2018 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award Books (2017 Copyright)

Alphabet Thief Written by Bill Richardson. Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff. Groundwood Books.

Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books. Written by Michelle Markle. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Chronicle.

Before She Was Harriet. Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. Holiday House.

Benjamin Franklin’s Wise Words: How to Work Smart, Play Well, and Make Real Friends. Written by Benjamin Franklin. Adapted by K.M. Koystal. Illustrated by Fred Harper. National Geographic Society.

Betty’s Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure. Written and illustrated by Travis Nichols. Chronicle Books.

Between Two Skies. Written by Joanne O’Sullivan. Chronicle.

The Catawampus Cat. Written by Jason Carter Eaton. Illustrated by Gus Gordon. Crown Books for Young Readers.

Fantastic Flowers. Written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale. Peachtree.

A Greyhound, A Groundhog. Written by Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by Chris Appelhans. Schwartz & Wade.

I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups. Written by Chris Harris. Illustrated by Lane Smith. Little Brown.

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies. Written by Beth Ain. Random House.

Just Dance. Written by Patricia MacLachlan. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

La La la. Written by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Jaime Kim. Chronicle.

La Princesa and the Pea. Written by Susan Middleton Elya. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Candlewick.

Letters to a Prisoner. Written by Jacques Goldstyn. Translated from the French by Angela Keenlyside. Owlkids.

Life. Written by Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Beach Lane Books 

Little Bits of Sky. Written by S.E. Durrant. Nosy Crow.

Long Way Down. Written by Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlin Diouhy.

Look! What Do You See? An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs. Written by Xu Bing. Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. Viking Books.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. Written by Patricia Hruby Powell. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland. Chronicle Books.

Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote. Written by Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Raúl Colón. Peachtree Publishers.

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters. Written by Michael James Mahin. Illustrated by Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story. Written by Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Peter Willis. Mims House.

Niko Draws a Feeling. Written by Robert Raczka. Illustrated by Simone Shin. Carolrhoda Books.

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Written by Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury Children’s.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Written by Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick Press.

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song. Written by Gary Golio. Illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb. Millbrook Press.

This House Once. Written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

The Warden’s Daughter. Written by Jerry Spinelli. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Yo Soy Muslim. Written by Mark Gonzales. Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Salaam Read/Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers.

2018 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Selection Committee Members:
Diana Porter (Eastern Kentucky Univ.); Jennifer Sanders (Oklahoma State Univ.); Jane Bean-Folkes (Marist College, N.J.); Cynthia Alaniz (Coppell Indep. School Dist., Texas); Sue Corbin (Notre Dame College, Ohio); Jeanne Fain (Lipscomb Univ., Tennessee); Rebecca Leigh (Oakland Univ., Michigan)