Author Archives: carterhiggins

The Undies: Last Call!

We’re coming up to the close of our Undies season! Have you peeked underneath every book on your shelf? Now’s the time, folks. Nominations close November 15th! In late November, Travis and I will announce shortlists in a variety of categories and then we’ll open up the polls. The winner will be decided by popular vote […]

Hotel Bruce and a Giveaway

by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney, 2016) I’m excited to bring you a fun giveaway from Disney Books to celebrate this week’s release of Hotel Bruce. Thanks to Disney for sending me the book, and for providing a prize pack to pass on to you. Here’s what the publisher has to say about Hotel Bruce: When Bruce […]

Lucy + An Interview with Randy Cecil

by Randy Cecil (Candlewick, 2016) Oh, how I loved this book. It’s unusual: not quite a picture book, not quite a chapter book, innovative and entirely perfect for the story inside. This is the story of a dog named Lucy, a girl who loves her, and another someone this girl loves. This is a story of […]

They All Saw a Cat

by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books, 2016) You might have heard about this book. You might have read the fascinating and buzz-inducing article on its acquisition. You might have heard Matthew Winner and Brendan Wenzel in conversation here. (And do if you haven’t! It’s a treat.) You might have seen Emily Arrow’s super sweet song and […]

Bad Guy: A Cover Reveal

(Simon Kids, 2017) Bad guys are smart. Bad guys are crafty. But being a bad guy can have consequences… Inspired by a rule at her kids’ preschool (“no bad guys on the playground”), Hannah Barnaby’s story explores the highs and lows of life as a villain. I am so excited to bring you this first […]

Chirri & Chirra

by Kaya Doi (translated by Yuki Kaneko, published by Enchanted Lion, 2016) You might have seen this one pop up a bunch online in the last couple weeks. That’s because it is exquisite. So special, so surprising, and so spectacular that it even exists. Chirri & Chirra come to us from Japan, where Kaya Doi […]

Everyone + an interview with Christopher Silas Neal

by Christopher Silas Neal (Candlewick, 2016) I’m happy to introduce you today to Christopher Silas Neal, a picture book creator I am a big fan of. He’s got quite the illustration portfolio, but this spring’s Everyone was his debut as both picture book author and illustrator. Here’s hoping he makes many more. Enjoy! How did […]

Ada’s Ideas + an interview with Fiona Robinson

by Fiona Robinson (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016) Here is a look at a stunning new book about Ada Lovelace, from a stunning illustrator whose work I have completely fallen for. I got to talk to Fiona about her new book, and I’m excited to introduce you to both of these leading ladies! And […]

House Held Up By Trees

by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Jon Klaassen (Candlewick, 2012) Above, the endpapers. A subtle hint at the both the hope and the loss inside: the green, the growth, the time. House Held Up By Trees is one of my most treasured books. It was published around the time that Jon Klassen was racking up accolades […]

Over the Ocean

by Taro Gomi (Chronicle Books, 2016) There’s no better time to stand face to face with the ocean than summer, and I’ve spent a lot of time doing just that. It asks you to feel small. It asks you to watch with wide eyes. It asks you to hope. And that’s what Taro Gomi does […]