September 27, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #226: Chris Raschka

It took way too long, but I finally got a chance to talk to Chris Raschka about his illustration career! Today we're focusing on his latest picture book Yellow Dog Blues, written by Alice Faye Duncan, which might just be his most uniquely-illustrated book yet. Come take a closer look with me!


September 26, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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September 24, 2022

Crushes of the Week: September 18-24, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Patti at the Music Shop by Vítězslav Mecner (Albatros Media, September 2022)
  2. Get Together by Miguel Ordoñez (Rise X Penguin Workshop, December 2021)
  3. The Forgettery by Rachel Ip and Laura Hughes (Dean Publications, September 2022)
  4. Finding Fire by Logan S. Kline (Candlewick Press, September 2022)
  5. Three Little Vikings by Bethan Woollvin (Peachtree Publishers, August 2022
  6. So Many Kisses! by Alexandra Garibal (Twirl, September 2022)
  7. Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head by Jeanne Walker Harvey and Diana Toledano (Beach Lane Books, September 2022)
  8. Where in the World Are You? Marie G. Rohde (What on Earth Books, September 2022)
  9. Come on in: There's a Party in This Book! by Jamie Michalak and Sabine Timm (Hippo Park, September 2022)
        

September 20, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #225: Isabel Roxas

I finally, finally got to talk to my friend Isabel Roxas! We talked about her newest illustration work on Sophia N Lee's picture book Holding On, as well as how her picture book work differs from her comic book work. It was a blast to talk to her, I hope you enjoy our chat!


September 19, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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September 17, 2022

Crushes of the Week: September 11-17, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. The Last Rainbow Bird by Nora Brech and Polly Lawson (Floris Books, September 2022)
  2. Over and Under the Waves by Kate Messner and Christopher Neal (Chronicle Books, September 2022)
  3. Clover by Nadine Robert and Qin Leng (Milky Way Picture Books, September 2022)
  4. Skeletina and the In-Between World by Susie Jaramillo (Roaring Brook Press, September 2022)
  5. One Sky by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Studio, September 2022)
  6. The Happiest Lion Cub by Oleksandr Shatokhin and Zenia Tompkins (Red Comet Press, September 2022)
     

September 13, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #224: Kalila J. Fuller

I got a chance to talk to illustrator Kalila J. Fuller recently about her illustration process for Finding My Dance, written by Ria Thundercloud. It's always tricky to illustrate someone else's story, but you wouldn't know it when chatting with Kalila, who does it beautifully and (seemingly) effortlessly. Enjoy our conversation below!


September 12, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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September 10, 2022

Crushes of the Week: September 4-10, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. The Secret of the Plátano by Luz Maria Mack and Stephany Mesa (Soaring Kite Books, September 2022)
  2. Iceberg: A Life in Seasons by Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft (Groundwood Books, September 2022)
  3. Penguin and Penelope by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury Publishing, September 2022)
  4. The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster! by Mo Willems (Union Square Kids, September 2022)
  5. Doggie by Nancy Armo (Clavis, June 2022)
  6. Big Bear and Little Fish by Sandra Nickel and Il Sung Na (Carolrhoda Books, September 2022)
  7. The Ugly Place by Laura Deal and Emma Pedersen (Inhabit Media, September 2022)
      

September 8, 2022

Favorite Graphic Novels

It only took me two years, but I fixed my page of Favorite Graphic Novels! Check it out here and let me know which are your favorites (and which ones I need to read ASAP!)


September 5, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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September 3, 2022

Crushes of the Week: August 28-September 3, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. A Dream of Birds by Shenaz Patel, Emmanuelle Tchoukriel, and Edwige-Renée Dro (Amazon Crossing Kids, August 2022)
  2. House Finds a Home by Katy Duffield and Jen Corace (Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2022)
  3. Told and Retold: Around the World with Aesop's Fables by Holly Berry (Philomel Books, August 2022)
  4. The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos and Gaby D'Alessandro (Kokila, June 2022)
  5. Brown Is Warm, Black Is Bright by Sarah L. Thomson and Keith Mallett (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, August 2022)
  6. Becoming Blue by Ellen Tarlow and Julien Chung (Beach Lane Books, August 2022)
  7. Anni Dreams of Biryani by Namita Moolani Mehra and Chaaya Prabhat (Two Lions, September 2022)
 
 
    

August 30, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #223: Freya Hartas

I was so thrilled to catch up with illustrator Freya Hartas about her Slow Down series, written by Rachel Williams, including today's board book release Slow Down…On Your Doorstep. I hope you enjoy taking a deeper look at this contemplative series with me!


August 29, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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August 23, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #222: Kristen Balouch

I am so excited to present my chat with Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award winner Kristen Balouch about her picture book Mystery Bottle. Kristen's book is sweet and evergreen in message: love has no borders! Enjoy our conversation.


August 16, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #221: Nina Laden

I have absolutely fallen in love with author-illustrator Nina Laden's newest project The Trainbow! This book is on two of my favorites lists––board books and leporellos––so you know when I had the chance to chat with Nina about it, I took it immediately. Enjoy a peek at this beautifully-designed treasure of a book!


August 15, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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August 13, 2022

Crushes of the Week: August 7-13, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Tomatoes in My Lunchbox by Costantia Manoli and Magdalena Mora (Roaring Brook Press, June 2022)
  2. I Caught a Rainbow by Danielle Chaperon and Nathalie Dion (Milky Way Picture Books, August 2022)
  3. Hattie Hates Hugs by Sarah Hovorka and Heather Brockman Lee (Beaming Books, April 2022)
  4. So Not Ghoul by Karen Yin and Bonnie Lui (Page Street Kids, August 2022)
  5. The Secret Life of Butterflies by Roger Vila and Rena Ortega (Thames & Hudson, August 2022)