Who Are Your #LiteraryCrushes?

Valentine’s Day is all about love and spending time with family and friends. But how about also spending Valentine’s Day with a favorite book? Who are your favorite authors and illustrators and why do you love them?

This is where the hashtag #LiteraryCrushes comes into play. A #LiteraryCrush is a term also used to express your admiration for the work of an author or illustrator and their books. This Valentine’s Day, the KidLit TV team is using that hashtag to share some of our 2016 Valentine’s Day #LiteraryCrushes. We hope you can add these to your library or share these selections with your kids, teens and students. Let us know how you celebrate your #LiteraryCrush and Valentine’s Day!

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Sophie Blackall, Nick Bruel & Deborah Underwood 

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
 – It’s so hard to list just a few, but this month I’m still crushing on Sophie Blackall, for her gentle palette and lovely composition in Finding Winnie. 

Finding Winnie Train
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear – Sophie Blackall

9781596439771 (1)Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet – Nick Bruel totally captured what it’s like when your kitty needs to get a tooth pulled! (Blinkey had two pulled last year! He was not a happy kitty…),




Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet – Nick Bruel


ValentinesDayCatAnd Deborah Underwood for this line from Here Comes Valentine Cat:
“Roses are Red 
Violets are Blue 
Dogs are Annoying 
Except for You.”
Because, you know, some dogs are not annoying.


Sui Ishida & Noelle Stevenson 

9781421580364Tokyo Ghoul
I’m a huge fan of manga, but am extremely picky when it comes to the art style. Ishida’s illustrations for the young adult (seinen) manga Tokyo Ghoul series are hauntingly beautiful, expressive and like no other mangaka’s style.


Sui Ishida – Tokyo Ghoul



Not only has Noelle’s amazing, simplistic illustrations captured the hearts of graphic novel fans, but her writing style is a unique, to the point and ‘tough love’ kind of writing that many kids and teens can relate to. Her dedication is: ‘To all the monster girls’, which truly speaks from the heart.

Noelle Stevenson – Nimona


Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book
My literary crush is Neil Gaiman. I started reading his comic, The Sandman, when I was a pre-teen. I was really drawn to the dark characters and the life lessons wrapped in an atypical package. Although I love Neil’s dark material, I do find his picture book and middle grade titles to be fun and appealing. I love that he doesn’t stick to one theme or type of character. I especially adore him for the creation of the Chu series. Chu is an adorable little panda with a powerful sneeze. This book got Neil into a bit of trouble with the Chinese government. They thought Chu was incorrigible! Almost everyone at KidLit TV knows I am obsessed with pandas. Fortunately, the Milk is a fantastical and philosophical ride for the mind. Who knew getting milk could be such an adventure? To top off my literary crush on Neil; this past holiday I was graciously gifted a signed first edition copy of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book. Swoon!

Neil Gaiman - Chu's Day - Spread
Neil Gaiman – Chu’s Day


Neil Gaiman - Fortunately the Milk - Spread
Neil Gaiman – Fortunately the Milk


Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book - Spread
Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book


Dan Yaccarino & April Chu

Boy + Bot
Artists fascinate me. I can barely draw a stick figure so I’m impressed with all illustrators. But, I have to admit, I ♥ Dan Yaccarino’s simple, bright illustrations! Who doesn’t?


Dan Yaccarino – Boy + Bot


9781939547156In a Village by the Sea
It’s fun to discover new talent, too. I noticed newcomer April Chu in In a Village by the Sea. I’m watching her to see what awesome book she collaborates on next!


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April Chu – In a Village by the Sea
Mac Barnett


Leo A Ghost Story
It’s definitely not easy to choose just one. But I am going to say right now I am crushing on Mac Barnett for his versatility as an author. No matter whether he is writing fiction or nonfiction, quiet realism or frenzied fantasy, all of his stories have one thing in common–quality. The Mac Barnett brand is high quality storytelling.


Pamela Zagarenski & Helen Frost

The Whisper
Pamela Zagarenski. I could stare at the pages of The Whisper for hours and never get bored. It perfectly captures the world of imagination.


Hidden – I’m completely smitten with Helen Frost. She writes novels in verse! VERSE! Her use of language and craft is extraordinary, and the stories and characters are accessible and engaging. In her novel, Hidden she creates her own poetry form that hides a hidden message and will make you want to read the entire thing again.



Who are your #LiteraryCrushes? Let us know on Twitter by using #LiteraryCrush!



Sophie Blackhall

Website | @SophieBlackall | Facebook

Nick Bruel

Website | @nickbruel | Facebook

Sui Ishida

Website | @sotonami | Facebook

Noelle Stevenson

Website | @Gingerhazing | Facebook

Neil Gaiman

Website | @neilhimself

Dan Yaccarino

Website | @DanYaccarino1 | Facebook

April Chu

Website | @AprilChuART | Facebook

Mac Barnett

Website | @macbarnett | Instagram

Pamela Zagarenski

Website | @Sacredbeez | Facebook

Helen Frost

Website | Facebook

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Kristin

My 9-year old is reading DiCamillo’s “Flora and Ulysses” right now. He LOVES it! It’s his favorite read so far this school year…and he’s read 9 really great books already!


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