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Nerd Culture, Fandom, and the Middle Grader: An Interview with Sam Maggs

Why should I interview Sam Maggs about her latest book? I dunno. Maybe because nerd culture, now so prevalent, still needs its champions. Particularly those folks that can speak to representation and gender equality. A talk.

Adventure Time meets Moomintroll? Chatting with Aliza Layne About BEETLE AND THE HOLLOWBONES

Recently I had a little online Q&A with the author Aliza Layne about her past work and her strangely touching tale of goblin witches, cutie-pie ghosts, and nerdy-at-heart skeletal gals.

How to Get Your Modern Jewish Protagonist Into the Mainstream (In a Fun Way): A Terri Libenson Interview

Today we sit down and chat with professional cartoonist Terri Libenson as she walks us through the ins and outs of depicting a bat mitzvah’s meaning and awkwardness in a modern book age.

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.

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 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.

Skunk and Badger: Cover Reveal and Q&A with Amy Timberlake

Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen have a book coming out together? Whatever does it look like? Whatever could it be? You’re just gonna have to sit down and read this interview before you see the cover I consider to be the best of 2020.

Beth Ferry Q&A on Fox & Rabbit

With the patience of a Frog & Toad and the tone of a gentle French import, Fox & Rabbit just begs for a reread. So I did it one better. I interviewed the author. Today, Beth Ferry stops on by to talk foxes, rabbits, and why you don’t need a mouth to show someone how you feel.

Dragon Hoops: Gene Luen Yang Gives a Slam Dunk of an Interview

Folks, it is my extreme pleasure and delight to welcome Mr. Gene Luen Yang to the blog today. He’s just finished up a book that’s part memoir, part sports history, and all exciting. We discuss his anxiety about finding new projects, how this book came together, and what’s slated for the future.

A Most Beautiful Reveal of The Most Beautiful Thing: Cover Reveal and Interview with Kao Kalia Yang

“You have the most to learn from the perspectives that are hardest to find in the world.” For today’s cover reveal, American Hmong author Kao Kalia Yang discusses the story behind her remarkable and beautiful upcoming picture book The Most Beautiful Thing, and how intersectionality informs her writing.

Feminism and Representation in Fables: An Interview and Cover Reveal with Natalie Portman

Representation and children’s books. I talk fables and fairytales with Natalie Portman.

Sydney Taylor Blog Tour: Talking With Andrew Maraniss About Games of Deception

Each year, the winners of the Sydney Taylor are “sent”, as it were, on blog tours. And today, I am pleased beyond measure to be speaking with Andrew Maraniss, winner of the Sydney Taylor Honor for Middle Grade, for his book Games of Deception: The True Story of the First US Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany.