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!

January 27, 2019

MY LITTLE series

My Little Forest and My Little Garden are the first two English-edition titles in Katrin Wiehle's adorable new board book series.


January 22, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #95: Jessie Sima

Jessie Sima's books are consistently hilarious, well-designed, and full of heart. They evoke a sense of warmth as her characters discover how they fit into the grander scheme of things, and I was thrilled to get a chance to chat with Jessie about her fourth picture book Love, Z. If you thought narwhals and penguins were cute, wait until you meet Z!

January 20, 2019


Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Celebration of the African American National Anthem by James Weldon Johnson and Elizabeth Catlett is now available in a in an updated edition with a forward by Ashley Bryan and a fresh new design.

January 19, 2019

Crushes of the Week: January 13-19, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. The Children and the Whale by Daniel Frost (Little Gestalten, October 2018)
  2. Carpenter by Bruna Barros (Gibbs Smith, March 2017)
  3. The Origin of Day and Night by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt and Lenny Lishchenko (Inhabit Media, October 2018)
  4. Diana Dances by Luciano Lozano (Annick Press, March 2019)
  5. Little Fox in the Snow by Jonathan London and Daniel Miyares (Candlewick, November 2018)
  6. Perfect by Max Amato (Scholastic Press, January 2019)

January 18, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #94: Elise Peterson

In Brontez Purnell's The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett Jacuzzi balances "normal" childhood issues like not fitting in at school and wondering if people in galaxies far, far away have it easier than he, with watching his younger brother for hours at a time and coming to grips with hating his mother's boyfriend. Although the story is technically fiction, these are real issues experienced by children every day. Add in Elise Peterson's mixed media collage illustrations, and the entire story suddenly feels like a scrapbook: the story becomes even more grounded in reality because not only is the story relatable, but the illustrations themselves are photos pulled from Elise's own life. It was an honor to chat with Elise about her process for bringing this story to life in a visual way.

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


The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs by Fiona Robinson is a picture book biography about 19th century botanist and photographer Anna Atkins.

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!