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, […]



The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein

The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein

Writer/illustrator Mordicai Gerstein, the Caldecott winner for the amazing The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, delivers yet another visually astounding picture book that mixes wonder with adventure. The story is relatively simple: in a seaside community, a fisherman’s son notices a whale tangled up in a net. Remembering a time when he almost drowned, the compassionate […]


Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Beyond the Bright Sea is perhaps the best new middle grade historical novel I read this year. (And it is listed in our 101 Best Kids Books of 2017!). It is the beautifully written story of a young girl  who arrived at her adopted father’s island in a boat just a few hours old. As […]


The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The red-haired fox of Jeremy Renner’s new graphic novel spends his days sneaking around the local barnyard and his nights munching on turnips. Yeah, things aren’t going too well. The problem is simple. But even still, there is little hope that he will be able to fulfill his carnivore dreams. None of the animals lower […]


Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan has made quite a name for himself, creating breathtaking historical fiction graphic novels, and his most recent book, Snow White: A Graphic Novel, holds to his high standard. Set in 1928, in New York City, Phelan creates a story told as if a silent black and white, noir film were transformed into a […]