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Two books about emotions


Normally our post title is the book’s title, but both of these together would be way too long: When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang and I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Both illustrators have won Caldecott honors in the past, but never the actual Medal. Could this be […]

Studio Views: Push the Paint


My favorite medium — that’s a tough question. I suppose it depends on whether we’re talking about media with respect to bookmaking or media in general. I never have a particular medium in mind when designing a book. The text really dictates what the medium should be. I’ve used just about everything — oils, acrylics, […]

Bluebird and Bully


Covers make the book, and both of these titles, related by theme, have stunning covers. Once you see them, you are unlikely to forget them. That lone bluebird flying over the city portends the poignant story within, and that bull, bathed in bold red, defiantly glaring, dares the reader to even open the book. The reason […]



Can a concept book win the Caldecott? I’m pretty sure none have yet. No alphabet books, counting books or color books. What about this one — a color book about just one color? Putting it that way makes Green sound too simple. Trust Seeger to add layers of complexity and meaning, but with a light […]