Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sweet and Shorts: The Lonely Beast 123

I haven’t spent a ton of time exploring apps, but when I stumble on one that gobsmacks me around, I take notice. (Side note: my friend┬áKoseli, Design Mom’s Discovery Editor, has reviewed a bunch, and she always finds the loveliest ones! You can find her reviews here.) Watch this. It’s The Lonely Beast 123 by […]


by Christopher Franceschelli, art by Peskimo published 2013, by Abrams Appleseed This book. Swoon city. Hefty chunk of graphic design. Just as fascinating and fantastic for adults as well as the stubby fingers of the littles. “You’re never too old for picture books” is my constant battle cry at school. Let’s amend that a bit […]

Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Here’s something. By Mo Willems. Published 2005, by Hyperion Books for Children. (Which I believe is now Disney-Hyperion.) An old favorite, a forgotten gem. I was plotting a read-aloud for fourth graders, hunting for a picture book about meanness and bragging and being friends with someone different than you. In true Mo Willems style, this […]

A Conversation with Francoise Mouly

Pardon me if you’ve seen news of this all over the place this week, but it’s a post that feels like an honest and invigorating contribution to the world of books and art. It’s my chat with Francoise Mouly over at Design Mom. It was an honor and a thrill! Don’t miss it. She is […]

Sweet and Shorts: The White Marble

by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray (published 1982, by Thomas Y. Crowell Junior Books) I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. My house is a maze of piles, and I work in a library. And I love each clump of them, everywhere. […]

A Funny Little Bird

by Jennifer Yerkes (published 2013, by Sourcebooks) Jennifer just won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators at their 2013 exhibition, The Original Art! Huge congrats! Good eye, jury. A bird, a fable, and eyes that look past what’s seen to the heart of it all. That’s what’s wrapped up in these pages. I […]

Sweet and Shorts: A Librarian’s Halloween

Miss Viola Swamp made an appearance on Halloween. And I submitted this picture to my favorite new blog, which was a parade of bookish costumes this week! On Design Mom: The Story of Fish and Snail, Warning: Do Not Open This Book, and Inside Outside