August 13, 2018


Shawn Sheehy and Jordi Solano's Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up is a pop-up field guide to creatures and habitats we won't meet until the year 4847.

August 11, 2018

Crushes of the Week: August 5-11, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Birds of a Color by ÉLo (Candlewick Studio, May 2018)
  2. All the Colors I See by Allegra Agliardi (Tate Publishing (UK), June 2018)
  3. Treasure Hunt House: Lift the Flaps and Solve the Clues... by Becca Stadtlander and Kate Davies (Lincoln Children's Books, August 2018)
  4. The Case of the Missing Chalk Drawings by Richard Byrne (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), November 2018)
  5. Go West!: The Great North American Railroad Adventure by Pascal Blanchet (Wide Eyed Editions, April 2018)
  6. Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture by Joshua David Stein and Julia Rothman (Phaidon Press, June 2018)

August 7, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #77: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb

One Day a Dot: The Story of You, The Universe, and Everything by Ian Lendler, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb is the epitome of a picture book/early reader comic hybrid. It has bright graphics and paneled illustrations reminiscent of early reader comics but with the length of a picture book, making it the perfect book for starting small conversations about a very rather large topic. I got a chance to interview Shelli and Braden about how they meshed these two illustration styles––not to mention their own illustration styles––to create the book. Enjoy!

August 4, 2018

Crushes of the Week: July 29-August 4, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Girl on a Wire by Lucy Estela and Elise Hurst (Viking Australia, July 2018)
  2. Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude by Josh Funk and Stevie Lewis (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), August 2018)
  3. Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Children's Books, May 2018)
  4. Seven Bad Cats by Moe Bonneau (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, June 2018)
  5. Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock and Katherine Roy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 2018)
  6. Little Whale by Jo Weaver (Peachtree Publishers, October 2018)
  7. Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh (Arthur A. Levine Books, May 2018)

August 3, 2018

First Friday 5: Mel's Favorites

Since today marks one year since I started this series, I thought I would make the theme about my personal favorites. But here's the caveat: these are favorites I haven't talked about yet somewhere else on the site. And it doesn't include ones I might talk about soon (*cough* Amulet *cough*). Plus I could only choose five, so I had to come up with a lot of excuses not to include many of my favorites! Here are five of my favorite comics of all time.

You can always check out my all-time favorites list here.

August 2, 2018


Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin twists fairy tales as we know them and shows us what's going on inside the mind of a villain (literally!).

August 1, 2018

#kidlitpicks July Round-Up: 15 Picture Books About Summer

Warm summer months are filled with lazy days, lemonade, trips to the beach, nature walks, swimming pools and firefly nights. Summer is a great time of year, especially if you’re a kid. School is out and inspiration can be found in various places from your garden to a trip to the zoo. Whether you are planning on spending your summer on vacation, swimming, beach bumming, catching fireflies, camping or running your own lemonade stand, there is bound to be a fun book to read.

Throughout the month of July, the @kidlitpicks book club shared some of our favorite summer-themed books. Credit goes to to Charnaie from Here Wee Read for the timely theme!

July 29, 2018


National Parks of the USA by Kate Siber and Chris Turnham takes readers on a tour of America's greatest (you guessed it!) national parks.