Make Monday Bright

@HMHCo @huffpostbooks @bwon1 Hooray for Hat, by Brian Won; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26.99, 40 pages, ages 2-6. (Available June 26, 2016) The Huffington Post dubbed Brian Won’s picture book debut it’s overall pick for best read-aloud of 2014. Now, the story of a crabby elephant whose jaunty topper brings joy to his fellow jungle creaturesContinue reading “Make Monday Bright”

@hmhco Upward Mobility    Flying Frogs and Walking Fish, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 4-8. Tree-climbing goats, walking octopuses, flying snakes, and other creatures make an appearance in the latest scientific exploration by husband-and-wife duo Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Over forty animals climb, jet, roll, andContinue reading

@thebrucemuseum Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art From the Big Bad Wolf to the Frog Prince and Peter Rabbit, animals have long played central roles in children’s literature. Now the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut is exploring how and why artists highlight certain animal characteristics. Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art, which openedContinue reading

Q&A with Jim Arnosky, Part 2

In part one of my Q&A with children’s book author Jim Arnosky, we explored how he got his start in picture books as well as how he became a naturalist. Today, he shares his transition from cartooning to illustrating, the importance of great editors, and how his books take shape. Basbanes: What made you decideContinue reading “Q&A with Jim Arnosky, Part 2”

The Winter Train, by Susanna Isern, illustrated by Ester Garcia; Cuento de Luz, $16.95, 24 pages, ages 2-5.  The first snowflakes send many of us for warmer climes, and the animals in The Winter Train are no exception. The Northern Forest inhabitants prepare to escape the annual freeze, packing their toothbrushes and turning out theContinue reading