February 23, 2017


My Beautiful Birds, written and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo, sheds a light on the ongoing Syrian Refugee crisis and its effects on its children. The narrative follows a boy named Sami who is uprooted from home, leaving behind all of the birds he'd grown to love and care for. My Beautiful Birds shows the reality of refugee camps and ultimately provides hope for people in search of a new place in life.

February 21, 2017

It Runs in the Family

There are some pretty quirky picture book families out there. But the family that quirks together, stays together, right? 

February 20, 2017

All the Wonders of LITTLE RED

All the Wonders is celebrating All the Wonders of LITTLE RED this month!

Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin's debut picture book Little Red is a fresh take on the age-old fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood." But in this version, Little Red is significantly more capable than she seems...

Visit All the Wonders for a look at fractured fairy tales, how author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin weaves picture book theory into her illustrations, and a school visit in Bethan’s own words.

February 19, 2017


Love Is by Diane Adams and Claire Keane is a solidly, beautiful book. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the rhyming text -- which I usually steer clear of but love in this book -- carries readers right through the story at an energetic pace.

February 15, 2017

2016 Cybils Winners

This year I had the honor of being a judge in the 2016 Cybils Awards! And it was awesome!


Award-winning duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have teamed up again, and this time it's for the long haul. Publishing March 14, Barnett and Klassen bring us the first in a trilogy of board books that will keep you guessing until the end. The first in the series, Triangle, tells a story of trickery and sweet(ish) revenge as Triangle sets out to play a sneaky trick on his friend Square and finds himself in a precarious situation.

February 14, 2017

Let's Talk Anna Walker

I was lucky enough to get a chance to chat with famed Australian author-illustrator Anna Walker about her illustration and story processes for her 2015 picture book Mr. Huff, as well as her upcoming book Florette. Anna's prolific body of work speaks for itself, but in case you're unfamiliar here in the States, Anna's children's books are full of beauty and subtlety, and they always radiate emotion. 

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a look at the official Florette book trailer!