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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.

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.

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.

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.

Cover Reveal & Interview Extravaganza: Stroller Coaster, illustrated by Raúl the Third & Elaine Bay

Are you ready for a ride? Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay have illustrated the 2021 title Stroller Coaster, and set it in a town that’s, “equal parts El Paso and Boston with a bit of Toon town thrown in for a splash of impossibility.” Check out the cover and read an interview about creating a book for pint-sized speed demons.

Return of the Classics: An Interview with Don and Audrey Wood

“They’re not arguing. They’re writing.” Two classics by Don and Audrey Woods are out this year, remastered entirely. An unflinchingly honest look at publishing in the past, republishing today, and the logistics of remastering a beloved classic or two.

A Thousand Glass Flowers Is Never Enough: An Interview with Evan Turk

Early Renaissance feminism? Evan Turk delves deep in a talk about that precise topic, as well as informational fiction, Venice, glassblowing, and the art of using oil pastels and colored pencils on top of vivid watercolors.

Dual Cover Reveal & Interview: NO WAY, THEY WERE GAY? Hidden Lives and Secret Loves by Lee Wind

He’s been blogging about LGBTQIA+ kid and teen books for 13 years. His latest middle grade work of nonfiction reexamines the history so many kids haven’t been taught, shining a light on some of the amazing stuff he’s discovered.

Deadpan, Page Turns, Storytelling & Digestion: An Interview with Adam Rex

Unlike most artists, Adam Rex alternates between writing & illustrating his own books and having others illustrate for him. After I saw two different 2020 titles, both equal in brilliance, I knew I had to ask the man a few questions.

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: An Interview with Scholar and Activist Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

When a 100-year-old athlete in a turban popped up in an Adidas ad, Dr. Simran Jeet Singh immediately wanted to know more. In the end, he wrote a picture book biography of the world’s oldest marathon runner. We talk ageism, Sikh representation in picture books, and more.

Girls Who Build: An Interview with Katie Hughes

With so many parents (like myself) facing a near future of continued remote learning, a book that encourages home construction projects with girls in mind is undeniably enticing. I talk with creator Katie Hughes about where the book came from and how she envisions its use.

Why Does He Draw Like He’s Running Out of Time? R. Sikoryak Discusses Constitution Illustrated

Who can draw a mean imitation of Bone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Dog Man, and so many many more? Who harbors a deep-seated love of Muppet Babies? I interview R. Sikoryak about his latest, greatest, endeavor.