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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

June 5, 2024

Down to the Last Detail: SEA OF CONSTELLATIONS

Question: What's better than a picture book cover with foil stamping? Answer: A picture book cover like Sea of Constellations which has HOLOGRAPHIC foil stamping! The rainbow sparkles twinkle so delightfully as you move the book around, and the holographic/rainbow effect wonderfully captures the tone of the story.

June 4, 2024

Annual LTPB Diversity Audit: June 2023 - May 2024

Below are the results from my annual diversity audit. As a reminder, I perform this audit to examine how I represent BIPOC creators on this site. Here are this year's results, and you can see previous years' diversity audits here.

June 3, 2024

Case(wrap) of the Mondays

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

June 1, 2024

Crushes of the Week: May 26-June 1, 2024

This week's crushes:
  1. Your Legacy Begins: First Words to Empower by Schele Williams and Tonya Engel (Harry N. Abrams, May 2024)
  2. Boxer Baby Battles Bedtime by Mia Wenjen and Kai Gietzen (Eifrig Publishing, May 2024)
  3. Terrible Horses: A Story of Sibling Conflict and Companionship by Raymond Antrobus and Ken Wilson-Max (Candlewick Press, May 2024)
  4. Old Clothes for Dinner?! by Nathalie Alonso and Natalia Rojas Castro (Barefoot Books, March 2024)
  5. The Plant Rescuer by Matthew Rivera (Neal Porter Books, May 2024)
  6. Mouse on the River: A Journey Through Nature by Alice Melvin (Thames & Hudson, May 2024)
  7. Little Red Riding Hood by Radka Piro and Shunsuke Satake (Albatros Media, May 2024)