Let’s Talk Picture Books: Crushes of the Week: November 13-19, 2022

This week’s crushes: The best kind of mooncake by Pearl Auyeung (Page Street Kids, October 2022) the monsters go by Daisy Hirst (Candlewick Press, October 2022) The coat by Severine Vidal and Louis Thomas (Flyaway Books, October 2022) If your babysitter is a witch by Ana Siqueira and Irena Freitas (Simon & Schuster Books for … Read more

Let’s talk picture books: WHAT ARE WORDS, REALLY?

What are words, really? by Alexi Lubomirski and Carlos Aponte explores the power of words and how the right words can change the world. What are the words? Turns out they’re not just random letters arranged in different ways, they have power! Words can be funny, hurtful, magical, and everything in between, but more than … Read more

Let’s Talk Picture Books: Let’s Talk Illustrators #231: Cat Min

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with the author-illustrator. minimal cat on the little toymaker! This is the first time that Cat has created text for a book: her debut shy willow she was speechless, so it was a delight to see her in what I know will be a … Read more

Crushes of the week: November 6-12, 2022

This week’s crushes: Killjoy by Huw Lewis Jones and Ben Sanders (Thames & Hudson, Oct 2022) Shoham’s Armlet by Sarah Sassoon and Noa Kelner (Kar-Ben Publishing, November 2022) The lights that dance in the night by Yuval Zommer (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Nov 2022) A head full of birds by Alexandra Garibal and Sibylle … Read more

Let’s Talk Picture Books: SHU LIN’S GRANDFATHER

Shu Lin’s grandfather by Matt Goodfellow and Yu Rong gently demonstrates the power of art to transcend language and cultural barriers. A student named Dylan watches as new student Shu Lin begins her first day with her class. Shu Lin doesn’t speak English very well, so her classmates aren’t sure how to interact with her, … Read more

Let’s Talk Picture Books: Let’s Talk Illustrators #230: Jed Alexander

LTPB: Why did you choose to explore the history of Goldilocks in Prayed? And any reason why you made the decision to be speechless? JA: I wanted to be speechless because it seems like the purest and most challenging form of the picture book. It requires clarity and simplicity. One thing I like about wordless … Read more