrated by Frances Alvarez ; translated by Karen Llagas

A gentle and charming introduction to Filipino Sign Language. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

    APRIL 11, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE FIRE, THE WATER, AND MAUDIE MCGINN

    JULY 11, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    GOOD DIFFERENT

    APRIL 4, 2023

CHILDREN'S

GOOD DIFFERENT

by Meg Eden Kuyatt

Short free-verse vignettes beautifully evoke despair, loneliness—and determination. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    TILLY IN TECHNICOLOR

    AUG. 15, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

TILLY IN TECHNICOLOR

by Mazey Eddings

An inclusive, optimistic message deepens this charming romance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BAD CREE

    JAN. 10, 2023

FICTION

BAD CREE

by Jessica Johns

A powerful exploration of generational trauma and an artful, affecting debut. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS

    MAY 2, 2023

FICTION

CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS

by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Imagine "The Hunger Games" refashioned into a rowdy, profane, and indignant blues shout at full blast. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CHLORINE

    MARCH 28, 2023

FICTION

CHLORINE

by Jade Song

A striking portrayal of teenage transformation with a David Lynchian twist (plus mermaids!) Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    FOURTH WING

    MAY 2, 2023

FICTION

FOURTH WING

by Rebecca Yarros

Read this for the action-packed plot, not character development or worldbuilding. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE HARD PARTS

    FEB. 21, 2023

NONFICTION

THE HARD PARTS

by Oksana Masters with Cassidy Randall

An inspirational, empowering chronicle of athletic strength and personal resiliency. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    I WILL GREET THE SUN AGAIN

    AUG. 1, 2023

FICTION

I WILL GREET THE SUN AGAIN

by Khashayar J. Khabushani

Movingly balances emotional realism with a tactile eye for details. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MAAME

    JAN. 31, 2023

FICTION

MAAME

by Jessica George

A fresh, often funny, always poignant take on the coming-of-age novel. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    STARTER VILLAIN

    SEPT. 19, 2023

FICTION

STARTER VILLAIN

by John Scalzi

Fun while it lasts but not one of Scalzi’s stronger books. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE TALK

    JUNE 6, 2023

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE TALK

by Darrin Bell ; illustrated by Darrin Bell

A beautifully drawn book, rich with insight, humor, and hard-won knowledge. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    HOUSES WITH A STORY

    NOV. 14, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

HOUSES WITH A STORY

by Seiji Yoshida ; translated by Jan Mitsuko Cash ; illustrated by Seiji Yoshida

Offers tantalizing glimpses into imagination-inspiring rooms full of untold stories. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LATER, WHEN I'M BIG

    SEPT. 5, 2023

CHILDREN'S

LATER, WHEN I'M BIG

by Bette Westera ; illustrated by Mattias de Leeuw ; translated by Laura Watkinson

Deftly captures a child’s sense of wonder at the vastness of the world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    PARDALITA

    APRIL 18, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    REMEMBERING

    AUG. 29, 2023

CHILDREN'S

REMEMBERING

by Xelena González ; illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

A gorgeous, deeply touching exploration of grief and remembrance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ALEBRIJES

    OCT. 3, 2023

CHILDREN'S

ALEBRIJES

by Donna Barba Higuera ; illustrated by David Álvarez

This heartfelt adventure signals hope for humanity, even in the aftermath of darkness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ANIANA DEL MAR JUMPS IN

    MARCH 14, 2023

CHILDREN'S

ANIANA DEL MAR JUMPS IN

by Jasminne Mendez

A painful yet hopeful exploration of family, trauma, faith, and healing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BENITA AND THE NIGHT CREATURES

    SEPT. 5, 2023

  • NONFICTION

    WORM

    NOV. 7, 2023

NONFICTION

WORM

by Edel Rodriguez ; illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

A sharply observed document of totalitarianism and its discontents—this gifted artist in particular. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MONA LISA VANISHES

    SEPT. 5, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE MONA LISA VANISHES

by Nicholas Day ; illustrated by Brett Helquist

A multistranded yarn skillfully laid out in broad, light brush strokes with some cogent themes mixed in. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    JUMPER

    APRIL 11, 2023

CHILDREN'S

JUMPER

by Jessica Lanan ; illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Readers will leap for this magnificent glimpse at a most marvelous arachnid. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CROSS MY HEART AND NEVER LIE

    SEPT. 19, 2023

CHILDREN'S

CROSS MY HEART AND NEVER LIE

by Nora Dåsnes ; translated by Matt Bagguley ; illustrated by Nora Dåsnes

An absorbing, sincerely told story of adolescent self-discovery and connection. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DESERT QUEEN

    OCT. 3, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    NOT HE OR SHE, I'M ME

    OCT. 17, 2023

CHILDREN'S

NOT HE OR SHE, I'M ME

by A.M. Wild ; illustrated by Kah Yangni

How refreshing to see nonbinary joy so lovingly depicted. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE OTHERWOODS

    SEPT. 12, 2023

  • TEEN

    ANDER & SANTI WERE HERE

    APRIL 4, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    FOX HAS A PROBLEM

    AUG. 1, 2023

CHILDREN'S

FOX HAS A PROBLEM

by Corey R. Tabor ; illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

Children will have no problem enjoying this delightfully witty book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WORM AND CATERPILLAR ARE FRIENDS

    JAN. 31, 2023

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

WORM AND CATERPILLAR ARE FRIENDS

by Kaz Windness ; illustrated by Kaz Windness

Warm and delightful, this tale will stay with readers long after they turn the last page. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ALL THE FIGHTING PARTS

    SEPT. 19, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    ONCE THERE WAS

    APRIL 4, 2023

  • TEEN

    SHE IS A HAUNTING

    FEB. 28, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SHE IS A HAUNTING

by Trang Thanh Tran

Both the ghosts and the humans in this richly layered work are alluring and deadly. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ACCOUNTABLE

    AUG. 22, 2023

  • TEEN

    AMERICA REDUX

    MAY 2, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

AMERICA REDUX

by Ariel Aberg-Riger ; illustrated by Ariel Aberg-Riger

Beautifully illustrated, riveting, enraging, and empowering: a must-read. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FROM HERE

    MAY 16, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FROM HERE

by Luma Mufleh

A poignant glimpse into human imperfections and the struggle to find one’s place in the world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    NEARER MY FREEDOM

    MARCH 7, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    FOREVER COUSINS

    SEPT. 20, 2022

CHILDREN'S

FOREVER COUSINS

by Laurel Goodluck ; illustrated by Jonathan Nelson

A sweet story of friendship, family, and community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A LETTER FOR BOB

    SEPT. 19, 2023

CHILDREN'S

A LETTER FOR BOB

by Kim Rogers ; illustrated by Jonathan Nelson

Slice-of-life Native stories told with joy and reverence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WE STILL BELONG

    AUG. 1, 2023

CHILDREN'S

WE STILL BELONG

by Christine Day

A rich, captivating story that will resonate with readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CONTENDERS

    APRIL 11, 2023

CHILDREN'S

CONTENDERS

by Traci Sorell ; illustrated by Arigon Starr

A lesser-known but significant encounter with all-too-current resonances. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BERRY SONG

    JUNE 14, 2022

CHILDREN'S

BERRY SONG

by Michaela Goade ; illustrated by Michaela Goade

A touching story of familial love and of respect and gratitude for the bounty of the land. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    REMEMBER

    MARCH 21, 2023

CHILDREN'S

REMEMBER

by Joy Harjo ; illustrated by Michaela Goade

A contemplative, visually dazzling masterpiece that will resonate even more deeply each time it is read. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MASCOT

    SEPT. 5, 2023

CHILDREN'S

MASCOT

by Charles Waters & Traci Sorell

A brilliant story not to be missed; deeply engaging from the first page. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MARIA TALLCHIEF

    NOV. 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

MARIA TALLCHIEF

by Christine Day ; illustrated by Gillian Flint

Inspiringly shows how Maria Tallchief persisted and made her dreams come true. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WARRIOR GIRL UNEARTHED

    MAY 2, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WARRIOR GIRL UNEARTHED

by Angeline Boulley

A page-turning heist grounded in a nuanced exploration of critical issues of cultural integrity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FUNERAL SONGS FOR DYING GIRLS

    APRIL 4, 2023

  • TEEN

    MAN MADE MONSTERS

    OCT. 4, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    HEROES OF THE WATER MONSTER

    MAY 23, 2023

CHILDREN'S

HEROES OF THE WATER MONSTER

by Brian Young

Thought-provoking and full of heart; a genuinely pleasurable read. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FINDING PAPA

    FEB. 7, 2023

CHILDREN'S

FINDING PAPA

by Angela Pham Krans ; illustrated by Thi Bui

An affecting story of courage and hope in hardship. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    RUBY LOST AND FOUND

    MAY 16, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    PARACHUTE KIDS

    APRIL 4, 2023

  • TEEN

    IN LIMBO

    MARCH 7, 2023

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

IN LIMBO

by Deb JJ Lee ; illustrated by Deb JJ Lee

A raw, relatable memoir exploring mental health and immigrant experiences. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TWO NEW YEARS

    AUG. 8, 2023

CHILDREN'S

TWO NEW YEARS

by Richard Ho ; illustrated by Lynn Scurfield

A bright, sparkling celebration of a multicultural family. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE BLOOD YEARS

    OCT. 10, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BLOOD YEARS

by Elana K. Arnold

A moving glimpse into a past that is an all-too-possible vision of our future. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    AFIKOMEN

    MARCH 7, 2023

CHILDREN'S

AFIKOMEN

by Tziporah Cohen ; illustrated by Yaara Eshet

The origins of Passover, expressed in a unique fashion. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HANUKKAH UPSIDE DOWN

    SEPT. 19, 2023

CHILDREN'S

HANUKKAH UPSIDE DOWN

by Elissa Brent Weissman ; illustrated by Omer Hoffmann

A reminder that holiday celebrations are fun, no matter when, no matter where. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HIDDEN HOPE

    MARCH 14, 2023

CHILDREN'S

HIDDEN HOPE

by Elisa Boxer ; illustrated by Amy June Bates

This quiet book rightfully helps a little-known Holocaust heroine emerge from the darkness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DON'T WANT TO BE YOUR MONSTER

    JULY 5, 2023

CHILDREN'S

DON'T WANT TO BE YOUR MONSTER

by Deke Moulton

Members of persecuted minorities unite to fight crime: icky, impish, and thematically rich. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE JAKE SHOW

    MAY 23, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE JAKE SHOW

by Joshua S. Levy

Astutely depicts the pain of a contentious divorce, the balm of friendship, and the complexity of Jewish culture. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NOT SO SHY

    APRIL 4, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    A SKY FULL OF SONG

    APRIL 11, 2023

CHILDREN'S

A SKY FULL OF SONG

by Susan Lynn Meyer

A lesser-known Jewish American history offers a plainspoken message about assimilation and self-love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    COURAGE TO DREAM

    OCT. 31, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

COURAGE TO DREAM

by Neal Shusterman ; illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez

Moving examples of the power of culture and folklore to offer help, hope, and inspiration to act. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE

    AUG. 29, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE

by Steve Sheinkin

Passionate, absorbing, and, unfortunately, more than a little relevant to current events. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WRATH BECOMES HER

    OCT. 10, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WRATH BECOMES HER

by Aden Polydoros

A haunting and thoughtful World War II tale with a dark, magical bent. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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