Author Archives: carterhiggins

Presenting . . . The Undies!

  It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story. When the case cover […]

Jill & Dragon

by Lesley Barnes (Tate, 2015) You’ve got to see this book. And you’ve got to stick around for some extras from Lesley Barnes, its author and illustrator. It begins on the endpapers. Once upon a time there lived a terrible dragon. And then on the title page, we can guess that we’ve just seen a snippet […]

Grandad’s Island

by Benji Davies (first published in the US by Candlewick, 2016) This is a book about a boy named Syd. And if you go through the backyard and past the knotty tree, this is a book about Syd’s Grandad. He’s a Grandad who has a big metal door in the corner of his attic. A […]

Be Glad Your Dad…(Is Not an Octopus!) + An Interview with Sara Jensen

by Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen; illustrated by Jared Chapman (Little, Brown, 2016) Once upon a time, I started this blog. It worked fine and looked nice until it didn’t anymore, and that’s when a superhero named Sara Jensen came to the rescue of this damsel in distress. She’s the genius behind the Book Party […]

A Morning With Grandpa

by Sylvia Liu and Christina Forshay (Lee & Low, 2016) Here’s a book I have been looking forward to for a long time, thanks to the close knit and dear friendships the book community creates online. It has been such fun to sneak peeks behind the scenes of both Sylvia and Christina’s work, and I […]

The Bus Ride

by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press, 2015) This delightful, mind-stretchy book is by the creator of one of my 2014 favorites, The Lion and the Bird. Remember that one? And this book has been out for over a year, but it’s taken a while to wrap my brain around its brilliance. It’s a little bit […]

A Tree is Nice

by Janice May Udry and pictures by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1987, originally published in 1956) I’ve always loved this girl. Hand on her hop, watering her tree. She’s totally oblivious to the rapscallions behind her, that dog and that cat. And even that tall tree back there. Her eyes hope only for this one. Do you see […]

Apples and Robins

by Lucie Félix (Chronicle Books, 2016) Here’s a book that is also a puzzle, an optical illusion, and a little bit toy-like all at once. Here’s what I mean. So, then, a birdhouse: one small circle, two parallelograms, and a die-cut triangle. Or walls and a roof and a string, of course. Isn’t that what […]

The Friendship Experiment meets A Rambler Steals Home

The thing with publishing is that it’s always going to be easier (and more fun!) to navigate if you have some people by your side. The thing with those people is that you didn’t know you would become friends, but you did. I feel super lucky to have bumped into Erin Teagan along this road. We […]

Pink is for Blobfish

by Jess Keating, illustrated by David Degrand (Knopf, 2016) I mean, just look at that guy. How could you not love him? I do. I do, I do. Making picture books means collaborating with the whispers of someone else’s art. And now that this particular book is off the printer and into the hands of […]