Author Archives: carterhiggins

This Is Not a Valentine + An Emily Arrow Song!

by me, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Chronicle Books, 2017) (Use code VALENTINE for 30% off right now at Chronicle!) This post is not a valentine, but I’m here to wish you the happiest of them. Thank you for celebrating this book so well with us! And here’s an extra special treat: Emily! The sweetest […]

Petra + An Interview with Marianna Coppo

by Marianna Coppo (Tundra Books, 2018) This book instantly shot up to the top of my favorites list. It is a smile from start to finish. I chatted with Marianna Coppo about Petra and how it was made, and hope this shoots it to the top of your favorites too. When, how, or why did […]

ABC Pop-Up + An Interview with Courtney Watson McCarthy

by Courtney Watson McCarthy (Candlewick, 2017) Just when you think you’ve seen every ABC book, something fresh pops up. This one is clever and sophisticated, and I got to chat with Courtney Watson McCarthy about all things engineering and design and just plain happiness. When, how, or why did you get into making pop-up books? […]

Free As a Bird + An Interview with Lina Maslo

by Lina Maslo (Balzer + Bray, 2018) This beautiful book hit the shelves yesterday, and I’m so pleased to bring you a little insight from its creator, Lina Maslo. Enjoy! When, how, or why did you get into picture books? I knew I wanted to be an artist from an early age, so I was […]


by Lemniscates (Candlewick Press, 2017) Happy New Year! Do your resolutions call for more art-making and daydreaming? This is the perfect book for you. It’s a look at the profound nature of trees—their strength, their gifts, and their incredible patience. Some of you might be seeing winter trees right now (not here!), and some of […]

This Is Not a Valentine

out today from Chronicle Books! It’s time that this book belongs to you, and not just Lucy, me, and our incredible team at Chronicle. We hope you love it enough to share it with someone you love! Just yesterday, Betsy Bird named it to her list of Transcendent Holiday Picture Books! You can see the […]

The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books for Young Readers, February 2018) Here’s a book that you need to know about. I read a lot of books. A lot. And this one nearly took me down. It’s a breathtaking look at grief in a few simple gestures. It’s stunning. I got to chat with Cori Doerrfeld about […]

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017) If you spend any time in kids’ books or illustration circles on Instagram, you may remember Vashti Harrison’s brilliant project last February: an illustrated series of remarkable black women. She posted once a day during Black History Month of 2017, and it was such a […]

Personalized Preorders available now!

This book hits shelves in less than a month, and I cannot wait for you to see this small gift Lucy and I have made for you. And for your kids! Your teacher! Your best friend! This book is perfect for anyone you love, truly. Over the weekend, on Small Business Saturday, I spend a […]

Life + An Interview with Brendan Wenzel

by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel (Simon and Schuster, 2017) This book is a showstopper, and this duo is so very right. Life takes a look at just that: the hopes and hardships of living things. It’s a sophisticated idea rendered with exquisite simplicity. I got to chat with Caldecott Honoree Brendan Wenzel about books […]