Previous Editor’s Choice Titles


Here readers will find a list of titles that the editor has chosen to highlight. Each month a new title is added to this list


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January and February 2020

The Inn-Keeper's Apprentice

Allen Say

November and December 2019


Bernard Beckett

September and October 2019

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe

Heather Smith

July and August 2019

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Illustrated by Inga Moore

May and June 2019


Shauna LaVoy Reynolds

Illustrated by Sharhrzad Maydani

March and April 2019

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

January and February 2019


Jon McGoran

November and December 2018

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey

Margaret Peterson Haddix

September and October 2018

A tower of Giraffes

Anna Wright

July and August 2018

Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture

Joshua David Stein

Illustrated by Julia Rothman

May and June 2018


Katharine Applegate

March and April 2018

Make the Earth your companion

J. Patrick Lewis

Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso

January and February 2018

The Glass Swallow

Julia Golding

November and December 2017

The Poet's Dog

Patricia MacLachlan

September and October 2017

The Book of Gold

Bob Staake

July and August 2017

Adventures with Waffles

Maria Parr

Illustrated by Kate Forrester

May and June 2017

Creekfinding: A true Story

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Illustrated by Claudia McGehee

March and April 2017

Waiting for the Magic

Patricia MacLachlan

Illustrated by Amy Bates

January and February 2017

Book of a Thousand Days

Shannon Hale

November and December 2016


Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

September and October 2016

Midnight Thief

Livia Blackburne

July and August 2016


Peter Goes

May and June 2016

The Night Gardener

Terry and Eric Fan

March and April 2016

Beetle Boy

M. G. Leonard

January and February 2016

Buddy and Earl

Maureen Fergus

Illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

November and December 2015

Sidewalk Flowers

JoArno Lawson

Illustrated by Sydney Smith

September and October 2015

Zen Socks

Jon J. Muth

July and August 2015

Fly Away

Patricia MacLachlan

May and June 2015


Roland Smith

March and April 2015

Madame Martine

Sarah S. Brannen

January and February 2015

Sophie's Squash

Pat Zietlow MIller

Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

November and December 2014

Guitar Notes

Mary Amato

September and October 2014


Alexandra Duncan

July and August 2014

Hank Finds An Egg

Rebecca Dudley

May and June 2014

Big Bear Hug

Nicholas Oldland

March and April 2014

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

Torben Kuhlmann

January and February 2014

The Peculiar

Stefan Bachman

November and December 2013

Will in Scarlet

Matthew Cody

September and October 2013


Aaron Becker

July and August 2013

A Hero for Wondla

Tony DiTerlizzi

May and June 2013


Rodrigo Folgueira

Illustrated by Poly Bernatene

March and April 2013

Titanic: Voices from the disaster

Deborah Hopkinson

January and February 2013


Karen Hesse

November and December 2012


Rachel Hartman

September and October 2012

The Sixty-Eight Rooms

Marianne Malone

July and August 2012

A Hero for Wondla

Tony DiTerlizzi

May and June 2012

Above World

Jenn Reese

March and April 2012


Sarah Weeks

January and February 2012

The Sandwich Shop

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio

Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

November and December 2011

In search of Mockingbird

Loretta Ellsworth

September and October 2011

The Popularity Papers

Amy Ignatow

May and June 2011


Ann Aguirre

March and April 2011

Ten Miles Past Normal

Frances O’Roark Dowell

January and February 2011

Toby Alone

Timothee de Fomelle

Illustrated by Francois Place

November and December 2010


Wendelin Van Draanen

September and October 2010

The Black book of Secrets

F. E. Higgins

July and August 2010

Keeping the moon

Sarah Dessen

May and June 2010

The story of Cirrus Flux

Matthew Skelton

March and April 2010

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Hamilton

Illustrated by James McMullan

January and February 2010

The Carbon Diaries 2010

Saci Lloyd

November and December 2009

Waiting for Winter

Sebastian Meschenmoser

September and October 2009

The Cabinet of Wonders

Marie Rutkoski

June 2009


Stephen Michael King

May 2009

Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

Marie-Louise Gay

April 2009


Barbara Lehman

February 2009

The Magic Thief: Book One

Sarah Prineas

Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

March 2009

The year the swallows came early

Kathryn Fitzmaurice

January 2009

How to get rich in the California Gold Rush

Todd Olson

Illustrated by Scott Allred

December 2008

Sucks to be me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)

Kimberly Pauley

November 2008


Elise Broach

October 2008

A Visitor for Bear

Bonny Becker

Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

September 2008

The Book Book

Sophie Benini Pietromarchi

August 2008

The day the world exploded

Simon Winchester

July 2008

Sand Dollar Summer

Kimberly K. Jones

June 2008

The dead and the gone

Susan Beth Pfeffer

May 2008


Caroline Bingham, Ben Morgan, and Matthew Robertson

April 2008


Matthew Van Fleet

March 2008

Why war is never a good idea

Alice Walker

Illustrated by Stephano Vitale

February 2008

At Night

Jonathan Bean

January 2008


Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

December 2007

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

November 2007

The Loud Silence of Francine Green

Karen Cushman

October 2007

Ida B…and her plans to Maximize fun, avoid disaster and (Possibly) save the world

Katherine Hannigan

September 2007


Mathilde Stein

Illustrated by Mies van Hout

August 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling

July 2007

Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo

June 2007

Once Upon a Picture

Sally Swain

May 2007

The Miner's Daughter

Gretchen Moran Laskas

April 2007

Way Down Deep

Ruth White

March 2007


Bernard Waber

February 2007

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

January 2007

The Supernaturalist

Eoin Colfer

December 20006

Shipwreck Detective

Richard Platt

Illustrated by Duncan Cameron

November 2006

The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds

October 2006

Life as we knew it

Susan Beth Pfeffer

September 2006

I had seen Castles: A Novel

Cynthia Rylant

August 2006

Endymion Spring

Matthew Skelton

July 2006

Four in all

Nina Payne

Illustrated by Adam Payne

June 2006

Septimus Heap: Book One - Magyk

Angie Sage

May 2006

The Valley of Secrets

Charmian Hussey

April 2006

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

January and February 2006

Dickens: His work and his world

Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

December 2005


Dugald A. Steer

Illustrations by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, and Helen Ward

Novermber 2005


Steve Augarde

October 2005

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Michael Morpurgo

September 2005

Willow Run

Patricia Reilly Giff

August 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling

July 2005

Mr. George Baker

Amy Hest

Illustrated by John J. Muth

May and June 2005

A quiet Place

Douglas Wood

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen

April 2005

The Quilt Maker's Journey

Jeff Brumbeau

Illustrated by Gail de Marecken

March 2005

The Truth about sparrows

Marian Hale

February 2005

Zen Short

Jon J. Muth

January 2005

A Child is a Child

Brigitte Weninger

Illustrated by Eve Tharlet

December 2004

The City of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau

November 2004

The Crow-Girl

Bodil Bredsdorff

October 2004

The end of the Beginning


Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

September 2004

The Friend

Sarah Stewart

Illustrated by David Small

August 2004


Kenneth Oppel

July 2004

Petals in the Ashes

Mary Hooper

June 2004

The War

Anais Vaugelade

May 2004

Hard Times for Jake Smith

Aileen Kilgore Henderson

April 2004

On Sand Island

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Illustrated by David Johnson

March 2004

The Various

Steve Augarde

February 2004

Pagan in Exile

By Catherine Jinks

March 2006

Angel on the Square

Gloria Whelan

July and August 2009

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly

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