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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.

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.

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.

Group Interview: The Sowing Circle sisterhood

Today, I am very pleased to be interviewing not simply one creator but a whole group at once. The Sowing Circle is a sisterhood of Southern Black writers. And, in their own words, the group mission is to “sow affirming words and images in the hearts of children in order to reap a generation that is inquisitive, empathetic and enlightened”.

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

Christmas in June? Book Trailer Premiere: The Great Santa Stakeout by Betsy Bird and Dan Santat!

Ho ho ho! They complain that Christmas arrives in stores earlier and earlier every year. Well I’m about to make such stores look like late lucys because today we’re celebrating my holiday-themed picture book collaboration with Dan Santat, coming out (interestingly enough) in September! Enjoy our goofy interview with one another.

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 . . . .

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.

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.

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.

Cover Reveal & Interview: Bob Shea Talks Up Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

When I am a good little blogger, and I mind my Ps and Qs, and catch all my spelling errors, and rein in my less than charitable attitudes for at least a good four hours, then once in the while the Blogging Gods will smile down upon me and I will be granted a boon. […]