April 26, 2018


Matt James' author debut The Funeral is anything but sad. In fact, one could even say it helps readers focus on the good DURING the bad.

April 24, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #67: Cozbi A Cabrera

Cozbi Cabrera has mastered a lot of skills. She's a doll-maker, clothing designer, and children's book illustrator, and now she gets to add the word "author" to her resume with My Hair Is a Garden. It is a treasure of a book that focuses on cultivating who you are and reminds readers to take the time to get to know themselves. Personally, it took me years to understand my own hair, and this book is a wonderful reminder of the importance of celebrating every part of yourself, no matter how frustrating it can be! Cozbi was a thrill to chat with, and I'm so excited to share our conversation with you all today.

April 21, 2018

Crushes of the Week: April 15-21, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins and Emily Hughes (Chronicle Books, April 2018)
  2. From the Heart of Africa by Eric Walters (Tundra Books, January 2018)
  3. Dad By My Side by Soosh (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 2018)
  4. Someone Farted by Bruce Eric Kaplan (Simon & Schuster, April 2018)
  5. Hooray for Books! by Brian Won (Houghton Mifflin, September 2017)

April 19, 2018


H Is For Haiku: A Treasury From A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg and Sawsan Chalabi finds fun and poetry in everyday moments.

April 17, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #66: Thao Lam

Thao Lam's second picture book Wallpaper is a gorgeous and mostly wordless interpretation of what it feels like when faced with the universal childhood trial of making friends. Lam instills hope in her readers within a colorful and imaginative world full of fears and anxieties. Readers cannot help but connect with her work, and I'm so glad I got the chance to talk to her about her exquisite paper-collage technique in this book. 

April 15, 2018


James Sage and Russell Ayto's Old Misery examines the perpetual existence of misery in the world through a satiric and allegorical lens.

April 14, 2018

Crushes of the Week: April 8-14, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Hazelnut Days by Emmanuel Bourdier and ZaĆ¼ (Minedition, May 2018)
  2. Poe Won't Go by Kelly DiPucchio and Zachariah OHora (Disney • Hyperion, June 2018, March 2018)
  3. Beyond the Fence by Maria Gulemetova (Child's Play International, April 2018)
  4. Fox & Chick: The Party: And Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier (Chronicle Books, April 2018)
  5. Two Rainbows by Sophie Masson and Michael McMahon (Little Hare Books, June 2018)
  6. Aunt Grizelda's Treasury of Grim and Grisly Rhymes by Anna Best and Natallia Pavaliayeva (Hogs Back Books, May 2018)