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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 . . .

Book Chat: LeUyen Pham on Bear Came Along

“It’s almost as if he grew a tree in a garden and didn’t allow any of the leaves to grow on it at all, it’s just the bare bones of a tree, and asked me to come in and decorate the tree. But without that strength of that tree, nothing would hold up on it.” LeUyen Pham and Victoria Stapleton talk about the fabulous picture book Bear Came Along.

Happy National High Five Day! An Interview with Adam Rubin, author of High Five

“Picture books are especially great in that way because they can be as funny for a toddler as they are for an older sister and the parents and the grandparents, too. If the whole family can share a good laugh, that’s pretty life affirming, no matter what’s going on in the news that day.” We talk with Adam Rubin about his latest book and why humor is key.

When Kyle wrote Aidan: Process and the Trans Child Narrative

Kyle Lukoff discusses his trans boy picture book When Aidan Became a Brother and explains why, to make use of a Rudolph metaphor, “we’re all jerk reindeers AND misfit toys at the same time.”

Who Wet This Interview? Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora Fess Up

“The pee is simply the warm, wet catalyst that exposes the characters personalities.” Zach and Bob discuss unicorn pee, the difficulties of painting wet pants, and how kindness is king.

Cover Reveal and Interview: This is a Sea Cow by Cassandra Federman

Ms. Cassandra Federman is on hand to answer a question or ten about the creature in question and her own book. Along the way she clarifies for me the difference between a manatee and a beluga whale, the trend of 4th wall busting characters, and her own history of rescuing manatees.

Book Chat: Eliza Wheeler on When You Are Brave

Victoria Stapleton (of Little, Brown & Co.) interviews the illustrious artist Eliza Wheeler in a casual “Book Chat” about her upcoming book, WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE.

The Birth of Les Maîtres de l’Imaginaire and the Vast Importance of International Children’s Book Art

“A country needs ideas from everywhere, just like mushroom rhizomes help the forest to grow. Below the surface.” I speak with artist Étienne Delessert about his show of international children’s illustrators.

Did You Like Wolf in the Snow? A Cover Reveal for Matthew Cordell’s Next Wordless Book: Explorers

when the very nice people at Macmillan asked me if I wanted to do a bit of a cover reveal for Matthew Cordell’s newest book, do you know what I said? I said yes, please, and thank you, because I am a polite soul. And heck, why not throw in a little interview with Mr. Cordell for spice?

Not Your Nest: The Andrea Tsurumi/Gideon Sterer Comic Interview

Interviews? They’re cool. But interviews between authors and illustrators in the form of a comic? Much much cooler. To that end, I bring you the marvelous Andrea Tsurumi (of my beloved Accident) and her partner-in-crime Gideon Sterer as they discuss their book NOT YOUR NEST.

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour: Through the Window – Talking with Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré

One of my favorite picture biographies of last year, this book captures with seeming effortlessness the life and times of one of the world’s greatest painters. His art seems tailor-made for children, and the story itself stands as a marvelous example of how to make a picture book biography at all. I got to ask Barb and Mary some questions and, in the process, get a little schooled on my own assumptions.

One Betsy Bird + One Dan Santat = The Great Santa Stakeout Cover Reveal/Greatest Interview of All Time*

What do you get when you combine a Bird with a Santat? You get a cover reveal of their very first picture book together, that’s what! And what the heck. We’ll throw in an interview with lots of funny photos as well, just for kicks.

Behind The ABC of It: A Talk With Curator Lisa Von Drasek

When I heard that Lisa Von Drasek, the curator of the Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Minnesota had given a home to a new ABC of It (the children’s literature exhibit that Leonard Marcus curated in NYC), I was intrigued. And when she allowed me to interview her about it? I was thrilled. Here’s Lisa explaining how she managed to right a great wrong, and contribute something mighty to the world of children’s literature.