Editor's Choice Collection for 2018

These are the books that I reviewed in 2018 that I found particularly entertaining and engaging, and some of them taught me things that I did not know. Many of these titles were published recently, while others have been in print for some time. They are all either stand-alone titles, or the first title in a series, and all of them would make wonderful gifts for a birthday or for the holiday season. Enjoy!
Colorama: From Fuchsia to Midnight Blue

Colorama: From Fuchsia to Midnight Blue

Cruschiform
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 10 and up
Prestel Junior, 2018   ISBN: 978-3791373287
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Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word

Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word

Sarah Jane Marsh
Illustrator:  Edwin Fotheringham 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Disney-Hyperion, 2018   ISBN: 978-1484781449
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The Book of Dust - Volume One: La Belle Sauvage

The Book of Dust - Volume One: La Belle Sauvage

Philip Pullman
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017   ISBN: 978-0375815300
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The Last Cherry Blossom

The Last Cherry Blossom

Kathleen Burkinshaw
Historical Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Sky Pony Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-1634506939
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Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths

Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths

Graham Annable
Graphic Novel
For ages 6 and up
First Second, 2018   ISBN: 978-1626725614
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Rodent Rascals

Rodent Rascals

Roxie Munro
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Holiday House, 2018   ISBN: 978-0823438600
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Slug Days

Slug Days

Sara Leach
Illustrator:  Rebecca Bender 
Fiction
For ages 7 to 9
Pajama Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1772780222
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Hidden World: Forest

Hidden World: Forest

Libby Walden
Illustrator:  Stephanie Fizer Coleman 
Novelty Board Book
For ages 3 to 6
360 Degrees, 2018   ISBN: 978-1944530143
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So Light, So Heavy

So Light, So Heavy

Susanne Strasser
Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Charlesbridge, 2018   ISBN: 978-1580898492
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Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Fiction
For ages 13 and up
Random House, 2011   ISBN: 978-0375859557
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The Word Collector

The Word Collector

Peter H. Reynolds
Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
Scholastic, 2018   ISBN: 978-0545865029
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We Are Family

We Are Family

Patricia Hegarty
Illustrator:  Ryan Wheatcroft 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Tiger Tales, 2017   ISBN: 978-1680100549
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Elmore

Elmore

Holly Hobbie
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018   ISBN: 978-1524718633
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Kate, Who Tamed The Wind

Kate, Who Tamed The Wind

Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator:  Lee White 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House, 2018   ISBN: 978-1101934791
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City Mouse, Country Mouse

City Mouse, Country Mouse

Maggie Rudy
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Henry Holt, 2017   ISBN: 978-1627796163
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