Mushroom Rain

Mushroom RainWords by Laura K. ZimmermannIllustrated by Jamie GreenPublished 2022 Mushrooms aren't usually something we associate with beauty, they're more likely to be feared or seen as dirty. But Mushroom Rain celebrates and shows the wonder and magic and beauty of fungi. It's lyrical, every word flows when reading out loud, and the descriptions are... Continue Reading →

Looking for a Jumbie

Looking for a JumbieWritten by Tracey BaptisteIllustrated by Amber RenPublished 2021 Naya's mama says there are no such things as Jumbies, so at night Naya goes looking for one. In the dark woods, shadowy figures appear but instead of being scary, they decide to go along with Naya's plan to find a real Jumbie. Looking... Continue Reading →

Ergo

ErgoWritten by Alexis DeaconIllustrated by Viviane SchwarsPublished 2021 Ergo wakes up to find herself as the entirety of everything she can see. Ergo is the universe... at least she thinks so until she discovers the wall. The wall is not Ergo, so Ergo isn't everything. So what is outside Ergo? Does it have wings and... Continue Reading →

Our Little Kitchen

Our Little Kitchenby Jillian TamakiPublished 2020 Come enjoy the bustle of a community kitchen. With simple text that varies between speech bubbles and standard text, we follow the meal from tending the community garden to sitting down and sharing with neighbors. The art takes center stage on many pages as we see things like chopping... Continue Reading →

Valentiny 2022

Several times a year Susanna Hill challenges kidlit writers to stretch their writing muscles and work from a prompt. For this year's Valentiny it's a 214 word (or less) Valentine's story about someone feeling proud.You can check out all the awesome entries here. Eva Valentina's DayWC 199 On Friday, Mr. Goss said next week would... Continue Reading →

Ten Beautiful Things

Ten Beautiful ThingsWritten by Molly Beth GriffinIllustrated by Maribel LechugaPublished 2021 Lily is taking a trip out to Iowa to live with her Gram. It's a big trip and they start in the dark before sunrise. Lily feels uncertain about going to this "empty" land and so Gram decides they should try to find ten... Continue Reading →

Room For Everyone

Room For EveryoneWritten by Naaz KhanIllustrated by Merc√® L√≥pezPublished 2021 Musa and Dada are on a ride in the daladala. They're heading to the beautiful beach of Zanzibar. First one, then another, and then more and people people need a ride. It seems impossible to squish and wiggle and fit so many people into the... Continue Reading →

Unraveled

UnraveledWords and art by Leanne HatchPublished 2021 Cole's baby blanket his mama made is perfect. It's soft with just the right texture. He uses it for imaginative play, for sleeping, for carrying toys... everything. But it's knit and starts to unravel bit by bit until it's less a blanket and more a tangle. Cole holds... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Sea Bunny

The Mysterious Sea BunnyWords and art by Peter RaymundoPublished 2021 The question is posed: is a Sea Bunny a rabbit or a hare?Neither. They are a type of sea slug, a nudibranch if you will.With adorable art and a conversational dialogue, The Mysterious Sea Bunny introduces children to the wide, wild world of sea slugs... Continue Reading →

Christmas Book Roundup

Instead of a regular book review today, it feels like a good day to share some of my favorite Christmas books. There are childhood favorites, ones I regularly reread now, and ones that are both of those. I don't know many new ones, so I'd love recommendations on your favorite Christmas/holiday books. So, without further... Continue Reading →

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