October 20, 2018

Crushes of the Week: October 14-20, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2018)
  2. Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail (Margaret K. McElderry Books, June 2018)
  3. Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell and Corinna Luyken (Dial Books, August 2018)
  4. Birds from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick and Kwanchai Moriya (Kids Can Press, October 2018)
  5. Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings by Naseem Hrab and Josh Holinaty (Owlkids Books Inc., October 2018)
  6. Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy by Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell (Disney-Hyperion, September 2018)

October 18, 2018


Who says books can come in all shapes and sizes? Elsa Mroziewicz, creator of Peek-a-Who?, that's who!

October 16, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #86: Oge Mora

Reading Oge Mora's author debut Thank You, Omu! is like eating a hearty soup while wrapped in a blanket with your family all around you. It makes you feel warm, safe, and loved, and it reminds us that kindness comes in all shapes and sizes, even stew-shaped sizes. And, of course, it reminds us that lifting up a community and bringing people together over a tasty meal can never steer you wrong. It was a blast chatting with Oge about this book and her personal connections to it, and I'm thrilled to share that conversation with you all today.

October 14, 2018


Boats on the Bay by Jeanne Walker Harvey and Grady McFerrin might be the most beautiful book I've ever seen about boats. Seriously, like ever.

October 13, 2018

Crushes of the Week: October 7-13, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Felix by Giovanna Zoboli and Simona Mulazzani (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, August 2018)
  2. King Alice by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel & Friends, September 2018)
  3. Albert's Very Unordinary Birthday by Daniel Gray-Barnett (Kids Can Press, September 2018)
  4. A Tiger Called Tomás by Charlotte Zolotow (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2018)
  5. Catalina and the King's Wall by Patricia Costello and Diane Cojocaru (Eifrig Publishing, May 2018)
  6. Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, September 2018)
  7. Ancient Warriors by Iris Volant and Joe Lillington (Flying Eye Books, August 2018)
  8. 1 Grumpy Bruce: A Counting Board Book by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion, October 2018)

October 11, 2018


The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer and Ekua Holmes is a magical book that must be experienced to be fully understood and appreciated.

October 9, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #85: Jon Agee

I will admit that sometimes I wait to interview a book creator. Not because that person is busy––books and books might go by while I wait––but because I'm waiting for the right book, the book I have to talk to them about. Jon Agee is one such creator, and the book I've been waiting for is The Wall in the Middle of the Book. You probably know Jon's work by now (they've won many, many, awards), but I waited for this book because it addresses what a book is: two rectangles connected by a line down the middle. Wall puts forth a hilarious story that uses the gutter (middle of the book) as its crux and opens our minds to the possibilities of what lies outside of the book itself. Enjoy our conversation!

October 6, 2018

Crushes of the Week: September 30-October 6, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Polka Dot Parade: A Book About Bill Cunningham by Deborah Blumenthal and Masha D'yans (Little bee books, August 2018)
  2. Good Morning, Neighbor by Davide Cali and Maria Dek (Princeton Architectural Press, September 2018)
  3. Hello, Monster! by Clementine Beauvais and Maisie Paradise Shearring (Thames & Hudson, October 2018)
  4. I'll Root for You by Edward Van De Vendel, Wolf Erlbruch, and David Colmer (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, August 2018)
  5. Rosie's Glasses by Dave Whamond (Kids Can Press, September 2018)
  6. The Artists: Tales from the Hidden Valley Books 1 and 2 by Carles Porta (Flying Eye Books, September 2018)

October 5, 2018

First Friday 5: Spooktacular

Happy October, everyone! Hands-down, this is my favorite time of year, and it's a great excuse to share five recent comics with spooktacular themes that will send chills up and down your spine!

October 3, 2018

#kidlitpicks July Round-Up: 10 Picture Books About Courage

Learning to swim, going to school, meeting people for the first time, in the darkness of their bedroom, making good choices, in the face of the news on TV—kids are brave and take courage more often then we recognize. And books are great tools for talking about the times they need to have courage. Books allow us to talk about ideas that might otherwise be hard to grasp or bring up. Books allow kids to watch other kids face similar situations and struggles.

Last month’s @kidlitpicks theme is COURAGE. We wanted every parent and caregiver to feel they were flooded with a HUGE source to turn to when their child struggles to take courage. Theme credit goes to Michelle from The Book Report!

October 2, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #84: Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry

Given the success of You're Safe With Me in the United States earlier this year, it's hardly a surprise that Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry's companion book You're Snug With Me was released so quickly after. You're Snug With Me continues to explore parental love and the bond between mother and baby––not to mention features similar geometric illustrations––but this time we move from India to the frozen north. Chitra and Poonam prove themselves to be a powerful team who can keep their ideas fresh, and I got a chance to sit down with both author and illustrator to talk about their processes.

September 30, 2018


Time for Bed, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez and Seng Soun Ratanavanh is as precious and imaginative as the cover suggests.

September 29, 2018

Crushes of the Week: September 23-29, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Little Bear's Big House by Benjamin Chaud (Chronicle Books, October 2018)
  2. Queen Panda Can't Sleep by Susanna Isern and Mariana Ruiz Johnson (Starberrybooks, August 2018)
  3. Creature vs. Teacher by Alex Eben Meyer and T. Nat Fuller (Harry N. Abrams, July 2018)
  4. Walls by Brad Holdgrafer (Princeton Architectural Press, August 2018)
  5. Maximillian Villainous by Margaret Chiu Greanias (Running Press Kids, August 2018)
  6. Henry and the Yeti by Russell Ayto (Bloomsbury Children's Books, August 2018)
  7. The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros and Dana Wulfekotte (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, August 2018)
  8. The Flight of Mr. Finch by Thomas Baas (Tate Publishing, September 2018)
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September 27, 2018


A Bubble by Geneviève Castrée is undoubtedly a very tough read––especially give the board book format––but it hits a lot of relatable notes as readers watch a child narrate the daily ins and outs of having a mother with terminal cancer.

September 25, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #83: Felicita Sala

By now, you undoubtedly recognize Felicita Sala's work when you see it. Her books are becoming more and more ubiquitous (not to mention more and more beautiful) as she tackles nonfiction biographies of people like Joan Procter, Mother Jones, and Mary Shelley. Her latest book, Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda & His Muse, written by Alexandria Giardino, takes a closer look at the life and influence of Pablo Neruda, and though Felicita stays true to her distinct style, she takes some interesting detours to make the book unique and reflective of Neruda himself. Take a look inside with me.

September 22, 2018

Crushes of the Week: September 16-22, 2018

This week's crushes:
  1. Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 2018)
  2. Steve Goes to Carnival by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells (Candlewick, February 2019)
  3. The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco, and Joy Ang (Workman Publishing, September 2018)
  4. No Water No Bread by Luis Amavisca and Raul Nieto Guridi (Nubeocho, October 2017)
  5. Little Brown by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books, October 2018)
  6. Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, August 2018)
  7. T. Rex Time Machine by Jared Chapman (Chronicle Books, September 2018)

September 20, 2018


The Little Barbarian is a wordless delight by seasoned visual artist Renato Moriconi.

September 18, 2018

Let's Talk Illustrators #82: Duncan Tonatiuh

Given the current political climate it's no surprise that there are many books being published that speak to the unfair treatment of immigrants and the need for legal reform. Duncan Tonatiuh's Undocumented: A Worker's Fight does that in spades, but the format of the book—a leporello—seems to drive the point home even further. In a standard picture book readers can flip pages and forget what they've seen previously, but with a leporello at least half of the story is always in view at a time. For those unfamiliar with the term, leporellos are accordion-style books that are only bound at the very edges, so when readers open them they stretch far and wide, providing at least half the story at a time. In lieu of retreading familiar ground, I suggest you check out my leporello post from a years ago here, but right now, let's take a closer look at Undocumented.

September 16, 2018

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

It turns out the tale of "Snow White" is one that has crept up on me. I don't think I realized how much I appreciated the story––namely it's tone and aesthetic possibilities––until I really started looking at how different illustrators render the tale: it's much more open to interpretation than one would think. Like with the story of "Little Red Riding Hood," there is a built in color so to speak of red for the apple, and watching illustrators take that one detail and apply their own twists is fascinating. Here are my favorites published within the last ten or so years.

Click on these book covers to poke around, and don't forget, you can see all of my favorite fairytales here!