The Best of 2015: Picturebooks


I’ve read a number of picturebooks this year but the ones that stuck with me the most are these four. And fortunately, I have reviewed all of them. So here’s a linked list:

  1. Little Robot – Ben Hatke
  2. This is Sadie – Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad
  3. Pool – Ji Heyon Lee
  4. Interstellar Cinderella – Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt


  1. Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle and Julie Paschkis
  2. Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown and Julie Paschkis
  3. Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston and Jim LaMarche
  4. The Girl With A Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz and Vali Mintzi
  5. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis
  6. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle


I haven’t read all that many picturebooks this year. (I second Interstellar Cinderella and Pool, though.) The one that sticks out for me is The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton:


This is the story of a princess who yearns to be the strongest, most capable warrior in her kingdom and her noble steed … that happens to be a teeny pony that farts a lot. A fun tale and a great way to start conversations on strength, femininity, and farts!

Jacqueline Woodson, May 8, 2015

Your Roving Reporter checks in to report on a bookish event near you! Last Friday, May 8th, Jacqueline Woodson spoke at UBC’s Robson Square campus in what was her first ever trip to Vancouver. She began by admitting that she was a bit tuckered out by the whirlwind pace of visits to Vancouver schools – […]

If You're In Vancouver: A Chance to Hear/See Jacqueline Woodson

If You're In Vancouver: A Chance to Hear/See Jacqueline Woodson

If you’ve been thinking about registering to hear Jacquelilne Woodson talk but haven’t quite committed, now is the time to do so. This may well be one of those VCLR events you will regret having missed. Ms. Woodson  will be speaking Friday May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Robson Square–it is easy to get there using transit, and underground […]

Dog-Eared: November 2014

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Welcome to Dog-Eared, a new series of posts where the Book Warriors recap highlights in the book world at the end of the month. We’ll mention inspirational talks, great posts by other bloggers, and maybe even branch out into things and ideas that aren’t children’s literature-related but are worth dog-earring. Highlights from November 2014:   […]

Tweets from the Texas Book Festival – We Need Diverse Books

Hey y’all (sorry, couldn’t resist the excuse to use y’all), At the Texas Book Festival yesterday or today, Don Tate moderated a #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel with Andrea Davis Pinkney, Tim Tingle, Diane Bertrand Gonzales, Jacqueline Woodson, and Pat Mora. Fortunately for those of us not in Texas, Pete Kunze tweeted and compiled their remarks on Storify. […]