October 30, 2021

Crushes of the Week: October 24-30, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Goodnight Ganesha by Nadia Salomon and Poonam Mistry (Philomel Books, August 2021)
  2. Every Little Kindness by Marta Bartolj (Chronicle Books, October 2021)
  3. Off the Beaten Track by Maylis de Kerangal and Tom Haugomat (Greystone Kids, October 2021)
  4. Zadie and the Stripey Sock by Barbara Nye (Penny Candy Books, October 2021)
  5. Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything: The Fabulous Life of Diana Vreeland by Deborah Blumenthal and Rachel Katstaller (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2021)
  6. Have You Seen Gordon? by Adam Jay Epstein and Ruth Chan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, September 2021)

October 28, 2021


Awake by Mags DeRoma is full of surprises around every corner.

October 25, 2021

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!

October 23, 2021

Crushes of the Week: October 17-23, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Little Narwhal, Not Alone by Tiffany Stone and Ashlyn Anstee (Greystone Kids, October 2021)
  2. As Large as Life: The Scale of Creatures Great and Small, Short and Tall by Jonny Marx and Sandhya Prabhat (360 Degrees, September 2021)
  3. When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Candlewick Press, September 2021)
  4. Anthony and the Gargoyle by Jo Ellen Bogart and Maja Kastelic (Groundwood Books, October 2021)
  5. She Heard the Birds: The Story of Florence Merriam Bailey by Andrea D'Aquino (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2021)
  6. Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest by Phoebe Wahl (Tundra Books, September 2021)

October 19, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #195: Amélie Graux

Benji's Doll, written by Luis Amavisca and Alicia Acosta and illustrated by Amélie Graux, is a sweet and gentle story that highlights the importance allowing children the freedom to select whatever toy they want for playtime, regardless of how the toy is perceived or marketed (ie, a "girl's toy" or a "boy's toy"). I got a chance to talk to illustrator Amélie about bringing Benji's story to life, and I'm excited to share it with you today––have a read!

October 18, 2021

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!

October 16, 2021

Crushes of the Week: October 10-16, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. The House Next Door by Claudine Crangle (Groundwood Books, October 2021)
  2. Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race by Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, and Isabel Roxas (Rise X Penguin Workshop, March 2021)
  3. Animals Go Vroom! by Abi Cushman (Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2021)
  4. Before We Sleep by Giorgio Volpe, Paolo Proietti, and Angus Yuen-Killick (Red Comet Press, September 2021)
  5. Good Times Roll: A Children's Picture Book by Ric Ocasek and Rob Sayegh (Akashic Books, October 2021)

October 14, 2021


Time Is a Flower by Julie Morstad is a thoughtful mediation about the passage––and concept––of time.

October 12, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #194: Rashin Kheiriyeh

The Shape of Home by Rashin Kheiriyeh is the sweet story of bridging differences by finding common ground. I was so pleased to catch up with Rashin and talk to her about her latest loosely-autobiographical book featuring a character with her own name. I hope you enjoy a peek behind the curtain for this personal and relatable story!

October 11, 2021

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

We often find ourselves a little cranky on Mondays, so to combat the #mondayblues we’re starting a fun new series here that a) guarantees at least one new casewrap reveal a week and b) starts everyone’s week off with a peek at a beautiful, oft-overlooked book detail. Introducing…

We've got a case(wrap) of the Mondays!

October 9, 2021

Crushes of the Week: October 3-9, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Bright Star by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books, September 2021)
  2. Pura's Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette Bay Pimentel and Magaly Morales (Harry N. Abrams, September 2021)
  3. The First Blade of Sweetgrass by Suzanne Greenlaw, Gabriel Frey, and Nancy Baker (Tilbury House Publishers, August 2021)
  4. Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate (Little Bee Books, April 2021)
  5. Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark by Zoë Armstrong and Anja Susanj (Nobrow Press, August 2021)

October 7, 2021


George and His Nighttime Friends by debut author and seasoned illustrator Seng Soun Ratanavanh shines a light into the dark corners of bedtime and shows readers there's nothing to fear, only adventure to discover. This book has also inspired me to start showing the whole book jacket because the back deserves some love too! But I'm sticking to the digital interiors until my photography skills improve...

October 5, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #193: Johanna Schaible

There is no denying that Once Upon a Time There Was and Will Be So Much More by debut author-illustrator Johanna Schaible is one of the most uniquely-designed picture books out there right now. Johanna tackles some super fun design concepts that reflect the subject matter of the book, and she doesn't shy away from tackling big ideas in the text either. It was a delight to talk to Johanna about this eye-catching book! 

October 2, 2021

Crushes of the Week: September 26-October 2, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Sorry, Mrs. Cake! by Kate Jane Milner (Tiny Owl Publishing, September 2021)
  2. Making a Great Exhibition by Doro Globus and Rose Blake (David Zwirner Books, September 2021)
  3. Sweet People Are Everywhere by Alice Walker and Quim Torres (Tra Publishing, September 2021)
  4. A Bear for Bimi by Jane Breskin Zalben and Yevgenia Nayberg (Kar-Ben Publishing, September 2021)
  5. The Wind May Blow by Sasha Quinton and Thomas Hegbrook (Tiger Tales, August 2021)
  6. My Dog Banana by Roxane Brouillard and Giulia Sagramola (Greystone Kids, September 2021)
  7. Chameleon Can Be by Carolina Farías (Yeehoo Press, September 2021)