February favorites

I know, I know, I’ve been slacking off while all you folks out there ::crickets chirping:: have been on the edge of your seats waiting for my February list of favorite picture books. So give a cheer! It’s here!

I’ve been trying to stick to books published in recent years because I’m trying to acquaint myself with the market. But who can resist any book by Jane Yolen, regardless of pub date? I grabbed three from the shelves at the East Longmeadow Public Library — three I didn’t have in my own collection. Yep, they all made the favorites list. No surprise there.
Last month I found a file in my office that’s been stashed away since 1997 when I first read Jane’s NOCTURNE. I had typed out the book’s short text and found a beautiful poem.

So, pick a few books from this list and let me know what you find. Have you read anything from my January list? I’d love to know if my favorites are yours, too.

  • AN AWESOME BOOK OF THANKS by Dallas Clayton, 2010, AmazonEncore
  • BLACK DOG by Levi Pinfold, 2011? (no © page!), Templar Books (Candlewick Press)
  • CHILD OF FAERIE, CHILD OF EARTH by Jane Yolen, ill Jane Dyer, 1997, Little, Brown & Company
  • CHLOE AND THE LION by Mac Barnett, ill Adam Rex, 2012, Disney Hyperion Books
  • THE DAY LOUIS GOT EATEN by John Fardell, 2011, Andersen Press USA
  • HELLO, RED FOX by Eric Carle, 1998, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • HONKERS by Jane Yolen, ill Leslie Baker, 1993, Little, Brown & Company
  • THE MITTEN by Jan Brett (20th Anniversary Edition), 2009, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • NIGHTSONG by Ari Berk, ill Loren Long, 2012, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • NOCTURNE by Jane Yolen, ill Anne Hunter, 1997, Harcourt Brace & Company (short poem)
  • READY FOR PUMPKINS by Kate Duke, 2012, A Borzoi Book, Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books)
  • STEP GENTLY OUT by Helen Frost, photography by Rick Lieder, 2012, Candlewick Press

By the way, are you curious to know if I met my goals for February? I did! One new picture book manuscript written, one edited, one submitted to an agent, and 55 picture books read. My poetry goals have been put on hold for now, though I’ll be editing some poems and reading at the Monson Arts Council Coffee House on Friday.


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6 responses to “February favorites

  1. I love The Mitten too. I’ll have to check out several of your other favorites! Thanks for the list.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations. Shamefully, the only one I read was Chloe and the Lion. I’m putting the others on my to-read list.

  3. What a great list, Carol!

    As Ellen, I love the MITTEN! It’s one of my showcase books in my special collection 😀

    Just yesterday I read Helen Frost’s STEP GENTLY OUT. Lovely book!
    [Stoked to have a breakout session with Helen at the SCBWI Wild Wild Midwest Conference in May!]

    THE DAY LOUIS GOT EATEN is enticing!

    More great books to reserve from the library! 😀

    Thanks for sharing your finds, Carol!

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