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Worldwide Literacy Efforts: A Talk With Jane Kurtz and Ellenore Angelidis

I speak with author Jane Kurtz and Ellenore Angelidis about their nonprofit Open Hearts Big Dreams.

Sometimes You Have to Lie (but not in this interview): A Talk With Author Leslie Brody

Today, author Leslie Brody and I discuss Louise Fitzhugh, the times in which she lived, her genius life (and too soon death), and the coded, comforting messages she left in her books for the LGBTQIA+ kids out there.

We’re Going on a Bear Island Hunt: Matthew Cordell Talks Grief and Hope and Bears

Matthew Cordell stops by to talk about his latest picture book BEAR ISLAND and to discuss the grief and hope that went into its creation.

Working in Translation: An Interview with Editor-at-Large Louise May

Recently it occurred to me that when it comes to bilingual picture books, there is a kind of art to their design. Today I speak to editor-at-large Louise May about her approach to the form.

Interview and Cover Reveal of The League of Picky Eaters by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

If you wanna talk picky eating, “texture violations” and parents attempting to bend their children to their “foodie will”, today’s interview and cover reveal with Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is for you!

Exclusive Cover Reveal & Interview with Margarita Engle: A SONG OF FRUTAS

If we cannot get to the sunshine, the sunshine shall come to us! Author Margarita Engle debuts her latest picture book and speaks frankly about how the pandemic has affected every part of her work.

Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine: A Dusti Bowling Interview and Cover Reveal

Today, it is my infinite pleasure to not only display for you the PREQUEL to that book, but to speak to Ms. Dusti Bowling herself about Aven, writing mysteries, early chapter books, and spin-offs, spin-offs, spin-offs!

Cover Reveal and Interview: What’s Catherine Gilbert Murdock Up To These Days?

When Catherine Gilbert Murdock won a Newbery Honor for her title The Book of Boy it was the surprise win I needed. Since its publication she’s been quiet, working on a new book. A book set in the past. A book illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Paul O. Zelinsky. A book . . . with cats.

Ramona and Her Art: An Interview with Anna Katz on A Compendium of Quimby Illustrations

Is there such a thing as international Ramona fan art? How do Ramona’s themes apply to 2020? And why put together a book of Ramona illustrations? I sit down with author Anna Katz and pepper her with questions just like these.

In Which the Blogger Conducts an Interview with a MacArthur Fellow (Hint: It’s Jackie Woodson!)

Who illustrated her first book? What does her new puppy look like? What’s she working on now?And how will she spend her MacArthur grant money? (Spoiler Alert: It’s an incredible answer) I talk to Jacqueline Woodson about all manner of things.

Andreao and Elliotto Presento Sharko and Hippo: A Comic Interview

Two yuksters yuk it up. If you’re a fan of hijinks, the Marx Brothers, and general silliness, you’re probably not going to want to miss this illustrated interview between the creators of Shark & Hippo.

Spread a Little Sunshine: A Classic Returns and an Interview with Barbara Bemelmans

“I never remember him sitting around in his pajamas with no plans for the day.” I interview Barbara Bemelmans, daughter of Ludwig Bemelmans (creator of Madeline), about the republication of a near forgotten classic.

Writing for the Least Boring People She Knows: Annie Barrows Talks Iggy

“Grownups are delicate and easily upset.” Annie Barrows comes to the blog and her words are like a breath of fresh air. We talk about her Iggy books and why kids that would lick a goldfish on a dare if you ask them to, are a delight. Funniest interview you’ll read all day.

Meeting a Need: An Interview with Christine Mapondera-Talley, Founder of Global Kidz House

“I want my children and their friends to be able to read stories set in a big city like Lagos, Nigeria, a small-town high school in Norton, Zimbabwe, a suburban playground in Cairo, Egypt, a beach town or even a rural town anywhere.” A talk with Christine Mapondera-Talley, founder of the publisher Global Kidz House.

Above the Rim: An Interview with Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison

At a time when athletes take a stand by sitting or kneeling down, this biography of Elgin Baylor, the first NBA to boycott games, has rarely been so timely. I talk with its creators about the quiet man that effectively changed the sport of basketball.