Here are ten of the many beautiful, thoughtful, and intriguing indie press books that I have loved and not mentioned (I don’t think) here yet this year. They’d all make spectacular gifts for the season. Please do check them out, my other indie spotlight posts, and the many other wonderful books coming from the vibrant independent publishers world.
Do seek out Nnedi Okorafor and Mehrdokht Amini’s rollicking Chicken in the Kitchen from Lantana.
From Toon Books there is Liniers’ delightful Good Night, Planet featuring a toy’s nighttime adventures.
Gecko Press gives us Chatharina Valckx and Nicolas Hubesch’s utterly charming chapter book/picture book hybrid: Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far.
Akiko Miyakoshi’s The Way Home in the Dark from Kids Can Press is a dreamy picture book featuring a bunny mother and child making their way home through a dark city to bed.
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee with art by Man One is a vivid celebration of food truck culture in L. A. and comes to us from Readers to Eaters.
Inspired by Psalm 21, Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier have collaborated for Eerdmans on a moving and gorgeous story of bullying and understanding, The Watcher.
Don’t miss Anushka Ravishankar and Chrstiane Pieper’s too funny HIC! from Tara Books.
From Elsewhere Editions there is Feather an elegant picture book by the distinguished creators, writer Cao Wenxuan and illustrator Roger Mello.
We are fortunate that Tilbury House has brought out the first North American edition of Brazilian Rogério Coelho’s wordless reverie, the surreal Boat of Dreams.
The absorbing picture book biography, Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone , written by Alice Brière-Haquet and illustrated by Bruno Liance, comes to us from Charlesbridge.