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.

April 4, 2019


Trees: A Rooted History by Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski is far more than a simple catalog of tree classifications.

April 3, 2019

#kidlitpicks March Round-Up: 12 Magical Reads

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” —Albus Dumbledore.

Books are truly magical objects that can transport us into a whole other world without us ever having to leave the comfort of our chair! And in children's books that magic is all the more powerful. With characters that children connect with, stories that lift you into an adventure, illustrations that create a whole other world, picture books and children's novels capture the imagination like no other. Sometimes books which create magic aren't always the ones you expect because it's in the sharing of the story that the magic comes to life. This month we are looking for a little spark of magic! Share with us the books that have worked a little magic in your home with your children. They might not be the most beautiful, or the most well-known but if they have sparked magic in your heart then they are truly special books and need to be shared.

March meant magic for the @kidlitpicks book club, and our theme was chosen by Kim from BookBairn!

April 2, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #104: Joanne Chan & Amanda Uhle

A few months ago I wrote about Illustoria, a print magazine full of DIY crafts, art, comics, and more. You can read that post here, but I'm talking about it again today because Illustoria's Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Joanne Chan announced last week that the magazine will now be published by McSweeney's, a boutique publisher located in San Francisco, California. This is exciting news, so I caught up with Joanne and McSweeney's Executive Director Amanda Uhle to talk about what's in store for Illustoria.