Author Archives: carterhiggins

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 […]

Chirri & Chirra

by Kaya Doi (translated by Yuki Kaneko, published by Enchanted Lion, 2016) You might have seen this one pop up a bunch online in the last couple weeks. That’s because it is exquisite. So special, so surprising, and so spectacular that it even exists. Chirri & Chirra come to us from Japan, where Kaya Doi […]

Everyone + an interview with Christopher Silas Neal

by Christopher Silas Neal (Candlewick, 2016) I’m happy to introduce you today to Christopher Silas Neal, a picture book creator I am a big fan of. He’s got quite the illustration portfolio, but this spring’s Everyone was his debut as both picture book author and illustrator. Here’s hoping he makes many more. Enjoy! How did […]

Ada’s Ideas + an interview with Fiona Robinson

by Fiona Robinson (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016) Here is a look at a stunning new book about Ada Lovelace, from a stunning illustrator whose work I have completely fallen for. I got to talk to Fiona about her new book, and I’m excited to introduce you to both of these leading ladies! And […]

House Held Up By Trees

by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Jon Klaassen (Candlewick, 2012) Above, the endpapers. A subtle hint at the both the hope and the loss inside: the green, the growth, the time. House Held Up By Trees is one of my most treasured books. It was published around the time that Jon Klassen was racking up accolades […]

Over the Ocean

by Taro Gomi (Chronicle Books, 2016) There’s no better time to stand face to face with the ocean than summer, and I’ve spent a lot of time doing just that. It asks you to feel small. It asks you to watch with wide eyes. It asks you to hope. And that’s what Taro Gomi does […]

The Bear and the Piano

by David Litchfield (Clarion Books, 2016) I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but make sure you check the bottom of this post for the closing endpapers. A beautiful before and after of a beautiful story. And while we’re talking endpapers, check out this delightful new Instagram feed featuring notable endpapers. Endies, right? […]


by EsmĂ© Shapiro (Tundra Books, 2016 [out today!]) One of the best things about being in so many overlapping circles of the kids’ book community is that I often get a look at a book early. And this is one that has caused me to watch the calendar day after day after day after day […]

Life Without Nico

by Andrea Maturana, illustrated by Francisco Javier Olea (Kids Can Press, 2016) If you’ve ever had a very best friend, this scene sums it all up. Looking away from each other, but always to one another. Navigating a trip to the stars. Until a different trip steamrolls in. If a moment can be simultaneously sweet […]

Little Red

by Bethan Woollvin (Peachtree Publishers, 2016) Okay. So this book. Have you seen it? There’s a familiar story at its heart, but this one takes that soul and stretches it into something so subverted, so surprising, and so darn wonderful. Let’s just start with a bang. Those undies! Fierce. Be careful with this one. And […]