Children’s Literature Reviews


Life on Mars by Jon Agee

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock


Belonging by Jeannie Baker

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Triangle by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan

A River of Words by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Night Tree by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz


The Call of the Swamp by Davide Cali, illustrated by Marco Somà

Superbat by Matt Carr

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Beth Leatherdale

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

Redwoods by Jason Chin

Boo Who? by Ben Clanton

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome

City Moon by Rachael Cole, illustrated by Blanca Gomez

Draw! by Raúl Colón

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like a Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

I Can Help by David Hyde Costello

Here They Come! by David Hyde Costello

Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello

Little Pig Saves the Ship by David Hyde Costello

Below by Nina Crews

The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews

The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Catia Chien


Matilda by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

King of the Sky by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam Rex

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Windows by Julia Denos, illustrated by E. B. Goodale

La La La by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim

Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Karl James Mountford


Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato


March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris, illustrated by London Ladd

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

When’s My Birthday? By Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Doodler Doodling by Rita Golden Gelman, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Follow Me! by Mordicai Gerstein

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham

Greetings from Sandy Beach by Bob Graham

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Wolves by Emily Gravett

How To Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green


Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Skin Again by bell hooks and Chris Raschka

The Best Birthday Party Ever by Jennifer LaRue Huget, illustrated by LeUyen Pham



All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Here We Are: Notes for Living on the Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers

A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

A Greyhound A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

All Different Now by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis


Max Makes a Million by Maira Kalman

Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) by Maira Kalman

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

A Song About Myself by John Keats, illustrated by Chris Raschka

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg


A Crow of His Own by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by David Hyde Costello

Good Night, Planet by Liniers

Mirror by Suzy Lee

Shadow by Suzy Lee

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken


Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael James Mahin, illustrated by Evan Turk

Backstage by Robert Maiorano, illustrated by Rachel Isadora

George and Martha by James Marshall

George and Martha Back in Town by James Marshall

George and Martha Encore by James Marshall

George and Martha Round and Round by James Marshall

George and Martha Tons of Fun by James Marshall

Swine Lake by James Marshall, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Yummers! by James Marshall

Yummers Too! The Second Course by James Marshall

A River by Marc Martin

Maria Theresa by Petra Mathers

Sophie and Lou by Petra Mathers

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield

Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Flossie & the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colon

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Mama Lion Wins the Race by John J. Muth

The Three Questions by John J. Muth

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Wings by Christopher Myers


Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Frida et Diego: Au pays des squelettes/Frida and Diego: In the Country of Skeletons by Fabian Negrin

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Don Tate

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales


Marti’s Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal


Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley

The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian Pinkney

Thumbelina by Brian Pinkney

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney

Now by Antoinette Portis



Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Hiawatha and the Peace Maker by Robbie Robertson, illustrated by David Shannon

‘Twas the Night B’fore Christmas: An African-American Version retold and illustrated by Melodye Rosales

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick

Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel


After the Fall by Dan Santat

The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say

Tree of Cranes by Allen Say

The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by A. Wolf, as told to Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith

Round by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Robinson by Peter Sis

The Tree of Life by Peter Sís

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Eric Fan and Terry Fan

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown

The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat by Philip C. Stead

Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead

The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Shrek! by William Steig

Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein


Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

The Gospel Cinderella by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by David Diaz

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Right for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh



Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg


Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

In Your Hands by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Un Lion très coquet/A Very Stylish Lion by Valérie Weishar-Giuliani

Plume/A Feather by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Our Granny by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Julie Vivas

I Went Walking by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Stacy Innerst

The Secret Project by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Jeanette Winter

Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis



Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem by Ed Young

I, Doko by Ed Young

Mighty Moby by Ed Young and Barbara DaCosta

Last Night by Hyewon Yum

The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum