Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.


**Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
**A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
**A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
**A #1 New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015
An NPR Best Book of 2015
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015
Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2015
A 2015 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Horn Book Best Book of 2015
BookPage’s “2015’s First Must-Read Picture Book”
The Huffington Post Best Overall Picture Book of 2015
Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2015
Chosen for the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading & Sharing List
Miami Herald Best Children’s Book of 2015
Raleigh News & Observer Best Children’s Book of 2015
An Atlanta Parent Best Book of 2015
San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Pick
A Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature “Best Multicultural Books of 2015” Pick
A Scholastic Instructor 50 Best Summer Book
Chosen for the ALSC 2015 Summer Reading List
Horn Book Summer 2015 Reading List Pick
Chosen for School Library Journal’s 2015 Top 10 Latin Books List
Kansas City Star Thanksgiving 2015 Roundup Pick
A Winter 2014-2015 Kids’ Indie Next Pick
2015 E.B. White Read Aloud Award Finalist
Nominated for the 2016 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
Nominated for the 2016 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
Four Starred Reviews! 
Best of Lists Include:
 – New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2015
– Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Books of 2015
– NPR Best Books of 2015
– Boston Globe Best of 2015
– A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
– A Winter 2014-2015 Kids’ Indie Next Pick
– Finalist for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award
– BookPage Best Picture Books of 2015
– Horn Book Best Book of 2015
– Atlanta Parent Best Books of 2015
– Raleigh News & Observer Best Children’s Books of 2015
– Miami Herald Best Children’s Books of 2015
– 2015 Horn Book Summer Reading List
– Scholastic Instructor “50 Best Summer Books”
– School Library Journal’s Top 10 Latin Books list
– Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Lit “Best Multicultural Books of 2015”
 “This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Like still waters, de la Peña and Robinson’s story runs deep. It finds beauty in unexpected places, explores the difference between what’s fleeting and what lasts, acknowledges inequality, and testifies to the love shared by an African-American boy and his grandmother.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With the precision of a poet, Matt de la Peña chronicles a boy’s heartwarming Sunday morning routine with his nana. Christian Robinson’s uplifting palette and culturally diverse cast brightens the rainy-day backdrop.–Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“That material poverty need not mean spiritual or imaginative poverty becomes beautifully clear in the quietly moving in the pages of Last Stop on Market Street.”–The Wall Street Journal

“Robinson’s simple shapes, bright palette and flat perspective belie a sophisticated use of acrylic and collage. His cityscape is diverse and friendly, without neglecting the grittiness: litter, graffiti, security grilles and a soup kitchen—CJ and Nana’s destination. With this final detail, Last Stop on Market Street provides a gentle twist, letting readers in on the secret Nana and CJ have known all along: They’re on the way to help others who have even less. But it’s also the warmth of their intergenerational relationship that will make this book so satisfying, for both young readers and the adults sharing it with them.”–New York Times

“The urban setting is truly reflective, showing people with different skin colors, body types, abilities, ages, and classes in a natural and authentic manner… A lovely title.”—School Library Journal

“A celebration of the joys of service, the gift of grandmothers and the tenderness a city can contain.”–Newsday

““[The] artwork is reminiscent of the great Ezra Jack Keats. The book is a good reminder that often the journey is just as important as the destination.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An exceptional book on kindness and the diversity of life, ‘Last Stop on Market Street’ is first-rate.”—Philadelphia Eagle