This Is Not a Valentine


out today from Chronicle Books!

It’s time that this book belongs to you, and not just Lucy, me, and our incredible team at Chronicle. We hope you love it enough to share it with someone you love!

Just yesterday, Betsy Bird named it to her list of Transcendent Holiday Picture Books! You can see the whole list here.

And in other exciting news, the book is on the Winter Kids’ Indie Next List. Thanks, Indies! We’d give you a frog too.

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 12.34.35 PM

Making a picture book is a surreal kind of art. The words started with me, but Lucy’s art wrapped around the story in a way that created something entirely new than I could have conjured up. I’m such a fan of our book. Just look!

Image2 Image3

Available today! Everywhere you can get good books!



  • Kathleen Mazurowski
    Posted December 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read This is not a Valentine.❤️

  • Suellen Franze
    Posted December 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Congratulations, Carter!

  • Posted December 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    My copy arrived last week — just in time to gift to my valentine for Christmas (a yearly tradition). I love it and so does he. Thanks and congratulations!

  • Posted December 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Carter! I am so looking forward to reading your book!