Author Archives: carterhiggins

A Morning With Grandpa

by Sylvia Liu and Christina Forshay (Lee & Low, 2016) Here’s a book I have been looking forward to for a long time, thanks to the close knit and dear friendships the book community creates online. It has been such fun to sneak peeks behind the scenes of both Sylvia and Christina’s work, and I […]

The Bus Ride

by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press, 2015) This delightful, mind-stretchy book is by the creator of one of my 2014 favorites, The Lion and the Bird. Remember that one? And this book has been out for over a year, but it’s taken a while to wrap my brain around its brilliance. It’s a little bit […]

A Tree is Nice

by Janice May Udry and pictures by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1987, originally published in 1956) I’ve always loved this girl. Hand on her hop, watering her tree. She’s totally oblivious to the rapscallions behind her, that dog and that cat. And even that tall tree back there. Her eyes hope only for this one. Do you see […]

Apples and Robins

by Lucie Félix (Chronicle Books, 2016) Here’s a book that is also a puzzle, an optical illusion, and a little bit toy-like all at once. Here’s what I mean. So, then, a birdhouse: one small circle, two parallelograms, and a die-cut triangle. Or walls and a roof and a string, of course. Isn’t that what […]

The Friendship Experiment meets A Rambler Steals Home

The thing with publishing is that it’s always going to be easier (and more fun!) to navigate if you have some people by your side. The thing with those people is that you didn’t know you would become friends, but you did. I feel super lucky to have bumped into Erin Teagan along this road. We […]

Pink is for Blobfish

by Jess Keating, illustrated by David Degrand (Knopf, 2016) I mean, just look at that guy. How could you not love him? I do. I do, I do. Making picture books means collaborating with the whispers of someone else’s art. And now that this particular book is off the printer and into the hands of […]

Ballet Cat + a giveaway!

by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion, 2016) This post is brought to you in partnership with Disney-Hyperion. Can you look at these covers and not smile? Impossible. They w a m – p o w you with sparkles and awesome and confidence and an difficult-to-beat title like Dance! Dance! Underpants! But beyond the glitter and brilliant character design, these are stories with a […]

Little Red Sled: by Emily Arrow and Zoey Abbott Wagner

There’s this songwriter, Emily Arrow. And there’s this illustrator, Zoey Abbott Wagner. And then there’s the internet, where these two collaborators met. Art showed up first, and the story followed, and they made this thing, this beautiful thing. Music. A song. A story. A friendship, really. Here’s what Emily had to say about it: This is my […]

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall I love this book for its words and its structure and its illustrations and its history, and I love that I got to stick a golden Caldecott Medal on its cover. From the Caldecott criteria: The Medal shall be awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American […]

Last Stop on Market Street

  A picture book won the Newbery. A picture book won the Newbery. A picture book won the Newbery. You must have heard. You must have seen. You must have read. It wasn’t me that you heard, because the me in that room that morning was a silent bucket of tears. That room that morning […]