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Who, Where, When, Why, What Lane? Talking with Torrey Maldonado

An interview can be hard when the book is dull or I have nothing to say. And it can be incredibly easy when you’ve got a man like Torrey Maldonado chucking answers in your general direction. An honest-to-god middle school teacher, this is a guy who knows from whence he speaks.

Review of the Day: Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman, ill. Archana Sreenivasan

I honestly think there’s a value in teaching kids the fact that the more you learn, the more you will realize just how much you do not know. That there’s always room for more knowledge. And Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy is a gorgeously wrought, simply written, smart story that does the work of engaging and informing kids alongside their ill-informed parents.

What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit #3, edited by David Jacobson

Today’s post is for people who like to feel the pulse of what’s being published overseas. And since the Bologna Book Fair has been cancelled for 2020, consider this a tiny trip to other countries in the midst of an international lockdown.

A Book That Demands Respect: Interviewing the Creators of We Are Water Protectors

I was originally going to post today’s interview on Earth Day, but this title is bigger than just a single point in time. It demands some respect. So let’s go.

Book Chat with Molly Idle: In Which the Poor Woman Gets Interviewed Doubly

Victoria Stapleton, Little, Brown’s Executive Director of School & Library Marketing, has appeared on this blog before with a video series called Book Chat. But it’s not just Victoria doing the talky talk today. I got to ask Molly Idle a couple questions of my own first about her latest picture book, Coral. Take a gander at what came of it.

Story Seeds: A Podcast for Our Time

Learn about Story Seeds, a new podcast that reveals the creative and writing process, models the value of deep listening and collaboration between children and adults, and shares great, diverse stories that inspire kids to write, imagine, and be curious about their world.

Spring Prediction Edition: Newbery / Caldecott 2021

This year’s first round of predictions varies somewhat from those of the past because I am releasing the list in April rather than March. Turns out, pandemics are not good for forecasting. I’ve only just now gotten my head in order enough to try and offer a paltry take on what may or may not have a chance come January.

Kittens, Mittens, and Pie: A Dip into The Three Little Kittens with a Barbara McClintock Interview

Today, I offer you a moment of respite from the world in which we live. Please take time to enjoy a discussion of why nursery rhymes are the ultimate earworms, the power of pie in any narrative, and the inescapable influence of Top Cat on the children’s literary field.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Seems to me that bats are shouldering a great deal of the blame for our current COVID-19 crisis. Considering the fact that their P.R. wasn’t all that great to begin with (Batman aside), I decided we would combat this problem with the most famous bat-related picture book in America.

Review of the Day: All of a Sudden and Forever by Chris Barton and Nicole Xu

If we are talking about events that change us all and that we must collectively heal from (whether literally or figuratively) then this book might be precisely what we need. Because this isn’t just a book about something that happened a quarter of a century ago. It’s a book that is meant to help you learn how to heal and recover and hope in the face of the horrendous. Give it a go.

The Best Lil Hot Mess in Storytime

The Hips on the Drag Queens Go Swish Swish Swish takes the familiar and renders it fabulous. But wherein its origins? I had a talk with the author, Lil Miss Hot Mess, to get the low down and dirty.

THE CAT MAN OF ALEPPO by Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latham, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Today we feature an interview with the authors and artist behind this true story of a man who set out to save as many cats displaced by the Syrian Civil War as he could.

Review of the Day: Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz

Firmly rooted in reality, the book tips its hat low to Sherlock Holmes but maintains an originality entirely of its own. Surely kids won’t be asking for more of the same? They most certainly will. And don’t call me Shirley.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

While many people remember all too well the title of today’s book, its plot (such as it is) remains, for many, a mystery. My sister certainly didn’t know what to expect and, to be fair, how could she have? Can anyone truly predict Clark or the Ying or Ned? Sweet sweet Ned?

Walking and Talking With . . . Candace Fleming

Typically in a Steve Sheinkin “Walking and Talking” piece you get to see Steve having a conversation with another author or artist en route somewhere. Now we’re in a world where we’re still able to walk, but not with one another. With that in mind, the latest “Walking and Talking” piece is of two artists together but separate. Candy Fleming joins Steve today from Oxford to discuss her latest (amazing) work of history The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh.