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

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

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)
       

September 28, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #192: Zara González Hoang

Mi Casa Is My Home, written by Laurenne Sala and illustrated by Zara González Hoang, is a beautifully bilingual window into a familia of kids, cousins, parents, and grandparents who cherish each other more than anything in the world. I got a chance to talk to Zara about her process for bringing this large, loud, and loving family to life, and it was so fun learning about how she drew inspiration from her own family. Enjoy our chat below!


September 25, 2021

Crushes of the Week: September 19-25, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani Larocca and Archana Sreenivasan (Abrams Books for Young Readers, August 2021)
  2. Magic Candies by Heena Baek (Amazon Crossing Kids, September 2021)
  3. The Very Hungry Plant by Renato Moriconi (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, August 2021)
  4. Mister Fairy by Morgane de Cadier and Florian Pigé (Red Comet Press, September 2021)
  5. Monarch Butterflies: Explore the Life Journey of One of the Winged Wonders of the World by Ann Hobbie and Olga Baumert (Storey Publishing, April 2021)
  6. Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America's First Gay Wedding by Rob Sanders and Robbie Cathro
  
 

September 23, 2021

SUN AND SHIRO

Sun and Shiro and the Polka-Dot Snake by Hiyoko Imai follows the first two titular characters as they interact with -- and ultimately save -- the third titular character, the polka-dot snake.


September 21, 2021

Let's Talk Illustrators #191: Erika Meza

There's little chance at this point you haven't heard about My Two Border Towns, written by David Bowles and illustrated by Erika Meza, and there's good reason for that! Today I'm excited to jump on the praise train and share my conversation with Erika, who discusses her inspiration for the imagery and the evolution of the characters! Enjoy!


September 18, 2021

Crushes of the Week: September 12-18, 2021

This week's crushes:
  1. Black and White by Debora Vogrig and  Pia Valentinis (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, August 2021)
  2. Happy Cats by Catherine Amari, Anouk Han, and Emi Lenox (Abrams Appleseed, September 2021)
  3. Seasons by Hannah Pang and Clover Robin (360 Degrees, August 2021)
  4. Amazon River by Sangma Francis and Rômolo D'Hipólito (Nobrow Press, August 2021)
  5. Daniela the Pirate and the Witch Philomena by Susanna Isern and Gómez (NubeOcho, September 2021)
  6. Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Debbi Michiko Florence, Jamie Michalak, and Yuko Jones (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2021)
  7. I Wish You Knew by Jackie Azúa Kramer and Magdalena Mora (Roaring Brook Press, May 2021)