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!
Beneath the Shine

Beneath the Shine

Sarah Fine
Fiction
For ages 13 and up
Skyscape, 2017   ISBN: 978-1477823279
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Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Lee Wardlaw
Illustrator:  Eugene Yelchin 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Henry Holt and Co. , 2011   ISBN: 978-0805089950
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One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing About America

Ruth Freeman
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Holiday House, 2017   ISBN: 978-0823436958
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Just Binnie

Just Binnie

Dick King-Smith
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Puffin (UK), 2005   ISBN: 978-0141316208
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Flora and the Ostrich: An Opposites Book by Molly Idle

Flora and the Ostrich: An Opposites Book by Molly Idle

Molly Idle
Novelty Board Book
For ages 2 to 4
Chronicle Books , 2017   ISBN: 978-1452146584
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Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Margarita Engle
Illustrator:  Rafael Lopez 
Poetry nonfiction picture book
For ages 6 to 8
Henry Holt and Co. , 2017   ISBN: 978-0805098761
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Emma’s Poem: The voice of the Statue of Liberty

Emma’s Poem: The voice of the Statue of Liberty

Linda Glaser
Illustrator:  Clair A. Nivola 
Nonfiction Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013   ISBN: 978-0544105089
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A House of Tailors

A House of Tailors

Patricia Reilly Giff
Historical Fiction
For ages 12 and up
Random House, 2006   ISBN: 978-0385730662
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Ian Fleming
Illustrator:  Joe Berger 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Candlewick, 2013   ISBN: 978-0763666668
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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains

Jane Yolen , Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Illustrator:  Rebecca Guay 
Nonfiction
For ages 10 and up
Charlesbridge Publishing, 2013   ISBN: 978-1580891851
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A tree grows in Brooklyn

A tree grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith
Fiction
For ages 14 and up
HarperCollins, 2011   ISBN: 978-0060736262
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D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet

D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet

Elissa Grodin
Illustrator:  Victor Juhasz 
Nonfiction and Poetry Picture Book  Series
For ages 5 to 10
Sleeping Bear Press, 2004   ISBN: 978-1585362349
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Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems

Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems

Kristine O'Connell George
Illustrator:  Kate Kiesler 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Clarion Books, 2007   ISBN: 978-0618752423
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Miracles on Maple Hill

Miracles on Maple Hill

Virginia Sorensen
Illustrator:  Beth and Joe Crush 
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Harcourt, 2003   ISBN: 978-0152047184
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The Story of the Orchestra

The Story of the Orchestra

Arthur Levine
Illustrator:  Meredith Hamilton 
Nonfiction with audio CD
For ages 5 to 10
Black Dog and Leventhal, 2001   ISBN: 1579121489
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