September 17, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #118: Jenni Desmond

I was lucky enough to chat with Jenni Desmond about her newest picture book Migration, written by Mike Unwin. Jenni is known for working on books with environmental themes, and her illustrations in Migration are another feather in her overflowing cap of beautiful books. Enjoy our conversation!

September 14, 2019

Crushes of the Week: September 8-14, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley (Tundra Books, April 2019)
  2. Hats Are Not for Cats! by Jacqueline K. Rayner (Clarion Books, August 2019)
  3. Button and Popper by Oili Tanninen (Thames & Hudson, September 2019)
  4. Blue Cat by Charlie Eve Ryan (Starberry Books, October 2019)
  5. Little Tigers by Jo Weaver (Peachtree Publishing Company, October 2019)
  6. Thank You! by Charo Pita and Anuska Allepuz (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, August 2019)

September 12, 2019


Eric Veillé's previous picture book My Pictures After the Storm accidentally passed me right by, and I whole-heartedly regret not reviewing it. So naturally I was pretty psyched to see Encyclopedia of Grannies absolutely measures up in terms of design and content. Each spread examines a different facet of "Granny": what's inside granny's bed, why do grannies travel by bus, why do grannies have creases, etc. And Veillé's answers are witty, inclusive, and thoughtful.

September 10, 2019


The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers is a cautionary tale that reminds readers of the fate that awaits selfish people.

September 3, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #117: Ingela P. Arrhenius

I caught up with Ingela P. Arrhenius, book creator extraordinaire. Each one of Ingela's books is unique in design, from die-cuts to oversize trim sizes, from board books to picture books. Today I'm talking to Ingela about her Bookscape Board Book series, which is seeing two titles––A Marvelous Museum and A Forest's Seasons––publish in the US today. Enjoy our conversation! 

August 24, 2019

Crushes of the Week: August 18-24, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. 1,001 Ants by Joanna Rzezek (Thames & Hudson, September 2019)
  2. Dream Big by Joyce Wan (Cartwheel Books, July 2019)
  3. Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? by Coll Muir (HarperCollins, June 2019)
  4. Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry (Neal Porter Books, June 2019)
  5. Astro Pea by Amalia Hoffman (Schiffer Publishing, March 2019)
  6. Bigger Words for Little Geniuses by Susan Patterson, James Patterson, and Hsinping Pan (jimmy patterson, September 2019)

August 22, 2019


My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin and Lindsey Yankey is an autobiographical account of Javaherbin growing up in Iran with her grandmother in pre-revolutionary Iran.

August 17, 2019

Crushes of the Week: August 11-17, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Flora Forager ABC by Bridget Beth Collins (Little Bigfoot, March 2019)
  2. I Love All of Me (Wonderful Me) by Lorie Ann Grover and Carolina Búzio (Cartwheel Books, September 2019)
  3. Duckworth, the Difficult Child by Michael Sussman and Júlia Sardà (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 2019)
  4. Animal Habitats: Search & Find Activity Book by Sam Hutchinson and Sarah Dennis (Princeton Architectural Press, August 2019)
  5. Idriss and His Marble by Rene Gouichoux and Zau (Starberry Books, September 2019)
  6. Garbage Dog by Eleni Kalorkoti and Robbie Wilkinson (Little Gestalten, August 2019)

August 13, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #116: Dream Chen

I was lucky enough to get a chance to chat illustrator Dream Chen about her illustration and story processes for Butterflies on the First Day of School, written by Annie Silvestro. The illustrations are as sweet as the story, and it was delightful chatting with Dream. Have a read (and a look!).

August 10, 2019

Crushes of the Week: August 4-10, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Twins: A Picture Book by Mike Ciccotello (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), August 2019)
  2. Little Bird by Antonio Boffa (White Star Kids, April 2019)
  3. A Surprise for Little Mole by Orianne Lallemand and Claire Frossard (Auzou, June 2019)
  4. The Luckiest Snowball by Elliot Kreloff (Holiday House, September 2019)
  5. Brian the Brave by Paul Stewart and Jane Porter (Flyaway Books, August 2019)
  6. How Did I Get Here?: Your Story from the Big Bang to Your Birthday by Philip Bunting (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November 2019)
  7. Hedy Lamarr's Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark and Katy Wu (Sterling Children's Books, February 2019)
  8. Dogs and their People by Anne Lambelet (Page Street Kids, June 2019)

August 3, 2019

Crushes of the Week: July 28-August 3, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English and Javaka Steptoe (Clarion Books, June 2019)
  2. Darwin's Tree of Life by Michael Bright and Margaux Carpentier (Crocodile Books, July 2019)
  3. My Fairy Library by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Laurence King Publishing, July 2019)
  4. Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris and LeUyen Pham (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 2019)
  5. Ancient Wonders by Iris Volant and Avalon Nuovo (Flying Eye Books, July 2019)
  6. The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature by Hal Johnson and Tim Sievert (Workman Publishing Company, September 2019)
  7. Bird Count by Susan Edwards Richmond and Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Peachtree Publishing Company, October 2019)
  8. I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson and Ross Collins (Scholastic Press, July 2019)

August 1, 2019


Thao Lam's brilliant new book My Cat Looks Like My Dad emphasizes the idea that family is what you make of it.

July 30, 2019

July 27, 2019

Crushes of the Week: July 21-27, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare (Margaret Ferguson Books, May 2019)
  2. Truman by Jean Reidy and Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 2019)
  3. Good Night, Wind: A Yiddish Folktale by Linda Elovitz Marshall and Maelle Doliveux (Holiday House, February 2019)
  4. Tony T-Rex's Family Album: A Dinosaur Family History by Rob Hodgson and Mike Benton (Thames & Hudson, May 2019)
  5. Stop! Bot! by James Yang (Viking Books for Young Readers, July 2019)
  6. Hide and Seek by Katie May Green (Candlewick, July 2019)