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Best Books of 2022: Youth and Teen Selections

The Deerfield Public Library youth librarians are happy to present our favorite books from 2022!
Books are mostly listed by author’s last name.

Baby's Firsts cover

Baby’s Firsts

Nancy Raines Day ; illustrated by Michael Emberley.


Yes No cover

Yes! No! A first conversation about consent

words by Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli ; art by Isabel Roxas.


Little Pups cover

Little Pups in Big Trucks

by Bob Shea & Brian Won.


I Love My Body cover

I Love my Body Because

Shelly Anand ; Nomi Ellenson ; illustrated by Erika Rodriguez Medina.
Juvenile Picture Book (E ANAND)


Poo-dunit Cover
Poo-dunit? : a forest floor mystery

Katelyn Aronson ; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis.
Juvenile Picture Book


White House Cat cover
The White House Cat

written by Cylin Busby ; illustrated by Neely Daggett.
Juvenile Picture Book


The More You Give cover

The More You Give

Marcy Campbell, Francesca Sanna.
New Juvenile Picture Book (E CAMPBELL)


Where is Bina Bear
Where is Bina Bear?

Mike Curato.
Juvenile Picture Book (E CURATO)


To Make cover

To Make

words by Danielle Davis ; pictures by Mags DeRoma.
Juvenile Picture Book (E DAVIS)


Hurry cover

Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School!

Carrie Finison ; illustrated by Erin Kraan.
Juvenile Picture Book (E FINISON)


Berry Song cover

Berry Song

Michaela Goade.
Juvenile Picture Book (E GOADE)


Dress Up Day cover

Dress-up Day

Blanca Gómez.
Juvenile Picture Book (E GOMEZ)


Boy With Flowers in His Hair cover

The Boy with Flowers in His Hair

Juvenile Picture Book (E JARVIS)


Hope At Sea cover

Hope at Sea

Daniel Miyares.
Juvenile Picture Book (E MIYARES)


Mouse Who Carried cover

The Mouse Who Carried His House on the Back

Jonathan Stutzman ; illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.
New Juvenile Picture Book (E STUTZMAN)


Riley Reynolds cover

Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day

created by Jay Albee.
New Early Chapter Book (J ALBEE)


Simon and Chester cover

Simon and Chester: Super family!

Cale Atkinson.
New Juvenile Comic Book (J ATKINSON)


Unicorn and Yeti cover

Unicorn and Yeti: Together

written by Heather Ayris Burnell ; art by Hazel Quintanilla.


Gigi cover

Gigi and Ojiji

Melissa Iwai.


April & Mae cover

April & Mae and the Tea Party : the Sunday book

Megan Dowd Lambert ; illustrated by Briana Dengoue.


Ty's Travels cover

Ty’s Travels : Lab Magic

by Kelly Starling Lyons ; pictures by Nina Mata.


Katie Woo and Pedro cover

Katie Woo and Pedro Mysteries: The Birthday Party Mystery

by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon


Astrid cover

Astrid the Astronaut: The astronomically grand plan

by Rie Neal ; illustrated by Talitha Shipman.
Early Chapter Book (J NEAL)


Leave it to Plum cover

Leave it to Plum!

Matt Phelan.
New Early Chapter Book (J PHELAN)


The Frustrating Book cover

The frustrating book!

by Mo Willems


door of no return cover

The Door of No Return

Kwame Alexander.
New Juvenile Fiction (J ALEXANDER)


Scout is not a Band Kid cover

Scout is Not a Band Kid

Jade Armstrong.
Juvenile Comic Book (J ARMSTRONG)


Ogress and the Orphans cover

The Ogress and the Orphans

Kelly Barnhill.
Juvenile Fiction (J BARNHILL)


Isla to island cover

Isla to Island

Alexis Castellanos.
Juvenile Comic Book (J CASTELLANOS)


Marvellers cover

The Marvellers

Dhonielle Clayton.
Juvenile Fiction (J CLAYTON)


Star Knights cover

Star Knights

Kay Davault.
Juvenile Comic Book (J DAVAULT)


Invisible cover


written by Christina Diaz Gonzalez ; illustrated by Gabriela Epstein ; with color by Lark Pien.
New Juvenile Comic Book (J GONZALEZ)


Jennifer Chan is Not Alone cover

Jennifer Chan is Not Alone

Tae Keller.
Juvenile Fiction (J KELLER)


Frizzy cover


written by Claribel A. Ortega ; art by Rose Bousamra.
New Juvenile Comic Book (J ORTEGA)


Nikhil Out Loud cover

Nikhil Out Loud

Maulik Pancholy.
New Juvenile Fiction (J PANCHOLY)


Seed in the Sun cover

A Seed in the Sun

Aida Salazar.
New Juvenile Fiction (J SALAZAR)


Swan Lake cover

Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms

Rey Terciero, Megan Kearney ; colors by Meaghan Carter.
Juvenile Comic Book (J TERCIERO)


Evan Pao cover

The Secret Battle of Evan Pao

Wendy Wan-Long Shang.
Juvenile Fiction (J SHANG)


The Tryout cover

The Tryout

written by Christina Soontornvat ; illustrated by Joanna Cacao ; colors by Amanda Lafrenais.
New Juvenile Comic Book (J SOONTORNVAT)


Aunt is a Monster cover

My Aunt is a Monster

by Reimena Yee.
New Juvenile Comic Book


Thieves cover


Lucie Bryon.
New Teen Graphic Novel (BRYON, L.)


Epic Story of Every Living Thing cover

The Epic Story of Every Living Thing

Deb Caletti.
Teen Fiction (CALETTI, D.)


Summer of Bitter and Sweet cover

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

Jenny Ferguson.
Teen Fiction (FERGUSON, J.)


We Deserve Monuments cover

We Deserve Monuments

Jas Hammonds.
New Teen Fiction (HAMMONDS, J.)


As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow cover

As Long As The Lemon Trees Grow

Zoulfa Katouh.
Teen Fiction (KATOUH, Z.)


When Angels Left cover

When The Angels Left the Old Country

Sacha Lamb.
New Teen Fiction (LAMB, S.)


I Kissed Shara Wheeler cover

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

Casey McQuiston.
Teen Fiction (MCQUISTON, C.)


Ain't Burned All the Bright cover

Ain’t Burned All the Bright

Jason Reynolds.
Teen Fiction (REYNOLDS, J.)


All My Rage cover

All My Rage

Sabaa Tahir.
Teen Fiction (SABAA, T.)


Squire cover


Sara Alfageeh.
Teen Graphic Novel (SHAMMAS, N.)


Sunbearer Trials cover

The Sunbearer Trials

Aiden Thomas.
New Teen Fiction (THOMAS, A.)


This Place is Still Beautiful cover

This Place is Still Beautiful

XiXi Tian.
Teen Fiction (TIAN, X.)


Hell Followed With Us cover

Hell Followed With Us

Andrew Joseph White.
Teen Fiction (WHITE,A.)


Mamo cover


Sas Milledge
Teen Graphic Novel (MILLEDGE, S.) 


The Well cover

The Well

Jake Wyatt
Teen Graphic Novel (WYATT, J.)


For Kids:

Antiracist Kid cover

The Antiracist Kid : a Book about Identity, Justice, and Activism

by Tiffany Jewell ; illustrated by Nicole Miles.
New Juvenile Nonfiction (305.8 JEW)


Luminous cover

Luminous:  Living Things that Light Up the Night

by Julia Kuo.
New Juvenile Nonfiction (572.4358 KUO)


Listen to the Language of the Trees cover

Listen to the Language of the Trees

words by Tera Kelley ; pictures by Marie Hermansson.
Juvenile Book Nonfiction (582.16 KEL)


Bugs cover

Bugs: what do Bees, Ants, and Dragonflies get up to All Day?

author, Dr. Jessica L. Ware ; illustrator, Chaaya Prabhat.
Juvenile Book Nonfiction (595.7 WAR)


Am I a Frog cover

Am I A Frog?

by Lizzy Rockwell.
New Juvenile Nonfiction (597.89 ROC)


Seen and Unseen cover

Seen and unseen : what Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake and Ansel Adams’s photographs reveal about the Japanese American incarceration

Elizabeth Partridge, Lauren Tamaki.
New Juvenile Nonfiction (940.53 PAR)

Maya's Song cover

Maya’s song

written by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Bryan Collier.
New Juvenile Nonfiction (JB ANGELOU)


A Perfect Fit cover

A Perfect Fit : How Lena “Lane” Bryant Changed the Shape of Fashion

Mara Rockliff ; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.
Juvenile Biography (JB BRYANT)


Star Child cover

Star child : a biographical constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

by Ibi Zoboi.
Juvenile Biography (JB BUTLER)


If You're a Kid Like Gavin cover

If You’re a Kid Like Gavin

words by Gavin Grimm and Kyle Lukoff ; illustrations by J Yang.
Juvenile Book Nonfiction (JB GRIMM)


Shapes, Lines and Light cover

Shapes, Lines, and Light:  My Grandfather’s American Journey

by Katie Yamasaki.
Juvenile Book Nonfiction (JB YAMASAKI)


For Teens:

Better than we found it cover

Better Than We Found It : Conversations to Help Save the World

Frederick Joseph and Porsche Joseph.
New Teen Nonfiction (303.484 JOS)


Queer Ducks cover

Queer Ducks (and Other Animals) : the Natural World of Animal Sexuality

Eliot Schrefer ; illustrations by Jules Zuckerberg.
Teen Nonfiction (591.562 SCH)


Heartbeat of Wounded Knee cover

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee : Life in Native America

David Treuer ; adapted by Sheila Keenan.
New Teen Nonfiction (970.00497 TRE)


Victory. Stand! cover

Victory. Stand! : Raising my Fist for Justice

Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile.
New Teen Graphic Novel (B SMITH)


Abuela, don't forget me cover

Abuela, Don’t Forget Me

Rex Ogle.
New Teen Nonfiction (306.8745 OGL)


Messy Roots cover

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

Laura Gao; with Weiwei Xu
Teen Graphic Novel (B GAO)


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