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This is one of the hardest lists to compile because there are so many amazing nonfiction titles published each year.  We managed to narrow it down to our favorite 73 books.  You'll find everything from animals to history, poetry to space.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

1,000 Facts About Insects by Nancy Honovich
Action Presidents: George Washington by Fred Van Lente
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus
Around the World in 50 Ways: Canoe, Camel, or Cable Car . . . You Choose! by Dan Smith
The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras
Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WIldlife by Amy Cherrix
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kristen Gillibrand
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America by Marc Favreau
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp
Drawn from Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri

From past to present, from this world to worlds fantastic, our favorite fiction books were the ones that best captured what it means to be human.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

JUVENILE FICTION
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Reneé Watson
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Breakout by Kate Messner
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson
Dear Sister by Alison McGhee
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Granted by John David Anderson
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty
The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
I'm Ok by Patti Kim
It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy 
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
The Lifters by Dave Eggers
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Mascot by Antony John
Megabat by Anna Humphrey
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Watch the official book trailer for the new thriller by Karen M. McManus, the author of One of Us Is Lying.

Two Can Keep a Secret (January 8, 2019)
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous—and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

It's natural for children to worry at times, and some may worry more than others.  Some worries are more likely to occur at certain developmental stages or in certain situations.  Learn how to help your child (and when you may need to seek professional guidance) at Practical Parenting: Taming the Worry Monster on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Our guest speakers will be Sarah Cable and Kathryn Thompson.  Both are advanced graduate students in the UAB Medical/Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.  You do not have to sign up for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to our Youth Program Room.

2-4-6-8! Which books did we think were great? Find out at our Best Books of 2018: Championship Tailgate Party on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. Cheer for book talks of our team's favorite titles for kids and teens. Eat terrific tailgating food and win door prizes! (Yes, the prizes are brand new copies of our favorite books!) This event is geared for parents, teachers and fellow librarians, but everyone is welcome. You do not have to register for our tailgate party. Simply follow the stars (and cheers and delicious food smells).

HEADS UP!
We will begin posting our Staff Picks 2018 blog series that same week! There will be three posts in the series -- picture books, juvenile & teen fiction, and juvenile & teen nonfiction.

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