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

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

Miss MacDonald Has A Farm

 
 

⬇️ Author Kalee Gwarjanski shares about their picture book MISS MACDONALD HAS A FARM.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for reading (singing!) aloud, farm fans, and veggie lovers."


📚 "This book can also be used to learn about gardening tasks, seasonality, and a variety of vegetables."


Author: Kalee Gwarjanski

Illustrator: Elizabet Vukovic

Publisher: Doubleday, Random House Children's Books

Publication Date: March 12, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.kaleegwarjanski.com 

📌 twitter: @kaleegwar 

📌 linktree.com/kaleegwarjanski

IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST

 
 

⬇️ Author/illustrator Meg Auchenbach shares about their picture book IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for children who daydream, doodle, and ask...what if?"


📚 "This book can also be used as a supplement to an elementary visual arts curriculum, homeschool art classes, or as a creative conversation starter for any artsy child!"


Author/Illustrator: Meg Auchenbach

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press

Publication Date: February 1, 2024


Follow:

📌 www.megauchenbach.com

📌 www.instagram.com/megauchenbachart

📌 www.twitter.com/megauchenbach

JUST FLOWERS

 
 

⬇️ Author Erin Dealey shares about their picture book JUST FLOWERS.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for budding botanists and gardeners of all ages."


📚 "This book can also be used for STEM discoveries, to celebrate spring, and to encourage random acts of kindness."


Author: Erin Dealey

Illustrator: Kate Cosgrove

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Publication Date: March 2024


Follow:

📌 erindealey.com   

📌 https://twitter.com/ErinDealey

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

📌 https://www.katecosgrove.com/ 

📌 https://www.instagram.com/k8cosgrove/ 

📌 https://twitter.com/K8_Cosgrove 

📌 https://twitter.com/SleepingBearBks 

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

Sensitive

 
 

⬇️ Author Sara Levine shares about their picture book SENSITIVE.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for showing that sensitivity is also a strength."


📚 "This book can also be used to celebrate diversity and compassion."


Author: Sara Levine

Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

Publisher: Carolrhoda/Lerner

Publication Date: October 2023


Follow:

📌 https://www.saralevinebooks.com/ 

📌 @saralevinebook (insta and fb)

📌 @saraclevine (X/Twitter)

The Brilliant Calculator: How Mathematician Edith Clarke Helped Electrify America

 
 

⬇️ Author Jan Lower shares about their picture book THE BRILLIANT CALCULATOR: HOW MATHEMATICIAN EDITH CLARKE HELPED ELECTRIFY AMERICA.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for kids who are excited about puzzles, math, or inventions."


📚 "This book can also be used to learn about curiosity, determination . . . and electricity!"


Author: Jan Lower

Illustrator: Susan Reagan

Publisher: Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers

Pub Date: March 13, 2023


Follow:

📌 www.janlower.com

Moonlight Memories

 
 

⬇️ Author Amanda Davis shares about their picture book MOONLIGHT MEMORIES.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for offering children a pathway to acknowledge and process their grief over the loss of a loved one. Written from a place of personal experience, this story strives to bring comfort to children hurting after loss."


📚 "This book can also be used as a guide for parents and caregivers by utilizing the end note, which features a message from a licensed children's counselor about how to use the book and where to find additional resources."


Author: Amanda Davis

Illustrator: Michelle Jing Chan 

Publisher: WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group

Publication Date/Year: June 2023


Follow:

📌 www.amandadavisart.com  

📌 insta: amandadavis_art 

📌 X: @amandadavisart

Be My ValenSLIME

 
 

⬇️ Author Kris Tarantino shares about their picture book BE MY VALENSLIME.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for Valentine's Day!"


"This book can also be used everyday! 

📚 The story is a laugh-out-loud celebration of love that's full of monster mayhem! 

📚 The book brings together the definition of everyday love on a kid-to-kid friendship level that reminds kids that love is patient, kind, and forgiving and that they can show love to others every day of the year!"


Author: Kris Tarantino

Illustrator: NYT best-selling Cori Doerrfeld

Publisher: WaterBrook, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Publication Date/Year: 12/19/23


Follow:

📌 www.kristarantino.com 

📌 Twitter/X: kris_tarantino | CoriDoerrfeld | WaterBrookPress

📌 LinkedIn: Kris Tarantino | Waterbrook & Multnomah

📌 Facebook: kristarantino | coridoerrfeld | WaterBrookMultnomah

📌 Instagram: WaterBrookMultnomahKids | WaterBrookMultnomah

📌 #Valentines Day, #Love, #Monsters, #Slime, #Humor, #Heart, #Kindness, #Friendship, #Forgiveness, #Patience, #Perseverance, #Empathy, #Hope, #WaterBrookMultnomahKids, #WaterBrookPress, #KrisTarantino, #CoriDoerrfeld

Anzu and the Art of Friendship

 
 

⬇️ Author Moni Ritchie Hadley shares about their picture book ANZU AND THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP.


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for the first day at a new school."


📚 "This book can also be used to recognize children's emotions and feelings in new experiences."


Author: Moni Ritchie Hadley 

Illustrator: Nathalia Takeyama 

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.

Published: June 22, 2023


Follow:

📌 www.moniritchie.com  

📌 @bookthreader

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