September 29, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #157: Naoko Stoop

I was so excited to talk to Naoko Stoop, illustrator of Yumi Heo's last book Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party. Naoko's illustrations in this book are so sweet and very uniquely made, but I'll let her reveal the details below. Take a closer look at this beautiful book with me!

September 26, 2020

Crushes of the Week: September 20-26, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. Talking Is Not My Thing by Rose Robbins (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, September, 2020)
  2. Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick Press, September 2020)
  3. Probably a Narwhal by Shelley Moore Thomas and Jenn Harney (Boyds Mills Press, September 2020)
  4. You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith (Thames& Hudson, September 2020)
  5. Stay, Little Seed by Cristiana Valentini and Philip Giordano (Greystone Kids, April 2020)
  6. Why Are You So Quiet? by Jaclyn Desforges and Risa Hugo (Annick Press, September 2020)
  7. Duck and Penguin Do Not Like Sleepovers by Julia Woolf (Peachtree Publishing, September 2020)

September 24, 2020


The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story by Thao Lam is another brilliant wordless display of Lam's talents as a paper cut and collage connoisseur.

September 22, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #156: Seng Soun Ratanavanh

I was thrilled to connect with French illustrator Seng Soun Ratanavanh about her illustrations for the third Miyuki picture book Thank You, Miyuki, written by Roxane Marie Galliez! Anyone familiar with Seng Soun's work knows her illustrations are inspired by Japanese art and full of brightly patterned colors, and anyone who knows Miyuki knows they're in for a treat with this newest adventure. Enjoy our chat!

September 19, 2020

Crushes of the Week: September 13-19, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. When My Dad Went to the Jungle by Gusti and Anne Decis (Greystone Kids, June 2020)
  2. The Egg by Valério Geraldo (Owlkids, August 2020)
  3. I'll Believe You When...Unbelievable Idioms from Around the World by Susan Schubert and Raquel Bonita (Lantana Publishing, September 2020)
  4. Time to Roar by Olivia A. Cole and Jessica Gibson (Bloomsbury Publishing, September 2020)
  5. Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean's Biggest Secret by Jess Keating and Katie Hickey (Tundra Books, June 2020)
  6. Leafy Critters by Yvonne Lacet (Blue Dot Kids Press, May 2020)
  7. Little Green Donkey by Anuska Allepuz (Candlewick Press, July 2020)
  8. Counting Kindness: Ten Ways to Welcome Refugee Children by Hollis Kurman and Barroux (Charlesbridge Publishing, September 2020)

September 17, 2020


The Magic Doll by Adrienne Yabouza and Élodie Nouhen is a story of deep motherly love inspired by the African fertility doll Akua'ba.

September 15, 2020

Let's Talk Illustrators #155: Christian Borstlap

It's not every day that you come across a book that takes your breath away. I was fascinated with This Thing Called Life from the moment I saw the cover, and I was thrilled to get a chance to talk its debut creator Christian Borstlap. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

September 5, 2020

Crushes of the Week: August 30-September 5, 2020

This week's crushes:
  1. Slow Down: 50 Mindful Moments in Nature by Rachel Williams and Freya Hartas (Magic Cat, September 2020)
  2. Butterflies Belong Here: A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of Butterflies by Deborah Hopkinson and Meilo So (Chronicle Books, August 2020)
  3. Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures by Tricia Springstubb and Elaheh Taherian (Candlewick Press, May 2020)
  4. Flibbertigibbety Words: Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration by Donna Guthrie and Åsa Gilland (Page Street Kids, September 2020)
  5. Ivy Bird by Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft (Blue Dot Kids, April 2020)
  6. Usha and the Stolen Sun by Bree Galbraith and Josée Bisaillon (Owl Kids, March 2020)

September 3, 2020


The Last Tiger by Petr Horáček is a cautionary tale about a fearless tiger who pays a heavy price to learn the value of freedom.

September 1, 2020

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