MAC BARNETT AND ADAM REX INTERVIEW

We checked in with Mac and Adam about their most recent collaboration on their book, How This Book Was MadeThey graciously answered our questions and we think you will enjoy their responses!

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Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli

GREG PIZZOLI INTERVIEW

We interviewed Greg Pizzoli, award-winning children's author, illustrator and screen printer. His first picture book, The Watermelon Seed, won the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished book for young readers. Before his first book was published, his work had already been noted twice with Portfolio Honor Awards by SCBWI. He lives and works in Philadelphia.
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TEMPLETON GETS HIS WISH

Sometimes all Templeton wishes is to be left on his own. There would be no more nagging, no more sharing, no more rules. But when a magic diamond gives him this wish, he finds it's not all he had imagined. Greg's graphic blocks of colors portray Templeton's journey as he goes from wishing to getting his wish, but will another wish give him what he really wants?
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Øyvind Torseter

Øyvind Torseter

ØYVIND TORSETER INTERVIEW

We interviewed Øyvind Torseter, acclaimed children's book illustrator, author and comic book artist. He was the 2014 finalist for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen award. In 2008 he was honored with the Bologna Ragazzi Award. He lives and works in Oslo, Norway.
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My Father's Arms Are a Boat

A little boy's home is quiet, too quiet. His father answers honestly that his mother will not wake again. Øyvind's composite illustrations of drawings and cut paper are perfectly juxtaposed against the gentle father and son conversation that explores the uncertainty of a child's loss of a parent.
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Work in progress on My Father's Arms Are a Boat

Work in progress on My Father's Arms Are a Boat

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Yasmeen Ismail

Yasmeen Ismail

YASMEEN ISMAIL INTERVIEW

We interviewed Yasmeen Ismail, award-winning illustrator and author of children's picture books. She has won numerous awards for her books, including Time for Bed, Fred! which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award 2014. Her work was selected by jury for The Original Art 2015 by the Society of Illustrators, USA. Born in Ireland, Yasmeen now lives in Bristol, England.
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Time for Bed, Fred!

With all the familiar reluctance of a young child, Fred is not ready for bed. He tries every distraction trick in his repertoire to avoid the inevitable. Yasmeen's bright, watercolor illustrations use humor to bring Fred's personality to life.
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From Time for Bed, Fred!

From Time for Bed, Fred!

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Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson

CHRISTIAN ROBINSON INTERVIEW

We interviewed Christian Robinson, award-winning illustrator of children's picture books, including Leo: a ghost story, his collaboration with author Mac Barnett, which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2015. Last Stop on Market Street was a 2014 New York Times bestseller and Christian was honored with the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator award for Rain!
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Leo: A Ghost Story

Even a ghost can get lonely. When Leo is rejected by the family that moves into his house, he leaves, sad and unseen. Until a little girl does see him and shows the way by sharing her own imaginings. Christian Robinson's cut-paper illustrations and simple color palette enhance the otherworldly atmosphere and, in step with Mac Barnett's text, captures the give-and-take essence of real friendship.
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Work in progress on Leo: A Ghost Story

Work in progress on Leo: A Ghost Story

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Renata Liwska

Renata Liwska

RENATA LIWSKA INTERVIEW

We interviewed Renata Liwska, award winning children's book illustrator, notably of New York Times best selling The Quiet Book, and author and illustrator of Red Wagon. She has been a finalist for the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration three times and was awarded a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in 2010 for Original Art (Children's Book Illustration.) Originally from Warsaw, Poland, she now makes her home in Calgary, Canada.
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The Quiet Book

There are so many kinds of quiet in our world. This book explores an imaginative collection of these moments, reflecting the impressions of both author and illustrator. Cronin's creative text provides the ideal canvas for Renata's illustrative interpretations; a successful collaboration.
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Some of Renata's sketches

Some of Renata's sketches

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Molly Idle

Molly Idle

MOLLY IDLE INTERVIEW

We interviewed Molly Idle, award winning children's book illustrator and author. Her wordless picture book, Flora and the Flamingo earned a Caldecott Honor in 2014. She also created Flora and the Penguin and has written and illustrated three books featuring Rex, the dinosaur, including Tea Rex, Camp Rex and her most recent, Sea Rex.
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FLORA and the Flamingo

This wordless picture book effectively tells the story of a friendship between a curious girl and an equally curious flamingo. Molly's fluid colored pencil drawings illustrate this tale of friendship with gentle page-turning action that will engage young readers. 
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Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

MELISSA SWEET INTERVIEW

We interviewed Melissa Sweet, illustrator and author of children's books, including A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, a 2008 Caldecott Honor book and New York Times Best Illustrated children's book winner, and most recently, 2015 Caldecott Honor book, The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus, both by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa. Melissa also wrote and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, the winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children.
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The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

Peter Roget's life is simply but thoroughly presented in this picture biography, to reveal how this shy boy became the man who so famously and enduringly "made lists." At the back, the outline of the main events of his life, woven in with historic events of the world, adds rich perspective. Engaging watercolor, pencil and collage illustrations appropriately fill every page of this story. Melissa's hand drawn lettering, that spell out the fascinating lists, give readers a reason to come back for another look. 
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The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

2016 WINTER HOLIDAY BOOKS

Here is a selection of our favorite picture books for the 2016 winter holiday season.
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BACK TO SCHOOL BOOKS

Here is a selection of some of our favorite back to school books.
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SUMMERTIME BOOKS

A few of our favorites . . .
  
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ALPHABET BOOKS

Here is a selection of some of our favorite alphabet picture books.
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OSBORNE COLLECTION:
DOG-THEMED BOOKS

Here is a selection of dog-themed books, from the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Toronto Public Library, including some vintage examples that date back to the early 1800s.
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MAXIE, Virginia Kahl, 1956

MAXIE, Virginia Kahl, 1956

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Kris Di Giacomo

Kris Di Giacomo

KRIS DI GIACOMO INTERVIEW

We interviewed Kris Di Giacomo, noted illustrator of children's picture books. Take Away the A, by Michaël Escoffier, was named one of the Best Children's Books of 2014 and given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. Enormous Smallness, a biography of poet e.e. cummings by Matthew Burgess, also received a starred review. Born in Brazil to American parents, Kris now lives in Paris. She shared her views on her work and gave us insight into her illustration process. Her latest collaboration with Michaël Escoffier, Where's the Baboon? will be coming out in October.
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Enormous Smallness

A poet himself, Matthew Burgess writes a picture book biography of poet ee.cummings, providing  the details of his early life but also revealing the  professional roadblocks he faced to become a famous poet. Creatively exploiting the text based story, Kris's illustrations use scattered letters, images of his desk with typewriter in place and finally the poems themselves to illustrate this artist's curious path to acclaim.
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Enormous Smallness

Enormous Smallness

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Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett

MAC BARNETT INTERVIEW

We interviewed Mac Barnett, The New York Times best-selling author of children's books, including the 2015 Caldecott Honor Book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, and Extra Yarn, a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, both illustrated by Jon Klassen. Extra Yarn was also awarded the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books. In addition to picture books, Barnett writes middle-grade novels, most notably The Brixton Brothers mysteries, illustrated by Adam Rex, and The Terrible Two with Jory John.
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Chloe and the Lion

Chloe is a just a girl collecting small change for her beloved merry-go-round. Until that lion, no dragon, no lion—wait. The author and the illustrator are arguing about which is cooler and now the real adventure begins! Breaking down that wall between creators and readers is brilliant. The back and forth banter is hilarious and the illustrations (even when Mac fires Adam and tries it on his own) and 3-D models support it to the perfect end.
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Chloe and the Lion

Chloe and the Lion

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Adam Rex

Adam Rex

ADAM REX INTERVIEW: PART 1

We interviewed Adam Rex, author and illustrator of children’s books, which include the New York Times best-selling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and last year’s Moonday. He has also illustrated books by other authors, most notably, Neil Gaiman’s Chu’s Day and the Mac Barnett titles Chloe and the Lion and Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. Additionally, Adam has written a trilogy of middle school-age novels, the Cold Cereal Saga, and his first children’s novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, is being adapted into a DreamWorks animated film, HOME, due in theaters this March.
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Adam Rex

Adam Rex

ADAM REX INTERVIEW: PART 2

We interviewed Adam Rex, children's book illustrator and author, as our launching post. A movie adaptation, Home, of his middle grade novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, was just released by DreamWorks Animation. Here we share the rest of that first interview, as he discusses more about his process, and we have added an update on his upcoming and current picture book projects, including the third in his series by Neil Gaiman, Chu's Day at the Beach.
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Chu's Day at the Beach

Chu is a bear with a sneezing problem. And when he sneezes at an outing to the beach, even the sea responds, leaving the animals trying everything to get Chu to sneeze again to make things right. Maybe a feather? Or a fizzy drink? Adam's lush illustrations add the perfect details of funny situations for kids to find on every page. And readers can follow Tiny, the snail introduced in the first two books, when he plays a crucial role this time in the resolution of the climax.
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Chu's Day at the Beach

Chu's Day at the Beach

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER BOOKS

Here are are some of our favorite dog-themed picture books.
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Illustration, by Dušan Petričić, of the Toronto Public Library, home of the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

Illustration, by Dušan Petričić, of the Toronto Public Library, home of the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

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MORE TO EXPLORE

Here are selected links to museums and collections of children's books and illustration, literacy programs, and resources for illustrators and authors.
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Dušan Petričić 

Dušan Petričić 

DUSAN PETRICIC INTERVIEW

We interviewed Dušan Petričić, award winning illustrator, and first time author, of children's books. He is the winner, with author Kathy Stinson, of Canadian Children's Book Centre top award for 2014, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, for The Man with the Violin. Petričić has illustrated dozens of children's books, including In the Tree House (a finalist for the same award), Mattland and My Family Tree and Me. His editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and Toronto Star.
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The Man with the Violin
 

Here is a gentle reminder for any age to look and listen! Art is all around us, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Dušan's wonderfully detailed illustrations capture the sense of wonder that music can evoke. Joshua Bell, world class violinist, dressed as a ordinary street musician and played in a Washington, D.C. metro in 2007. Kathy Stinson's story is woven from the fictional experience of a young boy who is moved by this music, despite his mother's attempt to hurry him along. 
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Man with the Violin

Man with the Violin

DUSAN PETRICIC INTERVIEW

We interviewed Dušan Petričić, award winning illustrator, and first time author, of children's books. He is the winner, with author Kathy Stinson, of Canadian Children's Book Centre top award for 2014, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, for The Man with the Violin. Petričić has illustrated dozens of children's books, including In the Tree House (a finalist for the same award), Mattland and My Family Tree and Me. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and Toronto Star.
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Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen

JON KLASSEN INTERVIEW

We interviewed Jon Klassen, New York Times best selling illustrator and author of children's books, including the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner, This Is not my Hat, and I Want my Hat Back, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2011 and 2010 Canadian Governor General's Award winner. He also illustrated Extra Yarn, a 2013 Caldecott Honor book, and 2015 Caldecott Honor book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, both by Mac Barnett.
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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Two boys dig and dig in search of adventure. The dog is digging too in pursuit of a bone. Finally, a breakthrough! And then they are back home. Or are they? Jon's colored pencil illustrations include small details that suggest there is more to this story. Mac's spare text perfectly depicts this simple scenario that turns out to be anything but simple.
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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

This Is not my Hat

While a big fish is sleeping, a little fish steals his tiny blue hat. Page by page, the little fish talks himself into justifying his actions. But now he needs to hide. Those tall plants growing close together seem like a perfect place. The format and graphic illustrations highlight Jon's ability to perfectly capture expressions in his animal characters. With few words and simple pictures, suspense in this mystery is effectively built.