Covid-19 is clearly taking over our lives - schools are shutting, kids aren’t going to public areas or classes so basically we have kids with a ton of pent up energy. Here’s a list of books I promised you!
We all know titles by Julia Donaldson, Dr Suess, Eric Carle and Oliver Jeffers, but surely there must be other talented writers out there that we can expose our children to.
Today I am sharing a list of upcoming authors who are doing some fabulous work in the industry. When you go to any bookstore, library or e-commerce website you can search for these names and hopefully you should find something great!
Also a few unique names for you to throw around when anyone asks you for reccomendations :)
Josh Funk Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the It's Not a Fairy Tale series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, Albie Newton, and more.
Link to some colouring sheets and book songs :)
Pat Z Miller
Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night.
She never thought she would write books about heavy topics, but now she believes they are a great way to help children explore difficult emotions
"Picture books are such a perfect way to connect with ideas because they play to so many of our senses. They are something we can physically hold and give to someone.”
Colouring sheets: https://files.cargocollective.com/116951/color_sheets.pdf
Adam Wallace is a children's writer and cartoonist living in Australia. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch series and The Holiday Heroes Save Christmas
She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey, as well as several other titles. When Suzanne is not working on books, she writes and produces children’s television.
Matt's first published picture book. Zachary's Ball went on to win a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books.
Since then, Matt has illustrated nineteen more books, nine of which he also wrote. Three titles won Parents' Choice Gold Awards, two were named ALA Notable books, one earned an Orbis Pictus Honor, and eleven have been chosen for the Society of Illustrators' Original Art exhibit. His artwork has been exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, the Eric Carle Museum, and the Mazza Museum.
Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books and the creator of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of The New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association. She leads writing workshops and gives presentations about writing and children’s books at conferences and schools.
Shinsuke Yoshitake is an award-winning author and illustrator who creates inventively humorous and lively illustrations. Though based in Japan, his picture books have been translated and published in nine languages around the world.
Doreen Cronin is the author of the Click, Clack series, The Duck Squad Series, the Bug Diaries, and many more books for kids and middle graders.
Matt De La Pena
Matthew de la Peña is an American writer of children's books He won the Newbery Medal in 2016 for his book Last Stop on Market Street.
Tara writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that adults never find
Click on a book cover for more about each title:
Tammi is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She has 28 published picture books. Nugget & Fang was made into a musical and is currently on a national tour, Wordy Birdy was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French
SALINA YOON is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly two hundred books for young children including Who's Boo? and the popular PENGUIN picture book series
Please go on her website to see the number of credits she has on her books
Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series for children. Determined to give their own kids better heroes to emulate he launched picture book biography series.
ENJOY! I will keep adding to this list!
Hello! I have been reading reviews on Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and several picture book podcasts to come up with this list. I have selected books that I personally want to get my hands on (these may be different for you), but also because they are books that seem like they can be cherished over and over again. I also look for books that have something to offer to adults and children and where the pictures and text play off each other.
I have starred the books available on Amazon India. Most books are suited for children 4 years and above.
How to read a book by Melissa Sweet and Kwame Alexander *
This book seems like one of those evergreen picture books that you just need to have in your child's personal library.
In this book, Alexander (Newbery Medalist) compares reading to peeling the skin of a clementine, digging in to its juiciness, enjoying it “piece by piece, part by part.” Sweet’s (Caldecott Honoree) detailed mixed-media collage artwork encourages children to slow down, “get cozy between the covers,” and spend time enjoying and exploring every morsel of word and image.
Paws + Edward by Espen Dekko and Mari Kanstad Johnsen
Both my children ADORE animals and have been pestering us to adopt a puppy or a cat, but we've been reluctant. The main concern has always been that a pet becomes a family member, but you still have to be prepared for their death. This book seems like it would be lovely for those families who have pets, but even for those who don't!
Paws is old and prefers to spend his days sleeping and dreaming, mostly about rabbits, while Edward, cuddles close and reads books. When Edward invites Paws for a walk, Paws goes because, he thinks, “Edward could use some fresh air.” The two are inseparable until the inevitable occurs and Paws falls into a sleep “without dreams.” Edward is so sad, but when he finally falls asleep (in the park, on the bench Paws used to lie on) he dreams—of Paws, tail wagging, happy—and readers will be uplifted, understanding that Edward’s love for Paws cannot be erased by death. Johnsen’s warmly hued illustrations give Paws such a large presence that he often spills out over the boundaries of the page—a visual manifestation of the story’s theme of love unconstrained by the boundary of death.
Zombies Don't Eat Veggies by Megan Lacera and Jorge Lacera *
Mo, a greenish, bespectacled kid, has an idea to share his love of the veggies he grows in secret: He’ll make a bloody-looking gazpacho, one that might fool mom and dad into appreciating tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, and cilantro. I would love to read this book to my daughter in hope that it would make her love her veggies :)
Who wet my pants by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora *
Reuben, the bear, has got donuts for everyone in his scout troop, but his friends are all staring at something else: there's a wet spot on Reuben's pants. "WHO WET MY PANTS?" he shouts, and a blame game starts. His buddies try to reassure him there was no crime. Just an accident. It could happen to anyone! But as all the clues begin to point in Reuben's own direction as the culprit, Reuben must come to terms with the truth.
Who Wet My Pants? isn't a potty-training book.It's so easy for us to blame others before we look within right? What a witty and wise story about acceptance and forgiveness.
Small In The City by Sydney Smith *
When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like, and knows the neighborhood. And a little friendly advice can go a long way.
I am always fascinated by author-illustrators, I wish I had so much talent! This author-illustrator has picked a meaningful topic and his artwork looks absolutely drool worthy!
Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman
Carl is a humble earthworm content to burrow busily underground, until one day a curious field mouse asks him “why?” This big question pushes him to ponder his purpose and his vital role in the ecosystem. A beautiful way to get our little ones to understand the wonder and interconnectedness of nature.
Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle Rafael Lopez *
As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano.. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too—the Civil War.
Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House!
I think all our kids need a dose of non-fiction. I, for one, have just started reading lots of non-fiction (adult) books and I surprised myself when I realised I really enjoy this genre.
Hey, Water by Antoinette Portis *
Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water doesn't always look the same, it doesn't always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. Water can be a lake, it can be steam, it can be a tear, or it can even be a snowman.
As the girl discovers water in nature, in weather, in her home, and even inside her own body, water comes to life, and kids will find excitement and joy in water and its many forms.
My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena *
I heard a podcast with Matthew Winner on The Children's Book Podcast with the author and illustrator and fell in love with the story before even reading it.
When Daisy’s tired Papi arrives home from work, they strap on helmets and take off on his shiny blue motorcycle for a sunset tour of their Corona, CA, community. They zigzag and zoom through busy streets, savoring familiar sights and sounds, and cherishing time spent together. A beautifully developed relationship shared by father and daughter while offering a heartfelt homage to a vibrant city, built by immigrants and faced with constant change.
Ho'onani Hula Warrior by Heather Gale and Mika Song
I know gender fluidity is a complex topic. It is definitely a topic everyone is not comfortable discussing, but may be at the right time and age its something we should be discussing with our children.
In traditional Hawaiian culture, every person has a role in society. Ho’onani doesn’t see herself as a wahine (girl), or kāne (boy). Will leading the kāne hula chant at school help her find her place in the middle?
Saturday by Oge Mora
I have been admiring Oge Mora's work for a while now and when I saw she had a new book out, I just knew I had to get my hands on it.
A trip to the library, a picnic, and a one-night-only puppet show are some of the activities Ava and her mother have planned for their day together. But when Saturday arrives, the two are met with disappointment after disappointment until the day ends on an absolutely “splendid” note thanks to the resourceful and imaginative child.
Vamos! Lets Go to the Market by Raul The Third
This story just looks like it instantly transports the reader to Mexico with its cultural references and detailing. Any book that can take me feel that way has me sold!
Readers travel along as Little Lobo and his pooch deliver a wagonload of supplies to a bustling Mexican mercado, stopping along the way to watch street performers, sample tasty treats, and chat with friendly shopkeepers.
Truman by Jean Reidy and Lucy Ruth Cummins *
In this charming tortoise-de-force, Truman is determined to find out where his Sarah has disappeared to, even if it means venturing into the unknown. This back to school story from a pet’s point of view helps readers find ways to be brave in new situations.
We Are (Not) Friends by Anna Kang Christopher Weyant
This book just looks super cute! Two fuzzy friends are having a fun playdate when a new pal hops in. As the day continues, each friend feels left out at times. It isn’t so easy to figure out how to act when everything seems to change
I am not one to participate in competitions, probably because of the fact that I never win. Like really, do people actually win the lottery? A few weeks ago, a competition popped up on my newsfeed, I nearly scrolled passed, but a quick glance and I knew I just had to participate! The competition required us to share the craziest thing my husband has done with my daughter- three best replies would receive a free copy of the Giggy And Daddy, a Fathers Day special. Sharing my response here, but please don’t judge us!
My husband did a solo trip to London in the winter with my daughter when she was only 3 years old. He carried a portable jet spray because his biggest concern was taking her to the washroom and cleaning her without this genius invention 😂 sorry for the info!
And I won!
Here’s a little summary of the book:
There’s a story Giggi’s Daddy tells her every day. It’s about a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a whole lot of everything. And it all begins when Giggi wasn’t even born. But does Giggi believe her's daddy's tall tales?
Jha and Anand pair up again after The Manic Panic and create a relatable, feel-good story about the relationship between a father and daughter. Giggy’s daddy loves sharing the story of becoming a father, a totally made-up, over the top one at that! In his version of her birthing story, he attends a “Super School For Daddies” and tells Giggy that she grew in his pocket. One of the spreads shows Daddy with 6 arms changing Giggy’s diaper, feeding her, making her hair and reading her books. He tells Giggy that he would do anything for her, even buy her a dinosaur!
I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband grew a bigger pregnancy belly than me, slept more nights with the newborn than I did and would probably swap day jobs with me in the blink of an eye. He imagines himself to be this larger-than-life, do-it-all, father, with the six hands and all, but then reality strikes and work takes over. He’s out of the house 10 hours a day, six days a week and eventually questions his involvement as a parent.
At the climax of the story, Giggy cracks up at Daddy’s made-up story, he walks away, deflated. Eventually, Giggy tells Daddy her OWN real version of Daddy- the man who lets her do his hair, makes her laugh and teaches to ride a bicycle. And in that, this story becomes timeless, an ode to all fathers and a testament to the fact that a “paternal instinct” is just as valuable as the mothers.
Congratulations to Jha and Anand, their exceptional attention to detail, will leave the reader finding something new with every read!