With some amazing books from this past spring and fall, 2018 has been a great year so far. And it looks like others agree! As this year heads to a close, check out some of our titles that have received high praise and been included on best books lists.

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2979 Days to the Moon
Written by Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

★ “Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

★ “Captivating free-verse narrative…vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives…this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind’s most impressive undertakings.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

★ “Stunning… Slade’s carefully crafted, often alliterative text, written in free verse, is both succinct and readable, drawing this large topic down to the most necessary and interesting facts with enough detail to excite young teens as well as adults who may have lived through the missions.… Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association, 2018

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA / CBC, 2019

Booklist’s Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth 2018

Best STEM Books ―ASEE / ITEEA / NSTA / SEPA / CBC, 2019

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Best Information Books for Older Readers 2018

The Planetary Society‘s 2018 Recommended Space Books for Kids

Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2018

Leaf Litter CrittersLeaf Litter Critters
Written by Leslie Bulion
Illustrated by Robert Meganck

★ “The poems are expertly crafted in a variety of forms (identified in the backmatter). The language is lively and the imagery appropriate. With alliteration, internal rhymes, and careful rhythm, these will be a delight to read aloud and learn…. Meganck’s engaging digital drawings give each creature pop-eyes and attitude…. A delightful, memorable introduction to an unsung ecosystem.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Honor ―California Reading Association, 2018

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Silver, Children’s Poetry) ―Independent Publisher, 2018

In the RainIn the Rain
Written by Elizabeth Spurr
Illustrated by Manelle Oliphant

★ “This charming board book…will inspire conversation and simple science explorations.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Miguel y su valiente caballeroMiguel y su valiente caballero:
El joven Cervantes sueña a don Quijote
Written by Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Raúl Colón

★ “With the assistance of Mlawer and Lázaro, National Young People’s Poet Laureate Engle brings to children the childhood of the great storyteller Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra in his native tongue….the Spanish translation by Mlawer and Lázaro beautifully captures the rhythm and language of the original…. Colón’s remarkable pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations have an old-masters quality that perfectly complements the narrative… This is a worthy translation of a beautiful and engaging book.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

A Fuse #8 Production31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Bilingual Books for Kids

Am I YoursAm I Yours?
Written and illustrated by Alex Latimer

★ “This is a must-have addition to any children’s collection and a surefire crowd-pleaser at a dinosaur storytime. One might call it a roaring success.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Snow LionThe Snow Lion
Written by Jim Helmore
Illustrated by Richard Jones

★ “A well-crafted tale about healthy adaptation to new environs merges with superb artwork.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Atlanta Parent’s Best Books of 2018

King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost ToothKing & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
Written by Dori Hillestad Butler
Illustrated by Nancy Meyers

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Best Fiction Books for Younger Readers 2018

King of BeesThe King of Bees
Written by Lester L. Laminack
Illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award  —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Little WhaleLittle Whale
Written and illustrated by Jo Weaver

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Izzy GizmoIzzy Gizmo
Written by Pip Jones
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Mockingbird Award (Nominee) ―Abilene Independent School District, 2018-2019

Omaha Public Library‘s Top Shelf: Staff Favorites from 2018

Pipsqueaks Slowpokes and StinkersPipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers
Celebrating Animal Underdogs
Written by Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association, 2018

About WoodpeckersAbout Woodpeckers
A Guide for Children
Written by Cathryn Sill
Illustrated by John Sill

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA / CBC, 2019

Kalinka and GrakkleKalinka and Grakkle
Written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Blacksmiths SongBlacksmith’s Song
Written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
Illustrated by Anna Rich

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation. 2018

Secret Science of MagicThe Secret Science of Magic
Written by Melissa Keil

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

Find these titles and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Do you have a Peachtree favorite from 2018? Let us know!