Best Books of the Month

Discover our editors' picks for the best of March

Editor's Picks for Young Readers

I Am JI Am J by Cris Beam

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible.

A World Without HeroesA World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

ason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly in a place unlike anything he's ever seen, a realm where fear and suspicion prevail--a world without heroes.

Ant and GrasshopperAnt and Grasshopper by Luli Gray and Giuliano Ferri

When Ant spies a carefree Grasshopper playing a fiddle outside on the lawn, he immediately harrumphs at the insect's foolishness and continues to collect food for the winter. But Ant finds Grasshopper's music and whimsy more catchy than he'd like, and soon he's distracted by his own rhyming and doodling!

What We Loved Last Month

Don't miss our recent reviews below for the best books of February.

West of HereWest of Here by Jonathan Evison

Irreverent humor, lustrous prose, and unexpected moments animate the story of Port Bonita, a fictional town in Washington's Olympic peninsula, from its intrepid beginning to its down-on-its-luck present.

Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and FallEndgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady

Published two years after his death, Brady's on-and-off proximity to Bobby Fischer lends new depth to Fischer's full and twisted life story.

A Discovery of WitchesA Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This sparkling debut written by a historian is a heady mix of history and magic, mythology and love, that makes for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read.

The IlluminationThe Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

When wounds and illnesses, both superficial and severe, begin emitting a beautiful shimmering light, a chain of characters learn to adapt to this unexpected change in Brockmeier's incandescent novel.

The Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThe Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale

An unlikely narrator, Bruno, is a chimpanzee trying to become a man, who acquires a fervent love of language--and for primatologist, Lydia Littlemore.

When I Grow UpWhen I Grow Up by Al Yankovic

In his debut children’s book, “Weird Al” Yankovic celebrates individuality in an exuberantly odd, rhyming story about an eight-year-old who cannot wait to share what he will be when he grows up.

Amos DaragonAmos Daragon by Bryan Perro

Amos Daragon's life changes forever the day a mermaid gives him a mask capable of harnessing the strength of the wind—and appoints Amos as the new Mask Wearer.

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian future where Love is universally considered a disease, seventeen-year-old Lena meets Alex, a charismatic outsider, who draws her into a world of romance, passion, and freedom.