Please consider voting in this blog’s Favorite Picture Books of the Decade Poll (2010-2019)

Like many, I believe we are living in a golden age of picture books. There have been so many vibrant and terrific titles this past decade (2010-2019). I even did a tribute to some of my personal favorites in this blog post and not to mention this blog post. And yet I feel that many of these excellent works have not received the love they deserve.

Starting Monday, June 8 I want to start a special countdown of some of the most vibrant, unforgettable books of the decade. But here’s the twist…

This time, I need YOUR votes.

I want this to be a collective effort. Please tell me your ten favorite picture books released during the period of 2010 to 2019. Send me your list by Sunday, May 31 at midnight. I will tally the votes and then share the results in the form of a daily countdown starting Monday, June 8.

Here are the rules:

  1. If you rank your choices, your #1 choice will receive 10 points, #2 9 votes, and so on. Please indicate that you have ranked your choices. If you don’t rank your choices, each book will receive the same number of points.
  2. You can send your lists to bwilson@cityofevanston.org. Please put Favorite Picture Book of the Decade Poll in the subject heading. Or you can put your list in the comments section here on this blog. Please include your name and what you do in regards to picture books (teacher, librarian, parent/caregiver, fan…).
  3. Please only submit one list. If you need to change your list, then send me an email with the new list and I will count that as your new list and discard the previous one.

If you are looking for some ideas here are some links with some titles:

ALSC Notable Lists (eligible books found on 2011-2019 lists): http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb/ncbpastlists and the 2020 list (contains 2019 titles): http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

Also, Clemson Libraries has a very helpful guide to awards lists with plenty of links: https://clemson.libguides.com/c.php?g=230595&p=1529812

Happy voting!!! And thank you for taking part!

Sneak peeks: 30 upcoming books that look absolutely terrific

Just looking at the covers of these books has me happily anticipating their releases! Here are 30 books that will surely knock it out of the park!

The Barnabus Project, illustrated and written by The Fan Brothers (Terry, Eric, Devin), published by Tundra, ISBN: 978-0735263260, to be released: September 1, 2020.

The great Terry and Eric Fan team up with brother Devin for a visually striking tour de force.

Bear Meets Bear, illustrated and written by Jacob Grant, published by Bloomsbury, ISBN: 978-1547604241, to be released: November 17, 2020.

The endearing Bear character is back and possibly in love!

Brown: Many Shades of Love, illustrated by Constance Moore, published by Nancy Johnson James, published by Cameron Kids, ISBN: 978-1944903985, to be released: September 15, 2020.

From a small indie publisher, this looks like a buried gem waiting to be discovered.

Bunheads, illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey, written by Misty Copeland, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 978-0399547645, to be released: September 29, 2020.

Copeland’s picture book follow-up to the inspirational Firebird with cool illustrations from Fiadzigbey.

Cave Paintings, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, written by Jairo Buitrago, published by Groundwood, ISBN: 978-1773061726, to be released: October 6, 2020.

I loved their previous collaboration Lion & Mouse.

The Chicken Who Couldn’t, illustrated and written by Jan Thomas, published by Beach Lane Books, ISBN: 978-1416996996, to be released: October 6, 2020.

Jan’s books always bring the house down in storytime. This looks like no exception.

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez, written by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick, ISBN: 978-1536207040, to be released: September 8, 2020.

Fresh off a Newbery win, Medina teams up with the fabulous Sánchez, the illustrator of The Little Red Fort.

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by ABRAMS, ISBN: 978-1419746772, to be released: September 1, 2020.

Multiple Pura Belpré award winner Tonatiuh always delivers something powerful and unforgettable.

Field Trip to the Ocean Deep, illustrated and written by John Hare, published by Margaret Ferguson Books (an imprint of Holiday House), ISBN: 978-0823446308, to be released: September 8, 2020.

The follow-up to the fantastical Field Trip to the Moon.

Flying Paintings: The Zhou Brothers, A Story of Revolution and Art, illustrated by ShanZuo Zhou and DaHuang Zhou, written by Amy Alznauer, published by Candlewick, ISBN: 978-1536204285, to be released: September 1, 2020.

Alznauer has not one, not two, but three picture book biographies out this year (The Boy Who Dreamed Infinity and Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor being the others). This looks extra special thanks to the involvement of the Zhou Brothers.

I Am Every Good Thing, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, published by Nancy Paulsen Books, ISBN: 978-0525518778, to be released: September 1, 2020.

The last time James and Barnes got together the result was the modern classic Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.

I Talk Like a River, illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jordan Scott, published by Neal Porter Books (an imprint of Holiday House), ISBN: 978-0823445592, to be released: September 1, 2020.

I saw this at ALA Midwinter and it’s amazing.

In the Half Room, illustrated and written by Carson Ellis, published by Candlewick, ISBN: 978-1536214567, to be released: October 13, 2020.

The inventive Caldecott Honoree Ellis returns with what looks like another intriguing and idiosyncratic work.

Julia’s House Moves On, illustrated and written by Ben Hatke, published by First Second, ISBN: 978-1250191373, to be released: September 29, 2020.

Love his work so much. This looks like a heart-tugging sequel.

Lift, illustrated by Dan Santat, written by Minh Le, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 978-1368036924, to be released: May 5, 2020. 

Oh, this looks like a visual treat.

The Little Blue Cottage, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, written by Kelly Jordan, published by Page Street Kids, ISBN: 978-1624149238, to be released: May 12, 2020.

This book has been receiving tons of great reviews. Looks like it will work well in storytimes with Burton’s classic The Little House.

The Little Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 978-0316440318, to be released: November 3, 2020.

Pinkney’s folk tale retellings always soar. This looks transcendent.

Lotte’s Magical Paper Puppets: The Woman Behind the First Animated Feature Film, illustrated by Kathryn Carr, written by Brooke Hartman, published by Page Street Kids, ISBN: 978-1624149412, to be released: October 20, 2020.

I really dig the classic animated film Prince Ahmed. This cover instantly calls the look of that groundbreaking work of cinema to mind.

Luci Soars, illustrated and written by Lulu Delacre, published by Philomel Books, ISBN: 978-1984812889, to be released: August 4, 2020.

Delacre has several Pura Belpré honors under her belt and this appears to be another winner.

Me & Mama, illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera, published by Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 978-1534454217, to be released: August 25, 2020.

Cabrera is on a roll after My Hair Is a Garden and the Gwendolyn Brooks picture book biography (which she illustrated) called Exquisite.

My Hair Is Magic!, illustrated by Tonya Engel, written by M.L. Marroquin, published by Page Street Kids, ISBN: 978-1624149818, to be released: October 6, 2020.

After being wowed by her art for the Maya Angelou picture book biography Rise!, I cannot wait to see what Engel does next.

Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us, illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 978-1524766719, to be released: May 5, 2020.

This is getting lots of raves and love. I always love entering Castillo’s world.

Our Little Kitchen, illustrated and written by Jillian Tamaki, published by ABRAMS, ISBN: 978-1419746550, to be released: September 22, 2020.

You never know what Jillian is going to do next. I love her unpredictable approach to visual storytelling.

A Place Inside Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, illustrated by Noa Denmon, written by Zetta Elliott, ISBN: 978-0374307417, to be released: July 21, 2020.

This looks like a powerhouse of a book. Much needed.

Red Shoes: A Dazzling Journey, illustrated by Ebony Glenn, written by Karen English, published by Scholastic, ISBN: 978-1338114607, to be released: September 15, 2020.

That cover grabs the eye. Cannot wait to be dazzled!

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ISBN: 978-1534452282, to be released: August 25, 2020.

Two picture book legends team up to talk about the Queen of Soul! I’m so there.

Robobaby, illustrated and written by David Wiesner, published by Clarion, ISBN: 978-0544987319, to be released: September 1, 2020.

The master of humorous surrealism always breaks new ground with each title.

There Must Be More Than That, illustrated and written by Shinsuke Yoshitake, published by Chronicle, 978-1452183220, to be released: October 6, 2020.

The more I see of Yoshitake’s work the more I love it!

What’s the Matter, Marlo?, illustrated and written by Andrew Arnold, published by Roaring Brook Press, ISBN: 978-1250223234, to be released: July 6, 2020.

This sounds incredibly powerful and it has been receiving applause. Arnold co-created the terrific Adventures in Cartooning books.

Your Place in the Universe, illustrated and written by Jason Chin, published by Neal Porter Books (an imprint of Holiday House), ISBN: 978-0823446230, to be released: September 1, 2020.

I saw this at ALA Midwinter and it’s a stunner. Wildly ambitious.