May 15, 2021

Crushes of the Week: May 9-15, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Pablo by Rascal (Gecko Press, May 2021)
  2. To Carnival!: A Celebration in St Lucia by Baptiste Paul and Jana Glatt (Barefoot Books, April 2021)
  3. Malaika's Surprise by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books, March, 2021)
  4. ¡Cucú! En El Mar/Peekaboo! in the Ocean by Cocoretto (Child's Play International, April 2021)
  5. Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris (Chronicle Books, May 2021)
  6. The Boy Who Knew Nothing by James Thorp and Angus MacKinnon (Templar Books, May 2021)

May 13, 2021


They Call Me River by Maciek Albrecht is the quiet story of a river's lifecycle, from raindrop to ocean and back to raindrop.

May 11, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #177: Jason Chin

Today I'm sharing an interview with Jason Chin, the illustrator of Watercress by Andrea Wang. It was such a privilege to take a closer look at Jason's work and his illustration process, and I'm thrilled to share our conversation here today. I hope you enjoy getting to know Jason's work as much as I did!

May 8, 2021

Crushes of the Week: May 2-8, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Tears by Sibylle Delacroix (OwlKids, March 2021)
  2. Bad Cat! by Nicola O'Byrne (Nosy Crow, April, 2021)
  3. On the Other Side of the Forest by Nadine Robert and Gérard DuBois (Greystone Kids, April 2021)
  4. The Pocket Chaotic by Ziggy Hanaor and Daniel Gray-Barnett (Cicada Books, April 2021)
  5. Percy's Museum by Sara O'Leary and Carmen Mok (Groundwood Books, April 2021)

May 6, 2021


Grasshopper by Tatiana Ukhova is a wordless story of compassion, emotional growth, and understanding.

May 4, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #176: Ping Zhu

I've admired Ping Zhu since seeing Swan Lake (a favorite leporello, you can see more here), so it feels like I've waited a while to talk to her about her work! Today we're discussing The Snail with the Right Heart: A True Story, written by Maria Popova. Ping has a chance to show off an incredibly vibrant and expressive color palette in this book, and I'm so pleased to share our conversation. Enjoy!

May 1, 2021

Crushes of the Week: April 25-May 1, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Hello, Rain! by Kyo Maclear and Chris Turnham (Chronicle Books, April 2021)
  2. Orange Is an Apricot, Green Is a Tree Frog by Pascale Estellon (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2021)
  3. Masters of Disguise: Camouflaging Creatures & Magnificent Mimics by Marc Martin (Candlewick Studio, March 2021)
  4. Beautiful Day!: Petite Poems for All Seasons by Rodoula Pappa and Seng Soun Ratanavanh (Cameron Kids, March 2021)
  5. Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built by Susan Hughes and Marianne Ferrer (Owlkids, March 2021)
  6. The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit (Greystone Kids, April 2021)
  7. The Vanishing Lake by Paddy Donnelly (Yehoo Press, April 2021)
  8. Ten Little Birds / Diez Pajaritos by Andrés Salguero and Sara Palacios (Scholastic en Español, April 2021)

April 29, 2021


Sonata For Fish and Boy by Milan Pavlović is a charming, wordless story about the lasting bonds of friendship and the power of music to unite.

April 27, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #175: Camilla Pintonato

When I saw the cover of Full Moon, I knew instantly that I was going to connect with the illustrations and story. And I was right!. Although Camilla Pintonato is new to the children's book illustration scene, she has four books publishing just in 2021, and she shows no signs of slowing down. It was such a thrill to catch her at what I know is the beginning of a long and successful career (feels like I'm getting in on the ground floor!). Enjoy our chat.

April 22, 2021


Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez celebrates Latin women who followed their dreams and became influencers in their fields.

April 20, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #174: Rosie Haine

It was so exciting to talk to debut author-illustrator Rosie Haine about It Isn't Rude to Be Nude! This book has been on my radar since it came out in the UK last year because it's absolutely brilliant, beautiful, and inclusive, and I know you're going to love it as much as I do! So without any further ado, here is my conversation with Rosie about this remarkable book!

April 17, 2021

Crushes of the Week: April 11-17, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela's Hope for His Nation by Lindsey McDivitt and Charly Palmer (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, March 2021)
  2. Perdu by Richard Jones (Peachtree Publishers, April 2021)
  3. Sail by Dorien Brouwers (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, March 2021)
  4. Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! by Rosemary Mosco and Jacob Souva (Tundra Books, April 2021)
  5. Little SAP: The Magical Story of a Little Forest Family by Jan Hughes and Ruth Hengeveld (Harry N. Abrams, March 2021)

April 15, 2021


Hear My Voice / Escucha mi voz shares the stories of 61 children who have been detained at the US-Mexico border.

April 13, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #173: EB Goodale

I was so excited to chat with EB Goodale about her newest picture book The House of Grass and Sky, written by Mary Lyn Ray. EB breathes life and joy into to the titular house, and she gets a chance to showcase a wide range of significant moments with delicacy and curiosity that has viewers longing for more. Enjoy our conversation!

April 10, 2021

Crushes of the Week: April 4-10, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile by María José Ferrada and María Elena Valdez (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, March 2021)
  2. Bruno the Beekeeper: A Honey Primer by Aneta Frantiska Holasov (Candlewick Press, March 2021)
  3. Bad Apple by Huw Lewis Jones and Ben Sanders (Thames & Hudson, March 2021)
  4. Carpenter's Helper by Sybil Rosen and Camille Garoche (Schwartz & Wade Books, March 2021)
  5. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper (Carolrhoda Books, February 2021)
  6. How to Build an Insect by Roberta Gibson and Anne Lambelet (Millbrook Press, April 2021)
  7. Two Can Play by Margaret Sturton (Andersen Press, April 2021)