Dear Dragon Wins a Nerdy Book Club Award!

I’ve got astonishing news, people (and dragons)! Dear Dragon has been awarded a Nerdy – a Nerdy Book Club Award, that is!


I’m truly honored and thrilled. Dear Dragon was one of twenty incredible picture books bestowed with this award as selected by members of the Nerdy Book Club. Thank you so much! And congratulations to Rodolfo Montalvo, who created all of the stellar art, and everyone at Viking/Penguin who helped make this book as awesome as I like to think it is and got it into the hands of children and educators and parents and Nerdy Book Club members!

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For more info on the Nerdy Book Club and The #Nerdies, check out this post from last year (when Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was awarded a 2015 Nerdy Award for Fiction Picture Books – *blushy-smiley-face*).

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Worm Loves Worm written by J.J. Austrian & illustrated by Mike Curato


2. The Airport Book written & illustrated by Lisa Brown


My Top Read-Aloud Picture Books of 2014

Hi, friends! In case you missed it (and if you did, see Colby Sharp’s post right here), the authors and illustrators of the 2015 E. B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award & Honor books are all dudes. I read some excellently awesome Read-Aloud Picture Books last year myself, and I’d like to add some of those to the mix (in no particular order):

Josh Funk’s Top Read-Aloud Picture Books of 2014

  • Backhoe Joe written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Craig Cameron
  • Baking Day at Grandma’s written by Anika Denise & illustrated by Christopher Denise
  • Cock-a-Doodle Oops! written by Lori Degman & illustrated by Deborah Zemke
  • Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Duck, Duck, Moose written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
  • Edgar’s Second Word written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
  • Found written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
  • Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance written & illustrated by Birgita Sif
  • Froodle written & illustrated by Antoinette Portis
  • Gaston by written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau written by Andrea Beaty & illustrated by David Roberts
  • I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo written by Jill Esbaum & illustrated by Gus Gordon
  • The Jacket written by Kristen Hall & illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova
  • Louise Loves Art written & illustrated by Kelly Light
  • Maple written & illustrated by Lori Nichols
  • Nana in the City written & illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  • Ninja Red Riding Hood written by Corey Rosen Schwartz & illustrated by Dan Santat
  • One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Orangutangled written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Aaron Zenz
  • A Piece of Cake written & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • Sparky written by Jenny Offil & illustrated by Chris Applehans
  • Tap Tap Boom Boom written by Elizabeth Bluemle & illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  • There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie written by Rebecca Colby & illustrated by Kate McLelland
  • This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) written by David Elliott & illustrated by Lori Nichols
  • Uni the Unicorn written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Brigette Barrager
  • Very Little Red Riding Hood written by Teresa Heapy & illustrated by Sue Heap
  • Viva Frida written & illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang & illustrated by Christopher Weyant

What are your favorite Read-Aloud Picture Books published in 2014?