February 15, 2020

Crushes of the Week: February 9-15, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. No More Naps!: A Story for When You're Wide-Awake and Definitely NOT Tired by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books for Young Readers, February 2020)
  2. Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip by Sarah Glenn Marsh and Gilbert Ford (Henry Holt and Co., February 2020)
  3. One Mean Ant by Arthur Yorinks and Sergio Ruzzier (Candlewick, February 2020)
  4. Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson (Two Lions, February 2020)
  5. Garden Jungle by Hélène Druvert (Thames & Hudson, February 2020)
  6. August the Tiger by Marieke Van Ditshuizen (Crocodile Books, October 2019)
  7. Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats by Kimberlie Hamilton (Scholastic Nonfiction, November 2019)

February 13, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #131: Pete Oswald

I caught up with Pete Oswald to talk to him about Hike, his first solo picture book. This nearly-wordless wonder prompts readers to take in nature's beauty, and it truly encourages them to reflect on the idea that the longest, hardest journeys are often the most valuable ones. I hope you enjoy our chat!

February 11, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #130: Miren Asiain Lora

I was so excited to connect with Miren Asiain Lora, illustrator of Daniel Nesquens' A Good Day. Miren's sense of space throughout the book is impressive to say the least, but it's her gentle gouache illustrations that truly captured my heart. Take a look at our conversation below.

February 8, 2020

Crushes of the Week: February 2-8, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o and Vashti Harrison (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, October 2019)
  2. Child of St Kilda by Beth Waters (Child's Play International, September 2019)
  3. On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Berne and Becca Stadtlander (Chronicle Books, February 2020)
  4. Gus and the Greatest Catch of All by Victoria Cossack (Page Street Kids, October 2019)
  5. Ho'onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale and Mika Song (Tundra Books, October 2019)
  6. Where Are You Now? by Tyler Clark Burke (Owlkids, October 2019)
  7. Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan and Bao Luu (Charlesbridge, January 2020)

February 6, 2020


Our Rainbow is a board book celebration of pride.

February 4, 2020


Dandelion's Dream by Yoko Tanaka wordlessly tells the story of one little dandelion-turned-lion's journey to self-actualization.

February 1, 2020

Crushes of the Week: January 26-February 1, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. All Colors by Amalia Hoffman (Schiffer Publishing, October 2019)
  2. Sean Awesome: The Dog Next Door: The Dog Next Door by Jiwon Hwang and Sung Hong (Simply Read Books, November 2019)
  3. The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera (Holiday House, October 2019)
  4. The Ball Book: Footballs, Meatballs, Eyeballs & More Balls! by Joshua David Stein and Marcus Oakley (Phaidon Press, September 2019)
  5. The Finger and the Nose by Paula Merlan and Gomez (Nubeocho, October 2019)
  6. A Walk Through Nature by Libby Walden and Clover Robin (360 Degrees, September 2019)
  7. Gus and the Greatest Catch of All by Victoria Cossack (Page Street Kids, October 2019)

January 28, 2020


Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes is celebratory, historically-rooted poetry about Black representation in America.

January 25, 2020

Crushes of the Week: January 19-25, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. The Button Book by Sally Nicholls and Bethan Woollvin (Tundra Books, January 2020)
  2. The Ranger by Nancy Vo (Groundwood Books, August 2019)
  3. Thanku: Poems of Gratitude by Miranda Paul and Marlena Myles (Millbrook Press, September 2019)
  4. Kai and the Monkey King (Brownstone's Mythical Collection #3) by Joe Todd Stanton (Flying Eye Books, October 2019)
  5. Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home by Guojing (Schwartz & Wade, September 2019)
  6. The Big Little Thing by Beatrice Alemagna (Tate, October 2019)
  7. Everything You: A Board Book by Elizabeth McPike and Jay Fleck (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), December 2019)
  8. You Loves Ewe! (A Yam and Donkey Book) by Cece Bell (Clarion Books, November 2019)

January 23, 2020


The President of the Jungle by André Rodrigues, Larissa Ribeiro, Paula Desgualdo, and Pedro Markun is a lively primer on electoral democracy.

January 21, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #129: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Get ready, everyone! Today I'm talking to the incredible Vanessa Brantley-Newton about her newest book Just Like Me, which showcases her expertise in using a wide array of mixed media and textures to heighten the overall design of her books. Vanessa took time to chat with me about what it's like to be writing and illustrating books, how her process has evolved, and what she has on the docket next. Enjoy!

January 18, 2020

Crushes of the Week: January 12-18, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. What's Up, Maloo? (Maloo and Friends) by Genevieve Godbout (Tundra Books, January 2020)
  2. Goodnight, Rainbow Cats by Bàrbara Castro Urío (Chronicle Books, November 2019)
  3. Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki (Schwartz & Wade, September 2019)
  4. Freedom Soup by Tami Charles and Jacqueline Alcántara (Candlewick, December 2019)
  5. Ninja Boy's Secret by Tina Schneider (Tuttle Publishing, September 2019)
  6. Ignore the Trolls by Jordan Gershowitz and Sandhya Prabhat (POW!, October 2019)
  7. Can You See Me? by Mikhala Lantz-Simmons and Mohammad Rasoulipour (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2019)
  8. Iced Out by Isabella Bunnell and Ck Smouha (Cicada Books, November 2019)

January 17, 2020


What Color Is Night? by Grant Snider is the ultimate bedtime story.

January 14, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #128: Rachel Wada

I was moved to tears the first time I experienced Heather Smith and Rachel Wada's The Phonebooth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden. I somehow totally missed it when it published last September, so when I saw it later in the year I knew I had to make my interview with illustrator Rachel Wada the first one of 2020. It was a pleasure learning more about the illustrative process behind this beautiful, sobering book. Enjoy.