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This Very Tree: A Talk with Sean Rubin About the Survivor Tree in NYC

Three books about the survivor tree of NYC are out in 2021. I discuss with Sean Rubin how his book, This Very Tree, relates to the nature of trauma and trauma recovery.

Prickly Pussycat Predicaments: A Talk with Waffles and Pancakes Creator Drew Brockington

Cats in space? Comics for kids younger than 9? Felines named after breakfast foods? It’s time to interview Drew Brockington about his latest series and all that it entails.

Petulant Poultry Alert: The Cranky Chicken Cover Reveal and Interview with Katherine Battersby

Katherine Battersby is the author of CRANKY CHICKEN, an early chapter book chock full o’ poultry, and she was kind enough to allow me to premiere her cover and talk to her about the whole kerschmozzle.

The Big Bath House Interview: For “body-loving parents, rebel reviewers and vanguard author-librarians”

“The overall feeling is just one of communal joy and familial tending, which feels particularly powerful and poignant in the wake of the past year of anti-Asian violence. We need more stories of Asian female joy.” Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang discuss their remarkable, upcoming The Big Bath House.

Bringing Unsung Heroes to Light: Talking about The People’s Painter with Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk

Today I talk shop about one of the latest, and most beautiful picture book biographies you would ever have the chance to see with its creators.

The Rare Live Interview: Anastasia Higginbotham & I Talk “What You Don’t Know”

A transcript of my discussion with Anastasia Higginbotham about her latest book What You Don’t Know: A Story of a Liberated Childhood. Alert: May contain Billy Porter.

An Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn Interview with Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Are you ready for the cute? Are you ready for the kitty? Are you ready for the unicorn? Then sit right here with me while I ask Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham about their latest collaboration.

Gimme Gimme That Sweet Title IX: Helaine Becker + Dow Phumiruk Discuss An Equal Shot and All That That Entails

“Ugh, the gymsuits!” Author Helaine Becker and artist Dow Phumiruk reveal the secrets behind the informational picture book that delves deep into the history of Title IX (and all that that entails).

Extra Extra! Viral Video Sparks Middle Grade Debut! A Q&A with Dwayne Reed of Simon B. Rhymin’

Chicago time! I interview viral sensation Dwayne Reed and get a peek at life with his scholars, his writing, and his love for The Windy City.

The Genius Under the Table: A Cover Reveal and Q&A with Eugene Yelchin

You’re in for a treat today. Eugene Yelchin’s memoir of his boyhood growing up behind the Iron Curtain is as funny as it is gutting. I talk with the man about how he managed to own a pair of Baryshnikov’s blue jeans and reveal his new cover.

Amina Returns! A Q&A with Hena Khan About AMINA’S SONG

When Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan was released in 2017 it had oodles of charm. Today the sequel, Amina’s Song, is out nationwide, so I sat down with its author to discuss all manner of things.

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle: A J. Dillard Interview

Thanks to COVID we’ve seen an uptick in home haircuts. As such, it’s the perfect time to take a deep dive into a book about a kid with a love of barbering. I talk with author J. Dillard about one of the more enjoyable books of the year.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City – An Exclusive Excerpt

Today, it is my great honor to present to you an interview and exclusive excerpt from the upcoming Christian McKay Heidicker novel, SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES: THE CITY, the companion to the 2020 Newbery Honor recipient Scary Stories for Young Foxes.

Butterflies Are Pretty . . . Gross: A Q&A with Rosemary Mosco

I took one look at today’s title and it was instant love. Butterflies. Grossness. What could be better? An interview with author Rosemary Mosco.

Across the Desert: Dusti Bowling Cover Reveal and Q&A

Dusti Bowling is up to her old tricks. “Old tricks” means writing more middle grade novels. And this one has a doozy of a plot and a magnificent cover. Check it out for yourself.