Notable Children’s Books – January 2022 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

Attend the open 2022 Notable Children’s Books meetings to watch the discussions and learn about the Notable evaluation process. This winter the 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 19 at 12:00 PM CST, Thursday, January 20 at 12:00 PM CST, and Friday, January 21 at 12:00 PM CST. Register to attend one or more of the upcoming meetings here.

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2022 NCB Winter Discussion List (75 Titles Total) Last updated January 12, 2022.

FICTION (26 Titles)

Barakah Beats. By Maleeha Siddiqui. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9781338702064).

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. By Alda P. Dobbs. Sourcebooks, $17.99 (9781728234656).

Borders. By Thomas King. Illus. by Natasha Donovan. Little, Brown, $24.99 (9780316593069). 

Candidly Cline. By Kathryn Ormsbee. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780063059993).

Dawn Raid. By Pauline Vaeluaga Smith. Illus. by Mat Hunkin. Levine Querido, $17.99 (9781646140411).

Flight of the Puffin. By Ann Braden. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9781984816061).

How to Become a Planet. By Nicole Melleby. Workman/Algonquin, $16.95 (9781643750361).

How to Find What You’re Not Looking For. By Veera Hiranandani. Kokila, $17.99 (9780525555032).

The Last Cuentista. By Donna Barba Higuera. Levine Querido, $17.99 (9781646140893).

The Lost Language. By Claudia Mills. Random House/Margaret Ferguson, $16.99 (9780823450381).

The Many Meanings of Meilan. By Andrea Wang. Kokila, $17.99 (9780593111284).

One Jar of Magic. By Corey Ann Haydu. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062689856).

Partly Cloudy. By Tanita S. Davis. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062937001). 

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt. By Varian Johnson. Scholastic, $16.99 (9781338348538).

Pony. By RJ Palacio. Alfred A. Knopf Books, $17.99 (9780553508116).

Rez Dogs. By Joseph Bruchac. Dial, $16.99 (9780593326213).

Salt Magic. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Rebecca Mock. Random House/Margaret Ferguson, $14.99 (9780823450503).

Six Crimson Cranes. By Elizabeth Lim. Knopf, $18.99 (9780593300916).

A Snake Falls to Earth. By Darcie Little Badger. Levine Querido, $18.99 (9781646140923).

Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister? By Chitra Soundar. Illus. by Jen Khatun. Candlewick, $14.99 (9781536214826).

Stuntboy, in the Meantime. By Jason Reynolds. Illus. by Raúl the Third. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $13.99 (9781534418165).

Sugar and Spite. By Gail D. Villanueva. Scholastic, $17.99 (9781338630923).

Temple Alley Summer. By Sachiko Kashiwaba.  Illus. by Miho Satake. Trans. by Avery Fischer Udagawa. Yonder, $18.00 (9781632063038).

Ten Thousand Tries. By Amy Makechnie. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534482296).

Too Bright to See. By Kyle Lukoff. Dial, $16.99 (9780593111154).

Too Small Tola. By Atinuke. Illus. by Onyinye Iwu. Candlewick, $15.99 (9781536211276).

NONFICTION (20 Titles)

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water. By Nikole Hannah-Jones & Renée Watson. Illus. by Nikkolas Smith. Kokila, $18.99 (9780593307359).

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter. By Veronica Chambers. Versify, $21.99 (9780358573418).

Ducks Overboard! A True Story of Plastic in our Oceans. By Markus Motum. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536217728).

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown. By Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press, $19.99 (9781250149015). 

The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field. By Scott Riley. Illus. by Nguyen Quang & Kim Lien. Millbrook Press, $19.99 (9781541579156).

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: the Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement. By Paula Yoo. Norton Young Readers, $19.95 (9781324002871).

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. By Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536215526).

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem. By Colleen Paeff. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781534449299).

I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story. By Martha Brockenbrough & Grace Lin. Illus. by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316426923).

I Am Smoke. By Henry Herz. Illus. by Mercè López. Tilbury House, $18.95 (9780884487883).

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, Adapted for Young Readers. By David Grann. Random House/Crown, $18.99 (9780593377345).

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. By Stephen Costanza. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534410367).

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life & Art of Corita Kent. By Matthew Burgess. Illus. by Kara Kramer. Enchanted Lion Books, $18.99 (9781592703166).

¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines. By Dean Robbins. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536206081).

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small. By Dr. Jess Wade. Illus. by Melissa Castrillón. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536217667). 

Odd Beasts: Meet Nature’s Weirdest Animals. By Laura Gehl. Abrams, $8.99 (9781419742224).

Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life. Edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson. Random House/Crown, $16.99 (9780593381595).

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. By Kekla Magoon. Candlewick, $24.99 (9781536214185).

Welcome to Your Period! By Dr. Melissa Kang & Yumi Stynes. Illus. by Jennifer Latham. Walker Books, $17.99 (9781536214765).

What’s In Your Pocket? Collecting Nature’s Treasures. By Heather L. Montgomery. Illus. by Maribel Lechuga. Charlesbridge, $17.99 (9781623541224).


Alaina and the Great Play. By Eloise Greenfield. Illus. by Colin Bootman. Alazar, $17.95 (9781733686525).

The Big Bath House. By Kyo Maclear. Illus. by Gracey Zhang. Random House Studio, $17.99 (9780593181959).

Bright Star. By Yuyi Morales. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823443284). 

The Cot in the Living Room. By Hilda Eunice Burgos. Illus. by Gaby D’Alessandro. Kokila, $17.99 (9780593110478).

Dream Street. By Tricia Elam Walker. Illus. by Ekua Holmes. Anne Schwartz Books, $17.99 (9780525581109).

Except Antarctica. By Todd Sturgell. Sourcebooks, $17.99 (9781728233260).

Faraway Things. By Dave Eggers. Illus. by Kelly Murphy. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316492195).

The First Blade of Sweetgrass: A Native American Story. By Suzanne Greenlaw & Gabriel Frey. Illus. by Nancy Baker. Tilbury House, $18.95 (9780884487609).

From the Tops of Trees. By Kao Kalia Yang. Illus. by Rachel Wada. Carolrhoda, $17.99 (9781541581302).

In My Mosque. By M.O. Yukse. Illus. by Hatem Aly. HarperCollins, $17.99 (9780062978707).

​​It Fell from the Sky. By Terry Fan & Eric Fan. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781534457621).

Kiyoshi’s Walk. By Mark Karlins. Illus. by Nicole Wong. Lee & Low, $18.95 (​​9781620149584).

Let Me Fix You a Plate: A Tale of Two Kitchens. By Elizabeth Lilly. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823443253).

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess. By Tom Gauld. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (9780823446988).

The Longest Storm. By Dan Yaccarino. Mineditionus, $18.99 (9781662650475).

My Two Border Towns. By David Bowles. Illus. by Erika Meza. Kokila, $17.99 (9780593111048).

Not Little. By Maya Myers. Illus. by Hyewon Yum. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, $18.99 (​​9780823446193).

Over the Shop. By JonArno Lawson. Illus. by Qin Leng. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536201475).

Paletero Man. By Lucky Diaz. Illus. by Micah Player. Trans. by Carmen Tafolla. HarperCollins, $17.99 (9780063014442).

Room for Everyone. By Naaz Khan. Illus. by Me​rcè Ló​pez. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534431393).

Soul Food Sunday. By Winsome Bingham. Illus. by CG Esperanza. Abrams, $17.99 (9781419747717).

Time for Bed, Old House. By Janet Costa Bates. Illus. by A.G. Ford. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536209983).

A Walk in the Words. By Hudson Talbott. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399548710).

What I Am. By Divya Srinivasan. Penguin/Viking, $17.99 (9780593204016).

When Lola Visits. By Michelle Sterling. Illus. by Aaron Asis. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062972859).

Wildfire! By Ashley Wolff. Beach Lane Books, $17.99 (9781534487734). 

Wonder Walkers. By Micha Archer. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (​9780593109649).

Words to Make a Friend: A Story in Japanese and English. By Donna Jo Napoli. Illus. by Naoko Stoop. Random House Studio, $17.99 (9780593122273).

POETRY (1 Title)
Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile. By María José​ Ferrada. Illus. by Marí​a Elena Valdez. Trans. by Lawrence Schimel. Eerdmans Books, $18.99 (​​9780802855671).

The committee votes on all titles after the final discussion and the Notable books will be announced at the end of January.  

Alex Bell (she/her), chair, and the entire 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee, are excited to share this opportunity to learn more about critical evaluation of children’s books and listen to their winter discussions; all are welcome! 

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