Children's & Fantasy/Sci-Fi Books

Ten Less Well-Known Picture Books I Loved in 2014


As we approach 2015, I’d like to give a shout out to the authors and illustrators of (dare I say it?) less well-known picture books that I read and loved in 2014. Note that some of these books are not out yet. In no particular order, here they are:


Monster Book by Alice Hoogstad


Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, art by Brigette Barrager


Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, art by Brendan Wenzel (pub. Mar. 2014)


Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos, art by Joy Ang


Sleepytime Me by Edith Hope Fine, art by Christopher Denise


How to Draw a Dragon by Dogulas Florian (pub. Apr. 2015)


Beastly Babies by Ellen Jackson, art by Brendan Wenzel (pub. Jul. 2015)


Sleepyheads by Sandra Howatt, art by Joyce Wan


I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz, art by David Slonim


Memoirs of an Elf by Devin Scillian, art by Tim Bowers

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Author: Henry Herz

Children's book author

11 thoughts on “Ten Less Well-Known Picture Books I Loved in 2014

  1. Thanks. There are a number I haven’t seen yet! I may just trek out tothe library despite the 5F degrees!

  2. Ooh…I got excited when I saw the second MUSTACHE BABY book on this list, but it doesn’t come out until March 2015. Henry must have a secret source 🙂

  3. Thank you for including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel !!! Caryn Yacowitz

  4. Thank you for sharing your this list…some of these I didn’t know about and look forward to reading them!

  5. Thanks for the list, I always like to make a list of picture books of interest. I have read some, but not all on your list.

  6. Henry, of this list I’ve heard of 4 and read only two. It always saddens me when I haven’t even seen or heard of new releases ’cause they’re obviously not being promoted enough 😦

    As for me, I’m really not a “Mustache Baby” fan, though I know kids are! It kind of creeps me out on a certain level, in the same way I have trouble with mixes of species and their body parts lol I know—lots of people think it’s cool. I’m just not one of them 🙂

    To me, Christopher Denise is a phenomenal illustrator. I’ve seen this book online, but now that you’ve reminded me, I’m checking the library 🙂

    Sleepyheads is one of my favorites. I was immediately drawn to it when it first appeared on the B&N shelf, snatched it up into my pile to read in the cafe and hadn’t realized ’til I got a better look that it was illustrated by Joyce! This was the first time I’d seen her artwork with shading ’cause her board books are bold and crisp. Anyway, I bought this book the same day. I couldn’t resist it 🙂 Glad you mentioned all of them, Henry 😀

  7. Great list! I’ve got some reading to do… 😀

  8. Thanks, Henry, for including BEASTLY BABIES on this list.

    Writersideup–I just want to assure you that no one at Beach Lane Books has fallen down on the job. BEASTLY BABIES hasn’t been published yet, so it’s not surprising that it’s “less well-known”!

    Look for it after July 1. Thanks for your interest.

    Ellen Jackson

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