Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Our 2019 Books (Year-End Review!)

2019 was an even more productive year for the KidLit Artists! This year-end roundup includes 26 books by 18 creators!

LISA ANCHIN 
written and illustrated by Lisa Anchin


A heartwarming and wildly imaginative tale about broadening your horizons, 
with a wonderfully unique father-daughter pair at the root of the story.





BROOKE BOYNTON HUGHES

What do you do when no one can see your monsters but you? 
At first, Molly runs from them. But they follow her down the sidewalk, getting in the way when she tries 
to make a new friend, popping up unexpectedly out of shadows, and multiplying. 
Until finally...Molly faces her fears. Author-illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes delivers a modern classic 
in this moving adventure that honors everyday acts of bravery and the power of friendship to banish 
the monsters that haunt us.





ALLISON FARRELL
written and illustrated by Allison Farrell

The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers 
set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest.





SUSIE GHAHREMANI
by John Muir, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani

Delight in nature with Little Muir!
This playful book invites children to ramble through rolling hills, climb friendly trees, 
and listen to bird song on the breeze as they follow along with famed conservationist John Muir’s 
lyrical prose and award-winning illustrator Susie Ghahremani’s irresistibly cheerful paintings.


KIMBERLY GEE
written and illustrated by Kimberly Gee
Follow an energetic toddler's day with Dad that's full of opposites - up and down, 
make and break, yum and yuck, and more.



SUZANNE KAUFMAN
written by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Wouldn't it be fun to bring your pet to school? 
Now imagine if EVERYONE brought their pet to school! 
That's exactly what happens in this hilarious picture book--and it gets pretty wild! 
A lighthearted way to tackle classroom etiquette with new students.




JESSICA LANAN 
The Fisherman & the Whale
written and illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Jessica Lanan’s dreamy and dramatic watercolor paintings bring to life a wordless story 
about wonder in the natural world.

written by Caroline McAlister, illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Finding Narnia is Caroline McAlister and Jessica Lanan's captivating 
picture book biography of two brothers, Jack and Warnie Lewis, 
whose rich imaginations led to the creation of the magical world of Narnia.


JESSICA LANAN 
Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet 
written by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Do you wonder if humans are the only beings who wonder if they are alone in the universe?

Our sun is a star. In the night sky are all kinds of stars, and orbiting those stars are planets like 
the ones in our own solar system.

Could those planets have life like we do on Earth?

Planet Earth is not too big, not too small, not too hot, and not too cold. It's just right. 
Our very own Goldilocks planet . . . .

Follow a young girl as she explores these questions in this gorgeous book about the 
wondrous search for another Goldilocks planet.






CORINNA LUYKEN
written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken

From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about 
caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.





CORINNA LUYKEN
written by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Corinna Luyken

When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. 
But life may be a bit more magical than they thought.



written by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal


Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is 
an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by 
Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal. 



JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL 

written by Hayley Barret, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal


In a perfect gift for new and expectant parents (and siblings), a gentle story pays tribute to the 
wonder and emotion of a family’s first quiet days with a newborn.





SHAHRZAD MAYDANI
Poetree
written by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds, illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani


A girl writes a poem to a tree, but then is surprised when the tree writes back in this wondrous 
and warm picture book about friendship, nature, and the power of poetry.

ANDREA OFFERMAN
Some Snow Is…
 written by Ellen Yeomans, illustrated by Andrea Offerman

Lyrical poetry and stunning paintings showcase the surprise, the fun, and the beauty of 
everyone's favorite winter adventure: snow!



DEBBIE RIDPATH OHI
I’m Worried
written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author 
Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, 
even when they feel bad.


MOLLY RUTTAN

I Am a Thief!

written by Abigail Rayner, illustrated by Molly Ruttan


When Eliza Jane Murphy—line leader, captain of the worm rescue team—impulsively pockets a 
sparkly green stone from her classroom’s “Exploring Green” display table, her heart crumples. 

My heart stopped singing. My letters went wonky. I was too heavy to swing! 

I wanted to put it back . . . But what if someone saw? 

But when she discovers that nearly everyone in her family took something once in their lives—
from her baby brother and mom, to her nana with her sausage-stealing dog—
Eliza overcomes her shame to make things right.

A hilarious and heartfelt story about stealing and finding the courage to do the right thing.


K-FAI STEELE

Old MacDonald Had a Baby

written by Emily Snape, illustrated by K-Fai Steele


A two-dad family stars in Old MacDonald Had a Baby, a contemporary picture book 
from Emily Snape and K-Fai Steele.
New babies are challenging! Old MacDonald, a young father, has his hands full. 
From feeding to diapering to bathing his baby, he soon realizes he needs LOTS of help 
from his animal friends, including a sheep, a cow, a chicken, a goat, and a dog. A two-dad family 
and a humorous cast of animals star in this contemporary fun and warm take on the familiar rhyme.

K-FAI STEELE

Noodlephant 

written by Jacob Kremer, illustrated by K-Fai Steele

Famous for her pasta parties, Noodlephant is shocked when the law-loving kangaroos decide 
noodles are only for them!


Noodlephant won’t let this stand―Noodlephants can’t survive on sticks and branches, after all. 
Determined to do something to push back against an unjust law, she and her friends invent a 
machine that transforms pens into penne, pillows into ravioli, and radiators into radiatori. 
With that, the pasta parties are back! 
But that very night, the kangaroos come bounding through the door… 
ready to enforce their unjust laws. 
A zany tale full of pasta puns, friendship, and one Phantastic Noodler, 
 Noodlephant, written by Jacob Kramer and illustrated by K-Fai Steele, explores a 
community’s response to injustice.


K-FAI STEELE

A Normal Pig

written and illustrated by K-Fai Steele

This charming picture book celebrates all our differences while questioning the idea that 
there is only one way to be “normal.”



ELIZA WHEELER
When You Are Brave
written by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, 
when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave.



ELIZA WHEELER
Home In the Woods
written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

This stunningly beautiful picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Eliza Wheeler 
is based on her grandmother's childhood and pays homage to a family's fortitude as they discover 
the meaning of home.



BRIAN WON
Cheerful Chick
written by Martha Brockenbrough, illustrated by Brian Won

Right from the moment Chick is born, she wants to lead the other animals in cheer! 
Unfortunately, the rest of the barnyard just isn't quiiiite as enthusiastic. Lucky for little Chick she has a 
whole squad of siblings who are backing her up (even when she doesn't realize it)!



BRIAN WON 
Eee-Moo!
written by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Brian Won

A platypus who thinks he is an emu finds his way home with the help of his friends in this classic, 
tender picture book from Annika Dunklee and Brian Won. 





The Goose Egg
written and illustrated by Liz Wong 

From the author of Jumpstart's Read for the Record pick Quackers comes the story of Henrietta the Elephant, 
whose life goes from calm to chaotic when a baby goose comes to stay.

Henrietta likes her quiet life. A morning swim, a cup of tea--all is serene.

But everything changes when she bumps her head and winds up with a goose egg--a REAL goose egg. 
Henrietta tries to return the baby goose to the nest, but her flock has flown. It's up to Henrietta to raise her.

Goose isn't anything like Henrietta. She's flappy, and noisy, and exhausting. 
But Henrietta raises that goose right. She teaches her to swim, and to honk, and to fly. 
When Goose flies off with the other geese, Henrietta is so proud!

And then . . . lonely. How quiet her life feels now.

But the love you give has a way of coming back to you. And Henrietta has a wonderful surprise in store. . . .




ANDREA ZUILL 
Sweety
written and illustrated by Andrea Zuill


From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, 
totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.




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Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster). Her illustrations have also appeared in books by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black, Aaron Reynolds, Rob Sanders and Lauren McLaughlin, among others. Her children's book career began at the 2010 SCBWI Summer Conference, when she won a SCBWI-LA Mentorship Award and Showcase Honor Award. You can find Debbie on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. She blogs about reading, writing and illustrating children's books at Inkygirl.com.