Erin E. Stead

Children’s Picture Books For Fall, 2013


Happy fall everyone! This is my absolute favorite time of year and calls for a celebration. You know my version of a good time always involves picture books so I’ve rounded up some fall-themed books to welcome the special season. Most are old and one is brand new so hopefully you’ll find some new favorites. There are a couple other new books that I haven’t gotten my hands on yet, so they’ll be getting some love in their own posts hopefully very soon. Come along and bask in the glories of autumn with ten children’s picture books for fall. Read the full post…

Let’s Read Three: Children’s Picture Books For Sick Days


There’s really nothing quite like a good book when you are under the weather. We’re battling the sniffles over here and a pile of books makes the perfect cuddle companions as we sniff our way through the day. It’s natural inspiration for combo number two in my Let’s Read Three series: three picture books to read aloud and lighten up those crummy sick days.


It’s a nice feeling to commiserate with someone else under the weather and these three offer some tenderness, a bit of laughter and absurdity, and some great friends to lean on. Read the full post…

Book Review: And Then It’s Spring By Julie Fogliano & Erin E. Stead


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It is officially the first day of spring and although many North American areas are being threatened by yet another forecast of snow, signs of spring are popping up everywhere. The beautiful (but stinky!) Bradford Pear trees are almost at full-bloom on my street and it is almost impossible to be anywhere near the outdoors and not hear the hopeful chirping of the birds in the trees. My featured book for today is most likely being celebrated on many lists as it is very new and still on many bookstore shelves, but I swoon over this book and feel the need to add my own praise into the masses. So here we have a book all about that long, somewhat dreadful, but oh so beautiful wait for the world to turn from brown to green. Here is And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, 2012. Read the full post…

10 Things To Know About The Caldecott Medal

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The Caldecott medal sticker on A Sick Day For Amos McGee, (front), illustrated by Erin Stead

Monday, January 28, is a big day in the world of children’s picture books. The 2013 Caldecott Medal will be awarded as well as some honorable mentions. If you aren’t obsessed with children’s books like myself, then you may not care a lick; but in case you want to at least be a little knowledgeable, I am here to help. Here are 10 interesting things to know about the Caldecott Medal: Read the full post…

Notable Children’s Picture Books From 2012


Or perhaps this post should be called the books I noticed and loved in 2012, as this is definitely not an all-inclusive list of the great books that came out last year. Whatever the title, I feel it necessary and enjoyable to point out a few of my favorite children’s books that 2012 offered. Some I’ve reviewed and will link to, and a couple others I intend on reviewing more in depth in the next few weeks. So here we go – 15 books to enjoy from 2012. Read the full post…