Author Archives: carterhiggins

A Rambler Steals Home

(available February 28 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) Three weeks from today, this book for middle graders (and the rest of us!) will be out in the world! Have you heard? Here’s what you can find inside: Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until […]

The Unexpected Love Story Of Alfred Fiddleduckling + An Interview with Timothy Basil Ering

by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick, 2017) One of my all time favorite picture books is The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, which I wrote about here. That’s Timothy’s! I’m so excited to have him here today and to give you a peek of his latest book, a total delight, The Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. Check out […]

The Green Umbrella

by Jackie Azúa Kramer and Maral Sassouni (NorthSouth, 2016) Here’s a gorgeous book that’s got it all. Beautiful language, lovely pictures, and a story that is rich in both originality and familiarity. It’s out early next month, and I’m so excited to bring you this sneak peek today. An umbrella. An ordinary thing. But this […]


by Murray McCain & John Alcorn (Ammo Books, reissued 2015; originally published 1964) Take a look at this quirky book on writing I snagged recently. I love it for its oddball pictures and typography as much as for its spot-on quips on writing and how to do it. A craft book? A picture book? A […]

Radiant Child

by Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016) Let’s start 2017 with one of the most exquisite books of 2016. If you don’t know it yet, I’d bet a Picasso that three Mondays from now you’ll be hearing more about it. Truly one for the year and one for our time. Just look. […]

2017 Middle Grade Debuts

Look at all of those beautiful books! Each of these book covers has a lovely author (sometimes two!) behind it, and I am so lucky to be debuting a book with this bunch. If you just can’t wait to spend some holiday money, a preorder of one or all of these is a wonderful idea. […]

Best of the Year at All the Wonders

The team at All the Wonders has been hard at work over the last month or so, finishing up pages and tallying our favorites. We read a whole lot this year. And so this week, we bring to you four end-of-the-year-best-of-the-year lists, a monster-sized batch of top-notch books. Head over for lists celebrating picture books, nonfiction picture […]

Listen! Listen!

by Ann and Paul Rand (reissued by Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) I’m a big fan of these two, a creative powerhouse of a family. I’ve written about their books before, here and here. This one is worth a look. And now, thanks to Princeton Architectural Press, you can get your hands on it once again. It’s a […]

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 […]