Children’s Literature Reviews


Life on Mars by Jon Agee

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

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


Belonging by Jeannie Baker

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

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

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

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

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

Redwoods by Jason Chin

Draw! by Raúl Colón

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

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


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



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


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


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



In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers

A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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

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


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

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


Backstage by Robert Maiorano, illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Maria Theresa by Petra Mathers

Sophie and Lou by Petra Mathers

Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock

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

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



Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo, illustrated by Bryan Collier

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



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

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

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


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

Robinson by Peter Sis

The Tree of Life by Peter Sís

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

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

Shrek! by William Steig

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

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

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

Last Night by Hyewon Yum

The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum