Children's Books from 2019

There is no shortage of wonderful children's books out there, with some truly great picks that came out in 2019. These middle-grade novels and picture books are sure to engage and delight everyone from a reluctant reader to an avid bookworm. Some of the books on this list became instant classics with their moving stories, gorgeous art, and kid-friendly characters. Check out this list on your way to the library or bookstore. And if you'd prefer to see the latest kids' offerings, take a look at our list of New Children's Books 2020.

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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal

age 8+

Greg is meaner to gullible BFF Rowley in Wimpy Kid spin-off.

By: Jeff Kinney (2019)
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Grumpy Monkey

age 3+

Warm, funny lesson about a monkey’s bad mood.

By: Suzanne Lang (2018)
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Why?

age 3+

Girl stops supervillain in funny tale with powerful message.

By: Adam Rex (2019)
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Truman

age 4+

Tender story of brave pet's devotion to his missing girl.

By: Jean Reidy (2019)
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Under My Hijab

age 4+

Beautiful art, positive messages in headscarf story.

By: Hena Khan (2019)
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What Is Given from the Heart

age 4+

Lovely art, heartwarming story about the joy of giving.

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Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

age 6+

Endearing monster finds we're all a bit weird in sweet tale.

By: Matthew Gray Gubler (2019)
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What Miss Mitchell Saw

age 6+

Superb art adds to inspiring bio of 1800s female astronomer.

By: Hayley Barrett (2019)
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Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

age 8+

Beautiful, detailed Katherine Johnson bio for older kids.

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome (2019)
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Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight

age 8+

Ellie fixes stuff, tackles mystery in fun pageant tale.

By: Jackson Pearce (2019)
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Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet

age 8+

Accessible intro to Swedish teen climate activist's work.

By: Valentina Camerini (2019)
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Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl

age 8+

Exciting graphic novel blends two popular series.

By: Ben Hatke (2019)
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The Treacherous Seas: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 2

age 8+

Tween heroes fight discrimination, monsters in fun sequel.

By: Christopher Healy (2019)
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Clean Getaway

age 9+

Boy and grandma's thrilling ride through U.S., family past.

By: Nic Stone (2020)
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The Secrets of Winterhouse: Winterhouse, Book 2

age 9+

Return visit has more puzzles and the same spooky vibe.

By: Ben Guterson (2018)
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Queen of the Sea

age 10+

Brave girl finds royal intrigue in detailed 1500s tale.

By: Dylan Meconis (2019)
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Roar Like a Dandelion

age 3+

Whimsical wordplay, wacky pictures in delightful ABC book.

By: Ruth Krauss (2019)
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Dasher

age 4+

Reindeer's origin story has striking art, lots of heart.

By: Matt Tavares (2019)
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Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet

age 8+

Alarming story of teen's strike for climate change action.

By: Jeanette Winter (2019)
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The Guinevere Deception: Camelot Rising, Book 1

age 12+

Arthur's fair maiden freshly reimagined as powerful witch.

By: Kiersten White (2019)
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