LJR Kelly is a children's book author. He was born in London, England, and studied at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Dartmouth College, USA. He lives and writes in a cabin at the top of a hill in New Hampshire, USA.

His first children's book, "Blanket and Bear, a Remarkable Pair" (Putnam), illustrated by Yoko Tanaka, is in stores.

Please order it now from:  Amazon, Indiebound or Barnes & Noble

A Story about Squares

I have always been amazed that El Lissitzky made a suprematist children's book about the conflict between two squares--one black, one red--published in 1922.

It is, of course, non-objective and impenetrably avant-garde. Here is a little animation made from it:   

New Yorker's Goodnight Moon

All children's book devotees will love this New Yorker Shouts and Murmurs parody of goodnight moon, Goodnight Nanny-Cam, by Jen Nessel and Lizzie Ratner:


In the great green-certified room
There was a smartphone
And a silver spoon
And a picture of—

A high-contrast, brain-stimulating black-and-white moon

And there was a musical concert by Baby Mozart

And high window guards
And French flash cards

And a fireplace safety gate
And toys without phthalate

And a sterilizer and bottle brush and bowl full of organic mush

And a bilingual nanny who was whispering “hush”

Goodnight room

Goodnight recycled baby wipes with no perfume

Goodnight high-contrast black-and-white moon

Goodnight baby monitor
And the nanny-cam

Goodnight French flash cards
Bonne nuit petit canard

Goodnight non-slip socks
And goodnight sustainable-wood blocks

Goodnight friends with unique, unusual names
And goodnight brain-development games

Goodnight digital archive of baby’s first years

And goodnight Doctors Karp, Leach, Ferber, and Sears

Goodnight wipes warmer and yoga mat, HEPA filter and sun hat,
Sunscreen, sunglasses, sleep sack, outlet cap, sleep coach, G &T coach, star charts, consumer reports,
Vitamin D, anything with Omega-3, French au pair, filtered air and—

Goodnight alpha parents everywhere.


Bear on the Boat!

The count-down has begun to the publication date for the book.....and I realized I have been hoarding posts without actually putting them up. 

To start with, here is a picture of my own family's ancient childhood bear out on a sail with my father and I last weekend. He always seems to have such a wonderfully quizzical look of judgement on his face!


I Wish to Apologize for My Part in the Apocalypse

In honor of this week's "super moon", I wanted to point people towards Duncan Macmillan, a brilliant playwright and friend, who wrote this lovely surrealist radio play  (I Wish to Apologize for My Part in the Apocalypse) about a woman who falls in love with the moon. The Moon reciprocates the love and starts to creep towards the earth. I would love to adapt it into a children's book!