Author Archives: carterhiggins

Beastly Verse

by JooHee Yoon (Enchanted Lion, 2015) (click to enlarge) This book is something. A mashup of poetry and pictures, washes of color and words. (click to enlarge; this is an example of a spread that folds out to reveal an entirely new and more expansive illustration.) Some thoughts from JooHee on the art and creation […]

Once Upon a Cloud

by Claire Keane (Dial Books, 2015) Here’s one to hand to any kid that still can’t get enough of Frozen. And when you do, give them a little wink-nudge that this book’s creator worked on what Elsa and Anna’s world looked like. And she worked on Tangled. And then they will see the lush purple […]

Blog Tour: The Water and the Wild

by K.E. Ormsbee, illustrated by Elsa Mora (Chronicle Books, 2015) From the publisher: A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best […]

Best Books Ever on the Let’s Get Busy podcast

I’m just going to go ahead and assume you are all listening to Matthew Winner’s Let’s Get Busy podcast, but if you aren’t: get over there. Matthew’s a librarian at an elementary school in Maryland, and he’s created the most spectacular hangout online for authors, illustrators, and other members in the kidlit crew. He’s smart and funny […]

Enormous Smallness

  by Matthew Burgess and Kris Di Giacomo (Enchanted Lion, 2015) This book is the author’s debut picture book, and as a poet and creative writing teacher he found a perfect venue for these words. And here’s a great look at the illustrator’s work over at This Picture Book Life. (If you haven’t seen Brief […]


by Nikki McClure (Abrams, 2015) This is one of those books where the cover convinces you that you’ll love it. It’s both bright and cozy. Spare and warm. A teensy giraffe peeks out of this boy’s hiding spot and you can see its smiling face, but only eager anticipation in this boy’s eyes. Open. This is my kind of […]

Book-O-Beards: A Wearable Book

by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz Guys. So if book-gifting isn’t a thing for April Fool’s Day, then it totally should be. These books aren’t a joke, but they are a huge bunch of laughs. Here they are in action: How funny is that? Such clever design. A perfect accessory. Hipster popularity aside, these punchy […]

The Art of Making Gelato

by Morgan Morano (Race Point Publishing, 2015) And now for a little something different. And delicious. Last week we spent a bit of time in Paris, so won’t you join me in Italy? It’s only a hop, skip, and a spoon away. I’m not the only author in this family. Our cousin Morgan is a […]

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

by Greg Pizzoli (Viking, 2015) I’ve read lots and lots and lots of books for kids. I’ve read lots of questionable ones and I’ve read lots of spectacular ones. And then I’ve read a handful that are simultaneously spectacular and fresh and inventive and completely honor how smart kids are. This is one of those. You might know Greg […]

Cat Says Meow (and a giveaway!)

by Michael Arndt (Chronicle Books, 2014) This book won me over when I saw it last year, and it’s one that is fun to peek into again and again. And how is that the case with something so simple, but so sophisticated? So spare, but so complex? That’s the best truth of design. Here’s what’s […]