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NAKED! has been translated into Spanish!


It's official: NAKED! won a BCCB Blue Ribbon Award!



Totally thrilled that NAKED! is a 2014 BCCB Blue Ribbon winnerThe Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) is one of the leading children's book review journals for school and public libraries. You can see the full list of the other 2014 BCCB Blue Ribbon winners on the BCCB website.

"Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by the Bulletin staff and represent what we believe to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth." You can see the Blue Ribbon Archive for other lists from 1990 through to the present. You can also download a PDF version of the list.

You can browse BCCB Blue Ribbon book covers from past years in the LibraryThing Book Awards archives.

Curious about how books are reviewed at The Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books? Check out the video above, which shows a book's journey through the CCB and how it becomes part of the  CCB's research collection.

Congrats to my fellow Blue Ribbon winners, especially the other Simon & Schuster Children's author/illustrators Scott Campbell (Hug Machine) and Marla Frazee (The Farmer and the Clown):

Also delighted to see Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener (Amulet/Abrams) in the list; the book was one of my own favourite reads of 2014.

The Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books is devoted entirely to the review of current books for young people. It provides concise summaries and critical evaluations to help its readers find the books they need. Each review gives info about the book's content, reading level, strengths and weaknesses, quality of format and suggestions for curricular use.

The Bulletin is published monthly (except August) by The Johns Hopkins University Press for the Graduate School Of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

From the website of The Center For Children's Books: "The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is a crossroads for critical inquiry, professional training, and educational outreach related to youth-focused resources, literature and librarianship. The Center’s mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to all aspects of children’s and young adult literature; media and resources for young (age 0-18) audiences; and youth services librarianship.

In partnership with The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books—an authoritative analytic review journal—the Center aims to inspire and inform adults who connect young people with resources in person, in print, and online. The Center sponsors activities and hosts interdisciplinary research projects involving both theory and practice. In its dual role as research collection and educational community, the Center has national impact on the future of reading and readers."

I encourage you to check out The Bulletin's website, a rich resource of children's book recommendations and information, and The Center For Children's Books.

And again, THANK YOU so much to The Bulletin of The Center For Children's Books for the Blue Ribbon honor!


NAKED! in's list of "Top 12 Books Of 2014"

Thanks to Brian Smith for including NAKED! in his "Top 12 Books Of 2014" Top Teaching blog post on!


"I am a pushover for a book that will get my kids to laugh, and the top two ways to get them to laugh are anything restroom related or the word naked. These two literary devices will get a belly laugh every time. This book is about a boy running around the house naked after a bath. The illustrations are such a great match for the feel of the book that it really makes it one of the best books of the year. If you give this book as a gift make sure to buy a red cape to go along with it!"


Thanks to the National Post for including NAKED! in their "Best Of 2014" list!

Wow. Thanks SO much to Anna Fitzpatrick of National Post for including NAKED! in her "Best Of" post this weekend.

A few excerpts: "...a hilarious, silly book about a little boy who just doesn't see the point of putting on clothes after his bath...." and "Naked is the duo's second collaboration ..... the two have once again proven themselves at being the most adept in summing up the frustrations of childhood."

Note: she got my sister and me mixed up  -- "Ruth Ohi" should be "Debbie Ridpath Ohi" -- but I'm still pretty thrilled, especially by how much of the page one of my Naked! illustrations is taking up!


Free for download/print: NAKED!-themed holiday season card

*NEW* Feel free to download and print my holiday season card template, which features two card designs from Michael Ian Black picture books that I've illustrated. For more info and instructions, please see my Print-Ready Holiday Season Note Card blog post.