Almost every author I know would much rather talk about other author’s books that they love to bits. Here are a few of my favorites.

Picture Books

  • Two Speckled Eggs
  • Your Place in the Universe
  • Marilyn’s Monster
  • Library Lion
  • Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet
  • Beautiful Blackbird
  • Between Us and Abuela
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
  • Mario and the Hole in the Sky
  • The Rock from the Sky
  • They All Saw A Cat

Middle Grade “Texty” Novels

  • Amari and the Night Brothers
  • The Greenglass House
  • Akata Witch/Akata Warrior
  • A Place to Hang the Moon
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Flora and Ulysses
  • Skunk and Badger
  • Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us
  • One and Only Ivan
  • Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Pax
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Flora and Ulysses
  • Raymie Nightingale
  • The Dark is Rising sequence

Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • This Was Our Pact
  • The New Kid
  • Cardboard Kingdom
  • The Okay Witch
  • the Amulet series
  • Cleopatra in Space series
  • Nameless City trilogy
  • My Little Pony series
  • El Deafo
  • The Stars Were Scattered
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn series
  • The Dam Keeper series
  • All of Raina Telgemeier’s books
  • Twins
  • Roller Girl
  • Mr. Invincible: Local Hero
  • Superman Smashes the Klan

Young Adult

  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • The Binti trilogy

Craft Books

My favorite craft books extend across categories. I’ve found these books to be helpful regardless of whether I’m writing a long form narrative nonfiction essay for adults, a middle grade novel, or a fiction picture book. In other words, Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul can help you knock out that adult novel.

  • Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
  • Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
  • The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein
  • Story Genius by Lisa Cron
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics by Scott McCloud
  • The Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction from Rose Metal Press

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