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 […]


I Want That Nut!, illustrated and written by Madeline Valentine

I Want That Nut!, illustrated and written by Madeline Valentine

This exuberant and funny sharing book begins before author/illustrator Madeline Valentine gives us the title page. A mouse and chipmunk are having a great time playing chase and hide & seek. On the title page we see an acorn fall. We flip the page and the story officially begins with the furry creatures hearing and […]


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Sweet, light family story in the Penderwicks/All of a Kind Family mode, but done by a brand new author. Their grumpy reclusive landlord has suddenly, after 6 years, decided not to renew the Vanderbeeker’s lease – just before Christmas! Watch the Vanderbeeker kids jump into action to try to save the day: a cozy book […]


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina is the first graphic novel wholly created (written and illustrated) by an Indian American. It is a beautiful feminist coming of age story about a teenager who learns about her mother’s difficult choices in India. Full of magical realism (the pashmina transports her in full color images to a legendary India), this story is also […]


The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow

The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow

Here’s the perfect holiday book for girls who love the Nutcracker story or ballet. A  young girl during the Harlem Renaissance learns (while dreaming of the Nutcracker)  to stand up and join in the music making by playing the drum!  The illustrations by James Ransome are gorgeous and bring this period of history to life. […]


Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi

Talk about a book packed with surprising humor, Andrea Tsurumi’s chaotic, surreal, and joke-a-second Accident!  has page after page after page of comical mayhem with visual puns galore.  An animal named Lola stumbles quite literally over the title of the book, causing a mess that makes her race to the library to hide.  As she runs down the street she encounters other […]


Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

This lovely graphic novel set in the mid-19th century, is reminiscent of E.B.White’s animal adventures, particularly Stuart Little. The unnamed (until the very end), orphaned main character mouse is looking for work and a home and unintentionally winds up on Monet’s estate in Giverny, France. Also on the property is a friendly mouse family who […]