Featured books by Christian Robinson

You Matter

You Matter

By: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Detailed, almost delicate illustrations of a diverse cast of characters affirm the joy in differences, all because each and every one matters. The illustrator’s signature style is worth multiple examinations.

Books illustrated by Christian Robinson

Carmela Full of Wishes

Carmela Full of Wishes

By: Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Fiction

On her birthday Carmela is finally old enough to go with her brother as he runs errands throughout the community. Although her brother can be annoyed by Carmela, he shows her a field of wishes when most needed. Childlike illustrations extend and enhance the warm story which is also available in Spanish, Los Deseos de Carmela.

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

By: Renée Watson
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Bold, bright illustrations and a cheerful text that includes song lyrics introduce the life of an early 20th century African American performer. Though part of the Harlem Renaissance, Mills is a relative unknown who both on and off stage worked to help other African Americans and those who were less fortunate than she. An author's note concludes this charming life sketch.

Just in Case You Want to Fly

Just in Case You Want to Fly

By: Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Poetry

A child looks out from an apartment window assured that the wind and sky will be there if she wants to fly. The lyrical reassurances continue as children continue on different adventures, imaginatively portrayed in the artist’s signature bold, childlike style. Altogether, this is a comforting, cozy book to share again and again.

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

By: Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

A slightly grumpy CJ asks his grandma why they have to take a bus across town every Sunday after church. Her answers are playful, wise, and effective; CJ admits he's glad they came to see their friends at the soup kitchen where they serve. Bright, stylized illustrations and rich, well-paced language presents a warm relationship and a diverse urban locale. (2016 Newbery Medal Winner)

Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo: A Ghost Story

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

When a new family moves into his home and Leo the Ghost's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is when their adventures begin. (Goodreads)

Little Penguins

Little Penguins

By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

When the little penguins see snowflakes, they wonder how many? There are many! They dress for the weather and go play in the snow, tired and content when it’s time for bed. Bold forms of round-headed, dark penguins that play in the snow stand out until they recede in the night of their own room. This is a charming, whimsical, wintery tale.

Milo Imagines the World

Milo Imagines the World

By: Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

While Milo and his sister travel on a subway, Milo observes other passengers drawing them in his sketchbook. But appearances don’t always reveal the whole story Milo learns. When he and his sister arrive at the prison to visit their mom, so does a boy from the subway. The illustrator’s signature illustrations are the perfect complement to the moving, understated text.

School’s First Day of School

School’s First Day of School

By: Adam Rex
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

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