Author Archives: carterhiggins

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 […]

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 […]