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Interview: Mitali Perkins Talks of Between Us and Abuela

For 25 years, Mexicans and Americans have celebrated “La Posada Sin Fronteras” (Inn without Borders) in Friendship Park. This is a Christmas tradition, which means that Mitali Perkin’s newest book, BETWEEN US AND ABUELA, is a different kind of Christmas story. I find out why she chose to write it.

Cover Reveal of DARING DARLEEN and an Interview with Anne Nesbet

I can’t just do a cover reveal of a title without getting the lowdown on the book in question. So I shot some questions in Anne Nesbet’s general direction and she was happy enough to oblige me with answers.

King of the Mole People: An Interview with Paul Gilligan (Now with 50% More Mary Worth References!)

Not all syndicated cartoonist middle grade novels are created equal, and that’s why I was rather surprised and touched when one Mr. Paul Gilligan agreed to be interviewed. Mr. Gilligan is the creator/ illustrator of the Pooch Cafe comic strip that’s been featured in outlets like the Washington Post. And as it just so happens, King of the Mole People is Paul’s debut middle grade novel.

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

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 . . . .

Phantom Twin Cover Reveal and an Interview with the Incomparable Lisa Brown

I don’t truck with YA. Not my bag, baby. But, of course, it’s so difficult to determine where a book falls on the Middle Grade/Young Adult spectrum. That’s why, when I hear that Lisa Brown, one of my favorite people, is doing a graphic novel, I drop everything and pepper her with questions. I’d hold back but darned if her answers aren’t so good . . .

Happy National High Five Day! An Interview with Adam Rubin, author of High Five

“Picture books are especially great in that way because they can be as funny for a toddler as they are for an older sister and the parents and the grandparents, too. If the whole family can share a good laugh, that’s pretty life affirming, no matter what’s going on in the news that day.” We talk with Adam Rubin about his latest book and why humor is key.

When Kyle wrote Aidan: Process and the Trans Child Narrative

Kyle Lukoff discusses his trans boy picture book When Aidan Became a Brother and explains why, to make use of a Rudolph metaphor, “we’re all jerk reindeers AND misfit toys at the same time.”

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 (and Q & A!): Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

When Sterling released the debut author’s middle grade novel novel Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, the people who actually went and read the book found it to be rather extraordinary. But where the heck did this book come from? Who was Dusti Bowling? And was there any chance that there would be a sequel? You want a sequel? You got a sequel, my friends. But first, let’s just lob some questions in the direction of Ms. Bowling.

Cover Reveal: Mira’s Curly Hair by Maryam al Serkal, ill. Luciani, Rebeca

On April 4th, Lantana Publishing will release Maryam al Serkal’s tale about a little girl that wishes her curly hair were straight like her mama’s. Filled with vibrant art and images, it’s about embracing your natural hair, no matter where you’re from. I had a chance to ask the author, an Emirati writer in Dubai, about the book’s origins and art.