February 27, 2021

Crushes of the Week: February 21-27, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar (Candlewick Press, November 2020)
  2. It's So Quiet: A Not-Quite-Going-To-Bed Book by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tony Fucile (Chronicle Books, February 2021)
  3. My Monsterpiece by Amalia Hoffman (Yeehoo Press, March 2021)
  4. Chicks Rock! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Renée Kurilla (Abrams Books for Young Readers, March 2021)
  5. Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle: A Hatchling's Daring Race to the Sea by Kelly Jordan and Sally Walker (Page Street Kids, March 2021)
  6. The Twin Dogs by Chihiro Inoue (Tate Publishing, March 2021)

February 25, 2021


Sato the Rabbit is the first in a trilogy from Japanese children's book creator Yuki Ainoya, and it serves as a lovely and heart-warming introduction to the series.

February 23, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #169: Julia Kuo

I am so pleased to share my conversation with Julia Kuo today! Julia is the illustrator I Dream of Popo, written by Livia Blackburne, and even if you haven't had the exact same experiences as the characters, it's easy to connect with this story right now. In a time when everyone is forced to be socially distant, this book helps readers find ways of connecting with loved ones across long distances and staying positive. Enjoy our chat!

February 20, 2021

Crushes of the Week: February 14-20, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Chickenology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia by Barbara Sandri, Francesco Giubbilini, and Camilla Pintonato (Princeton Architectural Press, February 2021)
  2. Honeybee: The Busy Life of APIs Mellifera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann (Neal Porter Books, February 2020)
  3. Road Trip! a Whiskers Hollow Adventure by Steve Light (Candlewick Press, February 2021)
  4. Miki Gets Dressed by Stephanie Babin and Julie Mercier (Twirl, February 2021)
  5. There Is a Rainbow by Grant Snider and Theresa Trinder (Chronicle Books, January 2021)
  6. A Night at the Farm: A Bedtime Party by Chelsea Cates and Quinn Metal Corbin (Running Kids Press, February 2021)
  7. Oh So Kind! by Joy Cho and Angie Stalker (Cartwheel Books, December 2020)

February 18, 2021


Surprise! Slide and Play Shapes by Elsa Fouquier is a clever, tactile board book where there are no wrong answers!

February 16, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #168: Hyewon Yum

Hope Lim's I Am a Bird, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, is a beautifully expressive book that captures the importance of embracing similarities and giving strangers a chance. I hope you enjoy my interview with Hyewon, whose illustrations bring this beautiful story to life!

February 13, 2021

Crushes of the Week: February 7-13, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. My Tickle Toes (Together Time Books) by Carolina Búzio (Cartwheel Books, October 2020)
  2. Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman and Miren Asiain Lora (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, February 2021)
  3. Wolfboy by Andy Harkness (Bloomsbury Publishing, February 2021)
  4. The Secret Fawn by Kallie George and Elly MacKay (Tundra Books, February 2021)
  5. Turn Seek Find: Habitats by Ben Newman (Twirl, February 2021)
  6. If Winter Comes, Tell It I'm Not Here by Simona Ciraolo (Candlewick Press, October 2020)

February 11, 2021


Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D Williams and Jacqueline Alcántara is the story of Zora Neale Hurston's perseverance and positivity in the face of adversity.

February 9, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #167: Estelí Meza

I was so excited to talk to award-winning Mexican illustrator Estelí Meza about her author debut Finding Home! Estelí's illustrations are bright and welcoming, and like the book, our conversation is a real treat. I hope you enjoy!

February 6, 2021

Crushes of the Week: January 31-February 6, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Curls by Ruth Forman and Geneva Bowers (Little Simon, December 2020)
  2. Perfectly Imperfect Stories by Leo Potion and Ana Strumpf (Laurence King, February 2021)
  3. Standing on Her Shoulders by Monica Clark-Robinson and Laura Freeman (Orchard, February 2021)
  4. Little Kid, Big City!: New York by Beth Beckman and Holley Maher (Quirk, February 2021)
  5. We Adopted a Baby Lamb by Lori Joy Smith (Tundra Books, February 20201)
  6. My Red Hat by Rachel Stubbs (Candlewick Press, February 2021)

February 4, 2021


Gideon Sterer and Mariachiara Di Giorgio's wordless The Midnight Fair is a breathtaking nocturnal adventure.

February 2, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #166: Peter Sís

I'm so proud to kick off a new year of interviews with three-time Caldecott honoree and Sibert winner Peter Sís about his newest book Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued. This is a story close to my own heart, and it was an honor to talk to Peter about what the story means to him. I hope you enjoy.