October 29, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #123: Isabelle Arsenault

It was an honor and a pleasure to talk to Isabelle Arsenault about her newest illustrated book Just Because, written by Mac Barnett. I have long admired Isabelle's ever-evolving style, and I thought Just Because was a perfect way for her to showcase the breadth of her creativity and imagination. I hope you enjoy our chat!

October 26, 2019

Crushes of the Week: October 20-26, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Hilda and the Mountain King: Book 6 by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books, September 2019)
  2. One Is a Lot (Except When It's Not) by Muon Thi Van and Pierre Pratt (Kids Can Press, October 2019)
  3. Ada and the Number-Crunching Machine by Zoë Tucker and Rachel Katstaller (NorthSouth Books, September 2019)
  4. Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 2019)
  5. Shadow by Lucy Christopher and Anastasia Suvorova (Lantana Publishing, October 2019)
  6. Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez and Seng Soun Ratanavanh (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2019)
  7. From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton by Camille Andros and Tessa Blackham (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), October 2019)

October 15, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #122: Paweł Pawlak

I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk to Polish author-illustrator Paweł Pawlak about his illustration and story processes for Oscar Seeks a Friend, a story I knew I would connect to from the cover alone. I dug a little deeper into the design of Paweł's book, and I hope you enjoy the interview!

October 12, 2019

Crushes of the Week: October 6-12, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. The Dark and the Light by Kerstin Hau and Julie Völk (NorthSouth Books, September 2019)
  2. Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel: And Other Poems of Birds in Flight by Susan Vande Griek and Mark Hoffmann (Kids Can Press, September 2019)
  3. My Footprints by Bao Phi and Basia Tran (Capstone Editions, September 2019)
  4. Hello, Dinosaurs! by Sam Boughton (Templar, September 2019)
  5. My Wild Cat by Isabelle Simler (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, September 2019)
  6. Lejos / Far by Juan Felipe Herrera and Blanca Gómez (Candlewick, September 2019)
  7. Be Bold, Baby: J.K. Rowling by Alison Oliver (HMH Books for Young Readers, September 2019)
  8. Old Man of the Sea by Stella Elia and Weberson Santiago (Lantana Publishing, September 2019)
  9. Franklin and Luna and the Book of Fairy Tales by Jen Campbell and Katie Harnett (Thames & Hudson, September 2019)

October 10, 2019


In A Million Dots by Sven Vólker readers count from one to 1,048,576 in dots! 

October 8, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #121: Misa Saburi

I have yet ANOTHER favorite book about cats! But in my defense, this one is so unique and funny. Cats Are a Liquid by Rebecca Donnelly and Misa Saburi takes a very specific look at cat behavior and flexibility, shall we say. I talked to Misa about what it was like to have a dream come true and illustrate this fantastic, as of yet unexplored angle about our favorite felines for young readers. 

October 5, 2019

Crushes of the Week: September 29-October 5, 2019

This week's crushes:
  1. Poop by Poppy Champignon and Mark Hoffmann (Cameron Kids, August 2019)
  2. Helen's Birds by Sara Cassidy and Sophie Casson (Groundwood Books, September 2019)
  3. Paper Mice by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Phoebe Wahl (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, May 2019)
  4. Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders by ICPBS (Candlewick Studio, October 2019)
  5. The ABCs of AOC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from A to Z by Jamia Wilson and Krystal Quiles (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, October 2019)
  6. Animazes: Extraordinary Animal Migrations by Katie Haworth and Melissa Castrillón (Big Picture Press, September 2019)
  7. Alphabet Street by Jonathan Emmett and Ingela P. Arrhenius (Nosy Crow, October 2019)

October 1, 2019

Let's Talk Illustrators #120: Cynthia Alonso

I caught up with Argentinian illustrator Cynthia Alonso about her newest illustrated book The Reader, written by Luciana De Luca. Cynthia pushes color and shape to the limit in The Reader, and the vibrancy and texture of the illustrations really drive home the text's invitation to explore imaginative new worlds. Take a closer look below!