I have been soaking up summer here in Minneapolis.
Every day I peer at my milkweed plants, exulting in the gorgeous Monarch caterpillars munching them, begging them to please evade all enemies and spin a lovely, jade chrysalis.
I am sorely tempted to describe the ten favorites I have for you today,
but in keeping with my self-proclaimed blog break, I’m merely going to list them for you and assure you they are all absolute gems!!
Just collect them from your local library and enjoy with ice-cold lemonade and a bowl of strawberries!
You Are Never Alone, written by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
published in 2019 by Owlkid Books
A stunning ode to the priceless gifts of Nature and the interconnectedness of our exquisite world. Ages 5 and up.
Sadie and the Silver Shoes, written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker
first U.S. edition 2019 by Candlewick Press
A thoroughly charming tale of shoes, sparkles, and serendipitous friendship. Ages 4 and up.
Ernestine’s Milky Way, written by Kerry Madden-Lunsford, illustrated by Emily Sutton
published in 2019 by Schwartz & Wade Books
Warm-as-toast loveliness — lush green hollers, uncommon neighborliness, and a five-year-old with can-do spirit! Ages 4 and up.
Carl and the Meaning of Life, written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman
published in 2019 by Viking Penguin Young Readers
A wise, endearing tale about the brilliant good even the smallest of us brings to the world. Ages 3 and up.
Make a Wish, Henry Bear, written and illustrated by Liam Francis Walsh
published in 2019, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press
Such a funny story revealing the unintended consequences of seemingly fabulous wishes! Ages 3 and up.
While Grandpa Naps, written by Naomi Danis, illustrated by Junghwa Park
published in 2019 by POW!
Deliciously quirky, brimful of the outsized love of a faithful boy named Gilbert for his elderly grandpa. Ages 5 and up.
Home is a Window, written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, illustrated by Chris Sasaki
published in 2019, A Neal Porter Book, Holiday House
A comforting, meaningful ode to all that comprises home, especially for those moving to a new home this summer. Ages 4 and up.
Motor Mouse, written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard
published in 2019 by Beach Lane Books
From the creators of Mr. Putter and Tabby — three cheery chapters about two great pals, featuring gobs of pie, good memories, and buckets of popcorn! Ages 3 and up.
Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game, written by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
published in 2019 by Kids Can Press
An extremely clever, handsome, riddlesome intro to a baker’s dozen worth of animals. You have to experience this book to appreciate how out-of-the-box cool it is. Ages 7 and up.
Trees: A Rooted History, by Piotr Socha and Wojcich Grajkowski, translation by Anna Burgess
originally published in 2018 in Warsaw; North American edition 2019 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
Elegant, sophisticated, crammed with knowledge about everything oriented around trees — baobabs, tree dwellers, giants, wooden architecture and instruments, topiary, and on, and on, and on. Ages 9 to adult.