Each year, our staff has read their agreed upon favorites ranging from picture books to novels, fiction and non fiction-- and come up with a title that stands out as the one we can't stop talking about.

Hicklebee's Book of the Year! Fall 2022

Winners ~ 2022

This year we are proud to announce that we have two new winners--one a novel and one an illustrated book. And the winners are ...

Novel - The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

As assistant to Mangkon's most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai pretends to be a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman—and in a kingdom where the status of one's ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could ruin her. Sai seizes the chance to join an expedition to chart the southern seas, but she isn't the only one aboard with secrets. When Sai learns that the ship might be heading for the fabled Sunderlands—a land of dragons, dangers, and riches beyond imagining—she must weigh the cost of her dreams. This thrilling, suspenseful, thought provoking adventure is filled with surprises.













Illustrated Book - Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Owl has always dreamed of being a knight, but there are those who believe he will never be big or strong enough to face the challenges required of knighthood. He’s small but he’s brave and clever and when it comes to facing a frightening dragon Owl’s wit, humor and heart save the kingdom.  Charming illustrations add fun details to the medieval setting. A great read-aloud—full of word-play—reminds young listeners to hang on to their dreams and to remember that bravery and cleverness can rule over brawn.










The Last Mapmaker By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536204957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2022

Knight Owl (Caldecott Honor Book) (The Knight Owl Series #1) By Christopher Denise, Christopher Denise (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316310628
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022