This is a listing of all my 2018 reviews roughly grouped by type (fiction or non-fiction and picture or chapter book) and then alphabetically. Board books are listed separately. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a recommendation list, I review many books that I either do not like, or do not recommend to others. If you are looking to browse reviews by other characteristics, I have a more comprehensive listing of my commonly used tags broken down by category.
In 2018 I reviewed 63 books from various categories.
I also reviewed 10 board books.
Picture Book Fiction (3 books)
Circles of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams, illustrated by Linda Saport.
Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! by Pat Cummings.
JoJo’s Flying Side Kick by Brian Pinkney.
Chapter Book Fiction (26 books)
American Panda by Gloria Chao.
Away West (Scraps of Time 1879) by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Gordon James.
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac.
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal.
Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.
Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim, illustrated by Jesse Hamm.
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (Jasmine Toguchi #1) by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic.
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.
Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers, adapted by Guy A. Sims and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile.
Only One Year by Andrea Cheng, illustrations by Nicole Wong.
The Poet X: A Novel by Elizabeth Acevedo.
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane Evans.
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins.
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Judy Pedersen.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.
Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly, illustrated by Molly Park.
The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Ann Strugnell.
Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan.
Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap, illustrated by Mari Araki.
The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield, illustrated by Ada C. Williamson.
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin.
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner.
Picture Book Non-Fiction (6 books)
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One.
Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto and Haiwang Yuan.
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrate by Erwin Printup, Jr.
Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters, Photographs by Russ Kendall.
We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft.
Chapter Book Non-Fiction (28 books)
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater.
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.
Come to Believe: How the Jesuits are Reinventing Education (Again) – Inside the First Year of the New Arrupe College by Stephen N. Katsouros.
Coretta Scott King (History Maker Bios) by Laura Hamilton Waxman, illustrations by Tad Butler.
A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives by Alia Malek.
Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother’s Story by Diki Tsering, edited and introduced by Khedroob Thonup.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.
Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard by Nora Ellen Groce, foreward by John W. M. Whiting.
First in the Family: Advice about College from First-Generation Students – Your College Years by Kathleen Cushman. (ebook)
First in the Family: Advice about College from First-Generation Students – Your High School Years by Kathleen Cushman. (Also a free ebook, but I read a paper copy.)
Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children by Sarah Carr.
I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language by Lydia Denworth.
Keeping the Dream Alive: The Cases and Causes of the Southern Poverty Law Center by Booth Gunter.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis with Beth Clark.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
The Making of a Psychologist by Dr. Earl Bracy.
On That Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman’s Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti by Margaret Trost.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers.
Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families by Lori L. Tharps.
The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson.
Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou.
A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust by Alison Leslie Gold.
Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir, with Damien Lewis.
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge.
Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar.
Diverse Board Books (page)
The ten board books I reviewed in 2018 were:
Barack Obama 101 by Brad M. Epstein.
Good Morning Baby by Cheryl Willis Hudson, Illustrated by George Ford. Nope!
Good Night Families by Adam Gamble, illustrated by Cooper Kelly.
The Hip Hop Board Book by Martin Ander.
I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by E. B. Lewis.
Loving Me by Debby Slier.
Pretty Brown Face by Andrea and Brian Pinkney.
Rain Feet by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Rhonda Mitchell.
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney, photographs by Myles C. Pinkney.
The Story of Rosa Parks by Patricia A. Pingry, illustrated by Steven Walker.
Last updated January 7th, 2019.