Children's Books from 2018

Kids and tweens age 2 to 12 will find hidden gems and popular favorites on this list of all the awesome kids' books we reviewed in 2018. There were silly storybooks like Baby Monkey, Private Eye and picture books full of diverse characters, like Islandborn and Dreamers. We were introduced to exciting new middle-grade heroes, like Max Einstein and Aru Shah, and continued with old favorites, like Nate the Great and Rick Riordan's Trials of Apollo. So check out some of these older faves, and for the latest and greatest, try our list of New Children's Books 2019.

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment: Max Einstein, Book 1

age 8+

Orphan uses science to save world in fast-paced adventure.

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Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story

age 6+

Rafe's dog tells bouncy tale in Middle School spin-off.

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It’s Not Easy Being Mimi: Mimi's World, Book 1

age 6+

Friendship tale has sweet message, some gender stereotypes.

By: Linda Davick (2018)
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P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever

age 6+

Wacky alphabet book pokes fun at silent letters and more.

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The Impossible Crime: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 2

age 7+

Inspired silliness in laugh-out-loud spy mystery.

By: Mac Barnett (2018)
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Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas

age 4+

Pete gives his kind of gifts in sweet, fun carol reboot.

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs

age 8+

Silly fantasy has lots of kid appeal and fantasy violence.

By: Matt Phelan (2018)
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Ogre Enchanted

age 8+

Girl becomes ogre in imaginative "Ella Enchanted" spin-off.

By: Gail Carson Levine (2018)
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Clash of Beasts: Going Wild, Book 3

age 9+

Superpowered tweens battle archvillain in thrilling finale.

By: Lisa McMann (2018)
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The Crossroads

age 9+

Refugee kids find new life in nuanced, relatable sequel.

By: Alexandra Diaz (2018)
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Dactyl Hill Squad

age 9+

Civil War-era kids ride dinos in New York in curious mashup.

By: Daniel Jose Older (2018)
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Sanity & Tallulah

age 9+

Lively graphic novel offers smart-girl adventures in space.

By: Molly Brooks (2018)
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Skyward

age 12+

Sci-fi space adventure off to a high-flying start.

By: Brandon Sanderson (2018)
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How Are You? / ¿Comó estás?

age 2+

Simple, attractive bilingual book about making new friends.

By: Angela Dominguez (2018)
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A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

age 4+

Classic carol brims with Spanish words, Mexican traditions.

By: Pat Mora (2009)
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When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

age 4+

Vivid picture book traces rock star's humble Mexican roots.

By: Michael James Mahin (2018)
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I Am Neil Armstrong: Ordinary People Change the World

age 6+

Science-rich picture bio tracks first "small step" on moon.

By: Brad Meltzer (2018)
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The Season of Styx Malone

age 8+

Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure.

By: Kekla Magoon (2018)
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Monstrous Devices

age 9+

Toy robots come to life in fun, creepy European adventure.

By: Damien Love (2018)
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