April 16, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #287: Caitlin Dale Nicholson

Earlier this month Caitlin Dale Nicholson published Ninitohtênân / We Listen,  translated by Leona Morin-Neilso and the third book in her Nôhkom series. Ninitohtênân / We Listen is the follow-up to niwîcihâw / I Help (2008) and Nipêhon / I Wait (2017), and getting a chance to talk to Caitlin about the full series––which is almost two decades in the making––was an honor. Enjoy our conversation!


April 15, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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April 6, 2024

Crushes of the Week: March 31-April 6, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Out of the Blue by Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen and Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard and translated by Michael Favala Goldman (Enchanted Lion Books, March 2024)
  2. Not Perfect by Maya Myers and Hyewon Yum (Neal Porter Books, April 2024)
  3. Forest by Christie Matheson (Princeton Architectural Press, April 2024)
  4. The Last Zookeeper by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Press, March 2024)
  5. Do You Know?: Farm Animals, Work, and Life by Camille Babeau, Charlotte Ameling, Hélène Convert, Ilaria Falorsi, and Camille Roy (Twirl, March 2024)
  6. How to Help a Hare and Protect a Polar Bear: 50 Simple Things You Can Do for Our Planet! by Jess French and Angela Keoghan (Nosy Crow, March 2024)
     

April 3, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: The Shadow and the Ghost

I already showed off the case cover/dust jacket combo earlier this week, but it's absolutely worth showing off the endpaper/copyright combo for this book, too! I'm telling you, design teams are stepping up their copyright game, and I am loving it!


April 2, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #286: Noar Lee Naggan

I am so pleased to share my interview with Noar Lee Naggan today! We discuss his new picture book The Storyteller, written by Lindsay Bonilla, the unique process behind making the illustrations, and the inspiration for the characters we see in the final book. Happy reading!


April 1, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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March 30, 2024

Crushes of the Week: March 24-30, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Hen in the Bed by Katrina Charman and Guilherme Karsten (Nosy Crow, March 2024) 
  2. Can I Sit in the Middle? by Susanne Strasser (Gecko Press, March 2024)
  3. My Momo-La Is a Museum by Mamta Nainy and Violet Kim (Lantana Publishing, March 2024)
  4. The Earth Book by Hannah Alice (Candlewick Press, March 2024)
  5. I'm a Black Hole by Eve M. Vavagiakis and Jessica Lanan (MIT Kids Press, March 2024)
  6. Gifts from Georgia's Garden: How Georgia O'Keeffe Nourished Her Art by Lisa Robinson and Hadley Hooper (Neal Porter Books, March 2024)
  7. The Book That Can Read Your Mind by Marianna Coppo (Chronicle Books, March 2024)
      

March 26, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #285: Anna Forlati

I am so excited to share my interview with Anna Forlati here today! We're taking a deep dive into her process and style for What Makes Us Human, written by Victor D O Santos. Enjoy our long overdue chat!


March 25, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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March 23, 2024

Crushes of the Week: March 17-23, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. My Baby Sister Is a Diplodocus by Aurore Petit (Gecko Press, March 2024)
  2. The Great Henna Party by Humera Malik and Sonali Zohra (Lantana Publishing, March 2024)
  3. Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton (Candlewick Press, March 2024)
  4. My Big Playbook by Ingela P. Arrhenius (Nosy Crow, February 2024)
  5. Run, Run, Run! by Taro Gomi (Chronicle Books, March 2024)
  6. Exactly as Planned by Tao Nyeu (Rocky Pond Books, March 2024)
  7. If You Want to Ride a Horse by Amy Novesky and Gael Abary (Neal Porter Books, March 2024)
  8. Great Gusts: Winds of the World and the Science Behind Them by Melanie Crowder, Megan Benedict, and Khoa Le (MIT Kids Press, March 2024)
  9. Sourgrass by Hope Lim and Shahrzad Maydani (Beach Lane Books, March 2024)
  10. Home by Isabelle Simler and translated by Vineet Lal (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, March 2024)
 
        

March 20, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: Imperfectly Perfect

The way this gold foil shines as it cracks across the cover of this book is total chef's kiss emoji! And love that the foiled detail creeps its way onto the spine. Such an imperfectly perfect detail!


March 19, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #284: Carla Haslbauer

I got a chance recently to catch up with German illustrator Carla Haslbauer about her illustration process. Today we're talking about her most recent US publication There Are No Dragons in This Book, written by Donna Lambo-Weidner. I hope you enjoy this claw-some interview with absolutely zero dragons in it!


March 18, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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March 16, 2024

Crushes of the Week: March 10-16, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Best Thing Ever! by Beatrice Alemagna (Thames & Hudson, March 2024)
  2. Wake Up, Woodlands by Karen Jameson and Marc Boutavant (Chronicle Books, March 2024)
  3. Avocado Magic by Taltal Levi (NorthSouth Books, March 2024)
  4. Arboretum: Welcome to the Museum by Tony Kirkham and Katie Scott (Big Picture Press, March 2024)
  5. A Better Best Friend by Olivier Tallec (Gecko Press, March 2024)
  6. The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith! by Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman (Candlewick Press, March 2024)
  7. Turtle-Turtle and the Wide, Wide River by Jane Hillenbrand and Will Hillenbrand (Holiday House, March 2024)
  8. Great Gusts: Winds of the World and the Science Behind Them by Melanie Crowder, Megan Benedict, and Khoa Le (MIT Press, March 2024)
       

March 12, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #283: EB Lewis

I was lucky enough to get a chance to chat with self-proclaimed Artistrator EB Lewis about his Fall 2023 picture book (one that will be extra relevant in just a few months) The Walk (a Stroll to the Poll): A Picture Book, written by Winsome Bingham. Enjoy our chat!


March 11, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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March 9, 2024

Crushes of the Week: March 3-9, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. All That Grows by Jack Wong (Groundwood Books, March 2024)
  2. No Cats in the Library by Lauren Emmons (Paula Wiseman Books, March 2024)
  3. Rumi-Poet of Joy and Love by Rashin Kheiriyeh (NorthSouth Books, March 2024)
  4. The First Day of May by Henrique Coser Moreira (Levine Querido, March 2024)
  5. Come Closer, Tatita by Imapla (Minerva, March 2024)
  6. Ultimate Spotlight: Home Construction by Anne Blanchard and Didier Balicevic (Twirl, February 2024)
  7. The Ocean Gardener by Clara Anganuzzi (Tiger Tales, February 2024)
  8. Bunny Should Be Sleeping by Amy Hest and Renata Liwska (Neal Porter Books, March 2024)
  9. Partly Cloudy by Deborah Freedman (Viking, March 2024)