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

In the Palm of My Hand

 
 

⬇️ Author Jennifer Raudenbush shares about their picture book IN THE PALM OF MY HAND.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for exploring nature."


📚 "This book can also be used to increase self-esteem and to appreciate poetry."


Author: Jennifer Raudenbush

Illustrator: Isabella Conti

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Publication Date: March 14, 2023


Follow:

📌 www.jenraudenbush.com 

📌 X: @jenraudenbush 

📌 Instagram: @jenraudenbush1

The Mochi Makers

 
 

⬇️ Author/illustrator Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson shares about their picture book THE MOCHI MAKERS.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for kids who love sweet, cozy stories about family, food, and love."


📚 "This book can also be used for learning about Japanese American culture and traditions and for learning to make mochi at home."


Author/Illustrator: Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson

Publisher: S&S/Beach Lane Books

Publication Date: March 19, 2024


Follow:

📌 website: sharonfj.com

📌 instagram: @sharonfjart 

📌 Twitter/X: @sharonffj

Watch Out for the Lion

 
 

⬇️ Author Brooke Hartman shares about their picture book WATCH OUT FOR THE LION.


"This is the perfect picture book for 

✨ kids who love a fun, engaging read-aloud,

✨ kids who are sometimes wary of new situations,

✨ and anyone who loves animals!"


📚 "This book can also be used for teaching kids about assumptions and that jumping to them too quickly without knowing all the facts can sometimes lead to embarrassing situations."


Author: Brooke Hartman

Illustrator: Anna Sussbauer

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Publication Date: February 2023


Follow:

📌 www.BrookeAHartman.com

A Little Bit of Everything

 
 

⬇️ Author Meghana Narayan shares about their picture book A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for any child who is discovering who they are."


📚 "This book can also be used to encourage children to celebrate their unique narrative and history, while embracing the different identities of their peers. While we often ask children to share "where they come from," we sometimes forget to encourage them to share "where they are" and "where they hope to go." The story is a collection of memories from a young girl, who carries these moments tightly with her as she grows. These memories become a map of who she is. Children reading this story can think about their individual maps, and who they are becoming. While the main character comes from an Asian family, this book was written in a way so that all children, from whatever background or family structure, could find a special connection to the story."


Author: Meghana Narayan

Illustrator: Michelle Carlos

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Date: March 15, 2024


Follow:

📌 IG: @teachforthechange  

📌 meghananarayan.com

Papá's Magical Water-Jug Clock

 
 

⬇️ Author Jesus Trejo shares about their picture book PAPÁ'S MAGICAL WATER-JUG CLOCK.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for anyone looking for a portrait of a working-class Mexican American family. It showcases family, love, and work ethic. A heartwarming story told through the lens of little Jesus Trejo who is excited to be able to help with the family landscaping business."


📚 "This book can also be used to point to a story that is all too common in our communities but rarely explored in kids' books. Especially through this upbeat and funny story."


Author: Jesus Trejo

Illustrator: Eliza Kinkz

Publisher: Astra Kids Books / Minerva

Publication Date/Year: June 6th, 2023


Follow:

📌 Instagram: @jesustrejo1

The Memory Quilt

 
 

⬇️ Author Lori Keating shares about their picture book THE MEMORY QUILT.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for every family to start an important conversation about the death of a loved one."


This book can also be used …

📚 to be aware of other people's feelings

📚 for the importance of friendship

📚 for healing through memories

📚 for crafting memories for a special gift


Author: Lori Keating 

Illustrator: Alyssa Grizenko 

Publisher: Monarch Educational Services 

Publication Date/Year: January 9, 2024


Follow:

📌 @LoriMKeating on both Instagram & X 

📌 www.lorikeating.com

More Than You Imagine

 
 

⬇️ Author Thelia Hutchinson shares about their picture book MORE THAN YOU IMAGINE. 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for families and loved ones. This book expresses and showcases parental love and embraces different family dynamics. The love for a child is universal and parents will always be there to support their children."


📚 "This book can also be used to teach about love, hope, encouragement, and support."


Author: Thelia Hutchinson

Illustrator: Adriana Predoi

Publisher: Soaring Kite Books

Publication Date/Year: April 2, 2024


Follow:

📌 Website: www.theliahutchinson.com 

📌 Instagram: @thelia341

📌 X (Twitter): @TheliaHutchins1

📌 Instagram for Adriana Predoi: @adriillustration

📌 Soaring Kite Books: www.soaringkitebooks.com 

📌 Soaring Kite Books Instagram: @soaringkitebooks

This Book Is Definitely Not Cursed

 
 

⬇️ Author Megan Woodward shares about their picture book THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY NOT CURSED. 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for silly interactive read alouds."


📚 "This book can also be used for tricking people into making fools of themselves."


Author: Megan Woodward

Illustrator: Risa Rodil

Publisher: Simon and Schuster (Aladdin)

Publication Date: June 25, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.meganwoodward.com 

📌 Insta: @womeganwo

📌 Twitter: @womeganwo

📌 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormeganwoodward

Ollie, the Acorn, and the Mighty Idea

 
 

⬇️ Author Andrew Hacket shares about their picture book OLLIE, THE ACORN, AND THE MIGHTY IDEA.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for exploring self-acceptance, friendship, and jealousy/bullying."


📚 "This book can also be used to discuss the needs of plants and for a good dose of humor."


Author: Andrew Hacket

Illustrator: Kaz Windness

Publisher: PageStreet Kids

Publication: 4/9/24


Follow:

📌 www.andrewhacket.com

📌 @AndrewCHacket (all social media)

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

The Fire of Stars

 
 

⬇️ Author Kirsten Larson shares about their picture book THE FIRE OF STARS.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for star-gazing kids."


📚 "This book can also be used to inspire young scientists and to encourage girls to reach for the stars."


Author: Kirsten W. Larson

Illustrator: Katherine Roy

Publisher: Chronicle Kids

Publication Date: Feb. 7, 2023


Follow:

📌 KirstenWLarson.com 

📌 @kirstenwlarson

ANCESTORY: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art

 
 

⬇️ Author/illustrator Hannah Salyer shares about their picture book ANCESTORY: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for students of all ages to learn about our ancient ancestors and pieces of our collective past."


📚 "This book can also be used to help frame the context of early human life on our planet, and delve into early art history."


Author: Hannah Salyer

Illustrator: Hannah Salyer

Publisher: Harper Collins (Clarion)

Publication Date: April 11th, 2023


Follow:

📌 instagram: @h.salyer

📌 website: hannahsalyer.com 

📌 twitter: @hansalyer

The Lion Queen

 
 

⬇️ Author Rina Singh shares about their picture book THE LION QUEEN:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for animal lovers, social crusaders, and anyone who is bold enough to follow their dreams, no matter what."


📚 "This book can also be used for teaching about Asiatic lions and wildlife conservation."


Author: Rina Singh 

Illustrator: Tara Anand 

Publisher: Cameron Kids/Abrams

Published on October 3rd, 2023


Follow:

📌 www.rinasingh.com 

📌 Instagram:@storiesbysingh   

📌 X: @storiesbysingh

How to Bird

 
 

⬇️ Author Rasha Hamid shares about their picture book HOW TO BIRD:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for inspiring kids and grownups to get outside and bird, anywhere!"


📚 "This book can also be used as a mentor text to teach instructional writing in classrooms."


Author: Rasha Hamid

Illustrations: Final photo collages were created by a page designer, based on my designs, and using my photos of birds, children and NYC.

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

Publication Date: October 2023


Follow:

📌 https://www.rashahamid.com 

📌 Instagram: @RashaHamidAuthor

A Dollar’s Grand Dream

 
 

⬇️ Author Kimberly Wilson shares about their picture book A DOLLAR'S GRAND DREAM:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for teaching financial literacy."


This book can also be used for:

📚 learning the grass isn't always greener

📚 reading aloud

📚 laughing at punny humor


Author: Kimberly Wilson

Illustrator: Mark Hoffmann

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Publication Date: July 11, 2023


Follow:

📌 www.kimberlywilsonwrites.com

📌 @kimberlywilsonwrites

📌 @studiohoffmann

📌 @pagestreetkids

The House That Ruth Built

 
 

⬇️ Author Kelly Bennett shares about their picture book THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for baseball fans of all ages."


This book can also be used for:

📚 lyrical text & realistic illustrations for T-Ballers

📚 more than 100 years of  baseball history

📚 trivia & vintage photos for Fast-ballers

📚 Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth! 


Author: Kelly Bennett

Illustrator: Susanna Covelli

Publisher: Familius

Publication Date/Year: March 2023


Follow:

📌 www.kellybennett.com 

📌 @kellybennettbooks

📌 @familius

📌 @susannacovelliart

Ladybug Launch: Inspired by a True Story of Chinitas in Space

 
 

⬇️ Author Melissa Trempe shares about their picture book LADYBUG LAUNCH: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY OF CHINITAS IN SPACE: 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for all kids, especially girls and Latinx readers, who have interests in science, insects, or fascinating true stories."


📚 "This book can also be used by teachers and librarians seeking multicultural stories featuring characters who persist and overcome the odds."

📚 "This is also perfect for science students studying insects or classrooms learning how to ask scientific questions and conduct experiments."


Author: Melissa Trempe & Dr. Natalia Ojeda

Illustrator: Manuela Montoya

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (S&S)

Publication Date/Year: April 16, 2024


Follow:

📌 melissatrempe.com

📌 Instagram: @melissatrempe.author

📌 X: @melissa_trempe

📌 Note- Natalia and Manuela are not on Twitter. They are on Instagram @manumontoyae and @natitaojeda

Winter: A Solstice Story

 
 

⬇️ Author Kelsey E. Gross shares about their picture book WINTER: A SOLSTICE STORY:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for kids who love animals and the magic of winter. It's a cozy winter read!"


📚 "This book can also be used to teach about hope, friendship, and kindness, as well as introduce the winter solstice."


Author: Kelsey E. Gross

Illustrator: Renata Liwska

Publisher: Paula Wiseman/ Simon & Schuster

Publication: October 10, 2023


Follow:

📌 Website: kelseyegross.com 

📌 Instagram and X: @kelseyegross

Stand as Tall as the Trees: How an Amazonian Community Protected the Rain Forest

 
 

⬇️ Author Laura Resau shares about their picture book STAND AS TALL AS THE TREES: HOW AN AMAZONIAN COMMUNITY PROTECTED THE RAIN FOREST. 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for elementary schoolers and their families and teachers to learn about how we can work together to protect natural places we care about."


📚 "This book can also be used to understand how Indigenous people are defending their sacred lands against oil drilling and other kinds of exploitation."


Authors: Patricia Gualinga and Laura Resau

Illustrator: Vanessa Jaramillo

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Publication date: July 2023


Follow:

📌 https://www.LauraResau.com/standastallasthetrees 

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

Flat Cat

 
 

⬇️ Author Tara Lazar shares about their picture book FLAT CAT:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for funny families."


📚 "This book can also be used to warn silly kids about flat felines."


Author: Tara Lazar

Illustrator: Pete Oswald

Publisher: Flamingo Books (PRH)

Publication Date: September 19, 2023


Follow:

📌 https://linktr.ee/taralazar

Christmas Ahoy!

 
 

⬇️ Author Erin Dealey shares about their picture book CHRISTMAS AHOY!


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for boat lovers of all ages."


📚 "This book can also be used to celebrate with a lighted boat parade."


Author: Erin Dealey

Illustrator: Kayla Stark

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Publication Date: July 2023 


Follow Erin Dealey:

📌 erindealey.com ; https://twitter.com/ErinDealey

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

Follow: Kayla Stark (Illustrator)

📌 https://twitter.com/StarkKayla 

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

Follow: Sleeping Bear Press (Publisher)

📌 https://twitter.com/SleepingBearBks

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