Ever since I’ve committed to work on the craft of writing and illustrating, I’ve also re-developed a healthy reading habit (on average about 20 picture books a week.) I can see the difference in the way I can recommend mentor texts or an often surprised when my kiddo brings books from the library that I’ve read without him.
So today I was prompted by one of my buddies at Storyteller academy to think about my favorite books published in 2019. My top 3 books published in 2019 are The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by one of my mentors, Vanessa Newton Brantley, Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Jorge and Megan Lacera, and Perfect by Max Amato.
King: This is book lyrical, positive without being preachy, and a blast to read and look at all the illustrations. This is one of the books I bought for myself and not my kids. Here’s my original blog review.
Zombies: hysterical concept with a lot heart. The Laceras bring in Latino culture and a ton of food puns. If you haven’t read it, you should. Here’s my original twitter review.
Perfect: Pencil and eraser, a classic friendship story in a nearly wordless book. It is one that I read and wish I had dreamt up. If you need a mentor text anthropomorphic object stories, this is a “perfect” one to start with. Here’s my original blog review.
These stories have inspired me to keep doing the work. Much love to all you authors and illustrators out there.
Here’s to a creative 2020, all.