Women’s History Month Illustration Challenge


Lois Lenski, The Little Airplane

Not sure I should be calling it a challenge, as I am the only one who participated (ha!), but it IS a challenge to replicate another person’s artwork and add a character of your own (#alligatorinserted) into the image. Every day for a month! A great exercise, but more importantly it’s been a real pleasure introducing others to the work of female illustrators in children’s literature. I am posting each of the pieces this year, including links to help you learn more about each of these fabulous creators in kidlit! Thanks for coming along for the ride! You can see them all on my instagram page, and even quicker in an album on my fb-artist-page.



Jill McElmurry, Pirate Princess


Anne Wilsdorf, Charlotte


Jan Brett, The Mitten


Elsa Beskow, Thumbelina


Trina Schart Hyman, Little Red Riding Hood


Molly Bang, Ten, Nine, Eight


Wanda Gag, Millions of Cats


Esphyr Slobodkina, Caps For Sale


Cecily Mary Barker, Flower Fairies


Margaret Bloy Graham, Harry the Dirty Dog


Barbara Lehman, The Secret Box ?


Britta Teckentrup, Little Mouse and the Red Wall


Sara Varon, Odd Duck


Sarah Bowie, We’re Going to the Zoo


Rashin Kheiriyeh, The Two Parrots


Peggy Rathmann, Bootsie Barker Bites


Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea


Eva Eriksson, Max’s Wagon


Cyd Moore, I Love You, Stinkyface


Yuyi Morales, Nino Wrestles the World


Églantine Ceulemans, Lasco de la grote


Molly Idle, Flora and the Flamingo


Julie Flett, We All Count


Magdalena Matoso, Clap, Clap!


Dorothée de Monfried, Shh! I’m Sleeping


Tor Freeman, Showtime for Billie and Coco


Jen Corace, Telephone


Mini Grey, Bad Bunnies’ Magic Show

More links to some of my favorite female children’s literature illustrators (slides featured on my instagram page!) to follow – just click on their name below:

Marie La France, Lillian HobanCarson Ellis, Judy Schachner, Melissa Sweet,

Wendy Wahman, Alison Friend, Iza Trapani, Sang Miao, Shadra Strickland,

Jessixa Bagley, Qin Leng, Laura James, Caitriona Sweeney, Sheena Dempsey,

Robyn Kahukiwa, Eva Muggenthaler, Briony May Smith, Esther Gomez Madrid,

Evangelina Prieto López, Maria Wernicke, Gunnella, Catherine Zarip, Helen Hancocks,

Maria Jönsson, Dorothea Warren Fox, Wendy Wahman, Anne Hunter





PPBF: Tell Me a Mitzi

One more book celebrating women in children’s literature for the Women’s History Month in 2019!


Author: Lore Segel
Harriet Pincus
Dover, 2017, orig. published by FSG in 1970
Themes: siblings, families, city life
Opening: “Tell me a story,” said Martha. Once upon a time (said her mother) There was a Mitzi.

58FC025C-CC40-43EF-BCC8-56C7DF5C3101Summary: (from my library catalog) Three household adventures in the life of Mitzi include an intended trip to grandmother’s, sharing a family cold, and reversing the President’s motorcade..

6477939B-0E91-41EC-A0C9-CB2E88E24CE8I like this book because: it transported me back to my own childhood, growing up just outside of New York City! And considering the pub date, it’s likely that the best librarian in the world, Mrs. Nienburg, read it to us in school. And she would have because it’s well written and funny! I love a book that pushes you to read pout loud from the get go, makes you want to ‘act’ it out in the telling, give it an amplifier. There are not very many of those that do it so well.

C4FF408B-E49D-478E-9FBA-06912E0067E7Resources/activities: kids love to hear family stories, things they can’t remember themselves, but are fully aware that they exist! Share them! Listen! Take the time and allow kids in a group to share theirs – because, as Simone Weil once said, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

E32B942C-CEE0-4A26-9A03-22EC6A4D39DEFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE.


PPBF: Super Manny Cleans Up!

EC9BDDF8-4ECB-4D25-A366-5356CBF6A0CFAuthor: Kelly DiPucchio
Stephanie Graegin
Atheneum, 2018
Age: 4
Themes: environment, friendship, apathy
Opening: Every weekend, Manny and Gertie put on their capes and saved the planet from danger.

A309CACC-2D14-4FCB-B643-14150E603FFDSummary: (from my library catalog) Manny and his friend Gertie join forces to clean up their local park–because every superhero needs a planet worth saving.

BA37D3A7-7694-4ABF-84E6-CA9FB060AD79I like this book because: it has such an important and urgent message for kids, that they too can be engaged and do something important or even just something they are passionate about, despite being ‘just’ a kid. The illustrations are warm and endearing, and are unique in the ability to distinguish between the real and imaginary world without skipping a beat.

F3AB9615-A300-4550-AE79-036D31F7DB4AResources/activities: Start a clean-up/trash pick-up action in your community, even just around the house or school; discuss responsibility towards others, the environment and what issues bother you right now. What can you do about them?

725649DD-A12A-415B-8650-7FCEDF27204BFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE.


PPBF: Backyard Fairies

5DECD977-B09B-4521-ACB1-275FB8862EBFAuthor/Illustrator: Phoebe Wahl
Publisher: Knopf, 2018
Age: 3-7
Themes: stories in rhyme, fairies, gardens
Opening: Have you ever found, while out on your own…a tiny, magical somebody’s home?

35815E14-A32E-47A2-8F04-24EF7A4FFAB1Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles. But although readers can see them, the girl keeps searching, just one step behind… In the end, it is clear (both to the girl and readers) that there is magic all around, even when it’s hidden in plain sight.

7058DB3F-6DB5-481D-B5FE-D52E897A7274I like this book because: after a blizzard on Wednesday (they called it a bomb cyclone – it was bad, I don’t mean to joke!), I realized that I am more than ready for lush grean foliage and the magic of finding ANYTHING in my backyard! Already a big fan of Wahl’s art, I did not need convincing, but this is a very sweet story of discovery – and a perfect read, any time!

9417C055-B345-4153-8BFD-B58F66004C04Resources/Activities: build a fairy garden, a house, a spot in your own yard, and if you don’t have a yard of your own, build one in a public space. And if weather does not yet allow you to get started, design one!

D194DFD2-9AB9-4F9E-A3A6-5D2CF8D01681For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE


PPBF: Good Night Sleep Tight

1AD97AD2-0B67-4980-88A3-D467A87ADBF4Author/Illustrator: Kristina Andres
Publisher: Gecko Press, 2018; orig. publ. In German in 2017, Nun schlaft mal schön!
Age: 4-8
Themes: bedtime stories, friendship
Opening: Fox and Rabbit lived quite far away, in a bright little house beyond the molehills.

B83C858D-B94A-4F03-A1A3-BD21CAA9B23CSummary: (from my library’s catalog) Heartwarming stories of friendship, fun and going to bed” – That was tooo short…but still true!

EB85F831-04A4-44D5-9AF9-14E7B0BB4FD8I like this book because: it‘s so cute! I need to invite another 5 year old for a read-in. I say ‘another’ because on the inside I am still 5! Just wanna hug all these characters too! Also celebrating female bookmakers this Women’s History Month! See my illustration celebrations on Instagram – HERE

7E6009FB-31DA-418E-9670-93ADC074564DResources/Activities: Don’t wait for the other 5 yr old to come over, just READ. Make a fort – yes, even if you are an adult. Include a sturdy lamp or excellent flashlight, a few fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and your favorite beverage with cookies (milk for me!).EC16E73C-4DCE-4DEA-8954-6AA46FC86DECFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE


PPBF: Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World

9C10149F-AE67-43EA-883D-A4ED40AED3C2Author/Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Age: 4-8
Themes: behavior, interpersonal relationships
Opening: Edwardo was an ordinary boy.

E90E46B7-C90B-4F5C-B7E7-B3F027A1FF4DSummary: (from my library’s catalog) Each time he does something a little bit bad, Edwardo is told that he is very bad and soon his behavior is awful, but when he accidentally does good things and is complimented, he becomes much, much nicer.

4F216E12-1C56-4F28-A75A-D89562408B06I like this book because: it‘s a good reminder for us all, and unfortunately we need reminders. I was really lucky to be able to attend (for free through my library) a talk called, An Open Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Close, with Dr. Steve Robbins. And in the very same vein this book addresses our biases, how easily we form them, adapt to other people‘s biases and how easily we can change them – if we make the effort. Every elementary classroom should have this book and others like it. Also, the author, one of my favorites, recently passed away, and I am rereading as much of his work as I can get a hold of. RIP, John Burningham.

BB966D8F-88D0-4E0B-967A-4DCEAF26952FResources/Activities: do yourself a favor and read more Burningham, like The Shopping Basket, or Would You Rather, or perhaps one of the books I mention in this post about Burningham

B57BBA4D-9C9D-4DFF-AD6F-561D9A79C057For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE