May 29, 2021

Crushes of the Week: May 23-29, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Glow by Ruth Forman and Geneva Bowers (Little Simon, May 2021)
  2. The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship by Kim Tomsic and Hadley Hooper (Chronicle Books, May 2021)
  3. I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids by Nyasha Williams and Sóf'ya Glushkó (Running Press Kids, May 2021)
  4. Atticus Caticus by Sarah Maizes and Kara Kramer (Candlewick Press, April 2021)
  5. Are You a Scientist? by Tad Carpenter (Cartwheel Books, January 2021)
  6. Milo Is Missing Something by Vern Kousky (Random House Studio, May 2021)
     

May 27, 2021

ESCAPE

Escape: One Day We Had to Run... by Ming and Wah Chen and illustrated by Carmen Vela recounts true stories of people escaping injustices across the world throughout history.


May 25, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #179: Julie Flett

I felt so honored to catch multi-award-winning Cree-Métis author and illustrator Julie Flett so I could ask her about her work. Julie is a master at capturing energy in her work, and We All Play felt like the perfect backdrop for a conversation about the universality of play and exploring the connections between how humans play, how nature plays, and how we all play together on this planet. Enjoy our conversation below!


May 22, 2021

Crushes of the Week: May 16-22, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. The Shaman's Apprentice by Zacharias Kunuk and Megan Kyak-Monteith (Inhabit Media, May 2021)
  2. Line and Scribble by Debora Vogrig and Pia Valentinis (Chronicle Books, May 2021)
  3. When I'm Not Looking by Farren Phillips (Yeehoo Press, May 2021)
  4. Now That Night Is Near by Astrid Lindgren and Marit Tornqvist (Floris Books, May 2021)
  5. 1001 Bees by Joanna Rzezak (Thames & Hudson, May 2021)
  
  

May 20, 2021

THE WIND AND THE TREES

The Wind and the Trees by Todd Stewart is a profound story about the circle of life and bestowing the ultimate gifts of love and wisdom.


May 18, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #178: Paloma Valdivia

After many, many years of admiring Paloma Valdivia's work (check out this post from 2017, but know that my admiration began many years prior!), I finally had a chance to catch Paloma and ask her about her work. Her newest book Nosotros Means Us: Un Cuento Bilingüe is special for many reasons (the illustrations, the story, the message...I could go on), and the fact that it's bilingual makes it all the sweeter. Let's dive in and take a closer look!


May 16, 2021

Favorite Pop-Up Books

Below are my favorite pop-up books, selected because of their overall design qualities and illustration styles. And don't forget to check out my other favorites lists:




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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

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)