February 20, 2018


Drawn Together, written by Minh LĂȘ and Dan Santat is absolutely, without a doubt, going on my Best of 2018 list. Which is crazy because we're only halfway through February, and I have a limited number of spots on the list. But given that it's also one of my favorites of all time, I'd say the claim is  completely warranted.

February 18, 2018


Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace and Bryan Collier takes a close look at the true story of how NFL star Ernie Barnes became one of the most influential artists of his generation.

February 15, 2018


In his debut picture book Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, Markus Motum takes readers on the 350,000,000 mile long trip to Mars through the eyes of NASA's beloved Curiosity.

February 13, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #59: Marianna Coppo

About two years ago I heard tale of a little Italian picture book called Petra, written and illustrated by Marianna Coppo. I’d seen it on one of my favorite sites (Picture Books Blogger) and instantly fell in love with the cover. I knew I had to have it. I purchased it from Italy and fell so in love that I even made my own little Petra (who you can see below)! I reviewed it and included it in my Best of 2016 list, and if anybody is worth the fanfare, it’s Petra. Fast-forward to now, and Petra is available in English in bookstores here in the States and Canada! This makes me incandescently happy, and I feel so lucky that I got the chance to chat about my favorite little rock with her creator, Marianna. I’m sharing that conversation with you here today, so get ready to rock and roll!

February 11, 2018


Nobody's Duck by Mary Sullivan is a laugh-out-loud tale of family, friendship, and, of course, complete and utter exasperation.

February 8, 2018


All the Buildings in Paris (That I've Drawn So Far) is the latest in James Gulliver Hancock's All the Buildings series (with his previous books focusing on New York and London), and I don't know if it's because he's honing in on Paris this time, but I think this one might be my favorite!

February 6, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #58: Cori Doerrfeld

When you're upset, sometimes the most valuable thing someone can do is simply listen. No judgement, no "Here's how you can fix your problem," or, "Here are my thoughts." Cue The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld. Whether readers identify with the book through grief, anger, or fear of failure, it is immensely powerful in every word it doesn't say, and I'm very honored that I got the chance to chat with Cori about it. I learned a lot!