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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


📌 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


📌 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


📌 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


📌 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


📌 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


📌 @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


📌 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