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LARC Mocks: 2018 Non-Fiction

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

Non-fiction

Please alpha by author. If title is already on the list, please add abbreviation and date to it. (PW = Publishers Weekly, SLJ = School Library Journal, HB = Horn Book, Kirkus = K, Booklist = BL The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books = BCCB (feel free to add other journal titles and abbreviations)

Acevedo, Sylvia.  Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist.  BL 7/18

Ahmed, Roda.  Mae Among The Stars  K 11/1/17

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bringing Back Our Freshwater Lakes.  BL 5/15/18

Andrews, Troy & Bill Taylor.  The 5 O'Clock Band.  BL 5/1/18

Bagieu, Penelope. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. PW 1/15/18, BCCB 3/18

Bailey, Linda.  Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein.  BL 6/1-15/18, PW 7/30/18

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta.  The United States vs. Jackie Robinson  K 11/1/17

Beals, Melba Pattillo. March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine. PW 11/13/17

Becker, Helaine  Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13  K 5/1/18

Ben-Barak, Idan  Do Not Lick this Book  K 5/1/18

Betran, Roxanne A Seal Named Patches  SLJ 1/18

Blumenthal, Deborah Polka Dot Parade: A Book About Bill Cunningham  K 6/1/18

Blumenthal, Karen.  Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend.  BL 6/1-15/18

​Bolden, Tonya.  Facing Frederick The Life of Frederick Douglass a Monumental American Man  K 10/15/2017

Bowles, David.  Feathered Serpent/Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico  SLJ 7/18

Braun, Erin.  Protest Movements: Then and Now.  BL 3/15/18

Brimner, Larry Dane.  Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment  SLJ 7/18

Brock, Rose.  Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration.  BL 4/15/18

Burkhart, Jessica  Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. PW 2/26/18, SLJ 2/18

Capek, Michael.  The Wilhelm Gustloff Story.  BL 3/15/18

Castaldo, Nancy F.  Back From the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction.  BL 3/15/18

Chambers, Veronica  Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose up Against Tyranny and Injustice  K 7/15/18, BL 8/18

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams  SLJ 6/18, BL 6/1-15/18

Conkling, Winifred.  Votes for Women American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. K 11/15/17, PW 12/11/17, HB 3-4/18

Cooke, Joanna The Sequoia Lives On  K 6/1/18

Cooper, Ilene.  Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, The White House, and the World  SLJ 6/18

Coote, Maree.  Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C.  BL 5/1/18

Curtis, Andrea  Eat This! A Kid's Field Guide to Fast Food Advertising  K 3/1/18

Cusolito, Michelle Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin  K 3/151/8

Davey, Owen. Bonkers About Beetles. PW 5/21/18

Davis, Jackie Leigh.  DIY Circus Lab for Kids: A Family-Friendly Guide for Juggling, Balancing, Clowning, and Show-Making.  BL 5/15/18

Dawson, Eric David.  Putting Peace First: Seven Commitments to Change the World.  BL 7/18

DeCristofano, Carolyn  Running On Sunshine: How Does Solar Energy Work?  K 4/15/18

Dias, Marley  Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You  SLJ 2/18

Diehn, Andi.  Forces.  BL 3/15/18

Doeden, Matt.  The World Cup Soccer's Global Championship K 1/15/18

Downes, Patrick & Kensky, Jessica. Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship. BL 2/15/18

Duncan, Alice Faye  Memphis, Martin, And The Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968  K 7/15/18, BL 8/18

Eaton III, Maxwell. The Truth About Hippos. PW 1/22/18

Elliott, David.  In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years SLJ 4/18

Farrell, Kate. Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth. PW 4/16/18

Fishman, Seth. A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars. HB 1-2/18

Fitzgerald, Juniper. How Mamas Love Their Babies. PW 12/4/17

Flood, Joe.  Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter SLJ 4/18

Freedman, Russell.  The Sinking of the Vasa: A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions  SLJ 7/18

Fyvie, Erica  Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle  SLJ 2/18

Gardner, Kate  Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth  K 6/15/18

Gevinson, Tavi.  Rookie On Love  K 1/1/18

Gianferrari, Maria.  Hawk Rising SLJ 4/18

Goldstone, Lawrence.  Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice.  BL 6/1-15/18

Golio, Gary.  Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World.  BL 8/18

Grandin, Temple  Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor  K 3/1/18

Greder, Armin  The Mediterranean  K 4/15/18

Gyetxw, Hetxw'ms.  The Sockeye Mother SLJ 4/18

Guerrero, Diane.  My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope  SLJ 6/18

Hale, Christy.  Land and Water Forms around the World.  BL 4/15/18

Halfman, Janet.  Midnight Teacher  K 1/1/18

Hand, Carol.  Bringing Back Our Oceans.  BL 5/15/18

Hand, Carol.  Bringing Back Our Tropical Forests.  BL 5/15/18

Hannigan, Kate. A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights. PW 11/20/17, K 12/1/17

Harrison, Vashti  Little Leaders: Bold Woman in Black History  SLJ 1/18

Hearth, Amy Hill. Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York. PW 10/16/17

Heing, Bridey.  ISIS Brides.  BL 3/15/18

Hendrix, John.  The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler.  BL 6/1-15/18, SLJ 7/18, K 7/15/18

Herrera, Juan Felipe. Jabberwalking. PW 1/1/18, SLJ 4/18

Hesselberth, Joyce.  Mapping Sam  SLJ 6/18

Hesterman, Katie.  A Round of Robins. PW 2/5/18, SLJ 4/18

Hirsch, Andy.  Trees: Kings of the Forest.  BL 7/18

Holt, Hannah.  The Diamond and the Boy: The Creation of Diamonds and the Life of H. Tracy Hall.  BL 6/1-15/18

Hopkinson, Deborah.  D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History SLJ 7/18

Hudson, Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices  SLJ 7/18, K 7/1/18, PW 8/6/18

Huson, Brett David. The Sockeye Mother. PW 1/22/18

Jarrow, Gail.  Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America  SLJ 6/18, K 6/15/18, BL 6/1-15/18, PW 6/18/18

Jenkins, Martin. Bird Builds a Nest. HB 01-2/18

Jenkins, Steve  Stinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals  K 3/1/18

Kaye, Julia.  Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition  SLJ 6/18

Kenney, Karen Latchana.  Super Hummingbirds.  BL 3/15/18

Khan, Hena.  Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes.  BL 4/15/18

Khanna, Sudarshan. Toys and Play with Everyday Materials. PW 7/16/18

Killion, Ann Champions of Women's Soccer  K 3/15/18

Lang, Diane  Fur, Feather, Fin? All of Us Are Kin  K 3/1/18

Langford, Jo.  The Pride Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth.  BL 6/1-15/18

Latham, Irene and Charles Waters. Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. PW 11/13/17

Lendler, Ian. One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything. PW 2/19/18, BL 4/15/18

Long, Jessica.  Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming Champion.  BL 3/1/18

MacCarald, Clara.  Bringing Back Our Deserts.  BL 5/15/18

Macdonald, Maryann  Rosa's Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie  K 4/1/18

Maclear, Kyo. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli. PW 12/18/17

Mahin, Michael.  When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana.  BL 6/1-15/18, K 7/15/18

Markle, Sandra  Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration  SLJ 12/17, K 11/15/17

Markle, Sandra  The Great Rhino Rescue: Saving the Southern White Rhinos  K 6/15/18

Marsh, Sarah Jane.  Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word.  BL 6/1-15/18

McCarthy, Meghan  All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff  SLJ 1/18

McMahon, Peter.  The Space Adventurer's Guide: Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe.  BL 3/1/18

McNamara, Margaret.  Eliza.  BL 8/18

Medina, Tony.  Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy SLJ 4/18

Meloy, Colin  The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger  K 3/15/18

Metzger, Julie  Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Real Answers to Real Questions from Preteens  K 6/15/18

Montgomery, Heather L.  Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill  SLJ 7/18

Montgomery, Sy  The Hyena Scientist  K 4/15/18, BL 5/15/18

Mora, Pat.  Bookjoy.  Wordjoy.  BL 7/18

Motum, Markus. Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover. PW 1/22/18

Moulton, Erin.  Things We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out.  BL 5/1/18

Muhammad, Ibtihaj  Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Edition  K 6/1/18, BL 7/18, SLJ 7/18

Munro, Roxie. Rodent Rascals: From Tiny to Tremendous - 21 Clever Creatures at Their Actual Size. PW 1/22/18, BL 2/15/18

Nye, Naomi Shihab.  Voices in the Air  K 11/15/17, SLJ 1/18

O'Connor, George  Hermes: Tales of the Trickster SLJ 1/18

Partridge, Elizabeth. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam. PW 3/5/18, HB 3-4/18, BCCB 5/18

Pearson, P. O'Connell. Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII. BL 2/1/18

Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Martin Rising Requiem for a King  K 10/15/2017, PW 11/6/17, SLJ 1/18, HB 3-4/18

Rappaport, Doreen.  Walt's Imagination.  BL 6/1-15/18

Redding, Anna Crowley.  Google It: A History of Google.  BL 6/1-15/18

Reed, Amy.  Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America  SLJ 7/18

Reynolds, Jason.  For Every One SLJ 4/18

Rich, Kaelyn. Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution. PW 8/6/18

Roosevelt, Eleanor with Markel, Michelle When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You  K 7/15/18

Rosen, Michael J. The Horse's Haiku. PW 2/5/18

Rosenberg, Liz.  House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery.  BL 6/1-15/18

Rosenstock, Barb.  Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere HB 3-4/18, SLJ 4/18, PW 4/9/18, BCCB 5/18

Rosenstock, Barb.  Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life and Art.  BL 7/18, PW 7/16/18

Rylant, Cynthia  Ecclesiastes: To Everything There is a Season  K 7/15/18, BL 8/18

Saedi, Sara.  Americanized Rebel Without a Green Card K 12/1/17

Sanchez, Anita.  Itch  K 1/1/18, BL 2/1/18

Sayre, April Puley  Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet  SLJ 1/18

Schmidt, Gary D. So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom. PW 7/16/18, K 7/15/18

Sidman, Joyce The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science SLJ 12/17, K 11/15/17, PW 11/20/17, HB 01-2/18

Singer, Marilyn  Every Month is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World. PW 2/5/18, K 4/1/18

Sisson, Stephanie Roth  Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement  K 6/15/18

Slade, Suzanne. Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon. PW 7/30/18

Sotomayer, Sonia.  The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayer.  BL 6/1-15/18, K 7/15/18

Spray, Sally.  Awesome Engineering Fairground Rides.  BL 5/15/18

Spray, Sally.  Awesome Engineering Skyscrapers.  BL 5/15/18

Spray, Sally.  Awesome Engineering Spacecraft.  BL 5/15/18

Stone, Tanya Lee. Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace. PW 12/18/17

Stone, Tanya Lee.  Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented  SLJ 6/18, K 6/1/18

Sutton, Patricia  Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster  K 5/15/18

Swanson, James L.  Chasing King's Killer  K 1/1/18

Tate, Polo.  Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir Survival.  BL 5/15/18

Teckentrup, Britta. Birds and Their Feathers. PW 5/21/18

Thimmesh, Catherine.  Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild.  BL 3/1/18, K 3/1/18

Thornhill, Jan  The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow  K 3/15/18, BL 5/1/18

Valdez, Patricia  Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles SLJ 1/18, PW 2/19/18

Veirs, Laura  Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten  SLJ 12/17, K 11/1/17, PW 11/20/17

Wallace, Sandra Neil. Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from Football Field to Art Gallery. PW 11/20/17, SLJ 1/18

Weatherford, Carole Boston. How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace. BL 2/1/18

Wright, Richard & Nina Crews  Seeing Into Tomorrow  SLJ 1/18

Voiklis, Charlotte Jones. Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of a the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters. BL 2/15/18

Yolen, Jane.  Meet Me at the Well K 12/1/17

Zimet, Susan. Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote. BL 2/1/18

Zommer, Yuval.  The Big Book of Blue.  BL 6/1-15/18