July 30, 2022

Crushes of the Week: July 24-30, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. That's Not My Name! by Anoosha Syed (Viking Books for Young Readers, July 2022)
  2. A Little Ferry Tale by Chad Otis (Atheneum Books, August 2022)
  3. Patch of Sky by Nic Yulo (Dial Books, July 2022)
  4. Be Thankful for Trees: A Tribute to the Many & Surprising Ways Trees Relate to Our Lives by Harriet Ziefert and Brian Fitzgerald (Red Comet Press, March 2022)
  5. The Pop-Up Guide: Natural Wonders by Sandra Laboucarie and Charline Picard (Twirl, August 2022)

July 28, 2022


Berry Song, Michaela Goade's author debut, encourages readers to show gratitude toward nature for all that it provides humans.

July 26, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #218: Linda Bondestam

I feel super lucky that I got a chance to talk to Finnish author-illustrator Linda Bondestam about her illustration and story processes for My Life at the Bottom: The Story of a Lonesome Axolotl! I hope you enjoy our conversation about this special book, which highlights the critically endangered (but incredibly friendly) axolotl.

July 25, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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

July 23, 2022

Crushes of the Week: July 17-23, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Today I'm Strong by Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey (Viking Books for Young Readers, June 2022)
  2. I Am a Baby by Bob Shea (Candlewick Press, June 2022)
  3. A Day by the Sea by Barbara Nascimbeni (Thames & Hudson, July 2022)
  4. Alice Nizzy Nazzy by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, July 2022)
  5. Made with Love: Pizza! by Lea Redmond and Flora Waycott (Chronicle Books, July 2022)

July 21, 2022


American Desi by Jyoti Rajan Gopal and Supriya Kelkar takes readers on a journey to the intersection of identity, culture, and family.

July 19, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #217: Julian Glander

I got to catch up with digital illustrator, animator, and artist Julian Glander recently to talk about I Want to Be a Vase, written by Julio Torres. This is a surreal picture book, featuring ordinary household items as characters who all desire to be something they're not, all against a brightly colored, 3D backdrop. Enjoy my chat with Julian and a peek into this unique world!

July 18, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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

July 16, 2022

Crushes of the Week: July 10-16, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Hope Is an Arrow by Cory McCarthy and Ekua Holmes (Candlewick Press, July 2022)
  2. Home Is Where the Heart Is by Jonny Lambert (Tiger Tales, March 2022)
  3. The Surprise by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird, and Magenta Fox (Viking Books for Young Readers, June 2022)
  4. Call Me Gorgeous! by Giles Milton and Alexandra Milton (Boxer Books, June 2022)
  5. If I Had a Kangaroo by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow (Thames & Hudson, July 2022)
  6. The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything by Laura Alary and Ellen Rooney (Kids Can Press, May 2022)

July 13, 2022


If You Find a Leaf by Aimée Sicuro encourages readers to see common things in uncommon ways.

July 11, 2022

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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

July 9, 2022

Crushes of the Week: July 3-9, 2022

This week's crushes:
  1. Ice Cream Face by Heidi Woodward Sheffield (Nancy Paulsen Books, June 2022)
  2. Tanna's Lemming by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, and Tamara Campeau (Inhabit Media, June 2022)
  3. Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind by Monica Silvie and Elina Ellis (Kids Can Press, June 2022)
  4. The Fairy Song by Janis MacKay and Ruchi Mhasane (Kelpies, March 2022)
  5. Little Fairy Can't Sleep by Daniela Drescher (Floris Books, April 2022)
  6. Bee by Charlotte Voake (Candlewick Press, June 2022)
  7. The Eyebrows of Doom by Steve Smallman and Miguel Ordóñez (Tiger Tales, March 2022)
  8. We Adopted a Baby Chick by Lori Joy Smith (Tundra Books, June 2022)
  9. The Little Bear by Nicola Killen (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, June 2022)

July 7, 2022


A Is for Bee by Ellen Heck is a brilliantly unique alphabet book which runs readers through the alphabet by examining animals from around the world...but not in the way that you'd think!

July 5, 2022

Let's Talk Illustrators #216: Mariana Alcántara

I got a chance recently to talk to Mariana Alcántara about her illustration process for Swimmerswritten by María José Ferrada and translated by Kit Maude. Mariana uses heavy white space and a primary color palette to bring Ferrada's humorous and thoughtful words to life on the page. Enjoy our chat!