August 18, 2018

Crushes of the Week: August 12-18, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Best Friends in the Universe by Stephanie Watson and Leuyen Pham (Orchard Books, October 2018)
  2. A Pile of Leaves by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford (Phaidon Press, September 2018)
  3. The Dam by David Almond and Levi Pinfold (Candlewick Studio, September 2018)
  4. A Cage Went in Search of a Bird by Cary Fagan and Banafshah Irfaaniyaan (Groundwood Books, May 2017)
  5. Shapes All Around by Kate Riggs and Laetitia Devernay (Creative Editions, March 2018)
  6. The Snow Lion by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones (Peachtree Publishers, October 2018)

August 17, 2018


I've been waiting for Cicada by Shaun Tan for so long that I finally asked a friend in Australia to send a copy to me, and I'm so excited to talk about it here.

August 15, 2018


Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller is as earnest as the title suggests and, yes, the need for potato pants in this particular story is quite urgent.

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.

July 28, 2018

Crushes of the Week: July 22-28, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 2018)
  2. Grow Up, David! by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press (AZ), August 2018)
  3. Tigers and Tea with Toppy by Barbara Kerley, Rhoda Knight Kalt, and Matte Stephens (Scholastic Press, September 2018)
  4. Loved to Bits by Teresa Heapy and Katie Cleminson (Roaring Brook Press, November 2018)
  5. The World's Biggest Fart by Rafael Ordonez Cuadrado and Laure Du Fay (Nubeocho, September 2017)

July 26, 2018


Animal Antipodes: Global Opposites by Carly Allen-Fletcher answers the question: if you dig a hole straight through the core of the Earth to the opposite side, what would you see?

July 21, 2018

Crushes of the Week: July 15-21, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts: A Book about Anger by Ian de Haes (Flyaway Books, April 2018)
  2. The Doll Hospital by Kallie George and Sara Gillingham (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 2018)
  3. Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda (Chronicle Books, September 2018)
  4. It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jensen Shaffer and Claire Messer (Beach Lane Books, July 2018)
  5. I'm Fun, Too! (a Classic Lego Picture Book) by Jonathan Fenske (Scholastic Inc., August 2018)
  6. The Greatest Adventure by Tony Piedra (Arthur A. Levine Books, September 2018)

July 18, 2018


Is anyone else having as much fun as I am with graphic nonfiction?? Just take What's the Difference?: 40+ Pairs of the Seemingly Similar by Emma Strack and Guillaume Plantevin for example!

July 14, 2018

Crushes of the Week: July 8-14, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Bear's Scare by Jacob Grant (Bloomsbury Children's Books, June 2018)
  2. Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, July 2018)
  3. This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose and Josh Shipley (Lion Forge, May 2018)
  4. Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade and Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree Publishers, September 2018)
  5. What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris (Chronicle Books, September 2018)

July 13, 2018

The Little Book Series

Kanae Soto's board book series plays with images and words that encourage babies to explore the worlds they live in. So far in the series we have Happy Grumpy Loved: A Little Book of FeelingsHide Seek Sticky Sweet: A Little Book of Opposites, and Wiggle Jump Tickle: A Little Book of Actions, all of which boast fantastic colors, graphics, and concepts.

July 10, 2018


These Colors Are Bananas by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford is one of the most innovative color concept books I think I've ever seen, and I'm obsessed with it.

July 8, 2018


The Sockeye Mother by Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) and Natasha Donovan is a graphically stunning book about the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia and the importance of the sockeye salmon to almost every aspect of their lives.

July 7, 2018

Crushes of the Week: July 1-7, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Sun Dog by Deborah Kerbel and Suzanne del Rizzo (Pajama Press, June 2018)
  2. Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything by Chelsea H. Rowe and Frank Dormer (Peachtree Publishers, October 2018)
  3. Charlotte's Bones: The Beluga Whale in a Farmer's Field by Erin Rounds and Alison Carver (Tilbury House Publishers, August 2018)
  4. Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin and James Rey Sanchez (Creston Books, May 2018)
  5. You and Me, Me and You: Brothers by Miguel Tanco (Chronicle Books, November 2018)