Bethany Barton photographed by D'Avello Photography.
If Bethany Barton were a spider, she knows exactly which species she’d be.
“Definitely the peacock spider: he’s colorful, he’s fuzzy, he does a little dance,” Barton says by phone from L.A. “Have you ever seen a peacock spider dance?! You have to go to YouTube right now. It’s cool—I’ll hold.”
I’ve got a wee menagerie in my picture-book round-up this week—pigs, cats, ponies. If you’re looking for other creatures, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but these are three books that won’t let you down.
First up is Marcus Ewert’s rhyming Mummy Cat, illustrated by Lisa Brown and coming to shelves later this month. There are several narrative layers to this sophisticated story about a mummified cat, “who’s passed through Death” and wakes to wander his tomb and be with the ...
The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing: It’s Canada Day
July 1, 2015
The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing, so it must be time for that annual celebration of national identity: Canada Day. Although Canadians typically don’t make as much noise as we Americans do, I have found that they make excellent books, and this year is no exception. Join me for a quick tour.
Montreal author/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay has kicked off a new early-reader/chapter-book series about the indomitable Princess Pistachio, convinced she’s a member of the Papuan ...
The new video by Tad Hills, author of R IS For ROCKET
June 30, 2015
Tad Hills and Rocket
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) are returning in R Is for Rocket: An ABC Book, out on July 7. Author Tad Hills explains a bit about Rocket and his friends in this irresistible new video. We feel so sorry for Goose, who finds walking a little difficult. Check out Tad Hills’ new video!
“A boy. A boat. A rainy day. An adventure.” That’s what the jacket flap of Daniel Miyares’ Float promises readers. Indeed, it is an adventure, the kind made of the most elemental components—hope and security and resiliency.
The plot itself is not a complicated one. On a grey day, promising rain, a young boy folds a newspaper page into a boat. He’s having a great time with the boat on the flowing waters of his neighborhood, streams made from ...
Though she currently lives and works in the U.K., author-illustrator Emily Hughes is a native of Hawaii. And it’s her home state that serves as inspiration for her newest picture book, coming to shelves in early August, The Little Gardener. The book tells the story of a Thumbelina-sized gardener in the wild, whose immense and struggling garden home is his joy. Though he despairs when his garden flounders—he’s too small to handle it all on his own, and he ...
It takes a certain kind of talent to create a winning picture book for toddlers and preschoolers. There are two on shelves now—both, as it happens, illustrated by former recipients of the Sendak Fellowship—that are just that.
I’m teaching a grad course on picture books this summer, and we’ve been talking in class about one of the hallmarks of a true picture book—an illustrator’s ability to extend a picture book text. The words may say one thing, but the illustrations ...
In this era of #weneeddiversebooks, I have spent considerable time of late on a related deficiency: #weneeddiversereviewers. I'm not the only one. Partly because we are all conscious of the fact that America's public schools are now majority-brown, partly because we wonder whether having greater diversity in the workplace will help us find, create, and publicize those necessary diverse books, and partly because it's just the right thing to do, many in the children's-book industry have ...
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