July 22, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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July 20, 2024

Crushes of the Week: July 14-20, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Sour Apple by Linda Liu (Henry Holt & Company, July 2024)
  2. María Mariposa by Karla Arenas Valenti and Ana Ramírez González (Chronicle Books, July 2024)
  3. Sleeping Beauty by Magda Gargulakova and Shunsuke Satake (Albatros Media, July 2024)
  4. Keyana Loves School by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, July 2024)
  5. Under the Table by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman (Candlewick Press, July 2024)
  6. The Quacken by Justin Colón and Pablo Pino (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, July 2024)
  7. There's a Mountain in This Book by Rachel Elliot and Genevieve LaCroix (Thames & Hudson, June 2024)
  8. Building a Beak: How a Toucan's Rescue Inspired the World by Becca McMurdie and Diana Hernández (Page Street Kids, June 2024)
       

July 17, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: FUTURE

I don't even know where to start with this beauty! Talk about taking things to a new level...In addition to printing everything from the case cover to the interiors in multiple neon colors, everything also has a silvery, metallic sheen to it!


July 16, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #295: Sarthak Sinha

Today I'm sharing my conversation with Sarthak Sinha about his process for the first book in a new series with author Alom Shaha called How to Find a Rainbow. In the series we meet two pretty different Red Pandas, Reena and Rekha, and Sarthak takes us behind the scenes of illustrating these two distinct, lovable personalities.


July 15, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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July 13, 2024

Crushes of the Week: July 7-13, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Bijan Always Wins by Adib Khorram and Michelle Tran (Dial Books, July 2024)
  2. Griselda Snook's Spectacular Books by Barry Timms and Laura Borio (Tiger Tales, July 2024)
  3. Birth of the Bicycle: A Bumpy History of the Bicycle in America 1819-1900 by Sarah Nelson and Iacopo Bruno (Candlewick Press, July 2024)
  4. Marcelo, Martello, Marshmallow by Ruth Rocha, Ana Matsusaki, and Tal Goldfajn (Tapioca Stories, June 2024)
  5. My Book And Me by Linda Sue Park and Chris Raschka (Red Comet Press, June 2024)
  6. Park by Jo Byatt (Child's Play International, April 2024)
     

July 9, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #294: Saki Tanaka

Today I am so pleased to share my interview with debut picture book creator Saki Tanaka! Her first book is called Between Words: A Friendship Tale, and Saki graciously takes us on a deep-dive (pun intended!) of her process with lots of process images to share. Please enjoy!


July 8, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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June 29, 2024

Crushes of the Week: June 23-29, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Knock Knock: Who's There? by Rob Hodgson (Magic Cat, June 2024)
  2. Dream Submarine by Charlotte Gunnufson and Cleonique Hilsaca (Candlewick Press, June 2024)
  3. Hello Hello Colors by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books, June 2024)
  4. First Fruits by Amalia Hoffman (PJ Publishing, March 2024)
  5. My Lighthouse: A Story of Finding Your Way Home by Ali Gilkeson and Lee Wildish (Waterbrook Press, June 2024)
    

June 26, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: BAO'S DOLL

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Bo Lu yesterday! I have one more book detail I want to show off, the time on the cover:  I'm absolutely loving the spot gloss treatment on the lantern, which makes it look illuminated! Shiny, shiny, shiny!


June 25, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #293: Bo Lu

I am so excited to share today's interview with Bo Lu about her debut picture book Bao's Doll! This is a hugely personal book for Bo, so it was an absolute honor to pick her brain about how it all came together. Enjoy a peek at Bo's process with me!


June 24, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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June 22, 2024

Crushes of the Week: June 16-22, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Sumo Libre by Joe Cepeda (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 2024)
  2. Artichoke to Zucchini: An Alphabet of Delicious Things from Around the World by Alice Oehr (Scribble US, June 2024)
  3. Are You Small? by Mo Willems (Union Square Kids, June 2024)
  4. A Horse Called Now Ruth Doyle and Alexandra Finkeldey (Nosy Crow, June 2024)
  5. Charlie's Great Big Backpack by Margarita del Mazo and Guridi (NubeOcho, June 2024)
  6. Back Home: Story Time with My Father by Arlène Elizabeth Casimir and Ken Daley (Candlewick Press, May 2024
  7. Mushrooms Know: Wisdom from Our Friends the Fungi by Kallie George and Sara Gillingham (Greystone Kids, May 2024)
  8. Stanley the Baker by William Bee (Peachtree Publishers, May 2024)
        

June 18, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #292: Estrela Lourenço

I am so pleased to share my interview with Portuguese author-illustrator Estrela Lourenço! Today we're talking about her hilarious and all-too-relatable picture book Walkies: A Dog's Tale and how the book is an ode to man (and woman!)'s best friend. Enjoy!


June 17, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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June 15, 2024

Crushes of the Week: June 9-15, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Itty Bitty Betty Blob by Constance Lombardo and Micah Player (Hippo Park, June 2024)
  2. Soul Step by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Kelly McWilliams, and Briana Mukodiri Uchendu (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 2024)
  3. A Different Kind of Fairy by Susana Torrubiano and Giulia Orecchia (NubeOcho, June 2024)
  4. Secret Gardeners: Growing a Community and Healing the Earth by Lina Laurent and Maija Hurme, translated by Sofia Karlsson and Jen Pulju Porter (Pajama Press, June 2024)
  5. Aqua Boy by Ken Wilson-Max (Candlewick Press, May 2024)
    

June 11, 2024

Let's Talk Illustrators #291: Cherry Mo

I was lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Cherry Mo about her debut picture book Home in a Lunchbox! I'm sharing our chat here with you all today, enjoy a peek inside this extra special book!


June 10, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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June 8, 2024

Crushes of the Week: June 2-8, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. There Was a Shadow by Bruce Handy and Lisk Feng (Enchanted Lion, May 2024)
  2. Endfixer by Noemi Vola and translated by Rosa Churcher Clarke (Berbay Publishing, April 2024)
  3. Gray by Laura Dockrill and Lauren Child (Candlewick Press, May 2024)
  4. A Family of Trees: My First Book of Forests by Peggy Thomas and Cookie Moon (Phaidon Press, May 2024)
  5. This Table by Alex Killian and Brooke Smart (Greystone Kids, May 2024)
  6. Loaf the Cat Goes to the Powwow by Nicholas Deshaw and Tara Audibert (Nancy Paulsen Books, May 2024)
  7. Paper Wishes by Tara Knudson and Kirsti Beautyman (Capstone Editions, January 2024)
  8. Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall by Lynn Brunelle and Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books, June 2024)
  9. Squirrels! This Is Not a Book about Dinosaurs by Mélina Shoenborn and Felipe Arriagada-Nunez, translated by Jeffrey K Butt (Helvetiq, June 2024)