Picture Book Recommendations & Book Marketing Buzz Blog Interview

Thanks to Brian Feinblum for this interview on Book Marketing Buzz Blog! I was glad that his questions let me highlight the good work of We Need Diverse Books while also naming picture books I’ve used in recent storytimes and those that I am anticipating this year. I’ll name them here, too:

Picture Books Used in Recent WBA Storytimes and Trainings:

  • My Father Is Taller than a Tree, by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de LaPeña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures by Marla Frazee
  • Waiting by Kevin Henkes
  • Shhh! We Have a Plan by Chris Houghton
  • Big Red Lollipop Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
  • This Is Not My Hat by John Klassen
  • A Crow of His Own by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by David Hyde Costello
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
  • Just a Minute! A Trickster Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
  • This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
  • The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
  • Bully; Green; and I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Roger Is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen

Anticipating in 2016:

  • Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato
  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Stream of Ideas by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate
  • The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Sydney Smith
  • Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
  • Blocks by Irene Dickson
  • Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Chris Raschka
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad
  • In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  • Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
  • Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McLintock
  • School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
  • Ideas Are All Around and Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead
  • Sing with Me! by Nakao Stoop
  • Home At Last by Vera B. Williams, illustrated by Chris Rashka

As I look at these lists, I am sure I am leaving out wonderful ones, so I hope readers will regard them as starting points. And, yes, I did include my own picture books in a bit of shameless self-promotion but also to highlight to work of my amazing illustrators.

This most recent interview didn’t post in time for me to include in my first ever newsletter, which I sent out this week, so I am happy to post it here and on my Whole Book Approach page. If you’d like to receive my newsletter, please fill out the form on my Contact page.

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