March 27, 2021

Crushes of the Week: March 21-27, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Wanda by Mathabo Tlali, Sihle Nontshokweni, and Chantelle and Burgen Thorne (Crocodile Books, March 2021)
  2. Facing Fear by Karen Lynn Williams and Sara Palacios (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, March, 2021)
  3. Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross 

    Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by 

    Traci Sorell and Natasha Donovan (Millbrook Press, March 2021)
  4. The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe by Sandra Nickel and Aimée Sicuro (Harry N. Abrams, March 2021)
  5. Blue Ridge Babies 1, 2, 3: A Counting Book by Laura Sperry Gardner and Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Page Street Kids, March 2021)
  6. Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat by Mara Rockliff and Giselle Potter (Beach Lane Books, January 2021)
  7. Can I Sit with You? by Sarah Jacoby (Chronicle Books, March 2021)

March 25, 2021


My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên tells one Vietnamese child's story of going to school.

March 23, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #172: Nikki McClure

I got a chance to chat with author-illustrator Nikki McClure about her recent, stunning counting book 1, 2, 3, Salish Sea, and I found myself as enraptured as I thought I would be! We also talk about how her process has evolved since she started creating children's books thirty years ago. Enjoy our conversation below!

March 16, 2021


Sleep Like Me by Georgian author-illustrator Tatia Nadareishvili is the perfect bedtime story for a restless night.

March 13, 2021

Crushes of the Week: March 7-13, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand and Nabi H Ali (Kokila, March 2021)
  2. Princess Arabella at the Museum by Mylo Freeman (Cassava Republic Press, January 2021)
  3. Anonymouse by Vikki Vansickle and Anna Pirolli (Tundra Books, February 2021)
  4. An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America by Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk (Henry Holt & Company, February 2021)
  5. No Buddy Like a Book by Allan Wolf and Brianne Farley (Candlewick Press, February 2021)
  6. A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis (Neal Porter Books, April 2020)

March 9, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #171: Raissa Figueroa

I was instantly entranced by Raissa Figueroa's illustrations in We Wait for the Sun, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe, from the cover. Raissa was kind enough to chat with me about both this book and her general process, and I'm thrilled to share that with you all today! Enjoy!

March 4, 2021


Mole in a Black & White Hole by Tereza Sediva is a beautiful, cleverly-designed tale of faith, trust, and friendship.

March 2, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #170: Qin Leng

I was absolutely blown away by JonArno Lawson's most recent wordless book Over the Shop, illustrated by Qin Leng, and it was such a pleasure talking to Qin about her experience working on a wordless book for the first time! This book is so, so special, and it's clear Qin was the perfect choice to illustrate this tender story. Enjoy our chat!