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

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!

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

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!

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)

August 11, 2022

Favorite Laser Cut Books


Some books have pages or portions of pages with intricately-cut shapes. The process of creating these decorative contours is called laser cutting, which is exactly what it sounds like: a precision laser vaporizes any material (in this case, paper) within the negative space of the image. These laser cuts are especially common in pop-up books and carousel books to provide an extra layer of depth to the images.

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August 9, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #220: Tania de Regil

I was so excited to catch up with author-illustrator Tania de Regil to learn about her newest picture book Something about Grandmaalso publishing simultaneously in Spanish as Un Verano Especial Con La Abuela. This is such a heart-warming book, and I'm so glad to share Tania's experience creating this book with you all! Happy reading!

August 8, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!

August 6, 2022

Crushes of the Week: July 31-August 6, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Do You Want a Hug? by Olivia Cosneau and Bernard Duisit (Thames & Hudson, August 2022)
  2. Skater Cielo by Rachel Katstaller (Orchard Books, August 2022)
  3. God's Holy Darkness by Sharei Green, Beckah Selnick, and Nikki Faison (Beaming Books, August 2022)
  4. Nana, Nenek, & Nina by Liza Ferneyhough (Dial Books, August 2022)
  5. Pizza!: A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli (Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2022)

August 4, 2022


Pina by Elif Yemenici is a unique story about a not-so unique feeling: social anxiety.

August 2, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #219: Chiara Fedele

I was lucky to get a chance to chat with multi-award winning Italian illustrator Chiara Fedele about her illustration processes for The Stars Will Be My Nightlight: A Sukkot Story, written by Jen Halpern. I hope you enjoy our chat!

August 1, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!