Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty | Learn all about running a lighthouse

There has been excitement buzzing in the children's book industry since the American Library Association recently announced its 2019 Youth Media Awards.

Alice B. McGinty | More stories that earned acclaim in 2018

Before we slide too far into the new year, and before the American Library Association announces its 2019 awards later this month, I will highlight two more 2018 picture books that earned much acclaim.

Included in Publisher's Weekly's Best of 2018 books was "Dreamers" (2018, Neal Porter Books, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, ages 4-8).

Alice B. McGinty | Two of the best stories from 2018

At the end of each year, review journals take stock of the year in books and generate listings of the best. Included in Publisher's Weekly's "Best of 2018" picture books are these two gems, not only beautifully written, but with wisdom to share.

Alice B. McGinty | Picture books celebrate wintertime, Hanukkah

This weekend, we are not only fully immersed in wintertime, but many are also finishing observing eight days of Hanukkah. Here are two wonderful new picture books to help celebrate each occasion!

Alice B. McGinty | Get ready for Thanksgiving

It is that wonderful time of year when we warm ourselves with gratitude, thinking of all the things for which we give thanks in our lives. Here are two picture books that will help young readers find the right words for their expressions of thanks and learn how others express gratitude as well.

Alice B. McGinty | Two more great works from Illinois authors

Another highlight of the recent Illinois Reading Council Conference was the presentation of the 2019 Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children to Chicago-area author Barb Rosenstock.

Alice B. McGinty | Authors, illustrators from Illinois shine

I am writing this from the Illinois Reading Council Conference in Peoria, where an exciting new program is being launched, called Read Local ( It connects Illinois authors and illustrators with teachers and librarians to help promote the joy of reading. And joy abounds, with the many wonderful new books by Illinois authors and illustrators.

Alice B. McGinty | Stories deliver unique takes on fun

Autumn is rolling in and soccer season beginning. Here are two new voices from different cultural backgrounds, each bringing us their unique takes on play, friendship, joy, communication and overcoming struggles.

Join the soccer game as you read "The Field" (2017, NorthSouth Books, written by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jaqueline Alcantara (from Illinois), ages 3-8).

Alice B. McGinty | Stories featuring friendship, adventure

Summer is winding down and the school year starting up. I hope, your young readers can look back at the summer and remember special adventures with friends and family. These two new picture books are a great way to celebrate adventures and friends.

Alice B. McGinty | Artful biographies of unusual artists

To make sure young readers' minds stay sharp this summer, here are two new picture book biographies, each telling the story of very unusual artists, and each true works of art in their own right.