Step by Step by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Diane Goode

Step by Step by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Diane Goode. Paula Wiseman Book, Simon and Schuster, 2021. 9781534479944

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? How wonderful to see Diane Goode’s fun, inclusive, colorful pen and watercolor illustrations! I just took a major nostalgic snoop through her website ( complete with lots of happy sighing. Just look at the expressions on her character’s faces… Step by Step follows a character as they move through their day starting with getting dressed (piece by piece) then walking to school (stride by stride), then meeting friends (smile by smile) and building (block by block) and counting (one by one). Each part of the day is built on by the next step and the next – thus, Step by Step

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is simply a joyful book about living moment by moment. 

Who should buy this book? Nursery schools, preschools and elementary classrooms (the illustrations mostly show a school setting) plus anyone working with a child about taking things one step at a time. 

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?


Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA.

Date of review: September 16, 2021

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