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The Perfect Picture Book
 
Authors and illustrators share what their picture books are perfect for
 

Everybody Has A Body

 
 

⬇️ Author Molli Jackson Ehlert shares about their picture book EVERYBODY HAS A BODY.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for kids of all ages!"


📚 "This book can also be used in schools and libraries. It's a wonderful way to encourage acceptance and foster conversation."


Author: Molli Jackson Ehlert

Illustrator: Lorian Tu

Publisher: Fewiwel & Friends

Pub Year: 2023


Follow:

📌 www.mollijacksonehlert.com 

📌 (IG) @mollimakesthings 

📌 (X) @mollimakes

Finley: A Moose on the Caboose

 
 

⬇️ Author Candace Spizzirri shares about their picture book FINLEY: A MOOSE ON THE CABOOSE.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for young adventurers everywhere...especially train and moose lovers!"


"This book can also be used for … 

📚 a fun, engaging, and giggly read-aloud, 

📚 and to promote discussions about rules, determination, and making what seems impossible possible."


Author: Candace Spizzirri

Illustrator: Chantelle and Burgen Thorne

Publisher: Gnome Road Publishing

Publication: April 18, 2023


Follow:

📌 candacespizzirri.com

📌 Instagram @CCSpizzirri

📌 X/Twitter/ @CCSpizzirri1

📌 Facebook @CandaceSpizzirri

Animals in Surprising Shades: Poems About Earth’s Colorful Creatures

 
 

⬇️ Author Susan Johnston Taylor shares about their picture book ANIMALS IN SURPRISING SHADES: POEMS ABOUT EARTH'S COLORFUL CREATURES.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for discovering how their colors help animals find a mate, avoid predators, and more!"


📚 "This book can also be used for exploring different poetry formats!"


Author: Susan Johnston Taylor

Illustrator: Annie Bakst

Publisher: Gnome Road Publishing

Publication Date/Year: March 2023


Follow:

📌 @UrbanMuseWriter on IG & X

Free to Be Fabulous!

 
 

⬇️ Author David McMullin shares about their picture book FREE TO BE FABULOUS!


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for doing what you love, dancing, and bullying!"


📚 "This book can also be used for celebrating Pride."


Author: David McMullin

Illustrator: Robbie Cathro

Publisher: Clarion

Publication Date/Year: April 30, 2024


Follow:

📌 Instagram/twitter: @davidmcmullinpb

📌 website: https://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/welcome/

Fire Flight: A Wildfire Escape

 
 

⬇️ Author Cedar Pruitt shares about their picture book FIRE FLIGHT: A WlLDFIRE ESCAPE.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for anyone curious about owls, wildfire, helicopters, climate change, firefighting, good stories in the news, and unforgettable surprise connections!"


📚 "This book can also be used to enjoy poetry, STEM facts, dynamic vocabulary, gorgeous illustrations, and...did I mention one unforgettable owl?"


Author: Cedar Pruitt

Illustrator: Chiara Fedele

Publisher: Capstone Editions

Publication Date/Year: 1/1/2024


Follow:

📌 www.CedarPruitt.com

A Little Golden Book Biography: MEL BROOKS

 
 

⬇️ Author Christy Mihaly shares about their picture book A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK BIOGRAPHY: MEL BROOKS.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for parents, grandparents, and other special grownups who want to share stories of a favorite comic genius with their littles."


📚 "This book can also be used for adult fans of "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles" who loved Mel's movies when they were kids but might not be ready to let their kids see them quite yet ..."


Author: Christy Mihaly

Illustrator: Kelly Kennedy

Publisher: Golden Books

Publication Date: Jan. 2, 2024


Follow:

📌 Website: www.christymihaly.com 

📌 IG: @christymihaly 

📌 FB: https://www.facebook.com/christymihaly/ 


📷 Photo credit: Bear Pond Books

The House Before Falling into the Sea

 
 

⬇️ Author Ann Suk Wang shares about their picture book THE HOUSE BEFORE FALLING INTO THE SEA.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for children 4-10 years old…on up! Even college students and grandparents will be using this as a tool to launch discussions on multi-generational storytelling and more!"


"This book can also be used for …

📚 discussing hard topics with children, from their perspective, in a kid-friendly way,

📚 refugees, Korean war, any war, 

📚 crowded living environments, 

📚 historical fiction, 

📚 loving your neighbor, and 

📚 hope in the midst of hardship."


Author: Ann Suk Wang

Illustrator: Hanna Cha (received a Caldecott honor for The Truth Abot Dragons 2023)

Publisher: Dial (Penguin Random House)

Publication date/year: March 12, 2024


Follow:

📌 annsukwang.com

📌 @annsukwang (*instagram, facebook, threads, Bluesky, TikTok)

Moo Hoo

 
 

⬇️ Author Audrey Perrott shares about their picture book MOO HOO.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for readers who love to laugh but also cry A LOT when feeling big feelings."


📚 "This book can also be used as a way to show readers how to accept themselves and their feelings, as well as have empathy for others. A SEL story of self-love and friendship."


Author: Audrey Perrott

Illustrator: Ross Burach

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: April 16, 2024


Follow:

📌 HTTPS://www.audreyperrott.com 

📌 Instagram/Threads: audreysbooksandbakes

📌 X/Twitter: audreyperrott

A Stone Is a Story

 
 

⬇️ Author Leslie Barnard Booth shares about their picture book A STONE IS A STORY.


"This is the perfect picture book for 

✨ curious kids, 

✨ kids who love rocks, 

✨ and teaching about rocks and the rock cycle."


📚 "This book can also be used to explore deep time and the ways Earth has changed over hundreds of millions of years."


Author: Leslie Barnard Booth

Illustrator: Marc Martin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/McElderry

Publication Date/Year: October 3, 2023


Follow:

📌 lesliebarnardbooth.com 

📌 Instagram: @lesliebarnardbooth.books

📌 X: @LBB_books

The Mountain of Gold

 
 

⬇️ Illustrator Stephanie Cotta shares about their picture book THE MOUNTAIN OF GOLD.


"This is the perfect picture book for 

✨ readers who love fables (like Aesop's Fables),

✨ teaching where true riches/treasures are found,

✨ the dangers and consequences of greed,

✨ and life lessons."


📚 "This book can also be used to show the importance of family and teaching contentment."


Author: Fred J. Fisher

Illustrator: Stephanie Cotta

Publisher: Caterpillar Books

Publication Date: May 14, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.sdaniellacotta.com 

📌 linktr.ee/StephanieCotta 

📌 X: @CottaStephanie

Dream Submarine

 
 

⬇️ Author Charlotte Gunnufson shares about their picture book DREAM SUBMARINE.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for ocean explorers."


📚 "This book can also be used for animal lovers, folks who geek out on facts and maps, and World Oceans Day."


Author: Charlotte Gunnufson

Illustrator: Cleonique Hilsaca

Publisher: Candlewick

Pub Date: June 4, 2024


Follow:

📌 https://www.booksbycharlotte.com/  

📌 @CharlotteGunnu1

When God Makes Scribbles Beautiful

 
 

⬇️ Author Kate Rietema shares about their picture book WHEN GOD MAKES SCRIBBLES BEAUTIFUL.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for grief, loss, and finding hope."


Author: Kate Rietema

Illustrator: Jennie Poh

Publisher: B&H Kids

Publication Date: March 19, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.katerietema.com 

📌 X and IG @KateRietema 

📌 Facebook Kate Rietema - Children's Author

My Mom is Not a Superhero!

 
 

⬇️ Author Darcie Naslund shares about their picture book MY MOM IS NOT A SUPERHERO!


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for families dealing with a chronic illness/invisible illness, more specifically Multiple Sclerosis."


📚 "This book can also be used for the representation and understanding of illnesses and disabilities—How can someone be supportive?"


Author: Darcie Naslund

Illustrator: Dania El Khatib

Publisher: DC Canada Education Publishing

Publication Date: May 4, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.darcienaslund.com 

📌 Instagram: @darcienaslundwrites

📌 X: @DarcieNaslund

📌 Facebook: Author Darcie Naslund

Curlilocks & the Three Hares

 
 

⬇️ Author Andrew Hacket shares about their picture book CURLILOCKS & THE THREE HARES.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for self-acceptance."


📚 "This book can also be used by beginning readers who love fractured fairy tales."


Author: Andrew Hacket

Illustrator: Jan Dolby

Publisher: The Little Press

Publication: 5/1/24


Follow:

📌 www.andrewhacket.com

📌 @AndrewCHacket (all social media) 

📌 Linktree: https://linktr.ee/andrewchacket

Outdoor Farm, Indoor Farm

 
 

⬇️ Author Lindsay H. Metcalf shares about their picture book OUTDOOR FARM, INDOOR FARM.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for discovering how both outdoor and indoor farms sustainably grow the food we eat throughout the year."


"This book can also be used …

📚 to discuss how science and technology are used on farms,

📚 to learn how climate change affects farms,

📚 to study the seasons, 

📚 and to understand rhyme."


Author: Lindsay H. Metcalf

Illustrator: Xin Li

Publisher: Astra Young Readers

Publication date: April 9, 2024


Follow:

📌 lindsayhmetcalf.com 

📌 @lindsayhmetcalf 

📌 @lixin.illustration 

📌 @astrakidsbooks

Dark Cloud

 
 

⬇️ Author Anna Lazowski shares about their picture book DARK CLOUD.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for opening up a discussion about depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues."


📚 "This book can also be used to help kids and adults see their own experiences with sadness or depression reflected in the pages."


Author: Anna Lazowski

Illustrator: Penny Neville-Lee

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Publication Date: May 2, 2023


Follow:

📌 https://www.annalazowskibooks.com/ 

📌 https://www.instagram.com/annalazowski/ 

📌 https://twitter.com/anna_lazowski

The Law of Birthdays

 
 

⬇️ Author Brenna Jeanneret shares about their picture book THE LAW OF BIRTHDAYS.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for starting the discussion around choice and body autonomy."


📚 "This book can also be used to discuss social emotional learning (and cake!)"


Author: Brenna Jeanneret

Illustrator: Marina Kondra

Publisher: Cardinal Rule Press

Publication Date/Year: May 1st 2024


Follow:

📌 https://brennajeanneret.com/ 

📌 @brennajeanneret (on Twitter, IG, Blue Sky and Threads)

Miguel Must Fight!

 
 

⬇️ Author Jamie Ofelia shares about their picture book MIGUEL MUST FIGHT!


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for kids who love art and action-packed adventures!"


📚 "This book can also be used to improve Spanish vocabulary."


Author: Jamie Ofelia

Illustrator: Sara Palacios

Publisher: Little, Brown For Young Readers

Publication date: April 30th, 2024


Follow:

📌 Website: JamieOfelia.com

📌 Twitter: @JamieOfelia

📌 Instagram: @JamieOfeliaWrites

I am a Thundercloud

 
 

⬇️ Author Leah Moser shares about their picture book I AM A THUNDERCLOUD.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for BIG feelers, people who sometimes feel angry, and metaphor lovers."


📚 "This book can also be used by children, parents, and educators to discuss the BIG feeling of anger. With beautiful illustrations by Marie Hermansson, the visuals complement the words of this SEL picture book."


Author: Leah Moser

Illustrator: Marie Hermansson

Publisher: Running Press Kids / Hachette

Publication Date: April 2, 2024


Follow:

📌 https://www.leahmoserwrites.com/ 

📌 Twitter/Instagram/Bluesky/Threads: @LeahMoserWrites 

📌 Facebook: Leah Moser - Author

Lupita's Brown Ballet Slippers

 
 

⬇️ Author Steena Hernandez shares about their picture book LUPITA'S BROWN BALLET SLIPPERS.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for any reader who loves dance."


📚 "This book can also be used to inspire children to ask big questions of belonging and inclusion in any activity they may be involved in."


Author: Steena Hernandez

Illustrator: Melissa Castillo

Publisher: Beaming Books

Publication Date: October 15, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.steenahernandez.com 

📌 Twitter @HernandezSteena 

 📌 IG: @SteenaHernandez