Thank you!

Hard to believe how 2018 has flown by. I didn’t want it to end without thanking YOU, loyal readers, for dropping in on us again and again, keeping up with us as we talk all things picture books. Thanks, too, for your occasional comments. Not much fun writing if nobody’s reading!

Since I don’t think anybody else was planning a post like this (and, since I was lax in finding a book to feature this month), I thought it would be fun to recap the books our team has sent into the world this year.

In alphabetical order:

Linda Ashman brought us the adorable OUTSIDE MY WINDOW.

Mike Boldt illustrated my HOW TO GROW A DINOSAUR and Dev Petty’s I DON’T WANT TO GO TO SLEEP, as well as writing and illustrating his own ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT FLUFFY!

I’ve enjoyed watching HOW TO GROW A DINOSAUR enter the world. Been cool to see foreign editions, in Korean and Russian, as well. My nonfiction titles this year included The Little Kids Big Book of Why 2 and Explore My World:  Kangaroos.

Pat Zietlow Miller’s lovely BE KIND hit shelves in February … and quickly made the NYT Bestseller List! She also published the darling WIDE-AWAKE BEAR and a touching story, LORETTA’S GIFT.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt beautifully illustrated Katherine Applegate’s text, SOMETIMES YOU FLY.

Tammi Sauer was crazy busy with:

Suzanne Slade brought us two gorgeous titles:

Sorry for the wonky cover sizes and fuzziness. WordPress has an entirely new system we’re all trying to learn. Old dogs, new tricks, and all that…at least in my case.  ðŸ™‚

Happy holidays, everybody. Write on!

Jill Esbaum

Jill Esbaum has been picture book crazy since her 3 kids were little, and especially so after her first was published in 2004 (Stink Soup). Recent titles: Stinkbird Has a Superpower, Jack Knight's Brave Flight, Where'd My Jo Go?, Frog Boots, How to Grow a Dinosaur, Frankenbunny, If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party, Elwood Bigfoot– Wanted: Birdie Friends!, Teeny Tiny Toady, I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, and more. Coming in 2024: Parrotfish Has a Superpower (a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection) and Bird Girl: Gene Stratton-Porter Shares Her Love of Nature with the World (another JLG Gold Standard Selection). She's also the author of many nonfiction books for young readers, as well as an early graphic reader series, Thunder & Cluck. Learn more at


  1. Wow! What a year! Great work you all…please keep it up! Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

  2. Such great and prolific talent! Feeling inspired!

  3. All these amazing talents!!

    Here’s to an even better 2019!!

  4. Congrats to all of you on a great year. And thank all of you for sharing your knowledge of this business with all of us. Merry Christmas to all!

  5. I love this blog! Thanks for the wrap up of titles, Jill. I missed some of these and will add to my library holds list.

  6. Thanks for the review of titles, Jill. I still have a few to add to my list, too! Congrats to all for a year of prolific writing and publishing! Looking forward to the PBB posts for 2019!

  7. Congratulations on such a productive year and thank you for all the inspiration you give to us!

  8. Now I have more finds for when I next visit my local library–thanks for all you do!

  9. Great roundup and I do appreciate reading the posts. See you next year.

  10. What a fun post!

    One of my books was missing, though–QUIET WYATT. I guess he was so quiet he snuck under your radar. 🙂

  11. Thank YOU! Always a bright point in my day and an opportunity to broaden my reader’s advisory as a youth services librarian. And to get the inside scoop on craft and process as a writer. Invaluable!

    Would love to see more posts on debut authors (especially author-onlys). My writer heart needs to see more evidence that new people (who can’t do art) are getting their work published!

    Thank you again for all you do! Raising a figurative and literal mug of coffee to you. Here’s to 2019!

  12. This is one of my favorite blogs. Love the recap of new books!

  13. So lucky to be able to get insight from such a talented group of authors!!!!
    Tammy, Quiet Wyatt is awesome!

  14. A great team with great books! Happy holidays!

  15. What a great group of inspiring authors! Thanks, Jill.

  16. Thank you, Jill!
    Happy holidays!!

  17. Impressive! Thank you for a year of wonderful, informative, encouraging posts!

  18. Wow! What a list. I read most of these and loved them. I cannot wait for next years hits.
    Happy Holidays and Happy Writing.

  19. Thank you ALL for your stellar contributions to the world of picture books. And thank you, as well, for your wonderful posts. This is my favorite blog!

    Wishing you all the best during this holiday season and a New Year filled with pleasant surprises!

  20. Wonderful books! Love this blog! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

  21. Wow, you all were busy! Congratulations on your productive 2018, PBBs!

  22. What a cast of Super Writers!! I’ve loved every one of these books! Happy Holidays and I look forward to another great year of my favorite blog!

  23. Wonderful recap! Thank for sharing so many marvelous books with us. My TBR pile doth runneth over thanks to PBB blog. May 2019 shine as brightly!

  24. I love reading these posts Thank you for all your hard work.

  25. Your talented work for us is wonderful.

  26. Nice post! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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