Author Archives: carterhiggins

The Little Gardener + an interview with Emily Hughes (part ii)

I can’t stop thinking about the line Emily left us with yesterday, this one: They are stories coming from a place of trying to understand, rather than a place where it is understood. Right? Welcome back, Emily! Hope you enjoy the rest of our conversation. (And a reminder, click to enlarge any images.) Can you […]

The Little Gardener + an interview with Emily Hughes (part i)

by Emily Hughes (Flying Eye Books, 2015) Friends, I am beyond awe with this conversation with Emily Hughes. If you aren’t familiar with her work yet, I guarantee you will fall in love with it, with her, with a storytelling brilliance that is out of this world. Here, she lets us know both where stories […]

Edmund Unravels

by Andrew Kolb (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin, 2015) A book cover nodding to old travel postcards feels like a good place to end up, right? Also, study that thing closely as you read, because I’m pretty sure you’ll find each of those locations in the letters inside the book. There’s a moment […]


by JiHyeon Lee  (Chronicle Books, 2015) Hello to you! And you! And you! Here I am, ready to flip my g o n e  f i s h i n g sign back around. First, have you had a nice summer? I have been away from the grind, sitting on a deck, writing books and […]

Picture Book Summit 2015

Have you heard? There’s a new online conference in town. I’d pull up a chair with any of these three authors and illustrators, and so I expect this to be a rich day of learning and creating and basking in the beauty of picture books. From the Picture Book Summit’s press release: Three of today’s […]

This is Not a Valentine, but it is a new book!

You guys! I’m so happy to work on another book with my editor at Chronicle. This one is special, even though it is most definitely not something special. No way. Stay tuned for more book-goodness, and thank you for taking it easy with me this summer. P.S.–What have you been reading? I was lucky enough […]


by Mike Wu (Disney Hyperion, 2015) Before anything else, this (full screen!): Ellie’s endpapers start us off like this: long and lonely and barren. There she is, a little hint of her. And if you want another one, take the dust jacket off to reveal the case cover. Ok. We learn quickly why the zoo […]

The Skunk

by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell (Roaring Brook Press, 2015) The Skunk is a book I’ve been wanting for ages but I had no idea that I was. I’m going to spoil this podcast interview for you, and you should still listen to it anyway, but when asked where he got the idea for this book, […]

The Slant Book

by Peter Newell (Tuttle Publishing, 2001; originally published in 1910) This book hopped back on my radar during my 2014 visit to the NYPL’s exhibit, The ABCs of it: Why Children’s Books Matter. (Check out the second to last picture in that post for cold, hard proof.) It’s strange and silly and a playful use of […]

Summer Reading 2015

How about some summer reading lists? I made these for school, and the caveat is that books are for whoever wants to read them, so take the age ranges with a grain or two of salt. These were books we’ve loved over the year, and ones I think they would like based on our billions […]