Author Feature: Charles Ghigna

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Who Can? YOU CAN! Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what’s coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen’s colorful art and Charles Ghigna’s whimsical words.   How do you usually begin writing your stories? Story ideas often pop into my mind at the most unexpected times, such as in the middle of a school visit […]






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Illustrator Feature: Josée Bisaillon

Bedtime 123

Written by Eric Walters, Bedtime 123 will lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon. Tell us about the illustration style of your book? How did you decide what it would be? I don’t really know how to describe my style…maybe whimsical ? For Bedtime 123, I wanted the book to have […]






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5 books for Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day, readers! Every little thing matters (as we learn in the playful picture book featured below). So let’s get into the green, planet-saving mode with some of our favorite earth-related books!   1. What Matters by Alison Hughes and Illustrated by Holly Hatam What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we […]






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Learning about Linocutting

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A guest post by illustrator Sue Todd. Her linocuts can be seen in An African Alphabet, out now! What is the technique and process of  linocutting? Once my rough sketch is approved, I transfer it to the linoleum with carbon paper, clamp it to my desk and start carving, keeping in mind that, as with all relief printing techniques, the areas I do not carve will be the printed line or shapes. When the carving is complete, water soluble printing ink is rolled onto the linoleum. I place it on the press, cover it with […]






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Author Feature: Becky Citra

Duke's Den by Becky Citra

#TuesdayTalk with Becky Citra. Her new middle-grade novel, Duke’s Den, is on shelves now. Tell us about your book. In Duke’s Den, Amelia is dreading the long boring summer in her new neighborhood when Duke, Gabriella, and their menagerie of rescued reptiles and animals move into the basement apartment. Amelia struggles to keep the animals a secret from her mother, who has a snake phobia, and also to help save the life of a very ill tortoise, Winston. What was the catalyst for your story? My story was inspired by my nephew, who runs a refuge for […]






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Author Feature: Lorna Crozier

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#TuesdayTalk with Lorna Crozier Lorna’s new board book, So Many Babies, launches this month. What inspired you to write for babies and very young children? I have six grandchildren, all who live within half an hour of our house. Two are babies. Those are who I keep in mind when I’m writing board books. Is there a story behind the creation of your book?  I wrote So Many Babies after seeing babies everywhere I went–in stores, cafes, libraries, cars, planes, etc. I then began to imagine animal babies rather than human and wrote about where […]






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