Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty | Fresh crop of books put our tall friends in spotlight

Outdoors, things are growing — and wonderful new books are growing, too!

"Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth (2018, Charlesbridge, written by Carrie Pearson, illustrated by Susan Swan, ages 4-9) tells the true story of survival — and more than 1,200 years of growth — of a special tree in California's Redwood National Park.

Alice B. McGinty | Two stories that capture nature's wonder

As we head into spring, here are two lovely new picture books that capture a sense of wonder in their own unique ways.

"Sometimes Rain" (2018, Beach Lane Books, written by Meg Fleming, illustrated by Diana Sudyka, ages 1-5) blends lyrical language, just the right details and breathtaking watercolor paintings to bring nature's wonder and beauty to life for children.

Alice B. McGinty | Two picture books deserving of accolades

Excitement over the recent American Library Association Awards is still in the air, and here are two more noteworthy picture books that received honors.

Receiving a Caldecott Honor was "Alma and How She Got Her Name" (2018, Candlewick Press, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, ages 3-8).

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.