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LARC Mocks: 2023 Non-Fiction

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

2023 Non-Fiction

Aberg-Riger, Ariel.  America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History.  BL 5/1/23

Alexander, Kwame.  An American Story.  K 12/1/22, HB 1-2/ 23

Alexander, Kwame.  How to Write a Poem.  SLJ 1/23, K 2/1/23, BL 3/1/23

Alvarez, David. Ancient Night. HB 3-4/23

Anat, Berna.  Money Out Loud: All the Financial Stuff No One Taught Us.  BL 4/15/23

Arbuthnott, Gill.  From Shore to Ocean Floor: The Human Journey to the Deep.  K 3/1/23

Armstrong, Kate.  Nightbirds.  BL 2/1/23

Ashman, Linda.  Champion Chompers, Super Stinkers and Other Poems by Extraordinary Animals.  K 5/1/23

Backhouse, Frances.  Grizzly Bears.  SLJ 3/23

Baker, Jeannie.  Desert Jungle  K 4/1/23

Balkan, Gabrielle.  What a Map Can Do. K 5/15/23

Barlow, Charnelle Pinkney. Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman who Invented Rock and Roll. PW 2/6/23

Barretta, Gene.  Starring Steven Spielberg: The Making of a Young Filmmaker.  SLJ 1/23

Barnett, Mac. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. HB Jan/Feb 23

Barone, Rebecca. Unbreakable: The Spies Who Cracked the Nazis' Secret Code. HB 3-4/23

Barton, Bethany.  I'm Trying to Love Germs.  SLJ 5/23

Ben-Barak, Idan.  We Go Way Back.  K 11/1/22, PW 12/19/22, HB 3-4/23

Benediktsson, Aevar Por.  Stranded! A Mostly True Story From Iceland.  K 5/15/23

Berne, Jennifer.  How the Sea Came To Be And All the Creatures in It.  K 3/1/23, SLJ 5/23

Bolden, Tonya.  Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!  K 11/1/22, PW 2/6/23, BL 2/15/23

Boxer. Elisa.   Hidden Hope: How a Toy and a Hero Saved Lives during the Holocaust.  BL 2/15/23, SLJ 2/23, K 4/15/23

Bradshaw, John.  A First Guide to Dogs: Understanding Your Very Best Friend.  K 4/15/23

Bruchac, Joseph. Voices of the People. HB 3-4/23

Bulion, Leslie.  Galapagos: Islands of Change.  BL 3/1/23

Bunting, Philip.  The Gentle Genius of Trees.  K 11/1/22, BL 12/1-15/22, BCCB 12/22

Buzzeo, Toni.  Eat Your Superpowers!  How Colorful Foods Keep You Healthy and Strong.  BL 4/15/23

Bybee, Veeda. Shining a Light: Celebrating 40 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Changed the World.  K 3/1/23

Carmichael, L.E. Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth.  K 3/1/23

Carson, Mary Kay.  Tree, Wildflower, and Mushroom Spotting: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide.  K 4/1/23

Chad, Jon.  The Periodic Table of Elements: Understanding the Building Blocks of Everything.  K 1/1/23

Chang, Rosa.  My Indigo World: A True Story of the Color Blue.  BL 4/1/23

Charles, Tami.  Ketanji Brown Jackson: A Justice for All.  SLJ 4/23

Chin, Jason. The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey. HB Jan/Feb 23

Clark, Zion & James S. Hirsch.  Work with What You Got.  BL 3/1/23

Cox, Lynne.  Yoshi, Sea Turtle Genius: A True Story About An Amazing Swimmer.  K 11/15/22, PW 1/16/23, HB 3-4/23

Dadey, Debbie.  Never Give Up: Dr. Kati Kariko and the Race for the Future of Vaccines.  SLJ 2/23

Dalton, Angela. To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights. BCCB 1/23

Davies, Nicola.  Emperor of the Ice: How a Changing Climate Affects a Penguin Colony.  K 12/1/22

Decalf, Jeremie. The Sky is Not the Limit. HB 3-4/23, SLJ 3/23

DeLems, Caitlin.  Pitch Perfect and Persistent! The Musical Debut of Amy Cheney Beach.  K 1/15/23

Demonti, Ilaria.  Sheepology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia.  BL 5/1/23

DeRoche, Tim.  Tales of Whimsy, Verses of Woe.  BL 3/1/23

Donnelly, Rebecca.  Total Garbage: A Messy Dive Into Trash, Waste, and Our World.  K 1/15/23

Dotlich, Rebecca Kai.  Welcome to the Wonder House. K 6/1/23

Dronfield, Jeremy.  The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz. K 10/15/22, BL 12/1-15/22

Edinger, Monica & Lesley Younge.  Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself.  BL 2/1/23

Ejaita, Diana.  A Day in the Sun.  K 3/15/23

Faber, Polly. Special Delivery: A Book's Journey Around the World.  K 2/1/23

Fadeeva, Olga.  Wind: Discovering Air in Motion. K 2/15/23

Farqui, Reem.  Miloo's Mind: The Story of Maryam Faruqi, Trailblazer for Women's Education. K 10/15/22, PW 1/23/23

Fisher, Lalena.  Friends Beyond Measure.  K 1/11/22

Flack, Roberta with Tonya Bolden, The Green Piano: How  Little Me Found Music. K 10/15/22, PW 2/6/23, SLJ 3/23

Forrester, Amy Seto.  Search for a Giant Squid: Pick Your Path.  BL 2/15/23

French, Vivian.  From Here to There: A First Book of Maps.  K 2/1/23

Furrow, Robert & Donna Jo Napoli.  We Are Starlings: Inside he Mesmerizing  Magic of a Murmuration.  SLJ 4/23

Gianferrari, Maria.  You and the Bowerbird. K 5/15/23

Gibson, David. Changing World: Cold Data for a Warming Planet. K 2/15/23

Giles, Chrystal.  Not an Easy Win.  BL 2/1/23

Ginnochio, Rachel HS.  Roads to Family: All the Ways We Come to Be.  BL 3/15/23

Going, K.L., This is the Planet Where I Live.  K 2/1/23

Gualinga, Patricia. Stand as Tall as the Trees: How an Amazonian Community Protected the Rain Forest.  K 6/1/23

Haine, Rosie.  We Are Human Animals.  K 12/1/22

Harari, Yuval Noah.  Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took Over the World.  K 12/15/22

Harris, Chris.  My Head Has a Bellyache and More Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups.  K 5/1/23

Harjo, Joy.  Remember.  K 12/15/22, HB 3-4/23

Havrelock, Deidre & Edward Kay.  Indigenous Ingenuity: A Celebration of Traditional North American Knowledge.  BL 5/1/23

Hernandez-Bergstrom, Adriana.  Tumble.  K 5/1/23

Henderson, Kimberly Annece.  Dear Yesteryear.  SLJ 2/23, BCCB 2/23

Hilldtrom, Ylva.  The Art and Life Of Hilma af Klint.  SLJ 2/23

Hirsch, Rebecca E.  Rise to the Sky: How the World's Tallest Trees Grow Up.  BL 4/1/23

Hopkinson, Deborah.  Race against Death: The Greatest POW Rescue of World War II.  BL 2/1/23, K 3/1/23, SLJ 4/23

Howes, Katey.  Woven of the World.  K 12/1/22

Janeczko, Paul B.  Where I Live: Poems About My Home, My Street and My Town. SLJ 1/23

Joy, Angela. Choosing Brave: How Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement. SLJ 1/23

Khalilallah, Saniyah.  I Help at Home!  I Can Clean My Room, Fold Laundry, Set the Table, and More.  4/1/23

Korte, Steve.  What Do We Know about Bigfoot?  BL 2/1/23

Kumura, Yukie.  Yukie's Island: My Family's World War II Story.  SLJ 5/23

Kunkel, Angela Burke.  Make Way: The Story of Robert McCloskey, Nancy Schon and Some Very Famous Ducklings. PW 2/6/23, K 2/15/23

Kwan, Leslie.  A is for Aretha.  SLJ 3/23

Lanan, Jessica. Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider.  K 2/15/23

LaNier, Carlotta Walls. A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.  K 10/15/22, BL 1/1-15/23

LaRocca, Rajani.  A Vaccine Is like a Memory.  BL 4/15/23

Larson, Kirsten W.  The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars are Made Of.  K 12/1/22, PW 1/23/23

Lawlor, Laurie. Restoring Prairie, Woods and Pond: How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Difference.  K 1/15/23

Lee, Chiquita Mullins & Carmella Van Vleet.You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce! The Storied Life of Folk Artist Elijah Pierce. BCCB 12/22, BL1/1-15/23

Leigh, Lindsey.  The Deep! Wild Life at the Ocean's Darkest Depths.  K 4/15/23

Lemelman, Martin.  The Miracle Seed.  K 4/1/23

Levy, Dana Alison.  Breaking the Mold: Changing the Face of Climate Science.  SLJ 1/23

Long, Michael G.  Unstoppable: How Bayard Rustin Organized the 1963 March on Washington. BL 4/15/23, K 5/15/23

Madison, Megan.  Every Body: A First Conversation About Bodies.  K 4/1/23

Magoon, Kekla.  Ketanji: Justice Jackson's Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court.  SLJ 5/23

Majewski, Marc.  Bridges.  K 4/1/23

Maloney, Brenna.  Buzzkill: A Wild Wander through the Weird and Threatened World of Bugs.  BL 3/1/23

Marcus, Leonard S.  Mr. Lincoln Sits For His Portrait: The Story of a Photograph That Became and American Icon.  K 12/1/22, BL 2/1/23

Markovics, Joyce.  Space Junk.  4/1/23

Martinez, Claudia Guadalupe.  Not a Monster. K 4/15/23

McDonald, Jill.  Exploring Dinosaurs.  4/1/23

McGee, Heather.  The Sum of Us (Adapted for  Young Readers): How Racism Hurts Everyone.  BL 1/1-15/23

Methot, Suzanne.  Killing the Wittigo: Indigenous Culture-Based Approaches to Waking Up, Taking Action, and Doing the Work of Healing.  BL 4/15/23

McAnulty, Stacy.  Pluto!: Not a Planet? Not a Problem! SLJ 4/23

Montague, LIz.  Jackie Ormes Draws the Future: The Remarkable Life of a Pioneering Cartoonist.  SLJ 4/23

Montgomery, Sy.  The Book of Turtles.  BL 3/1/23, K 3/15/23

Murray, Lily.  How Old is a Whale? Animal Life Spans From the Mayfly to the Immortal Jellyfish.  K 1/1/23

Myer, Sarah.  Monstrous: A Transracial Adopotion.  BL 5/15/23

Neri, G. Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrap the World. The Story of Two Groundbreaking Environmental Artists. HB 3-4/23

Osborne, Linda Barrett.  Who's Got Mail? The History of Mail in America.  K 3/1/23

Owen, Polly.  Darwin's Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular.  K 11/15/22, BL 1/1-15/23

Park, Jane.  Hidden Creature Features.  K 12/15/22

Perron, Lisa Varchol.  Patterns Everywhere. SLJ 4/23

Philip, Claire.  On the Tracks!  4/1/23

Pimentel, Annette Bay.  Before Colors: Where Pigments and Dyes Come From.  K 4/15/23

Pinkney, Jerry.  Just Jerry: How Drawing Shaped My Life.  K 11/1/22, PW 12/5/22, BL 1/1-15/23, HB 1-2/23

Raczka, Bob.  You Are a Story. SLJ 1/23

Ransome, Lesa Cline. The Story of the Saxophone. PW 2/6/23

Rodgers, Allison K.  We Need to Talk About Vaginas: An Important Book About Vulvas, Periods, Puberty and Sex!  K 12/1/22, BL 2/1/23

Rice, Eleanor Spicer.  Unseen Jungle: The Microbes That Secretly Control Our World.  BL 5/1/23

Richmond, Susan Edwards.  Night Owl Night.  K 6/1/23

Romer, Jennie.  Can I Recycle This?  A Kid's Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use Plastics.  BL 3/1/23

Romito, Dee. The Last Plastic Straw: A Plastic Problem and Finding Ways to Fix it. HB 1-2/23

Roy, Katherine.  Making More: How Life Begins. K 2/15/23

Salas, Laura Purdie.  Zap!  Clap!  Boom!  BL 1/1-15/23

Salazar, Aida.  Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter.  K 2/1/23, SLJ 2/23

Salyer, Hannah.  Ancestory: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art.  K 2/15/23, BL 3/15/23

Sanchez, Anita. The Forest in the Sea: Seaweed Solutions to Planetary Problems. K 11/15/22

Sanchez, Anita. The Monkey Trial: John Scopes and the Battle Over Teaching Evolution.  K 12/1/22, PW 1/30/23

Sarah,  Rachel.  Climate Champions: 15 Women Fighting for Your Future.  BL 3/1/23

Saxby, Claire.  Great White Shark.  K 4/15/23

Schechter, Robert.  The Red Ear Blows Its Nose: Poems for Children and Others.  SLJ 1/23, K 1/15/23, BL 3/1/23

Sheinkin, Steve. BOMB (Graphic novel): The Race to+ Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.  K 10/15/22, BCCB 12/22, HB 1-2/23

Sidman, Joyce.  We Are Branches.  BL 5/1/23

Slade, Susanne. Behold the Octopus. BCCB 2/23

Smith, Jennifer N.R.  GLOW: The Wild Wonders of Bioluminescene.  K 5/1/23

Sorell, Traci.  Contenders: Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series.  K 3/1/23

Stelson, Caren.  Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport.  K 11/15/22

Stamper, Phil.  Afterglow.  BL 2/1/23

Stelson, Caren.  Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport.  SLJ 2/23, HB 1-2/ 23

Stiefel, Chana. The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs. HB 3-4/23

Stinson, Kathy.  A Tulip in Winter: A story About Folk Artist Maud Lewis.  K 3/1/23

Stone, Tiffany. Super Small; Miniature Marvels of the Natural World.  K 2/1/23

Sweeney, Kate.  This One's for You.  BL 2/1/23

Thermes, Jennifer.  The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic.  K 11/15/22, BL 1/1-15/23, HB 1-2/23

Tonatiuh, Duncan. A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters. HB 1-2/23

Todd, Traci.  Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes.  K 11/15/22, BL 1/1-15/23

Van Cleave, Ryan G.  The Witness Trees: Historic Moments and the Trees Who Watched Them Happen.  K 5/15/23

Van Heidrich, Katie.  The In-Between. K 11/15/22

Virts, Terry.  The Astronaut's guide to Leaving the Planet: Everything You Need to Know, from Training to Re-Entry.  K 2/15/23, BL 3/15/23

Vitkus, Jessica.  Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past and Present.  SLJ 1/23

Von der Gathen, Katharina.  Any Body: A Comic Compendium of Important Facts and Feelings About Our Bodies.  K 4/15/23

Wallace, Sandra Neil. Love is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement. PW 12/19/22, K 1/1/23, HB 1-2/ 23

Weatherford, Carole Boston. All Rise: The Story Of Ketanji Brown Jackson.  SLJ 2/23

Weatherford, Carole Boston. How Do You Spell Unfair? MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee. PW 1/23/23, BL 2/1/23, K 3/1/23

Weatherford, Carole Boston.  You Are My Pride: A Love Letter from Your Motherland.  K 1/1/23

Wenjen, Mia.  Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World.  SLJ 5/23

Wilkes, Angela. Children's Quick and Easy Cookbook: More Than 60 Simple Recipes.  SLJ 5/23

Wilson, Jamia.  Young, Gifted and Black Too: Meet 52 More Black Icons from Past and Present.  SLJ 3/23

Winters, C.E.  Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation.  SLJ 2/23, HB 1-2/23

Wishinsky, Frieda.  A Flower is a Friend.  K 4/1/23

Woelfle, Gretchen.  A Take-Charge Girl Blazes a Trail to Congress: The Story of Jeanette Rankin.  BL 12/1-15/22

World Book.  Our Life.  4/1/23