July 23, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #115: Ricardo Cortés

In 1980, "Party" first appeared as a short story in The New Yorker. It told tale of three girls attending a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Nancy Drew book. Ricardo Cortés adapted Kincaid's story in Party: A Mystery, but like the original tale, it's still up to readers to decide what happens. Take a closer look at Ricardo's process below.

July 20, 2019

Crushes of the Week: July 14-20, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Mira's Curly Hair by Maryam Al Serkal and Rebeca Luciani (Lantana Publishing, April 2019)
  2. Two Brothers, Four Hands by Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan, and Hadley Hooper (Neal Porter Books, April 2019)
  3. Get Me Out of This Book: Rules and Tools for Being Brave by Deborah Cholette, Kalli Dakos, and Sara Infante (Holiday House, June 2019)
  4. I Am So Clever by Mario Ramos (Gecko Press, April 2019)
  5. The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer (Thames & Hudson, June 2019)
  6. A Taste of the World: What People Eat and How They Celebrate Around the Globe by Beth Walrond (Little Gestalten, August 2019)

July 18, 2019

Casewrap Reveals

Here's a fun reminder that I do casewrap reveals: I posted a bunch last night! To see them all (and to see all of the reveals I've done thus far), click on "Casewrap Reveals" above, or click here.

July 16, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators # 114: Hervé Tullet

Hervé Tullet's name has essentially become synonymous with interactive children's books. Each book he creates is more than a story between two boards: it's an experience to savor. His latest book I Have an Idea! is no exception, and I was thrilled to catch Hervé for a bit to talk to him about his career so far and how he comes up with his engaging books for children.

July 13, 2019

Crushes of the Week: July 7-13, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 2019)
  2. Home Is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard and Chris Sasaki (Neal Porter Books, April 2019)
  3. Let's Scare Bear by Yuko Katakawa (Holiday House, July 2019 )
  4. My Little Ocean (A Natural World Board Book) by Katrin Wiehle (HMH Books for Young Readers, June 2019)
  5. Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, September 2019)
  6. At the Stroke of Goodnight by Clay Rice (Familius, August 2019)
  7. King Leonard's Teddy by Phoebe Swan (Child's Play International, May 2019)
  8. Maya and the Lost Cat by Caroline Magerl (Candlewick, May 2019)

July 10, 2019

Lorena Alvarez (The Children's Book Podcast #519)

Today I'm over at The Children's Book Podcast talking to Lorena Alvarez about the second comic i the Nightlights trilogy Hicotea! You can listen by clicking below, but make sure you head over to Matthew's site for show notes and more about the series!

July 9, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #113: Jen Corace

I felt so lucky to catch up with illustrator Jen Corace about her newest book Small World, written by Ishta Mercurio. Jen adds layers of wonder, color, and geometry into every poetic word written by Mercurio, and it's hard not to spend hours looking at each individual spread. Needless to say, this book is pretty special, so I'll let Jen take the conversation from here. 

June 29, 2019

Crushes of the Week: June 23-29, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook Press, April 2019)
  2. The Secret Lives of Unicorns by Dr. Temisa Seraphini and Sophie Robin (Flying Eye Books, April 2019)
  3. The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Sterling Children's Books, May 2019)
  4. Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis (Neal Porter Books, March 2019)
  5. Aalfred and Aalbert by Morag Hood (Peachtree Publishing Company, September 2019)
  6. Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids by Elizabeth Haidle (HMH Books for Young Readers, May 2019)
  7. Yellow Yellow by Mark Alan Stamaty and Frank Asch (Enfant, May 2019) 
  8. Sun by Alison Oliver (Clarion Books, June 2019)

June 26, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #112: Daniel Egnéus

I was lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Athens-based illustrator Daniel Egnéus about his illustration process for Lubna and Pebble. I've been a long time fan of Daniel's work since I saw his adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood back in 2011, so it was an extra special treat to talk to Daniel about his work in children's literature, specifically with a text designed to raise awareness of the refugee crisis. I hope you find our conversation insightful and thoughtful. 

June 20, 2019


Inside Outside by Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui is a wordless meditation on the concept of "inside" and "outside."

June 18, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #111: Cindy Derby

It was downright delightful getting to know up-and-coming picture book creator Cindy Derby. Cindy released two books in March: her author-illustrator debut How to Walk an Antand Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children, written by Shannon Brammer. Cindy's process is fascinating, so let's get right to it! And don't worry: only 3 ants were harmed in the production of this interview.

June 15, 2019

Crushes of the Week: June 9-15, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Paws and Edward by Espen Dekko and Mari Kanstad Johnsen (Kids Can Press, May 2019)
  2. Side by Side: A Celebration of Dads by Chris Raschka (Phaidon Press, March 2019)
  3. A Mouse Called Julian by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books, April 2019)
  4. One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read (Peachtree Publishing Company, October 2019)
  5. The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House Books for Young Readers, August 2019)
  6. Fish Everywhere by Britta Teckentrup (Big Picture Press, May 2019)
  7. My Footprints by Bao Phi and Basia Tran (Capstone Editions, September 2019)

June 13, 2019


I was smitten with Marthe Jocelyn's wordless board book One Yellow Ribbon from the moment I saw it.

June 11, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #110: Stephen Savage

As a huge fan of wordless picture books, I was thrilled to get the chance to talk to Stephen Savage about Sign Off. Stephen has created many creative and funny books for children, including his wordless duo Where’s Walrus? and Where’s Walrus? And Penguin?. It comes as no surprise that Sign Off follows in the same humorous vein as Stephen's other stories, but the life-altering impact of this particular book is clear: you won't see mundane road signs the same way again!

June 10, 2019

The Children's Book Podcast Round-Up

I've been super busy working on some projects, so I've been remiss in sharing that I've been continuing my podcast interviews on The Children's Book Podcast with Matthew Winner. Every book featured is hugely important to me, so it's basically a dream come true to talk to their creators. You can catch up below!


June 6, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #109: Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus

Originally published in Norway as "Sinna Mann" in 2003, Angry Man published here in the United States in March. You can read more about the inception of the book below, but the book was designed to be a tool used by culture centers and therapists to address the topic of domestic violence with their patrons and patients. I had a chance to talk to the wife-husband team behind the book, poet Gro Dahle and artist Svein Nyhus, who generously took time to talk about what is essentially a 16-year-old book by now. You should take a look at all of the foreign language editions here after you read the interview – it's pretty impressive with them all laid out! But for now, here's my conversation with Gro and Svein.

June 1, 2019

Crushes of the Week: May 26 - June 1, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Vroom! by Barbara McClintock (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), July 2019)
  2. Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures Dwell by Lisa Mundorff (Feiwel & Friends, June 2019)
  3. Chirri & Chirra, Underground by Kaya Doi and David Boyd (Enchanted Lion Books, June 2019)
  4. Night Windows by Aart Jan Venema (Cicada Books, April 2019)
  5. The Tallest Tree House by Elly MacKay (Running Press Kids, April 2019)
  6. Leyla by Galia Bernstein (Harry N. Abrams, May 2019)
  7. Lion and Mouse by Jairo Buitrago, Rafael Yockteng, and Eliza Amado (Groundwood Books, May 2019)

May 25, 2019

Crushes of the Week: May 19-25, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks by Evan Turk (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 2019)
  2. Community Soup by Alma Fullerton (Pajama Press, January 2019)
  3. I Love My Colorful Nails by Alicia Acosta, Luis Amavisca, and Gusti (Nubeocho, April 2019)
  4. The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up by Hyeon-Ju Lee (Feiwel & Friends, April 2019)
  5. Everyone Walks Away by Eva Lindstrom (Gecko Press, May 2019)
  6. Sock Story by Ck Smouha and Eleonora Marton (Cicada Books, April 2019)
  7. She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World by Kathy MacMillan, Manuela Bernardi, and Kathrin Honesta (Familius, March 2019)