Author Archives: carterhiggins


by Murray McCain & John Alcorn (Ammo Books, reissued 2015; originally published 1964) Take a look at this quirky book on writing I snagged recently. I love it for its oddball pictures and typography as much as for its spot-on quips on writing and how to do it. A craft book? A picture book? A […]

Radiant Child

by Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016) Let’s start 2017 with one of the most exquisite books of 2016. If you don’t know it yet, I’d bet a Picasso that three Mondays from now you’ll be hearing more about it. Truly one for the year and one for our time. Just look. […]

2017 Middle Grade Debuts

Look at all of those beautiful books! Each of these book covers has a lovely author (sometimes two!) behind it, and I am so lucky to be debuting a book with this bunch. If you just can’t wait to spend some holiday money, a preorder of one or all of these is a wonderful idea. […]

Best of the Year at All the Wonders

The team at All the Wonders has been hard at work over the last month or so, finishing up pages and tallying our favorites. We read a whole lot this year. And so this week, we bring to you four end-of-the-year-best-of-the-year lists, a monster-sized batch of top-notch books. Head over for lists celebrating picture books, nonfiction picture […]

Listen! Listen!

by Ann and Paul Rand (reissued by Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) I’m a big fan of these two, a creative powerhouse of a family. I’ve written about their books before, here and here. This one is worth a look. And now, thanks to Princeton Architectural Press, you can get your hands on it once again. It’s a […]

Creating Thunder Boy Jr.: it takes a village!

by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown 2016) I am so excited to share this guest post with you today! Please welcome Alvina Ling, esteemed editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, sharing here about the collaborative process that brought this beautiful book to life. Enjoy! Creating Thunder Boy Jr.: it takes […]

And the Undie goes to . . .

That was fun. Did you have fun? We had fun. Big congrats to our winners, and we’ll see you in 2017! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for celebrating books in this way with us. The kids are lucky. BEST SPOILER And the Undie goes to . . . BEST CLIFF’S NOTES VERSION And the […]

The Undies: Voting is Open!

It’s time. The wait is over. Travis and I are back with a pretty stellar lineup of shortlists for the first annual Undies Awards, and it’s up to you to vote in each category. And so, the categories please . . . BEST SPOILER BEST CLIFF’S NOTES VERSION BEST MIDDLE GRADE/CHAPTER BOOKS BEST SNEAK PEEK […]

Return + a video premiere and visit from Aaron Becker

by Aaron Becker (Candlewick, 2016) It’s an honor today to welcome Aaron Becker to this space. He’s here to talk about the close to his sweeping trilogy, the design of Return, and to premiere a beautiful short film about its creation. Take a look. Be inspired. And here’s Aaron: One of my favorite parts of […]

An Instagram Roundup

Here, here, here, and here on Instagram. Forgive the quick drop in here, but I wanted to remind you that I am also sharing micro reviews and recommendations over on Instagram. Bite-sized blog posts! Come visit. Thanks to everyone who is getting their last Undies nods to Travis and me! It’s going to be a […]