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It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year: a VERY SPECIAL ICYMThem Book List & recap of #kidlit #BookBirthdays we celebrated in 2022!

December 23, 2022

This post brings together all the books we celebrated 2022 with Book Birthday Interviews. ICYMthem, check out these fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and writing/Illustrating tips shared by the #kidlit creators who joined us this year. (Great for Author Studies, Teacher friends.)

*Please note that many of the wonderful titles herein fit into multiple categories. Feel free to mix and match, and click the links to learn more!

PS Books are the gifts that keep on giving.

Happy 2022 #BookBirthdays to…

Middle Grade Novels

The Unforgettable Logan Foster (Book 1*) by Shawn Peters (illus. Petur Antonsson / Harper Collins) *Book 2 coming Jan. 3rd–look for our Book birthday celebration!

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros (Quill Tree)

Flipping Forward, Twisting Backward by Alma Fullerton (illus. Sarah Mensinga / Peachtree)

Fractured Fairy Tales

The School of Failure: a Story About Success by Rosie J. Pova & Monika Filipina (Yeehoo Press)

The Three Canadian Pigs: a Hockey Story by Jocelyn Watkinson & Marcus Cutler (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project by Lynne Marie & Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press)

Biographies + Nonfiction (+ one SCATalogical nf mystery*…)


Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head: by Jeanne Walker Harvey & Diana Toledano (Beach Lane)

Her Name Was Mary Katharine, The Only Woman Whose Name Is on the Declaration of Independence by Ella Schwartz & Dow Phumiruk (Christy Ottaviano Books)

The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall by Megan Hoyt & Katie Hickey (Quill Tree Books)

Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas by Jeanne Walker Harvey & Loveis Wise (Harper Collins)


Washed Ashore: Making #Art from Ocean Plastic by Kelly Crull (Millbrook / Lerner)

A River’s Gifts: The Mighty Elwha River Reborn by Patricia Newman & Natasha M. Donovan (Lerner)

Rocks & Minerals –illustrated by Shiho Pate (Scholastic)


Poo-Dunit, A Forest Floor Mystery* by Katelyn Aronson & Stephanie Lebaris (Candlewick)

Getting Along — Inclusion

Building Bridges: Peace, Shalom, Salaam by Callie Metler, Melissa Stoller, Shirin Rahman & Kate Talbot (Spork)

Moving to Mars by Stef Wade & Erin Taylor (Capstone)

Big Bear Little Fish by Sandra Nickel & Il Sung Na (Carolrhoda)

Ozzie and Prince ZEBEDEE by Gela Kalaitzidis (Flamingo)

Being Yourself

The Gentle Bulldozer by Amy Baron & Rogério Coelho (YeeHoo Press)

Black Girl Rising by Brynne Barnes & Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Chronicle Books)

Anzu the Great Kaiju by Benson Shum (Roaring Brook)

When Glitter Met Glue by Karen Kilpatrick & Germán Blanco (Henry Holt & Co.)

Emet’s Box: A Colorful Story About Following Your Heart by Jeni Chen (Little Press)

Sometimes You Find a Red Rhinoceros by Andy Myer (PYP Academy Press)


Sun and Son by Linda Joy Singleton & Richard Smythe (Amicus)

Some Daddies by Carole Gordon Eckster & Javiera Maclean Álvarez (Beaming Books)

Grandma’s Magic by Charlotte Offsay & Asa Gilland (Doubleday Books for Young Readers)

A Dog’s Guide to Being Human by Shanna Silva & Agnès Ernoult (YeeHoo Press)

Tofu Takes Time by Helen H. Wu & Julie Jarema (Beaming Books)

Concept Books

One Blue Gnu by Danna Smith & Ana Zurita (Amicus Ink)

So Much Snow by Kristen Schroeder & Sarah Jacoby (RH Studio)

Wake Up, Freight Train! by Danna Smith & Jon Andersen (Little Simon)

Again–huge thanks to all of the incredible #kidlit authors and illustrators

who joined us on the blog this year.

We encourage you to consider their books for your holiday gifts.

And if possible, #ShopIndie #indiecember.  

Happy and Healthy Book-filled Holidays to ALL.

To make sure you don’t miss our 2023 Book Birthday celebrations, you can subscribe to our blog at the top right of this page. See you next year with more wonderful books to celebrate!

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