Author Archives: carterhiggins

Colette’s Lost Pet

by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra Books, 2017) A new kid. A mission. A teensy, tiny fib. This story could have ended so much differently–preachy or didactic or womp womp. And yet here, it’s a seed that sprouts a shared experience. That grows friends and imaginations and oh yes I have seen that bird. But here, the neighborhood […]

Nerdcamp + #emojibooktalks

my first book / my next book / All the Wonders buttons The past week has been one big book-y blur. And every bit of it was so wonderful. I went to Nerdcamp in Michigan, which was a pinch me kind of week. The internet literally came to life right before my eyes, and tiny square avatars […]

Life on Mars

by Jon Agee (Dial Books, 2017) The trickiest thing to get right in a picture book is its drama between the words and the pictures. Its theatrics. Its page-turning-suspense. Jon Agee is so very good at this. Always, and Life on Mars is not an exception. This brave little astronaut heads to Mars. With a […]

Heart and Home: A Middle Grade Panel

Mark your calendars, southern California! I’m so excited to talk all things middle grade with these three fellow debuts–Sally, Jennifer, and Danielle. Won’t you join us? More info here. PS: If you have read A Rambler Steals Home, would you mind a quick review and/or starring it at Amazon? When a book hits fifty reviews […]

This House, Once + An Interview With Deborah Freedman

by Deborah Freedman (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017) When friends come visit my blog, I always ask them who their story heroes are. Deborah Freedman is one of mine. Here’s why. Your picture books are all lovely meditations on deeply important things: creativity, friendship, books, home. How do you turn a big idea into a […]

Pax and Blue and an Interview with Lori Richmond

by Lori Richmond (Simon and Schuster, 2017) I’ve been so fortunate to get to know this fabulous author, illustrator, and human this year, and I’m so pleased to introduce you to her today. Unless you also know her, and aren’t we lucky?* Meet Lori! When, how, or why did you get into picture books? I […]

Happy Dreamer + A giveaway

by Peter H. Reynolds (Scholastic, 2017) Hi, all! I’m popping in this week with a quick bookdrop thanks to Scholastic, who is giving away a copy of Peter H. Reynold’s latest. This book is a hefty dash of hope for children living with ADHD. Children with minds that are different and delightful and a gift. Check it out: […]

The Book of Mistakes + an interview with Corinna Luyken

by Corinna Luyken (out TODAY from Dial Books) I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Corinna. How lucky am I to know her? Very. How lucky are we that her voice is in the world? Even more so. Stay tuned all the way to the end of this post for a chance to […]

Vampirina At the Beach and a Giveaway!

by Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham (Disney-Hyperion, 2017) One of the best parts of making books is meeting other book makers. And since I’m lucky to know these two, I was extra excited when the folks at Disney reached out about celebrating this book. It’s brand-new-just-released one week ago on April 4th, 2017. Happy […]

Sunday Morning

by Judith Viorst and Hilary Knight (originally published in 1968; Atheneum, 1992) Okay. Do you know this one? It had escaped me for far too long until a recent trip to Books of Wonder. I’ll never look at 9:45 on a clock again. I’ve been asking a lot of authors and illustrators recently about their story heroes, […]