January 13, 2019


Illustrated by April Harrison, What Is Given From the Heart is Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner Patricia C McKissack's final book. Ms. McKissack passed away in the summer of 2017.

January 12, 2019

Crushes of the Week: January 6-12, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November 2018)
  2. How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? All Around Me by Jun Cen (Little Gestalten, October 2018)
  3. Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song by Amanda Moeckel (Page Street Kids, September 2018)
  4. There's a Hole in My Garden by James Stewart (Albert Whitman & Company, September 2018)
  5. Ten Horse Farm by Robert Sabuda (Candlewick, April 2018)
  6. Chilly Penguin by Constanze Von Kitzing and Lisa Rosinsky (Barefoot Books, September 2018)
  7. A Good Day for Ducks by Jane Whittingham and Noel Tuazon (Pajama Press, September 2018)

January 10, 2019

January 8, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #93: Cecilia Ruiz

I'm excited to kick off a new year of illustrator interviews by talking to Cecilia Ruiz about A Gift From Abuela. Previously, Cecilia has created two picture books, The Book of Memory Gaps and The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives, but this is the first book she has made for children, and I'm delighted that I got a chance to interview her about this book specifically. Happy new year, and enjoy!

January 4, 2019

First Friday 5: Societal "Norms"

Whether written or unwritten, societies have rules and rule breakers. Here are five books in which the characters push the boundaries of their societal "norms."

January 3, 2019

#kidlitpicks December Round-Up: 10 Rhyming Reads

I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with BOOK. How many words can you come up with? LOOK, COOK, HOOK, TOOK...

During December the @kidlitpicks book club was on the hunt for the best rhyming reads to share with our kiddos! We all know that reading WITH our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them, as it opens up their world to so many different ideas and perspective, BUT did you know reading rhyming books is one of the best ways to help your child develop phonological awareness and rhythmic language?

The more rhyming books we read with our children the better they become at recognizing, identifying, matching and eventually substituting, manipulating and producing rhymes themselves. This assists them greatly with language development and on the road of learning to read. Plus rhyming reads are just so much fun and an excellent way to get the whole family engaged in read aloud moments that everyone will enjoy!

Thanks to Teri from Petit Book Corner for rounding out a year of wonderful kidlitpicks themes!

December 24, 2018

Favorite Picture Books of 2018

A banner year for books about immigration, refugee experiences, and the coming together of different cultures, it was tough to narrow down this list as always, but here are the fifteen books that stood out not just in story, but in illustration and book design. Cannot wait to see what fresh new designs and illustrators 2019 will bring! 

December 23, 2018

Favorite Comic Books of 2018

Continuing my favorites of the year, here are my favorite comics of 2018! Picture books are tomorrow, and casewraps were yesterday.