For the month of December, we’ve had the pleasure of working with the magical Pamela Zagarenski.
Brian Biggs is a builder of bustling cities. He has written and illustrated both for adults and children, from his early comics Dear Julia and Frederick & Eloise to his newest series, Tinyville Town, of which he is a resident — and you are, too.
October is upon us, and we’ve had the best time working with UK-based illustrator and author Gabriel Alborozo! You’ll recognize his name and his style from books he’s illustrated with other authors (including, among others: This is the Kiss by Claire Harcup, The Two Tims by David Elliott) as well as those he’s written and illustrated on his own (including Good Night, Firefly; The Colour Thief; and The Mouse and the Moon, and more).
If you’ve ever picked up one of Kathryn Otoshi’s books — including Zero, What Emily Saw, and Beautiful Hands, and others — you already know that she is a dynamic illustrator, an open-hearted storyteller, and a creator of narratives that exude patience and compassion. With the combination of these traits comes a body of work that’s singularly refreshing, enlightening, and encouraging for any reader.
For the month of August, we’re absolutely tickled to have had the opportunity to work with animator and illustrator Jared Chapman. Jared and Literati have a lot in common: both are based in Texas, both love picture books, and both can really get behind a good joke.
Open summer days often make room the best adventures. Whether you’re leaving town this summer or going no further than your own backyard, these books about culture, language, and the nature of travel itself are a great way to inspire an interest in the broader world and all the people in it.
If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, mid-July is just about the halfway mark between the June picnics and late August school supply shopping trips. As we crest the arc of summer, schedules have become amorphous: some combination of time at camp, strings of playdates, summer sports leagues, family vacations, and the odd chunk of downtime at home has shaken up the clockwork predictability of the year.
Midsummer is the time for sunshine, swimming, and spending quality time poring over (and falling into) our richest picture books, which is just one reason why we’re so excited to have the UK-based author and illustrator William Grill (Shackleton’s Journey, The Wolves of Currumpaw) as Literati‘s featured illustrator for July.
With each new child born into this world, a new light of possibility pops into existence like buds on the trees when spring arrives at last. And if you’re anything like us, you believe the best way to help these little buds grow is to surround them with books.
Lots. And lots. Of books.
Quick! Turn to the nearest kid and ask them what it means to be a good friend. You’ll get myriad responses depending on whom you ask, from “sharing snack at school” to “inviting them to my birthday party” to “who the heck are you?”
The topic of friendship can be a slippery one, especially when you’re young and just beginning to navigate the labyrinth of successful social interaction. If you’re in the esteemed position of guiding a child through this new territory, there is no better venue for you to work through the early trials and triumphs of making friends than the vibrant, handheld world of a picture book. We’ve found that the best books about friendship include lots of examples of empathy, compromise, courage, and maintaining a good sense of humor. Here are some of our current favorites.