photographer | slp | language & literacy | love good design, engaging books, reggio emilia, documenting | @averyandaugustine on instagram

founder of | @littlelitbookseries on instagram



Entries in children's books (436)


the snow lion

Probably the loveliest, most comforting book we've read all year.  Caro and her mum move to a new house at the top of a hill.  Caro is a little sad, lonely and reluctant to go out and explore her new environs.  But in the quiet of her house, a new friend appears just when she needs one most.  Both words and pictures are just the right amount of soft, magical and heartfelt.  If you buy one book this year, let this be it.

The Snow Lion was written by Jim Helmore, illustrated by Richard Jones and published by Simon & Schuster Children's UK.


the teacher's pet

Things go completely awry when the pet in Mr. Stricter’s classroom—a tiny tadpole named Bruno—strangely grows into a huge beast-like creature.  And worst of all, he has no manners or sense of propriety.  He consumes the children's homework and school supplies, smashes the classroom furniture, snores during silent reading and hogs the swings.  Too enthralled with the idea of having a pet, Mr. Stricter is not at all concerned about Bruno’s ghastly ways—in fact, he adores them and dotes on Bruno.  It’s up to his students to intervene before things go too far.  And that they do—with a dash of creativity and ingenuity, they take matters into their own hands.  A hilarious story that would be a perfect read-aloud for the first week of school—guaranteed to ease back-to-school jitters.

Save & CloseThe Teacher’s Pet was written by Anica Mrose Rissi, illustrated by Zachariah OHora and published by Disney Hyperion Books.


book of bones

There’s no argument that Gabrielle Balkan is a master of nonfiction for kids.  It takes a special writer to not only get the job done but craft an engaging and captivating book that keeps kids turning the pages with rapt attention.  Here’s yet another superb book she just put out into the world along with illustrator Sam Brewster—Book of Bones.

Book of Bones is fascinating.  It presents sets of clues to ten different notable and record-breaking animal bones—the thinnest, fastest-growing, spikiest and heaviest, to name a few.  After readers guess the creature to whom the bone belongs, they turn the page and see the animal in their natural habitat and get to learn about its behaviors and the special functions of its bones.  A great feature of the pages of the book—the skeletal structure in each animal has a special texture that's palpable and makes it stand out (sort of like the reader has x-ray vision).  Can you guess which cold-blooded animal has more than a thousand bones in its body?  A thoughtfully written and standout piece of nonfiction, the kind we've come to expect from Gabrielle.  Sam Brewster did an amazing job with the illustrations and we're looking forward to seeing more of their collaborations in the future.

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals was written by Gabrielle Balkan, illustrated by Sam Brewster and published by Phaidon.


this beautiful day

A day starts out gray and a group of siblings decide to make the best of it by going out and skipping, singing and whistling in the rain.  Their boundless mirth and merriment are infectious, others join in and eventually out comes the brilliant marigold sun.  Suzy Lee's line drawings are fresh and energetic and her palette evolves from grays and blues to include bright yellows and greens.  Along with Richard Jackson's simple but beautifully rhythmic and engaging text, our spirits are lifted by the end of the book.  The loveliest read for the gloomiest of days.

This Beautiful Day was written by Richard Jackson, long-time editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers, illustrated by Suzy Lee and published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.


that is my dream

Daniel Miyares paints the words of one of Langston Hughes’ most esteemed works, “Dream Variations,” originally published in 1924, for a new audience of young readers.  Its message of freedom, hope and joy still resonates deeply with us today.

Daniel’s paintings are gentle yet profound in emotion and zeal.  His visually arresting and expansive page spreads immerse us in Hughes’ meaningful words, and give us a beautiful space to take them in and mull them over.

That Is My Dream was published by Schwartz & Wade.  Out on October 3.