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Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books
Soon to be an animated show on HBO Max!It's SQUISH—a graphic novel series, now adapted for audio, about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a schoo...
Author: Joseph Bruchac | Narrator: Joseph Bruchac
Release Date: June 08, 2021
****Four starred reviews!**** From the U.S.'s foremost Indigenous children's author comes a middle grade verse novel set during the COVID-19 pandemic, about a Wabanaki girl's quarantine on her grandparents' reservation and the local dog that bec...
Author: Maya Tatsukawa | Narrator: James Sie
Release Date: June 01, 2021
An overbearing older sibling can really be a bear, but the child in this understated, gently humorous story finds out that they can have their advantages, too."I live with a bear," the story's young narrator declares. The bear is loud, messy, uncouth...
Author: Ashima Shiraishi | Narrator: Holter Graham and Ashima Shiraishi
Release Date: April 07, 2020
From Ashima Shiraishi, one of the world's youngest and most skilled climbers, comes a true story of strength and perseverance--in rock climbing and in life.To a rock climber, a boulder is called a "problem," and you solve it by climbing to the top. T...
Author: Kelly Jones | Narrator: Kyla Garcia
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Fans of Katherine Applegate and Erin Entrada Kelly will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.   Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to...
Author: Sonia Sotomayor | Narrator: Sonia Sotomayor and Jaina Lee Ortiz
Release Date: September 04, 2018
In this adaptation for middle graders based on her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor's extraordinary life inspires. Her achievement serves as a true testament to the fact that...
Author: Rebecca Stead | Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Release Date: July 14, 2009
"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post This New...
Author: Lenore Look | Narrator: Everette Plen
Release Date: June 23, 2009
The first book in a hilarious chapter book series that tackles anxiety in a fun, kid-friendly way. Perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!A humorous and touching series about facing your fears and embracing...
Author: Lenore Look | Narrator: Everette Plen
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Here's the third book in the hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which is a Kirkus Reviews Best Continuing Series.Alvin Ho back and his worst fear has come true: he has to go camping. What will he do exposed in the wilderness with bears and darkn...
Author: Polly Horvath | Narrator: Tai Alexandra Ricci
Release Date: September 09, 2008
THE WINNER OF a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget. Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventure...