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Publishers Weekly Best Children’s and YA Books 2018


The Publishers Weekly 2018 best children’s and YA books were announced today. Here are the books included on each of their three lists:




Picture Books:

  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (Little, Brown / Hachette)
  • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena, Illus. by Christian Robinson (Putnam / Penguin Group)
  • The Crocodile and the Dentist by Taro Gomi (Chronicle)
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, Illus. by Rafael Lopez (Paulsen / Penguin Group)
  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Porter / Holiday House)
  • The Elephant by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion)
  • The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln by Marissa Moss, Illus. by Jeremy Holmes (Abrams)
  • Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier (Chronicle)
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown / Hachette)
  • Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick)
  • Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan, Illus. by Taeeun Yoo (Wiseman / Simon & Schuster)
  • Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey, Illus. by Julia Sarda (Tundra)
  • The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Illus. by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick)
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial / Penguin Group)
  • Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year Edited by Fiona Waters, Illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon (Nosy Crow)
  • Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum)
  • Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora (Little, Brown / Hachette)
  • Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc (Princeton Architectural)
  • The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee (Dial / Penguin Group)


Middle Grade:

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (Paulsen / Penguin Group)
  • The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Greenwillow / HarperCollins)
  • Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (Levine / Scholastic)
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Levine / Scholastic)
  • Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan, Illus. by Sarah Walsh (Simon & Schuster)
  • A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings by David Hockney and Martin Gayford, Illus. by Rose Blake (Abrams)
  • It Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy (Delacorte)
  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Candlewick)
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Levine / Scholastic)
  • Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden (Putnam / Penguin Group)
  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet)
  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (Tegen / HarperCollins)
  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (Crown / Random House Publishing)


Young Adult:

  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, Illus. by Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick)
  • The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (FSG / Macmillan)
  • Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partidge (Viking / Penguin Group)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Holt / Macmillan)
  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial / Penguin Group)
  • Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Graphix / Scholastic)
  • The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (HarperTeen / HarperCollins)
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (First Second / Macmillan)
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen / HarperCollins)
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (First Second / Macmillan)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (Wednesday)
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (Greenwillow / HarperCollins)
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Tegen / HarperCollins)
  • The War Outside by Monica Hesse (Little, Brown / Hachette)
  • A Winter’s Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos, Trans. from French by Hildegarde Serle (Europa)

Read more about all of these titles at Publishers Weekly here.

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