hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Jessixa Bagley

Jessixa Bagley is a picture book author/illustrator known for her debut picture book Boats for Papa. She loves hamburgers and making things out of cardboard. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and son.


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: My current favorite hot beverage is Choice peppermint licorice tea! It’s personally a very controversial choice for me because I hate black licorice, but this tea is AMAZING!

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESS: Before I Leave (Roaring Brook Press, 2016) — comes out February 16 -yay! — is a book about having to move away from your best friend; Boats for Papa (Roaring Brook Press, 2015). Forthcoming: My third picture book, Laundry Day, is a fun and silly book and comes out winter 2017. I’m currently working on my fourth picture book, Vincent Comes Home, which a collaboration with my husband Aaron Bagley! It’s due out winter 2018. I’m super excited about it!



☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. I love that overflowing pasta pot overtaking the town. Those images have stuck with me for nearly 30 years!

☕☕ Visit Jessixa Bagley’s Official Website and blog, Rambling Meat.

☕☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Check out this cool feature about Boats for Papa (with sketches and final illos) at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

☕☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Wonderful reviews of Boats for Papa by Sam Juliano at Wonders in the Darkand Margie Culver at Librarian’s Quest.


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15 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Jessixa Bagley

    1. I’m sure it will be wonderful! Also looking forward to her other books, especially the one she’s doing with her husband Aaron. 🙂


  1. BOATS FOR PAPA broke my heart in the best possible way, so Ms. HotTea Bagley is an automatic “must read” for me now. I’m so pleased for all the new books of hers coming out! Thank you for featuring her and that fab mug. I think “Curious” is a great thing to have on a mug! Sadly, mine would probably say “Stubborn…” but we all must be true to who we are, right? 😉


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