May 26, 2018

Crushes of the Week: May 20-26, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw (Tundra Books, May 2018)
  2. I Am the Boss of This Chair by Carolyn Crimi and Marisa Morea (Sterling Children's Books, March 2018)
  3. Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market by Chitra Soundar and Kanika Nair (Karadi Tales Picturebooks, April 2018)
  4. Don't Blink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts (Random House Books for Young Readers, April 2018)
  5. The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, May 2018)
  6. Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delacroix (Owlkids, April 2018) 


May 24, 2018


One Wave at a Time: A Story About Grief and Healing by Holly Thompson and Ashley Crowley takes a lyrical, colorful, and thoughtful look at the effects of depression on a child who has lost a parent.

May 22, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #71: Jean Claverie

We Are Brothers tells the story of two brothers who bond during a summer day. Yves Nadon's words are evocative and poetic, while Jean Claverie's illustrations make the book feel timeless and warm. It's a celebration of bravery, faith, and love, and I was very honored to chat with Jean about how the images in this book came to life.

May 20, 2018


Mark Hoffman's author debut Fruit Bowl is equal parts funny and informative.

May 19, 2018

Crushes of the Week: May 13-19, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Penguinaut! by Marcie Colleen and Emma Yarlett (Scholastic Inc., October 2018)
  2. A Most Unusual Day by Sydra Mallery and E. B. Goodale (Greenwillow Books, April 2018)
  3. Unstinky by Andy Rash (Arthur A. Levine Books, September 2018)
  4. Snail Mail by Samantha Berger and Julia Patton (Running Press Kids, May 2018)
  5. Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley (Simon & Schuster, May 2018)
  6. Rhyme Flies by Antonia Pesenti (Phaidon, May 2018)

May 15, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #70: Mike Curato

If you've seen any of Mike Curato's illustrations, you know just how special they are. They have a way of transcending the page, taking you right into the world you're reading about, and Samantha Berger's What If... is no exception. If the gorgeous purples on the cover don't immediately capture you, other purposeful design elements like the case cover and endpapers will, and I was thrilled to get to chat with Mike about his latest illustration work, particularly because I know just how special this book is to him. Enjoy!

May 13, 2018


Seven Pablos by Jorge Luj├ín and Chiara Carrer introduces readers to seven different Pablos living seven different lives across the world.