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Me and My Brudda: Jeff Kinney & Patrick Kinney Discuss the Who Was? History Bee

I’m a big time Jeff Kinney fan over here. That’s why I got a teeny bit puzzled when I heard that he was getting involved with something called “Who Was? History Bee” along with some fella named *checks press release* a “Patrick Kinney”. So what precisely is going on here? Some answers come in the form of an interview with the duo.

Chicken? Viet Thanh Nguyen and Thi Bui’s New Multigenerational Collaboration

Today, we discuss a very different kind of collaboration. One that not only involves Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and Caldecott honoree Thi Bui, but also Viet’s son Ellison and Thi’s son Hien. Because when it comes to creating books, sometimes making something new is truly a family affair.

Cover Reveal & Interview: The Amelia Six by Kristin Gray

Today we’re revealing Kristin L. Gray’s upcoming middle grade novel THE AMELIA SIX. But before we get to all that, let’s talk a bit to Kristin herself about the book, speedcubing, Amelia Earhart’s work with Syrian immigrants, and the difficulty level of writing middle grade mysteries (of which we never have enough).

Teddies: A Daniel Kraus Interview and Reveal

An upcoming series described as “Toy Story” meets “Lord of the Flies”? All right. Color me intrigued. I talk with Daniel Kraus about his intriguing new series.

Breaking the Wall of Narrow Nationalism: A Talk with Etienne Delessert

Last year I posted a piece on his Swiss foundation, Les Maîtres de l’Imaginaire. It only made sense to check in with the man a year later to get a new perspective on how things have changed and progressed. For those of you with an eye to international imports, consider this your morning reading.

Wild in the Streets: A Marilyn Singer Interview + Blog Tour

You want something high class and snazzy? You know who to turn to. Today I sit down (virtually) with Marilyn Singer and I pull no punches, people! Good thing I really like today’s book.

Interview: Mitali Perkins Talks of Between Us and Abuela

For 25 years, Mexicans and Americans have celebrated “La Posada Sin Fronteras” (Inn without Borders) in Friendship Park. This is a Christmas tradition, which means that Mitali Perkin’s newest book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA, is a different kind of Christmas story. I find out why she chose to write it.

Cover Reveal of DARING DARLEEN and an Interview with Anne Nesbet

I can’t just do a cover reveal of a title without getting the lowdown on the book in question. So I shot some questions in Anne Nesbet’s general direction and she was happy enough to oblige me with answers.

King of the Mole People: An Interview with Paul Gilligan (Now with 50% More Mary Worth References!)

Not all syndicated cartoonist middle grade novels are created equal, and that’s why I was rather surprised and touched when one Mr. Paul Gilligan agreed to be interviewed. Mr. Gilligan is the creator/ illustrator of the Pooch Cafe comic strip that’s been featured in outlets like the Washington Post. And as it just so happens, King of the Mole People is Paul’s debut middle grade novel.

Interview – Making the Leap: Author/Artist David Kirk Creates His Own Publishing Company

Imagine, if you will for a moment, that you were to create your own book publishing company. Would that be a nightmare for you, or a dream? For David Kirk, it’s neither: It’s a reality.

Cover Reveal and Interviews: Talking with Nina Crews and Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson has more than forty books to her name and she can write the gamut from board books to YA. This year, she’s giving us a poem-turned-book called A Girl Like Me, with illustrated photography by Nina Crews. Naturally I’d like to show you the cover, but first I had some questions for the creators.

Cover Reveal + Interview: Amphibian Acrobats with Leslie Bulion and Robert Meganck

The starry-eyed montane tree frog. The mutable rain frog that goes from smooth to spiny. The pebble toad that has a unique method of escaping predators. All this and more I discuss with my special guests, even as I reveal their latest book jacket.

Cover Reveal – Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

I’ve become very curious about the release of another Mister Rogers picture book biography. In fact, I had lots of questions for both the author and the illustrator. So before we get to the business of the cover reveal, let’s ask those two some questions about what really is going on here

Cover Reveal: Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, ill. by Juana Martinez-Neal

It is my supreme pleasure to introduce you to a charming picture book slated for 2020. Too early, you say? Nonsense. It is never too early to get excited by a book. Particularly when it’s coming from a recent Caldecott Honor winner . . . .

Phantom Twin Cover Reveal and an Interview with the Incomparable Lisa Brown

I don’t truck with YA. Not my bag, baby. But, of course, it’s so difficult to determine where a book falls on the Middle Grade/Young Adult spectrum. That’s why, when I hear that Lisa Brown, one of my favorite people, is doing a graphic novel, I drop everything and pepper her with questions. I’d hold back but darned if her answers aren’t so good . . .