February 14, 2019


Who Am I? by Tristan Mory and Stephanie Babin is an interactive board book with pull tabs that create fun animal shapes! I'm a little late to the game with this one, but I'm so glad I found it.

February 12, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #97: John Martz

John Martz is a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, and typographer, so it's safe to say he basically lives and breathes art. His newly illustrated book How to Give Your Cat a Bath: in Five Easy Steps, written by Nicola Winstanley, is a testament to John's mastery of artistic elements like motion and body language. I got a chance to chat with him about this book and his other artistic endeavors, and I'm excited to share that here today. Enjoy!

February 10, 2019


Stay, Benson! by Thereza Rowe is an energetic, colorful, and deceptively simple book about a dog who is MOSTLY a good boy.

February 9, 2019

Crushes of the Week: February 3-9, 2019

I've had the flu the past couple of weeks, so to make up for lost time, here are a bunch of crushes:
  1. Catch Me: A Seek-and-Find Book by Anders Arhoj (Chronicle Books, March 2019)
  2. Contrary Creatures: Unique Animal Opposites by James Weinberg (Page Street Kids, October 2018)
  3. Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo (Candlewick Studio, September 2018)
  4. Eye Spy: Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat (What on Earth Books, October 2018)
  5. The Book Tree by Rashin Kheiriyeh and Paul Czajak (Barefoot Books, September 2018)
  6. No! I Won't Go to School by Alonso Nuñez, Bruna Assis Brasil, and Dave Morrison (Tilbury House Publishers, July 2018)
  7. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost and Vivian Mineker (Familius, March 2019)
  8. Mega Meltdown: The Weird and Wonderful Animals of the Ice Age by Jack Tite (Blueprint Editions, November 2018)
  9. Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito and Laura Freeman (little bee books, November 2018)
  10. Rebel Voices: The Global Fight for Women's Equality and the Right to Vote by Louise Kay Stewart and Eve Lloyd Knight (Crocodile Books, October 2018)
  11. P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar, Maria Beddia, and Chris Carpenter (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, November 2018)

February 6, 2019


The Bell Rang by James E Ransome is the story of a girl who experiences heartbreak and fear when her brother runs away from home to escape a life of slavery.

February 4, 2019

#kidlitpicks January Round-Up: 18 Nature Books

The human spirit thrives in nature. When we connect to our natural world it can create feelings of happiness and connectedness with others. Breathing in that fresh air sends a rush of good vibes to our brains and exploring all of nature’s creatures and beauty is just another avenue to learning. So this month, why don’t we celebrate the wonder of nature in picture books?! The singing birds, buzzing bees, crashing waves or swaying trees? Find and share any books that illustrate the wondrous environment around us and pay homage to our sweet Mother Nature.

During January the @kidlitpicks book club featured books about nature. Thanks to Angelique from Heads Shoulders Knees for the inspirational theme!

January 31, 2019


My Heart by Corinna Luyken is one of the tenderest, most empathetic books I've ever seen.

January 29, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #96: Amy June Bates

Written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Amy June BatesGittel's Journey took my breath away simply from the cover: it's clear that this is the story of a strong girl coming to America, and as she looks forward hopefully, it's as if she is gently urging readers to open the book and read her tale. Amy was kind enough to chat with me about how she created the illustrations for Lesléa's text, and I'm pleased to share that here. Enjoy!