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Meet the Author: Ed Vere

Meet the Author: Ed Vere


Meet our June author of the Month, Ed Vere! Ed is a bestselling children’s author, illustrator, and artist. We enjoyed hearing about the inspiration behind his hilarious children’s book, Max and Bird, the intersection of drawing and writing in his creative process, and his advocacy for visual literacy. 

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.