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Carter Higgins has traveled an odd career path, from librarian to motion graphics designer and back to librarian. Although they seem like vastly different careers, she attributes The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to sparking her love of storytelling, both written and visual. Those two interests combine in her blog, Design of the Picture Book, where she celebrates picture books through the lens of graphic design principles. She's also the Children's Book Editor for the wildly popular blog, Design Mom, which has over half a million readers each month and has been named a Top Website of the Year by TimeMagazine. Carter just likes to think it's a cozy corner of the internet in which she gets to play librarian. She is an active member of SCBWI, the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, and a core member of the Picture Book Month team. You can find her on Twitter at @CarterHiggins. She lives in Burbank, California and is the librarian at The John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles. Pairing books with readers and writing in between is a joy and a thrill.

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"A heartfelt, immersive debut, perfect for sports fans."

Booklist (A Rambler Steals Home)

"Readers will easily connect with the story's reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home."

Publishers Weekly (A Rambler Steals Home)

"Having Derby realize that she can be a rambler and still be connected to Ridge Creek can give hope to readers who are ramblers themselves, and give some perspective to readers who have never traveled."

School Library Connection (A Rambler Steals Home)

"For those who want to show the ones they love they care without being all mushy (or spending any money)."

Kirkus Reviews (This Is Not a Valentine)

"What makes the book so poignant, is that the boy pays real attention to his crush and is doing his best to deliver gifts that will be truly meaningful to her."

Publishers Weekly (This Is Not a Valentine)

"his enduring message of friendship should give this title a longer and broader shelf life than just another Valentine’s Day book."

School Library Journal (This Is Not a Valentine)

"This quirky anticonsumerist fable imagines a town in which uses can be found for the things most people abandon, small enterprises flourish, and communal kindness makes life rich."

Publishers Weekly

"This is a sweet, quiet, different take on the familiar new-friendship trope."

Kirkus Reviews