November 29, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #232: Sam Winston

I'm so excited to present my interview with Sam Winston here today! Sam's work lives at the intersection of two heavily-connected worlds, fine art and language, and he expertly combines his two passions in his author-illustrator debut One & Everything. I'll let the art and language expert do the show-and-telling from here!

November 28, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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November 21, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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November 19, 2022

Crushes of the Week: November 13-19, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. The Best Kind of Mooncake by Pearl Auyeung (Page Street Kids, October 2022)
  2. Monsters Go by Daisy Hirst (Candlewick Press, October 2022)
  3. The Coat by Séverine Vidal and Louis Thomas (Flyaway Books, October 2022)
  4. If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira and Irena Freitas (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, August 2022)
  5. A Person Can Be... by Kerri Kokias and Carey Sookocheff (Kids Can Press, October 2022)
  6. That's My Sweater! by Jessika Von Innerebner (Dial Books, October 2022)
  7. Quacks Like a Duck by Stephanie Campisi and Maria Lebedeva (Familius, October 2022)
  8. The Sound of Letters by Jeanne Boyer and Julien Billaudeau (Little Gestalten, November 2022)
  9. Van Dog by Mikolaj Pa and Gosia Herba (Milky Way Picture Books, November 2022)

November 17, 2022


What Are Words, Really? by Alexi Lubomirski and Carlos Aponte explores the power of words and how the right words can change the world.

November 15, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #231: Cat Min

I am so grateful I had a chance to talk to author-illustrator Cat Min about The Little Toymaker! This is Cat's second  book—her debut was Shy Willow—so it was such a pleasure catching her at what I know is going to be a long and illustrious career as a picture book creator! Enjoy!

November 14, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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November 12, 2022

Crushes of the Week: November 6-12, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Party Pooper by Huw Lewis Jones and Ben Sanders (Thames & Hudson, October 2022)
  2. Shoham's Bangle by Sarah Sassoon and Noa Kelner (Kar-Ben Publishing, November 2022)
  3. The Lights That Dance in the Night by Yuval Zommer (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, November 2022)
  4. A Head Full of Birds by Alexandra Garibal and Sibylle Delacroix and translated by Vineet Lal (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, October 2022)
  5. Calling the Wind: A Story of Healing and Hope by Trudy Ludwig and Kathryn Otoshi (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 2022)
  6. A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and Brandon James Scott (Hippo Park, November 2022)
  7. Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Salini Perera (Owlkids, October 2022)

November 10, 2022


Shu Lin's Grandpa by Matt Goodfellow and Yu Rong sweetly demonstrates the power of art to transcend language and cultural barriers.

November 8, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #230: Jed Alexander

Jed Alexander's wordless book Red has been on my list of favorite Red Riding Hood books since it published, so when I heard that he was publishing a companion book, Gold, I was very keen to talk to him and learn more about his process. I hope you enjoy learning about these wordless books (and what Jed has in store for us next!).

November 7, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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November 5, 2022

Crushes of the Week: October 30-November 5, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. My Name Is Not Ed Tug by Amy Nielander (West Margin Press, October 2022)
  2. Wonderful Hair: The Beauty of Annie Malone by Eve Nadel Catarevas and Felicia Marshall (Creston Books, October 2022)
  3. Madani's Best Game by Fran Pintadera and Raquel Catalina and translated by Lawrence Schimel (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, October 2022)
  4. Full of Life: Exploring Earth's Biodiversity by Isabel Thomas and Sara Gillingham (Phaidon Press, October 2022)
  5. Night Runners by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood Books, October 2022)
  6. How to Draw a Happy Cat by Ethan T. Berlin and Jimbo Matison (Hippo Books, October 2022)
  7. Something Great by Jeanette Bradley (Levine Querido, October 2022)
  8. The Thirteenth Piglet by Andrée Poulin and Martina Tonello (Milky Way Picture Books, October 2022)

November 1, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #229: Kailin Duan

I am hugely grateful that I had a chance to chat with Kailin Duan about her picture book Nine Color Deer, translated by Jeremy Tiang. The story in Nine Color Deer was adapted from a thousands-year-old Buddhist tale found on the walls of the Mogao caves in China. Kailin's narrative stays true to these paintings, highlighting the importance of being kind and gracious and even going so far as to having artwork that evokes the same style as the original cave images. Come check out Kailin's process for interpreting this old with a modern look!