This is one of my son's favorite picture books, one that he requests night after night because it reminds him of his grandmother and, of course, of himself. I love that we are seeing more and more picture books that not reflect Black and Brown children, but also that we are seeing more and more picture books that focus on the beautiful and not-so-beautiful that surrounds us and talking about it in ways that children can understand. I am such a fan of de la Pena's prose—sheer poetry, really—but also of Robinson's incredible body of work. I'd love to see these two continue to collaborate in the future because the magic they created with LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET deserves to be re-visited.
What a gorgeous book documenting the incredible literary journey of Mary Shelley, author of FRANKENSTEIN. I was so very impressed by the beautiful writing and the ways in which author Linda Bailey was able capture the complex darkness and simultaneous beauty that surrounded Shelley's life and story-writing process. Much needed kudos for Julia Sarda, whose illustrations brought this text to life in a way that made me want to re-read it again and again!