Sharing and Celebrating Picture Books Since 2009

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.)


A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity to stewardship and inclusion.


Six little ninjas sneak into Dojo Daycare to surprise their master on his birthday.


No hair is too unruly for Maxwell the monkey barber. Whether his neighbors need their manes styled or mustaches trimmed, Maxwell gets them into shipshape.


Aberdeen is a little mouse with a lot of curiosity, so when a balloon floats by, he can’t help but follow it.


A boy wonders what happened to his dad to change him from cool to just plain normal.


Imagined in the form of a secret agent’s set of instructions, Mason and other children negotiate the first day of school.


Danny will sit anywhere except on the toilet. So the toilet does what any self-respecting toilet would do, he leaves home.


Anya awakens to discover she has grown a tiger tail, and it just happens to be her very first day of school.


Imagines the bedtime rituals of different types of trains.


Buddy does his best to explain to Earl what a baby is, but neither are prepared for the havoc Mrs. Cunningham’s baby wreaks.


Toby likes being a cat more than a boy. When it’s time to go to school, he becomes a timid kitten.


Like most everyone around him, a young boy mocks the strange man with bright red hair, who hauled a paint-splattered easel through the French countryside.


Monsters don’t have friends, but one day, Zander meets Bird and a strange thing happens.


Ned is a pirate whose fondness for knitting annoys his captain–until one of Ned’s knitted blankets saves the ship from a sea monster.


A furry, purple monster named Floyd is annoyed because he doesn’t like being called a monster.


Groovy Joe is a fun-loving dog with a tub full of ice cream–which he shares with his unexpected dinosaur guests.


The king, the knights, and the villagers are desperate to take down an especially terrible dragon.


Bedtime means brushing your teeth, putting on pajamas, and kissing your family good night–but little Monsters like to do things differently.


A young girl witnesses how the seasons change from summer to autumn.


Henry McHenry is one messy rhino. But today is a very important day. Today, Henry is going to avoid spills.

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Picture Book Personals (2)


Picture Book Personals

Inquisitive monkey seeks hat-wearing companion to sail across ocean to new life filled with adventure.

What classic picture book am I?


Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present


Did you get it right?


PB at the library 2

I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.)


Goon is the monster hiding in Gabe’s closet, but the trouble is he is a lot more afraid of children than Gabe is afraid of monsters.


Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos.


A young boy who thinks baths are dumb, dangerous, and a complete waste of time, changes his mind after finally getting into the tub.


Your thumb is always there for you through the good times and the bad, like a friend you can carry around in your pocket (or your mouth).


Poppy has the most incredible imagination, and she can make the most extraordinary things happen. But her imagination has a way of getting completely out of control.


There are lots of monsters in this book! But every single one is fast asleep…for now.

Anouk, Ben, and Cara dream of a fabulous treasure buried on an island across the harbor. A mysterious man offers them passage if they can solve seven vexing riddles.


Paula and Maggie are best friends until Paula starts playing with some new friends instead, but when her new playmates turn on her, it’s Maggie who rushes to Paula’s defense.


Saturdays make Ada cranky because that’s the day she has ballet class. And Ada hates ballet.


Dewey Dew does not want to go to school–especially not on Planet Earth.


A little girl who’s always being mistaken for a boy is not afraid to be herself.


The kids in classroom 2-D are excited about their new class pet, a cute, cuddly hamster, until she’s let out of her cage.


From ten little ninjas sneaking out of bed to one cuddlebug asleep on the spread, rhyming text provides a countdown to bedtime.


A new baby elephant is born and the entire herd celebrates the little one’s arrival.


A boy tells us all the amazing things that happen on a Saturday, his favorite day of the week.


This book is a celebration of teachers and all that they do to change the world.


Bear starts his first day of school without his best friend Floppy.


Ooko the fox has a stick, a rock, and a leaf, but he doesn’t have a friend.


Otter starts her own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and Pig. And guess who gets to be the teacher?


Maggi’s mother persuades her to go to the park and make new friends, even though her best friend, Milo, cannot join her because he’s a dog.

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Picture Book Personals (1)


Picture Book Personals

Little girl seeks rabbit to help find colorful present for mother’s birthday.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?


Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.


The first book my mother read to me was The Three Little Pigs.

I remember, and will never forget, cuddling up next to her as she played the Big Bad Wolf, attempting to blow down a brick house. Or the softness of her voice as she shared a story with me. So was born my love of children’s books and the stories they share with us. Something I in turn wish to share with you. ~Christina Jackson

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PB at the library 2

I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.)


Octicorn, who is half octopus, half unicorn, has trouble fitting in.


Little bird must fly south with his family, but he doesn’t want to leave behind his favorite things.


The tale of Lucy, a small homeless dog; Eleanor, the girl who loves her; and Eleanor’s father, a would-be vaudevillian with stage fright, unfolds in four acts.


Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things that he and Noah love. Does he even know who Noah is?


There are lots of animals on every page of this book, but you’ll have to look very closely. Sometimes you see them and sometimes you don’t.


When the sun sets, a young boy prepares for his greatest adventure…bedtime!


What better thing to do on a gray day than collect some colors? Cat decides to do just that, but where will she find them?


Poor mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move that pesky bear out of his chair.


Big, brave Captain Crave can check off most items on the Be Your Best Buccaneer handy checklist. Only one thing is missing…he doesn’t have a pet.


There’s yellow goop on the floor, an unfamiliar smell, and Daddy shaved! Armed with these clues, Mitzi is on her way to discovering what on earth is happening right under her nose.


Yoshio delights in the sounds of Tokyo, but when a  musician tells him her favorite sound is silence, Yoshio sets out to hear this sound for himself, among the hustle and bustle of the city.


Cowpoke Clyde gets a bike and sets right off, wibblin’, wobblin’ down the road. Learning to ride a bike is a tad bit harder than he thought.


A girl and her canine best friend have a blast playing together, until she forgets that her dog can’t climb a tree and doesn’t like being bossed around.


After a full day of evil schemes, fairy tale baddies return home to spend time with friends and get ready for bed.


Penny is thrilled to get her invitation to a slumber under the stars party, but then she realizes that no pets are allowed and she’ll have to leave her beloved dog Jelly home.


When sand shark twins Flip and Fin try to rescue people and save the day like the heroes of their favorite cartoon, there is a misunderstanding.


A girl ventures back into the realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes.


No matter how hard Little Wing tries to fly, it’s always flip, flap, flop, until one day when his fluttering takes off and he finds himself high above the clouds.


Expecting a dog for her birthday, a girl is upset when she gets a tortoise instead.


A little girl desperately wants a beautiful unicorn as a pet, but what she gets is a little different.


Title: The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog in the Mountains

Author: Dagny McKinley

Illustrator: Ostap Stetsiv

Publisher/Year: Undiscovered Earth Publications/2012

Favorite Line: The girl’s soul lived in the mountains where trees grow into the clouds.

A barefooted young girl and her dog explore the wonders of nature that surround their home in the mountains. They spend all day outside playing, inspecting, observing, relaxing, and enjoying their natural world. They pick flowers, drink from streams, listen to the quiet sounds, get dirty, and breathe in the fresh air. They feel content. They feel happy. They feel at home.

The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog in the Mountains is a super sweet ode to nature. The text is lyrical, almost like a song. It’s quiet, like the country life it portrays. Yet, author Dagny McKinley’s affinity for the outdoors, her love of nature, comes through strong and clear. Ostap Stetsiv’s illustrations are vibrant and lovely, conveying a world in which, if you were to step into the book, you could hear the crickets chirping and the birds singing. Maybe you would even feel the breeze on your skin.

I was immediately drawn to this book because I can’t resist picture books about dogs. (I’ve mentioned before that my own dog inspires much of my writing.) But after reading the story, I find myself drawn more to the girl, who, even though we get to know her through her interactions with her dog and with nature, still feels like a bit of a mystery to me. Who is this girl? Why does she live in the mountains? Who are her parents? I want to know more about her and I think kids will be curious too. Perhaps we’ll discover more in McKinley and Stetsiv’s next book The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog in the Snow.


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