Author Archives: carterhiggins

How to Make Friends With a Ghost + an interview with Rebecca Green

by Rebecca Green (Tundra Books, 2017) Here’s your fall storytime favorite! It’s already mine. Author and illustrator Rebecca Green stopped by to answer a few questions about this book and her beautiful work. Welcome, Rebecca! When, how, or why did you get into picture books? I’ve only been doing picture books for the last two […]

Cover Reveal! Z Goes First

by Sean Lamb and Mike Perry (Imprint, 2017) How great does this look? Thanks to Macmillan for this good-looking cover reveal! Illustrator Mike Perry is new to children’s books, but you might know him from his work on Broad City. How great are these animations? But now, books: This is your first time illustrating a picture […]

An Anniversary, A Newsletter, and a Giveaway!

A Rambler Steals Home / This Is Not a Valentine / Everything You Need for a Treehouse I started this blog six years ago. What was my first post? This one. (FPH forever.) It was a Sunday. It was the tenth anniversary of that day. I wanted to do something comforting and hopeful. I’ve always found […]

Grandmother Thorn + an interview with illustrator Rebecca Hahn

by Katey Howes and Rebecca Hahn (Ripple Grove Press, 2017) One of the best parts of the book world is its people, and the joy of celebrating their books’ entrance to the world. The author of this book, Katey Howes, has been a friend for a long while, and we’ve both been fans of Rebecca’s work. […]

2017 Picture Book Summit

It’s back! The third annual Picture Book Summit is gearing up with another stellar lineup. And the best part is that you can attend this conference from your home and in your pajamas. Is there a better perk for a writer? People ask me all the time how to start writing picture books, and I […]

A Different Pond

by Bao Phi and Thi Bui (Capstone Young Readers) Here’s an intimate look at a family’s traditions in a new place. It’s familiar, but not. Home, but not. A young boy and his father head out on an early morning adventure full of streetlights and stories and minnows. They park by a pond. Under the stars. In […]

Colette’s Lost Pet

by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra Books, 2017) A new kid. A mission. A teensy, tiny fib. This story could have ended so much differently–preachy or didactic or womp womp. And yet here, it’s a seed that sprouts a shared experience. That grows friends and imaginations and oh yes I have seen that bird. But here, the neighborhood […]

Nerdcamp + #emojibooktalks

my first book / my next book / All the Wonders buttons The past week has been one big book-y blur. And every bit of it was so wonderful. I went to Nerdcamp in Michigan, which was a pinch me kind of week. The internet literally came to life right before my eyes, and tiny square avatars […]

Life on Mars

by Jon Agee (Dial Books, 2017) The trickiest thing to get right in a picture book is its drama between the words and the pictures. Its theatrics. Its page-turning-suspense. Jon Agee is so very good at this. Always, and Life on Mars is not an exception. This brave little astronaut heads to Mars. With a […]

Heart and Home: A Middle Grade Panel

Mark your calendars, southern California! I’m so excited to talk all things middle grade with these three fellow debuts–Sally, Jennifer, and Danielle. Won’t you join us? More info here. PS: If you have read A Rambler Steals Home, would you mind a quick review and/or starring it at Amazon? When a book hits fifty reviews […]