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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.

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.

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.

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.

Coming, Fall 2022 . . . the Highly Anticipated . ..

“I did change the outcomes and timelines of some major events, which allowed certain settings to exist when in real history they were already gone or hadn’t yet come into existence, but I tried to always alter them in favor of the exiled or subjugated parties.” Dylan Meconis presents new information on the sequel to her hugely lauded graphic novel, Queen of the Sea.

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”.

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.

Interview – Making the Leap: Author/Artist David Kirk Creates His Own Publishing Company

Imagine, if you will for a moment, that you were to create your own book publishing company. Would that be a nightmare for you, or a dream? For David Kirk, it’s neither: It’s a reality.

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.