Final art by Loren Long for Love by Matt de la Peña (PenguinKids)

The Boston Globe

Caldecott winners – attractively itemized by the Toronto Public Library 

Charlotte News and Observer

Chicago Tribune

Common Sense Media

Goodreads Choice Awards, best picture books of 2018 

The Guardian

Horn Book Fanfare

Huffington Post

The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist and winner

Kirkus Reviews

Los Angeles Times

The New York Times/New York Public Library best illustrated books of the year


Pinterest (images) best best picture books for 2018

Publishers’ Weekly

Publishers’ Weekly: Children’s publishers choose their favorite reads of 2018 

Read Brightly

School Library Journal slide show of all best children’s books 2018

School Library Journal

Smithsonian Magazine’s Ten Best Children’s Books of 2018


Wall Street Journal

Washington Post reviewers share their favorites

Matthew Winner’s Children’s Book Podcast: Brown Bookshelf ‘s Don’t Miss Books of 2018, Part 1

Working Mother

Matthew Cordell’s 2019 Caldecott Medal acceptance speech for Wolf in the Snow will inspire you and might bring tears.

As for the new year…

Peering ahead, my first discovery for 2019. An insane hit already with the second graders, I understand, and now me, I urge you to pick up Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey, with color by Jose Garibaldi, edited by Ken Geist, book design by Dav Pilkey and Phil Falco, Creative director David Saylor (graphix, an imprint of Scholastic. 2019.) From the creator of the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series, it’s no. 6 in the Dog Man series that features a team of crime-fighting superheroes to finally really care about. Hilarious, creative near-perfection. Like many other Pilkey titles, it boasts Flip-O-Rama.

Ready to draw your own? Try this:

We’ve launched early! The Make Your Marks and Splashes 2019 children’s book illustration online course is available at the introductory sale price for just a few more days. It offers a late Christmas stocking full of bonuses, including the amazing Going Pro with the Girllustrators workshop series, Cindy Wider Drawing Method workshops, video interviews with top children’s book agents and much more.