Author Archives: carterhiggins

I Know a Lot of Things

by Ann and Paul Rand (Chronicle Books, 2009; originially published in 1956.) You might remember how much I love this pair’s Sparkle and Spin, and this one is just as playful and just as true. That case cover surprise is an a delight, and complementary-colored endpapers start this book with a bang. Paul Rand’s graphic genius […]


by Isao Sasaki (Viking, 1982) I’m not too sure if this book is still in print or not, but I snagged it at a used bookstore in Seattle once upon a long time ago. It was the best six bucks I spent in the entire city. Maybe the best six bucks ever. This book felt […]

The Promise

by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin (Candlewick, 2014) The Promise is on this year’s New York Times Best Illustrated Books list and I’m so glad it captured a spot. I imagine weeping and gnashing of teeth to pare down a year into a handful of notables, but they got this one so right. Here you have […]

Chronicle Books #GiveBooks 2014

Adorable #GiveBooks illustration by the super talented Lisa Congdon. I am super proud and excited to be a part of this campaign. What’s the deal, you ask? It’s as simple as that: #GiveBooks. Pledge to promote literacy, support your local bookstore, and spread the joy of reading this holiday season. For each tweet, pin, pledge, and […]

The Mouse Mansion

by Karina Schaapman (Dial, 2014; originally published in the Netherlands in 2011.) This book. This book is massive and mini all at once. Its press release calls it Beatrix Potter meets I Spy. A fitting description, that one, but I might call it George and Martha meets The Ultimate Alphabet meets a craftier Cardboard Challenge. This […]

Live in a Story

You guys. I’m so excited about this. You remember Arree Chung, right? The dude is a complete genius. He and a few friends started a company recently called Live in a Story, and the whole shebang is pretty brilliant. Here I am in my Maxwell gear with one of Live in a Story’s wall decals. […]

Home Grown Books

by Cecile Dyer and Kyla Ryman (Home Grown Books, 2014) I’ve written before about how I’m a sucker for board books, but this new-to-me publisher has raised the board book bar. These books are both meaningful and beautiful, which is a touch balance to strike in a book so seemingly simple. This one, Dress Up, […]

The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn

by Eric von Schmidt (Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1964) Okay. It’s time for a teensy bit of name dropping. I have this cousin who is a brilliant singer and songwriter and he’s racked up a few Grammys as well. (Do you say Grammies? I don’t think so.) If you are into good, old-fashioned bluegrass and Americana, check […]

The Picturebooking Podcast

Have you met Nick Patton? He’s the brain behind The Picturebooking Podcast, and he’s super awesome. And not only because he interviewed me. Take a look at his site, and take a listen to his interviews. This is a voice to the kidlit community that will be around for a while. Good stuff. But it’s […]


by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014) When you open a book to sweeping, fiery endpapers, it’s almost as if you can hear the symphony begin. The author, Misty Copeland, is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. The illustrator, Christopher Myers, is a Caldecott Honoree for Harlem and the […]