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.

Browse Children's Books from 2018

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment Book Poster Image
Orphan uses science to save world in fast-paced adventure.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
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Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Rafe's dog tells bouncy tale in Middle School spin-off.
By James Patterson, Steven Butler
(2019)
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It’s Not Easy Being Mimi: Mimi's World, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale has sweet message, some gender stereotypes.
By Linda Davick
(2018)
(2018)
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P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever Book Poster Image
Wacky alphabet book pokes fun at silent letters and more.
By Raj Haldar, Chris Carpenter
(2019)
(2018)
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The Impossible Crime: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Inspired silliness in laugh-out-loud spy mystery.
By Mac Barnett
(2018)
(2018)
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Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas Book Poster Image
Pete gives his kind of gifts in sweet, fun carol reboot.
By James Dean, Kimberly Dean
(2018)
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Knights vs. Dinosaurs Book Poster Image
Silly fantasy has lots of kid appeal and fantasy violence.
By Matt Phelan
(2018)
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Ogre Enchanted Book Poster Image
Girl becomes ogre in imaginative "Ella Enchanted" spin-off.
By Gail Carson Levine
(2018)
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons Book Poster Image
Inspiring stories celebrate difference and bold vision.
By Ben Brooks
(2018)
(2018)
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Clash of Beasts: Going Wild, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Superpowered tweens battle archvillain in thrilling finale.
By Lisa McMann
(2018)
(2018)
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The Crossroads Book Poster Image
Refugee kids find new life in nuanced, relatable sequel.
By Alexandra Diaz
(2019)
(2018)
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Dactyl Hill Squad Book Poster Image
Civil War-era kids ride dinos in New York in curious mashup.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2019)
(2018)
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Sanity & Tallulah Book Poster Image
Lively graphic novel offers smart-girl adventures in space.
By Molly Brooks
(2018)
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Skyward Book Poster Image
Sci-fi space adventure off to a high-flying start.
By Brandon Sanderson
(2018)
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How Are You? / ¿Comó estás? Book Poster Image
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 Book Poster Image
Classic carol brims with Spanish words, Mexican traditions.
By Pat Mora
(2018)
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When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana Book Poster Image
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 Book Poster Image
Science-rich picture bio tracks first "small step" on moon.
By Brad Meltzer
(2018)
(2018)
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The Season of Styx Malone Book Poster Image
Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure.
By Kekla Magoon
(2018)
(2018)
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Monstrous Devices Book Poster Image
Toy robots come to life in fun, creepy European adventure.
By Damien Love
(2018)
(2018)
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Lu: Track, Book 4 Book Poster Image
Heartfelt ending to award-winning series on sports and life.
By Jason Reynolds
(2018)
(2018)
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Construction Site on Christmas Night Book Poster Image
Hardworking trucks get perfect gifts in sweet bedtime tale.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2018)
(2018)
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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Book Poster Image
Warm celebration of Cherokee families' year-round gratitude.
By Traci Sorell
(2018)
(2018)
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I Am Sonia Sotomayor: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
Positive messages in engaging bio of Supreme Court justice.
By Brad Meltzer
(2018)
(2018)
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Flashback: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7 Book Poster Image
Little is resolved in colossal teen-elf epic installment.
By Shannon Messenger
(2018)
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Inkling Book Poster Image
Live ink blob helps family cope with loss in touching tale.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2018)
(2018)
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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah Book Poster Image
Little sister finds way to contribute in warm holiday story.
By Emily Jenkins
(2018)
(2018)
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A Big Mooncake for Little Star Book Poster Image
Girl sneaks nibbles, mooncake wanes in cozy bedtime charmer.
By Grace Lin
(2018)
(2018)
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The Magic Misfits, The Second Story: Magic Misfits, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Focus on family, friendship holds wild adventure together.
By Neil Patrick Harris
(2018)
(2018)
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Love Like Sky Book Poster Image
Moving story of girl adjusting to being in blended family.
By Leslie C. Youngblood
(2018)
(2018)
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Archenemies: Renegades, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Sequel is slow to build, full of super-spy intrigue.
By Marissa Meyer
(2018)
(2018)
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Merry Christmas, Little Elliot Book Poster Image
Elliot and Mouse bring a lonely girl cheer in warm tale.
By Mike Curato
(2018)
(2018)
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Galapagos Girl / Galapagueña Book Poster Image
Colorful bilingual book about the Galápagos Islands.
By Marsha Diane Arnold
(2018)
(2018)
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A Dastardly Plot: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Zany retro adventure tackles discrimination, evil schemes.
By Christopher Healy
(2018)
(2018)
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Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish Book Poster Image
Boy searches for dad, finds cultural roots in moving tale.
By Pablo Cartaya
(2018)
(2018)
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Five Feet Apart Book Poster Image
Sweet love story of sick teens who aren't allowed to touch.
By Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
(2018)
(2018)
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Fangsgiving Book Poster Image
Vampire learns the meaning of family in funny holiday tale.
By Ethan Long
(2018)
(2018)
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Be Kind Book Poster Image
Warm story shows big impact of simple acts of kindness.
By Pat Zietlow Miller
(2018)
(2018)
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More Than a Princess Book Poster Image
Fast-paced adventure of princess who breaks the mold.
By E.D. Baker
(2018)
(2018)
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Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level Book Poster Image
STEM-loving kids break down stereotypes in fun, funny book.
By Jackson Pearce
(2018)
(2018)
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Twilight of the Elves: The Adventurers Guild, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Fantasy sequel fueled by action, humor, zombie elves.
By Zack Loran Clark, Nick Eliopulos
(2018)
(2018)
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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Charming fantasy of misfit girl casts a magical spell.
By Jessica Townsend
(2018)
(2018)
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Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring bios of female artists and scientists worldwide.
By Vashti Harrison
(2018)
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Book Poster Image
Epic neighborhood snowball fight perks up 13th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2018)
(2018)
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The House in Poplar Wood Book Poster Image
Teens bond, match wits with Death in riveting tale.
By K.E. Ormsbee
(2018)
(2018)
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Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America Book Poster Image
Compelling, engaging, and nuanced biography of Honest Abe.
By Teri Kanefield
(2018)
(2018)
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Vampirina in the Snow Book Poster Image
Vampire girl gives tips on how to have wintry fun outdoors.
By Anne Marie Pace
(2018)
(2018)
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Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale Book Poster Image
Funny look at mom who gets addicted to selfies.
By Jamie Lee Curtis
(2018)
(2018)
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What's the Big Deal About Elections Book Poster Image
Info-packed, kid-friendly look at voting in the USA.
By Ruby Shamir
(2018)
(2018)
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Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Book Poster Image
Inspiring memoir of trailblazing Latina rocket scientist.
By Sylvia Acevedo
(2018)
(2018)
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Small Spaces Book Poster Image
Tween horror done right: scary, not gory, with some heart.
By Katherine Arden
(2018)
(2018)
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Squirm Book Poster Image
Boy saves animals and his family in fun environmental tale.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2018)
(2018)
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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein Book Poster Image
Clever retelling of horror classic from female perspective.
By Kiersten White
(2018)
(2018)
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Construction Cat Book Poster Image
Mom cat leads construction crew in fun, fresh work tale.
By Barbara Odanaka
(2018)
(2018)
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Mary Poppins Book Poster Image
Gorgeous art, spare text in picture book version of classic.
By P.L. Travers
(2018)
(2018)
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9 from the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book Poster Image
Companion book to Norse mythology series best for fans.
By Rick Riordan
(2018)
(2018)
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The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body Book Poster Image
Wonderfully candid, body-positive tips to inspire girls.
By Marawa Ibrahim
(2018)
(2018)
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Tight Book Poster Image
Authentic, nuanced tale of Brooklyn boy has lots of heart.
By Torrey Maldonado
(2018)
(2018)
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Crown of Thunder: Beasts Made of Night, Book 2 Book Poster Image
New intrigue in action-packed, African-influenced fantasy.
By Tochi Onyebuchi
(2018)
(2018)
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Saving Winslow Book Poster Image
Gentle, moving story about loving bravely despite risk.
By Sharon Creech
(2018)
(2018)
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Mascot Book Poster Image
Tween's humor lifts story about grief, physical injury.
By Antony John
(2018)
(2018)
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Carmela Full of Wishes Book Poster Image
Sweet, poignant story of young girl from immigrant family.
By Matt de la Peña
(2018)
(2018)
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Start Now! You Can Make a Difference Book Poster Image
Inspiring book cheers kids' efforts to make things better.
By Chelsea Clinton
(2018)
(2018)
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Louisiana's Way Home Book Poster Image
Harrowing, heartfelt, funny tale of '70s Southern tween.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2018)
(2018)
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Nate Expectations Book Poster Image
Theater kid blossoms in new role in sweet homecoming tale.
By Tim Federle
(2018)
(2018)
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Grenade Book Poster Image
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
(2018)
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl invents a painting machine in fun story of engineering.
By Andrea Beaty
(2018)
(2018)
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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! Book Poster Image
Brave but heavy-handed look at racism and deaf life.
By Alex Gino
(2018)
(2018)
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Bluecrowne:  A Greenglass House Story Book Poster Image
Engaging fantasy adventure trades ghosts for magic.
By Kate Milford
(2018)
(2018)
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Analee, In Real Life Book Poster Image
Fake-relationship comedy is fun for romance fans.
By Janelle Milanes
(2018)
(2018)
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Dry Book Poster Image
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Gripping disaster novel imagines California without water.
By Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman
(2018)
(2018)
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A Parade of Elephants Book Poster Image
Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts.
By Kevin Henkes
(2018)
(2018)
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The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare Book Poster Image
Princesses learn to be heroes in fun science fair romp.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2018)
(2018)
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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster Book Poster Image
Haunting tale of friendship and magic in Victorian times.
By Jonathan Auxier
(2018)
(2018)
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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Book Poster Image
Funny, creepy tale of elf and goblin's uneasy friendship.
By M.T. Anderson
(2018)
(2018)
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Good Rosie! Book Poster Image
Lonely dog makes friends in relatable picture book.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2018)
(2018)
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Isle of the Lost: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
Disney villain-kids tale gets fast-paced graphic revamp.
By Melissa de la Cruz, Robert Venditti
(2018)
(2018)
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Merci Suarez Changes Gears Book Poster Image
Upbeat coming-of-age story explores culture, class, aging.
By Meg Medina
(2018)
(2018)
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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler Book Poster Image
Gripping true story of devout man who tried to stop Hitler.
By John Hendrix
(2018)
(2018)
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Sea Prayer Book Poster Image
Powerful, heartrending letter from refugee dad to his son.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2018)
(2018)
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Imagine! Book Poster Image
Wordless book celebrates art with magical trip to museum.
By Raúl Colón
(2018)
(2018)
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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise Book Poster Image
Playfulness makes silly sequel as hilarious as original.
By David Ezra Stein
(2018)
(2018)
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What Can a Citizen Do? Book Poster Image
Timely book on citizenship engages kids on their level.
By Dave Eggers
(2018)
(2018)
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Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Rollicking spy adventure is loaded with humor.
By Mac Barnett
(2018)
(2018)
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The Third Mushroom Book Poster Image
Charming sequel reminds kids to be open to new experiences.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2018)
(2018)
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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line Book Poster Image
Compelling story of how Parkland shooting inspired activism.
By David Hogg, Lauren Hogg
(2018)
(2018)
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Seafire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Swashbuckling all-girl crew fuels thrilling dystopian tale.