Staff Favorites

Here are some of the ManaTeam's favorite books of 2019. Update your bookshelves with these great picks and remember for every book you purchase, BMLP will donate one to a disadvantaged reader!

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life


Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781936669776
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Published: blue manatee press - September 3rd, 2019

“There’s a party at Mr. Pumpkin’s tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find ghoulish delights of every kind.” You are cordially invited to Mr.


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review


Who Wet My Pants? Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316525213
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

In this hilarious tale of blame, compassion, and forgiveness, a very embarrassed bear is reminded that accidents can happen--but with the support of good friends, life goes on.


I Like Myself! (board book) Cover Image
By Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544641013
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what!


Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family.


I Am Love: A Book of Compassion Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419737268
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 17th, 2019

Thank You, Omu! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431248
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book
Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award

In this
remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.


All Kids Are Good Kids Cover Image
By Judy Carey Nevin, Susie Hammer (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534432048
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Published: Little Simon - March 12th, 2019

This sweet board book celebrates different types of children that have one important thing in common: they’re all good kids—and every kid is one of a kind.

Tall kids, short kids,
Build a pillow fort kids.


Shy kids, glad kids,
Love to belly laugh kids.


No two kids are alike and this charming story celebrates those special differences t


Just Because Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763696801
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in a fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault.


My Papi Has a Motorcycle Cover Image
By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553410
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.


Maybe He Just Likes You Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534432376
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Published: Aladdin - October 1st, 2019

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019

Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade audience in this heart-wrenching—and ultimately uplifting—novel about experiencing harassment and unwanted attention from classmates.


Friend or Fiction Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781623541088
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Published: Charlesbridge - October 8th, 2019

One creative middle-schooler discovers that the best friend a girl can have is the one she makes herself in this charming magical realism read.


Stargazing Cover Image
By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250183873
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

Stargazing is a heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.

A 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids Selection
One of FORBES Best Graphic Novels of 2019
One of NPR's Best Books of 2019


Dear Sweet Pea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062473073
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019

The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ (now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan.


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

A National Book Award Finalist!
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019

A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019
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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Newbery Honor Book!

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.


Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

A People magazine Best Book of Fall 2019
An Amazon Best Young Adult Book of 2019
"F***ing outstanding."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author


Summer of '69 Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316420013
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 18th, 2019

Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel.


Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of OPRAH MAGAZINE’S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR


"An exquisite tale of family legacy….The power and poetry of Woodson’s writing conjures up Toni Morrison." – People

 


Butterfly Yellow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062229212
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

Winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Ibi Zoboi, and Erika L. Sanchez, this gorgeously written and deeply moving own voices novel is the YA debut from the award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again. 4 starred reviews!


The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781635765861
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Published: Diversion Books - September 3rd, 2019

On the 100th anniversary of The Volstead Act comes the epic, definitive story of the man who cracked the Prohibition system, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and helped inspire The Great Gatsby.


Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.


The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.


The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | A New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019


In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties


Mrs. Everything: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133480
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Published: Atria Books - June 11th, 2019

A NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 SELECTION
ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
THE WASHINGTON POST’S 50 NOTABLE WORKS OF FICTION IN 2019
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING’S 50 BEST BOOKS OF 2019

An instant New York Times bestseller

“A multigenerational narrative that’s n