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Meet the Author: Lena Podesta

Meet the Author: Lena Podesta


Meet animator, illustrator, and children’s author, Lena Podesta!  We’re excited to hear from the author of Too Crowded about her passion for art and her take on the current state of kids and reading. Learn more about the inspiration behind Lena’s hilarious children’s book, creative process, and thoughts on the magic of watching kids learn to read and love books

15 Enchanting Children’s Books About Butterflies

15 Enchanting Children’s Books About Butterflies


Spring is here, and with it, new life and a vibrancy in the air. Plenty of insects can be found roaming outside, from pretty ladybugs, to rolly pill bugs, to majestic butterflies—our favorite! Below are butterfly books for kids all about the striking winged insects that wander the skies as the weather grows warmer.

Meet the Author: Eric Telchin

Meet the Author: Eric Telchin


Eric Telchin’s book, The Color Factory, is interactive, vibrant, and fun. This month, we were delighted to speak with Eric about the inspiration for his books, learn more about his creative process, and hear what children’s books mean to him.

15 Children’s Picture Books About Feelings and Emotions

15 Children’s Picture Books About Feelings and Emotions


A great way to help your kids recognize and react to their emotions is to introduce them to the complex world of feelings using approachable narratives with visuals created just for kids. We’ve compiled a list of the best 15 children’s books about feelings to help the littles in your life better understand their emotions. 

Meet the Author: DJ Corchin

Meet the Author: DJ Corchin


DJ Corchin’s picture book teaches young readers that even great ideas sometimes receive a NO–but that NO can actually help great ideas become the best ideas! This empowering book shows what amazing things happen when we work with others and don’t give up and is a great message these days for kids. We were excited to have the chance to interview DJ this month, get to know him and learn a little of the back story behind “A Thousand NO’s.” Perseverance and innovation are important topics; even for very young children. Through his wonderful book, he manages to tackle these concepts in a way that works for kids.

Meet the Author: Rob Hodgson

Meet the Author: Rob Hodgson


My Best Friend is a picture book preschoolers will want to read again and again. Its quirky and somewhat dark humor is unlike most other children’s books and the reason we fell in love with it. What’s not to like about Mouse telling everyone about his best friend, Giant Owl, who may or may not be trying to eat him! The illustrations are wonderful and tell a very different reality than the story we hear from Mouse about his best friend, Giant Owl. Whether the two “friends” are playing chase, eating donuts (fattening up!), or building a house (cage!), the story is unpredictable. The obviousness of Mouse to the true motives of Giant Owl, is touching. We hope you enjoy our interview with Rob Hodgson, an author/illustrator we should all keep our eyes on.

Meet the Author: Mick Jackson

Meet the Author: Mick Jackson


Ella Mae Does It Her Way is a fantastic children’s book about a little girl with her own ideas. We couldn’t wait to interview the author, Mick Jackson, to find out from where this character came. After hearing from her mum that it’s good to try new things, Ella Mae decides “backwards” is the way to go. She walks, reads and even gets into bed backwards. This new way of doing things catches on and soon most of the town is following her lead. Unfortunately for Ella Mae, if everyone is walking backwards, she has to try something new.

21 Children’s Books About Fall

21 Children’s Books About Fall


Autumn is here, and the season of crunchy leaves on the sidewalk, mugs of warm apple cider, and pumpkin patch visits is upon us! One of the best ways to celebrate as the weather gets chilly and the leaves begin to turn is to snuggle up with a good book. We’ve compiled our list of the very best children’s books about fall that will get you in the spirit for fall festivities.