Author Archives: carterhiggins

Chronicle Books #GiveBooks 2014

Adorable #GiveBooks illustration by the super talented Lisa Congdon. I am super proud and excited to be a part of this campaign. What’s the deal, you ask? It’s as simple as that: #GiveBooks. Pledge to promote literacy, support your local bookstore, and spread the joy of reading this holiday season. For each tweet, pin, pledge, and […]

The Mouse Mansion

by Karina Schaapman (Dial, 2014; originally published in the Netherlands in 2011.) This book. This book is massive and mini all at once. Its press release calls it Beatrix Potter meets I Spy. A fitting description, that one, but I might call it George and Martha meets The Ultimate Alphabet meets a craftier Cardboard Challenge. This […]

Live in a Story

You guys. I’m so excited about this. You remember Arree Chung, right? The dude is a complete genius. He and a few friends started a company recently called Live in a Story, and the whole shebang is pretty brilliant. Here I am in my Maxwell gear with one of Live in a Story’s wall decals. […]

Home Grown Books

by Cecile Dyer and Kyla Ryman (Home Grown Books, 2014) I’ve written before about how I’m a sucker for board books, but this new-to-me publisher has raised the board book bar. These books are both meaningful and beautiful, which is a touch balance to strike in a book so seemingly simple. This one, Dress Up, […]

The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn

by Eric von Schmidt (Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1964) Okay. It’s time for a teensy bit of name dropping. I have this cousin who is a brilliant singer and songwriter and he’s racked up a few Grammys as well. (Do you say Grammies? I don’t think so.) If you are into good, old-fashioned bluegrass and Americana, check […]

The Picturebooking Podcast

Have you met Nick Patton? He’s the brain behind The Picturebooking Podcast, and he’s super awesome. And not only because he interviewed me. Take a look at his site, and take a listen to his interviews. This is a voice to the kidlit community that will be around for a while. Good stuff. But it’s […]


by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014) When you open a book to sweeping, fiery endpapers, it’s almost as if you can hear the symphony begin. The author, Misty Copeland, is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. The illustrator, Christopher Myers, is a Caldecott Honoree for Harlem and the […]

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, 2014) You know Mac and Jon. You love Mac and Jon. Now meet Sam and Dave. You’ll love Sam and Dave. Don’t rush into the pages just yet. This is one of the best covers I’ve seen in a long while. If we weren’t so aware that […]

Mix It Up!

(image via here.) by Hervé Tullet (Chronicle Books, 2014) First of all. Welcome to the new Design of the Picture Book! I’m super excited to feature this particular book as the first spot in my face-lifted blog–its heart and soul of art and play is exactly what I think these new digs represent. Do you […]