The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

In this wonderful new graphic novel, Jen Wang has crafted an engaging fairy tale about a prince who loves to wear dresses and secretly becomes the daringly fabulous Lady Crystallia with the help of his private dressmaker and friend.  How does the dressmaker break out of the Prince’s Secret to become the famous designer she’s […]


They Say Blue, illustrated and written by Jillian Tamaki

They Say Blue, illustrated and written by Jillian Tamaki

2015 Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki usually creates graphic novels for older readers but here she presents a striking work for a younger picture book audience, and does so with amazing grace. With swirling brush strokes and flowing vibrant imagery, this philosophical creation gets inside the head of a curious girl thinking about the natural […]


The River Bank by Kij Johnson (A sequel to The Wind in the Willows)

The River Bank by Kij Johnson (A sequel to The Wind in the Willows)

Are you a The Wind in the Willows fan? Here at long last is a worthy sequel seemingly written by Kenneth Graham himself after being gently enlightened about women and privilege. The River Bank is incredibly funny yet full of detailed delight in nature as well as an exciting kidnapping for ransom. It does not require […]



Honk! Splat! Vroom!, illustrated and written by Barry Gott

Honk! Splat! Vroom!, illustrated and written by Barry Gott

A bunch of mice in colorful race cars try to outmaneuver each other in this fast-paced, near-wordless, action-packed romp for the young fans of all things cars. Right at the starting line young readers know they will be in for a turbulent contest when a mouse in a blue car sneezes just as the race […]


If I Had a Horse, illustrated and written by Gianna Marino

If I Had a Horse, illustrated and written by Gianna Marino

Gianna Marino is a chameleon as an illustrator. When you look at her comical cautionary tale Too Tall Houses, you notice that it’s very different from the melancholic whale bonding tale Following Papa’s Song or the slapsticky Night Animals. I love those books, and others by her, but I have to say If I Had a Horse may now be my […]


Grandma’s Purse, illustrated and written by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Grandma’s Purse, illustrated and written by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Very few picture book artists create warmer or cozier illustrations than Vanessa Brantley-Newton. In this delightful and sweet slice of life story, a little girl has her grandma, affectionately called “Mimi”, show her the contents of her purse. The loving grandmother explains the significance of the objects, from the hairpins that help manage her hair […]


I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

This is one of those gems of a kid’s book that adults will love. It’s packed with clever stuff that your 6-year old will get on one level and you will laugh at on another. It’s a perfect tool to teach the future generation the joys of irony, satire, parody, and what I call slightly […]


The Wizard of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Wizard of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once is a terrific new fantasy by Cressida Cowell, the creator of How to Train Your Dragon.  This is the first in a new series,  introducing the 2 main characters,  a Wizard boy named Xar and a Warrior girl named Wish. The book has the best illustrations: spell books,  snow cats, giants, […]