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!
So Far Up

So Far Up

Susanne Strasser
Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Charlesbridge, 2018   ISBN: 978-1580898485
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Dirty Birdies

Dirty Birdies

Jennifer Sattler
Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Sleeping Bear Press, 2018   ISBN: 978-1585363896
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Bird Lake Moon

Bird Lake Moon

Kevin Henkes
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
HarperCollins, 2010   ISBN: 978-0061470790
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Maurice the Unbeastly

Maurice the Unbeastly

Amy Dixon
Illustrator:  Karl James Mountford 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Sterling Children's Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1454919537
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The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Girl with the Red Balloon

Katherine Locke
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Albert Whitman and Company, 2017   ISBN: 978-0807529331
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Snow Sisters! Two Sisters, One Snowy Day

Snow Sisters! Two Sisters, One Snowy Day

Kerri Kokias
Illustrator:  Teagan White 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018   ISBN: 978-1101938836
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Small Walt

Small Walt

Elizabeth Verdick
Illustrator:  Marc Rosenthal 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2017   ISBN: 978-1481448451
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Big Bear Can't Fall Asleep

Big Bear Can't Fall Asleep

Adeline Ruel
Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Minedition, 2017   ISBN: 978-9888341498
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B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet

B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet

Ruth Strother
Illustrator:  Bob Marstall 
Poetry and nonfiction Picture Book  Series
For ages 6 to 10
Sleeping Bear Press, 2011   ISBN: 978-1585364541
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Daytime Nighttime, All Through the Year

Daytime Nighttime, All Through the Year

Diane Lang
Illustrator:  Andrea Gabriel 
Nonfiction Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Dawn Publications, 2017   ISBN: 978-1584696070
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The Dam Keeper

The Dam Keeper

Robert Kondo, Diasuke "Dice" Tsutsumi
Graphic Novel
For ages 8 and up
First Second, 2017   ISBN: 978-1626724266
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30 People Who Changed the World

30 People Who Changed the World

Written by Award Winning Writers
Nonfiction
For ages 8 to 11
Seagrass Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1633223776
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The Waters & the Wild

The Waters & the Wild

Francesca Lia Block
Fiction
For ages 12 and up
HarperTeen, 2009   ISBN: 978-0061452444
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Before She was Harriet

Before She was Harriet

Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrator:  James E. Ransome 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Holiday House, 2017   ISBN: 978-0823420476
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The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders

The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders

Joe Fullman
Illustrator:  A cast of wonderful illustrators 
Novelty Book
For ages 8 to 10
Lonely Planet Kids, 2017   ISBN: 978-1787011045
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