August 11, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #152: Jess X Snow

Today I am thrilled to share my conversation with Asian-American filmmaker, muralist, and poet Jess X Snow, illustrator of The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho. It was fascinating to learn about how Jess' cinematography and muralist experiences bled over into creating the illustrations in the book, and even more interesting to hear about how Jess employed a whole team of researchers and assistants to aid in ensuring the visual accuracy the lesser known Haenyeo culture. Enjoy the conversation!

August 8, 2020

Crushes of the Week: August 2-8, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky (Kokila, June 2020)
  2. When Emily Was Small by Lauren Soloy (Tundra Books, June 2020)
  3. Nola's Scribbles Save the Day by Cristina Lalli (Page Street Kids, June 2020)
  4. Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse by TL McBeth (Henry Holt & Company, August 2020)
  5. The Wolf and the Fly by Antje Damm (Gecko Press, August 2020)
  6. Pop-Up Volcano! by Fleur Daugey and Tom Vaillant (Thames & Hudson, August 2020)
  7. Weekend Dad by Naseem Hrab and Frank Viva (Groundwood Books, August 2020)

August 6, 2020


What I Like Most by Mary Murphy and Zhu Cheng-Liang celebrates the joys of the little things in life, all of which serve to strengthen the bond between mother and child.

August 4, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #151: Natalie Nelson

I have been following Natalie Nelson's career for a few years (I am a collage girl at heart!), but when I saw that she was releasing her author debut, I knew that now was the perfect time to catch her and chat about her process! Natalie's author debut is called Holiday! and it's equal parts funny and beautifully designed. Come take a look at how Natalie made the book and peek at what she has in store for readers next! 

August 1, 2020

Crushes of the Week: July 26-August 1, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliot and Noa Denmon (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, July 2020)
  2. Ray by Marianna Coppo (Tundra Books, May 2020)
  3. Catch That Chicken! by Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank (Candlewick Press, July 2020)
  4. Dusk Explorers by Lindsay Leslie and Ellen Rooney (Page Street Kids, June 2020)
  5. Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali and Rahele Jomepour Bell (Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You, June 2020)
  6. A Little Space for Me by Jennifer Gray Olson (Roaring Brook Press, July 2020)
  7. Seagulls Soar by April Pulley Sayre and Kasia Bogdanska (Boyds Mills Press, April 2020)
  8. Only the Cat Saw by Ashley Wolff (Beach Lane Books, June 2020)