July 25, 2020

Crushes of the Week: July 19-25, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. Chia and the Fox Man: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable by Barbara J Atwater, Ethan J Atwater and Mindy Dwyer (Alaska Northwest Books, March 2020)
  2. Goddesses and Heroines: Women of Myth and Legend by Xanthe Gresham-Knight and Alice Pattullo (Thames & Hudson, June 2020)
  3. Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean's Biggest Secret by Jess Keating and Katie Hickey (Tundra Books, June 2020)
  4. The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan by Amy Alznauer and Daniel Miyares (Candlewick Press, April 2020)
  5. Two Dogs on a Trike by Gabi Snyder and Robin Rosenthal (Harry N. Abrams, May 2020)

July 21, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #150: Cinta Arribas

Today I'm talking to Spanish illustrator Cinta Arribas, whose illustrations in Naomi Danis' My Best Friend, Sometimes are equal parts funny and relatable. This is the same duo who created I Hate Everyone two years ago, and it was such a pleasure to catch Cinta to discuss her uniquely bubbly and energetic illustration style with this new book. Enjoy!

July 18, 2020

Crushes of the Week: July 12-18, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Michele Wood (Candlewick Press, April 2020)
  2. Izzy and Frank by Katrina Lehman and Sophie Beer (Scribble Us, July 2020)
  3. Sloth Went by Adam Lehrhaupt and Benson Shum (Bloomsbury Publishing, June 2020)
  4. The Fort by Laura Perdew and Adelina Lirius (Page Street Kids, April 2020)
  5. Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane by Kirsten W. Larson and Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek Books, February 2020)
  6. Cannonball by Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, June 2020)

July 16, 2020


From My Window by Otávio Júnior and Vanina Starkoff chronicles Otávio's personal experiences of growing up in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

July 14, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #149: Stacy Innerst

I was thrilled to get a chance to chat with illustrator Stacy Innerst about his unique illustrations for Claudia Friddell's Saving Lady Liberty: Joseph Pulitzer's Fight for the Statue of Liberty. Stacy's children's book work is always a product of intense research and what can only be described as method-arting: no one commits to a medium like Stacy! Check out his process below.

July 9, 2020


How the Stars Came to Be by Poonam Mistry tells the magical story of why we have stars in our sky.

July 7, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #148: Ellen Rooney

I was lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Ellen Rooney about her illustration technique for Grandmother School, written by Rina Singh. Ellen has a lot of projects out this year, so it was fascinating to talk about how her process depends on the manuscript and to get a closer look at how she customizes each new book. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

July 2, 2020


Ambush by Hongcheng Yu is the story of a feud between two warlords during the Qin Empire.