Books by Christian Robinson

JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO FLY by Julie Fogliano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Simple and nurturing, this will likely be loved by many a parent-child pair. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Fogliano and Robinson (When's My Birthday?, 2017) collaborate again, this time in the voice of a caregiver speaking to a beloved child. Read full book review >
QUEER, 2ND EDITION by Kathy Belge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"Tepid but useful. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Two older gays try to appeal to kids these days. Read full book review >
ANOTHER by Christian Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"A bright, open primer for Escher. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young child discovers a portal to a whole other plane of perspective in Robinson's latest. Read full book review >
CARMELA FULL OF WISHES by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"It's another near-perfect slice of life from a duo that has found a way to spotlight underrepresented children without forgetting that they are children first. (Picture book. 3-8)"
On her birthday, a young girl accompanies her brother on his errands for the first time and makes a wish, but not exactly in the way she was expecting. Read full book review >
WHEN'S MY BIRTHDAY? by Julie Fogliano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A gift of a picture book that's at once nostalgic and fresh. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A picture book to celebrate. Read full book review >
ANTOINETTE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A reassuring tale that celebrates the uniqueness of each dog (or person) and the creation of a purposeful life. Three cheers for the winning Antoinette, who 'could not—would not—give up!' (Picture book. 2-7) "
The beloved puppies of Gaston (2014) are back, this time with Antoinette's story of self-discovery as she reveals that every dog has a gift to share. Read full book review >
LITTLE PENGUINS by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A very warm and satisfying bedtime book and a paean to penguins and winter delights. (Picture book. 1-5)"
"Winter is here." Read full book review >
SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"A unique point of view makes this school book stand out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rex offers a different perspective on the first day of school: that of the newly constructed school building itself. Read full book review >
THE DEAD BIRD by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A story about the importance of ritual and the ability for renewal, itself magnificently renewed by Robinson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Robinson reimagines the 1958 story originally illustrated by Remy Charlip, in which children find a dead bird and offer it a send-off through ritual and song. Read full book review >
LEO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Leo, like any child, hopes for acceptance, but it's hard to find friendship when one is a ghost. Read full book review >
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young boy yearns for what he doesn't have, but his nana teaches him to find beauty in what he has and can give, as well as in the city where they live. Read full book review >
GASTON by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2014

"A perfect read aloud that will leave them begging for more—an absolute delight. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Gaston, an adorable pup, lives with his loving and proper poodle pack, until an outing reveals there's more to family than meets the eye. Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy. (author's note, artist's note, further reading, quotation sources) (Poetry/biography. 6-12)"
A life devoted to self-expression through dance and racial harmony is celebrated in this lavish, lengthy picture book. Read full book review >
RAIN! by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Altogether delightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A child and an adult look at rain from both sides. Read full book review >
HARLEM'S LITTLE BLACKBIRD by Renée Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Her brief life is well worth celebrating, and here it is done well. (Picture book/biography. 3-8)"
Watson's biographical distillation of the life of jazz singer and dancer Florence Mills is endearing and affectionate, at just the right level for very young readers. Read full book review >