Author Archives: carterhiggins

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 […]

Cloud Country + an interview with Noah Klocek

by Noah Klocek and Bonny Becker (Disney Press, 2015) It was hard to not to picture these sweet characters on my holiday flights recently, peeking out the window at clouds that were beautiful but not quite as vibrant as the ones in Cloud Country. I chatted with Noah Klocek about it, and welcome him here […]

Lenny and Lucy

by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead (Roaring Brook Press, 2015) I have favorite books and then I have favorite books. This is a favorite. This is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of book, one that you didn’t even know you were missing and there it is. There it is. The story begins on the cover. A […]

12 Days of Picture Books with Penguin Young Readers

Well, don’t ask me twice! I’m excited to join forces with Penguin Young Readers to celebrate one of my favorite parts of the season: more time to read. Check out what they’ve come up with here, a site where you can create custom lists of favorites for all ages of readers. I’m a huge fan […]


by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 2015) Usually towards the end of the year I have trouble picking a favorite picture book from that year. It’s this one! No, this one. Oh wait, that one too. That might sound familiar if you are a picture book person. It happens. But this year, without a twitch or a […]

Whatever Happened To My Sister?

by Simona Ciraolo (Flying Eye Books, 2015) Heads up, picture book people: I got to be a guest blogger for Picture Book Idea Month, hosted by Tara Lazar. Have you heard of it? Hope so. It gives all of us something to crowd around and celebrate while all those novelists are cranking out buckets of words. […]

Louis I, King of the Sheep

by Olivier Tallec (Enchanted Lion, 2015) Here’s a parable sort of story, one that reads like a cautionary tale but also has a richness to it that’s full of heart and angst and absurdity.  Because here’s a sheep, just like the other sheep except for the windblown crown that lands at his feet. Once stuck atop his head […]