Author Archives: carterhiggins

Life + An Interview with Brendan Wenzel

by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel (Simon and Schuster, 2017) This book is a showstopper, and this duo is so very right. Life takes a look at just that: the hopes and hardships of living things. It’s a sophisticated idea rendered with exquisite simplicity. I got to chat with Caldecott Honoree Brendan Wenzel about books […]

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story + an interview with David Roberts

by Sally Lloyd-Jones and David Roberts (Candlewick Press, 2017) Do you see that pantyhose hair? And big sister’s expression? And her no-nonsense-ear-pencil and toe about to tap? And the gold on this jacket sparkles with its spot gloss situation, and the whole book from the very beginning is just a yes. So when Candlewick asked […]

The Journey Trilogy

by Aaron Becker (box set to be released November 7, 2017, Candlewick Press) I’m so excited to bring you this glimmer of good news today. Aaron Becker’s stunning wordless trilogy is being released as a box set by Candlewick just in time for the warm winter holidays, or any time your soul needs a boost. […]

Robinson + an interview with Peter Sís

by Peter Sís (Scholastic, 2017) Here’s a special thing for you that was a huge honor for me. Meet Peter Sís. You might know him from an incredible stack of books like Starry Messenger, The Wall, and The Pilot and the Little Prince. His latest, Robinson, is a sort of mashup of Sís’s own childhood and the […]

Moon: A Cover Reveal

by Alison Oliver (Clarion Books, April 17, 2018) I’ve been a fan of Alison Oliver’s work for a long time. (Proof.) And now, look at this stunning cover of her debut as both author and illustrator. Gorgeous, right? I asked Alison to tell me a little about Moon, and here’s what she said: Moon is a […]

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 […]

Z Goes First: A Cover Reveal

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 […]