May 18, 2019

Crushes of the Week: May 12-18, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Blooming Beneath the Sun by Christina Rossetti and Ashley Bryan (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, April 2019)
  2. You Are Light by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Studio, March 2019)
  3. Daniel's Good Day by Micha Archer (Nancy Paulsen Books, May 2019)
  4. Teddy: The Remarkable Tale of a President, a Cartoonist, a Toymaker and a Bear by James Sage and Lisk Feng (Kids Can Press, May 2019)
  5. The Invisible Garden by Valerie Picard and Marianne Ferrer (Orca Book Publishers, April 2019)
  6. How to Light Your Dragon by Fred Benaglia and Didier Levy (Thames & Hudson, June 2019)
  7. Adopting a Dinosaur by Jose Carlos Andres and Ana Sanfelippo (Nubeocho, June 2019)
  8. Pedro's Pan: A Gold Rush Story by Matthew Lasley and Jacob Souva (Alaska Northwest Books, February 2019)

May 14, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #108: Rowboat Watkins

It was such a treat chatting with Rowboat Watkins about his latest picture book Most Marshmallows. And I'm not just saying "treat" because the main characters are made from real-life marshmallows but because Rowboat is an absolute pleasure to try to unravel. Enjoy our chat!

May 11, 2019

Crushes of the Week: May 5-11, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas and Merce Lopez (Millbrook Press, April 2019)
  2. The Tide by Clare Helen Welsh and Ashling Lindsay (Tiger Tales, April 2019)
  3. Nature All Around: Trees by Pamela Hickman and Carolyn Gavin (Kids Can Press, April 2019)
  4. A Book About Whales by Andrea Antinori (Abrams Books for Young Readers, May 2019)
  5. Kahlo's Koalas: 1, 2, 3, Count Art with Me by Grace Helmer (Andrews McMeel Publishing, April 2019)
  6. Mom Loves Little Jumbo: Hello, I am Jumbo by Yasushi Muraki (minedition, May 2019)
  7. Norm by Sylvia Liang (Thames & Hudson, May 2019)

May 7, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #107: Zeke Peña

I am super excited to present my interview with award winning illustrator Zeke Peña about My Papi Has a Motorcyclehis latest collaboration with author Isabel Quintero. I was immediately drawn to this book because of its graphic novel elements, and it was a pleasure picking Zeke's brain about how he utilizes those elements within a picture book format. 

May 4, 2019

Crushes of the Week: April 28-May 4, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. A Children's Book of Demon by Aaron Leighton (Koyama Press, July 2019)
  2. Let's Learn Japanese: First Words for Everyone by Aurora Cacciapuoti (Chronicle Books, March 2019)
  3. Red Light, Green Lion by Candace Ryan and Jennifer Yerkes (Kids Can Press, May 2019)
  4. The Little Pink Rosebud by Jennifer Shand, Sally Garland, and Sara Cone Bryant (Flowerpot Press, March 2019)
  5. The Whale, the Sea and the Stars by Adrián Macho (Floris Books, July 2019)
  6. When the Stars Come Out: Exploring the Magic and Mysteries of the Nighttime by Nicola Edwards and Lucy Cartwright (360 Degrees, March 2019)
  7. Perfectly Polite Penguins by Georgiana Deutsch and Ekaterina Trukhan (Tiger Tales, April 2019)

April 27, 2019

Crushes of the Week: April 21-27, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Ida and the Whale by Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger (NorthSouth Books, March 2019)
  2. We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Harry Belafonte (Chronicle Books, May 2019)
  3. My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, April 2019)
  4. The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi, Farshid Mesghali, and Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl Publishing, April 2019)
  5. Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game by Rachel Poliquin and Byron Eggenschwiler (Kids Can Press, May 2019)
  6. The Moon by Hannah Pang and Thomas Hegbrook (360 Degrees, April 2019)
  7. Frankie Frog and the Throaty Croakers by Freya Hartas (Albert Whitman & Company, April 2019)

April 23, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #106: Soyeon Kim

I got a chance to talk to paper cut extraordinaire Soyeon Kim about her newest book You Are Never Alonewritten by Elin Kelsey. I have admired her illustration style for many years, and it was such a pleasure picking her brain about how she makes each new book with Elin feel unique. Enjoy!!

April 20, 2019

Crushes of the Week: April 14-20, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. You Are New by Lucy Knisley (Chronicle Books, March 2019)
  2. Grumpy Duck by Joyce Dunbar and Petr Horáček (Candlewick, March 2019)
  3. Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes by Griffin Ondaatje and Linda Wolfsgruber (NorthSouth Books, April 2019)
  4. Hello, World by Aleksandra Szmidt (Flowerpot Press, March 2019)
  5. One Whole Bunch by Mary Meyer and Sara Gillingham (Cameron Kids, April 2019)
  6. I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Miranda Paul, Baptiste Paul, and Elizabeth Zunon (Millbrook Press, February 2019)
  7. Goodnight, Max the Brave (board book) by Ed Vere (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, May 2019)
  8. Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh and Scott Campbell (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 2019)

April 9, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #105: Kelly Pousette

I caught up with Kelly Pousette, debut illustrator of Little Things. Written by Nick Dyer, Little Things focuses on a young girl who takes time every day to notice the little things around her and appreciate the details. Kelly creates dioramas full of small, paper-cut images with TONS of details. A match made in heaven? I think so!

April 7, 2019


We've all heard about how a baby's growing size can be compared to fruit, but The Fruits of Your Labor: A Baby-Sized Guide to Your Baby's Size by Andrew Tobin might be the cutest representation of the concept ever.

April 6, 2019

Crushes of the Week: March 31-April 6, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Grandpa's Stories by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys (Abrams Books for Young Readers, April 2019)
  2. Otto and Pio by Marianne Dubuc (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2019)
  3. Red Bunny & Yellow Bunny by Claire Garralon (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, March 2019)
  4. Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II by Alexandra Davis and Katie Hickey (Albert Whitman & Company, March 2019)
  5. Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara C. Levine and Masha D'Yans (Millbrook Press, March 2019)
  6. The Cottingley Fairies by Ana Sender (NorthSouth Books, March 2019)
  7. Undercover Ostrich by Joe Kulka (Carolrhoda Books, April 2019)

April 5, 2019

First Friday 5: April 2019

I'm back after a small comics break, and I've decided to change things up with First Friday 5. Rather than picking a theme, I'm going to keep it simple and simply pick five comics I'm enjoying. They have all recently published or will publish in April.