School Library Journal Best Books

Another 2018 best books list has been released, this time from SLJ! Here are the titles:

PICTURE BOOKS 

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Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Black Bird Yellow Sun Blue

Black Bird, Yellow Sun by Steve Light

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Day You Begin Drawn Together

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illus. by Dan Santat

35297103 Fox & Chick: The Party: and Other Stories

The Field by Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

Julián Is a Mermaid Me And My Fear

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

35297368 A Parade of Elephants

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illus. by Ebony Glenn

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

The Patchwork Bike Saffron Ice Cream

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus. by Van Thanh Rudd

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Thank You, Omu! They Say Blue

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Zola's Elephant

Zola’s Elephant by Randall de Sève, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski

 

CHAPTER BOOKS

Meet Yasmin! Tiger vs. Nightmare

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illus. by Hatem Aly

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

 

MIDDLE GRADE

Amal Unbound Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Blended The Cardboard Kingdom

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Dactyl Hill Squad A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Finding Langston Front Desk

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Harbor Me Hurricane Child

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World The Journey of Little Charlie

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The Night Diary The Parker Inheritance

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

Swallow's Dance They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems

Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr

They Call Me Guero by David Bowles

You Go First

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

NONFICTION

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Dreamers

Americanized by Sara Saedi

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Eat This!: How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back) Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man

Eat This!: How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How You Can Fight Back) by Andrea Curtis, illus. by Peggy Collins

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man by Tonya Bolden

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things)

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by R. Gregory Christie

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

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

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña

Prickly Hedgehogs! Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

Prickly Hedgehogs by Jane McGuinness

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell, illus. by Frané Lessac

 

YA

After The Shot Drops All That I Can Fix

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan

The Astonishing Color of After Blanca & Roja

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLeMore

Blood Water Paint Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCollough

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) Give Me Some Truth

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

Hey, Kiddo Love, Hate & Other Filters

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Mirage (Mirage, #1) Monday's Not Coming

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

On a Sunbeam Picture Us in the Light

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Poet X Pride

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

The Prince and the Dressmaker The Promised Neverland vol.1

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1: Grace Field House by Kaiu Shirai

A Room Away From the Wolves Sadie

A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak: The Graphic Novel When Light Left Us

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

 

POETRY

Jabberwalking Martin Rising: Requiem For a King

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney

Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Seeing into Tomorrow by Richard Wright & Nina Crews

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina

 

 

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