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

Dear Mr. G

 
 

⬇️ Author Christine Evans shares about their picture book DEAR MR. G:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for teaching letter-writing and discussing friendship across generations."


📚 "This book can also be used to help kids who are missing a loved one."


Author: Christine Evans

Illustrator: Gracey Zhang 

Publisher: Union Square Kids 

Pub date: April 4, 2023


Follow:

📌 http://christinenancyevans.com

📌 @ChristineNEvans (everywhere on social media)

NO WORLD TOO BIG: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change

 
 

⬇️ Author Lindsay H. Metcalf shares about their picture book NO WORLD TOO BIG: YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for combatting climate anxiety by providing inspiring stories of young people working in the climate space today."


This book can also be used for . . .

📚 learning to read and write poetry

📚 discovering the many ways climate change affects people around the world

📚 understanding how to move from "me to we" in fighting climate change


Anthology Editors: Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley

Illustrator: Jeanette Bradley

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Publication date: March 14, 2023


Follow:

📌 lindsayhmetcalf.com 

📌 @lindsayhmetcalf

📌 @jea_bradley

📌 @keilavdawson

📌 @charlesbridgepublishing

Same Love, Different Hug

 
 

⬇️ Author Sarah Hovorka shares about their picture book SAME LOVE, DIFFERENT HUG:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book for showing kids how to empathize with others."

 

📚 "This book can also be used for teaching about diversity and disability."

 

Author: Sarah Hovorka
Illustrator: Abbey Bryant
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date/Year: June 2023

 

Follow Sarah Hovorka:
📌 https://www.sarahhovorka.com
📌 @HovorkaSarah Twitter

Just a Worm

 
 

⬇️ Author/illustrator Marie Boyd shares about their picture book JUST A WORM:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for anyone who has ever compared themselves to others and felt like they have fallen short."


"This book can also be used . . .

📚 to teach young scientists and gardeners about the natural world,

📚 to encourage young helpers to look for ways that they can contribute to their communities, and

📚 to inspire young artists to make their own quilled paper art."


Author/illustrator: Marie Boyd

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)

Publication Date: March 2023


Follow Marie Boyd:

📌 www.marieboyd.com 

📌 @artistscholar

Journey to the Stars: Kalpana Chawla, Astronaut

 
 

⬇️ Author Laurie Wallmark shares about their picture book JOURNEY TO THE STARS: KALPANA CHAWLA, ASTRONAUT:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book for any child who has dreams."

 

📚 "This book can also be used to encourage an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)."

 

Authors: Laurie Wallmark and Raakhee Mirchandani
Illustrator: Maitreyi Ghosh
Publisher: Beaming Books
Pub date: 2/13/24

 

Follow Laurie Wallmark:
📌 lauriewallmark.com
📌 @lauriewallmark

Poop for Breakfast: Why Some Animals Eat It

 
 

⬇️ Author Sara Levine shares about their picture book POOP FOR BREAKFAST: WHY SOME ANIMALS EAT IT: 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for teaching about the digestive system in a gross and engaging way."


📚 "This book can also be used to make kids laugh!"


Author: Sara Levine

Illustrator: Kate Slater

Publisher: Millbrook/Lerner

Publication Date: April 2023


Follow Sara Levine:

📌 https://www.saralevinebooks.com/ 

📌 @saralevinebooks (instagram and fb)

📌 @saraclevine (twitter/X)

My Grandpa, My Tree, and Me

 
 

⬇️ Author Roxanne Troup shares about their picture book MY GRANDPA, MY TREE, AND ME:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book for celebrating grandparents and learning where our food comes from."

 

This book can also be used:
📚 to study lyrical language
📚 to learn about the seasons and how those seasons affect farmers
📚 as a mentor text for writers using a compare and contrast story structure

 

Author: Roxanne Troup
Illustrator: Kendra Binney
Publisher: Yeehoo Press
Publication Date: April 2023

 

Follow Roxanne Troup:
📌 www.roxannetroup.com
📌 @roxannetroup (on Twitter/X)

The Wishing Flower

 
 

⬇️ Author A.J. Irving shares about their picture book THE WISHING FLOWER:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book for shy and queer children who long for friendship."

 

📚 "This book can also be used for social emotional learning, celebrating Pride, and studying literary devices."

 

Author: A.J. Irving
Illustrator: Kip Alizadeh
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Publication date: May 30, 2023

Follow A.J. Irving:


📌 Website: https://ajirving.com/
📌 IG/Twitter: @aj_irving

How Cats Say I Love You

 
 

⬇️ Author Guy Brown shares about their picture book HOW CATS SAY I LOVE YOU: 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for all curious children who are interested in loving a pet cat (whether a current cat owner or open to rescuing a cat of their own). This book is about learning social cues of love, and showing affection to people and pets."


Author: Guy Brown

Illustrator: Davide Ortu

Publisher: Platypus media

Publication Date: September 2023


Follow Guy Brown:

📌 @guybrownweather and/or @guybrownbooks on Instagram and twitter (x)

Paula's Patches

 
 

⬇️ Author Gabriella Aldeman shares about their picture book PAULA'S PATCHES:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book to celebrate mending and reusing."

 

This book can also be used:
📚 to illustrate the power of creative thinking, empathy, and kindness.
📚 as a starting point to discuss consumerism and throw away culture.

 

Author: Gabriella Aldeman
Illustrator: Rocio Arreola Mendoza
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Pub Date: July 2023

 

Follow Gabriella Aldeman:
📌 website: https://www.writebetween.com/
📌 IG and Twitter/X: @write_between

Gift & Box

 
 

⬇️ Author Ellen Mayer shares about their new picture book GIFT & BOX:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book for holiday and birthday gift-giving."

 

This book can also be used to:
📚 explore gift-giving as an expression of love
📚 talk about friendship and working together
📚 talk about grandparent-grandchild relationships
📚 spark creativity
📚 learn about the postal system
📚 discuss different modes of transportation
📚 get ready for a long voyage

 

Author: Ellen Mayer
Illustrator: Brizida Magro
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: October 10, 2023

 

Follow Ellen Mayer:
📌 www.ellenmayerbooks.com
📌 @ellenmayerbooks

Make More S'mores

 
 

⬇️ Author Cathy Ballou Mealey shares about their picture book MAKE MORE S'MORES:

 

✨ "This is the perfect picture book for campfire storytimes."

 

📚 "This book can also be used to encourage sharing and hospitality."

 

Author: Cathy Ballou Mealey
Illustrator: Ariel Landy
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: March 2023

 

Follow Cathy Ballou Mealey:
📌 https://cathyballoumealey.wixsite.com/author
📌 @catballoumealey on Instagram/X Twitter and Bluesky

Keep Dreaming, Black Child

 
 

⬇️ Author Nyasha Williams shares about their new picture book KEEP DREAMING, BLACK CHILD: 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for budding activists and dreamers."


Nyasha also says that this book can be used:

📚 to encourage supporting the dreams of others. 

📚 as a reminder not to ever give up on your dreams.

📚 for affirmations towards an Antiracist and just world.


Author: Nyasha Williams 

Illustrator: Sawyer Cloud

Publisher: Running Press Kids 

Publication Date: December 5th 2023


Follow Nyasha Williams:

📌 @writingtochangethenarrative 

📌 https://www.nyashawilliams.online/

Heroes Don't Have to Fly

 
 

⬇️ Author Shannon Anderson shares about their picture book HEROES DON'T HAVE TO FLY: 


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for promoting kindness by using our words to encourage."


This book can also be used for:

📚 talking about bullying.

📚 sharing the power of our words.


Author: Shannon Anderson

Illustrator: Olga Demidova

Publisher: Clever Publishing

Publication Date: July 2023


Follow Shannon Anderson:

📌 www.shannonisteaching.com

📌 Facebook: authorshannonanderson

📌 Twitter:@shannonteaches

📌 Instagram: @shannonisteaching

Too Much! An Overwhelming Day

 
 

⬇️ Author Jolene Gutiérrez shares about their picture book TOO MUCH! AN OVERWHELMING DAY:


✨ "This is the perfect picture book for helping kids with sensory sensitivities feel seen and understood."


📚 This book can also be used "to allow kids who aren't sensorily sensitive to grow their compassion and understanding."


Author: Jolene Gutiérrez

Illustrator: Angel Chang

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

Publication Date: August 1, 2023


Follow Jolene Gutiérrez:

📌 www.jolenegutierrez.com

📌 Instagram, Twitter/X, Bluesky, Threads, Facebook: @writerjolene

The Perfect Picture Book Introduction

 
 

I am super excited to introduce a series of posts called THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK where authors and illustrators share what their picture books are perfect for and how families and educators can best use them. 


Inspiration for THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK:

📚 many just don't have the time to read lengthy book review posts

📚 the title of a book and its cover may not give a complete picture of what a book has to offer


My goals for THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK:

🩶 to provide families and educators with relevant information in an easy-to-read format

🩶 to provide meaningful information from those who know the books the best -- the authors and illustrators!