#MustReadin2022 1-30-22


I’m happy to be participating in the #MustRead challenge again in 2022. My thanks to Cheriee of Library Matters and Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life for hosting this community (previously created and hosted by Carrie at There’s a Book for That). If you want to link up, join the 2022 round-up before January 31st right HERE. We are invited to publish updates on our “must read” progress in April, September, and then one final post in December (or January for those of us who keep going through December 31st).

Here’s my list in graphic form (in no particular order):

And here’s my list in print (I’m hoping I got all the age levels correct):

Picture Books:

  • Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin
  • Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris
  • Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer
  • The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise
  • Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Soul Food Sunday written by Winsome Bingham, illustrated by C.G. Esperanza
  • The Me I Choose to Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by Regis and Kaharan Bethencourt
  • My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron
  • A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbott
  • A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Peggy Collins
  • Boogie Boogie, Y’all by C. G. Esperanza
  • ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge by Raúl the Third (Gonzalez)
  • Bright Star by Yuyi Morales
  • De aqui como el coqui by Nomar Perez
  • May Your Life Be Deliciosa by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Loris Lora
  • Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cnthia Levinson, illustrated by Evan Turk
  • The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
  • We Are Still Here! : Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac
  • Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
  • Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate
  • Fox at Night by Corey R. Tabor
  • Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends by Norm Feuti
  • I Hop by Joe Cepeda
  • Nothing Fits a Dinosaur by Jonathan Fenske
  • Herizon by Daniel W. Vandever, illustrated by Corey Begay
  • Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young, cover art by Shonto Begay
  • Becoming Miss Navajo by Jolyana Begay-Kroupa
  • Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Gold Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
  • Learning My Rights with Mousewoman by Morgan Asoyuf
  • I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillet-Sumner, illustrated by Michaela Goade
  • A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang
  • The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel, illustrated by Sean Rubin
  • Nicki & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescue by Peter Sis
  • Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe
  • The Christmas Mitzvah by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Michelle Laurentia Agatha

Middle Grade:

  • The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
  • A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers
  • Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Raúl the Third
  • A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
  • Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin
  • Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow
  • Ella Cara Deloria: Dakota Language Protector by Diane Wilson, illustrated by Tashia Hart
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Katrina M. Phillips, illustrated by Tashia Hart
  • Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley, illustrated by Tara Audibert
  • Peggy Flanagan: Ogimaa Kwe, Lieutenant Governor by Jessica Engelking, illustrated by Tashia Hart
  • Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh
  • How to Find What You’re Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani
  • The Genius Under the Table: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin
  • A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
  • Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #4) by Jessica Townsend 
  • Dear Student by Elly Swartz  
  • Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs

Young Adult:

  • Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo
  • Revolution in Our Time by Kekla Magoon
  • Me (Moth) by Amber McBride
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • Words in My Hands by Asphyxia
  • A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley
  • How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  • Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
  • Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp
  • Where I Belong by Marcia Argueta Mickelson
  • The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
  • What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson
  • Ambushed! The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield by Gail Jarrow
  • Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
  • From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
  • In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, H ours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks by Don Brown
  • The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life by Amy Butler Greenfield
  • Hunting the Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  • Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaers, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present by Adrienne Keene, illustrated by Ciara Sana
  • Soldiers Unknown by Chag Lowry, illustrated by Rahsan Ekedai
  • The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
  • The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier
  • Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart
  • The Summer of Lost Letters by Hannah Reynolds
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
  • When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris


  • I Ain’t Done Yet by Mary B. Allberry
  • Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach (Book #2 of Paradox)
  • The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation revised and updated by Justo L. González

(Aaaaand unless I accidentally repeated some books, it appears I left three book covers out of my image. Grrrr! I’ll have to get that corrected ASAP…)

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4 thoughts on “#MustReadin2022 1-30-22

  1. Wow, Shaye!! 80 books on your #MustRead list! That’s more than I read all of last year – impressive! Though some are picture books, which are certainly quicker.

    These all sound great, though many of the titles are unfamiliar to me. Last Night at the Telegraph Club is definitely on my want-to-read list, too.

    Enjoy all these great books this year!

    Book By Book

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    1. Yeah, I can’t believe I left three books off my list. 😩 If I’d known there were 83 I would have changed my list a bit so that I could at least have an even rectangle image. 😂 And yes, 38 of these are picture books. So I’ll just slip those in between the 45 other books. The hardest part of finishing my list will be getting my hands on these books. We’re in a very secluded town and our libraries may get award-winners eventually, but they might not get all the honor books. Oh well… I’ll do what I can. Thanks for swinging by, Sue!


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