Category: Diversity

Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! + 4 Qs with debut #kidlit author Alexandra Alessandri + a New Year’s #Giveaway

I’m so excited to share Alexandra Alessandri’s debut picture book, Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! (Illus. Addy Rivera Sonda / Albert Whitman) –the PERFECT must-read for our last blog of the year.  Check out the reviews! “This gentle family story lets readers know that shyness is nothing to worry about.”―Kirkus STARRED review “The book’s vibrant… Read more »

Meet #kidlit author Virginia Loh-Hagan and NIAN, THE CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGON

Virginia Loh-Hagan’s NIAN, THE CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGON (Sleeping Bear Press, Illus. Timothy Banks) is the perfect picture book for celebrating–and learning about– Chinese New Year. It’s a girl-power retelling of the Nian legend with an original twist, which includes explanations of the origins of Chinese New Year traditions. VERDICT: A wonderful version of a… Read more »

Ernesto Cisneros’ MG Debut Efrén Divided is a Must-Read

I’m so thrilled to interview author, Ernesto Cisneros, about his debut must-read, Efrén Divided. (Harper Collins) This own-voices novel will be released in six months (March 31, 2020) and the reviews are already buzzing: Let’s see what Ernesto has to say… Q1 Which of these quotes from Efrén Divided best describes your writing process? “I… Read more »

Watch out world. #Kidlit author Lori Degman Writes LIKE A GIRL!

Yes, you read that right: #kidlit author and rhymer Lori Degman writes LIKE A GIRL. (Literally and figuratively.) In fact, she has TWO new picture books. “A chipper, colorful celebration of the limitless possibilities for what, where, and when one can read.” —Publishers Weekly “As an introduction to women’s power and possibilities, this choice rises… Read more »

Meet #kidlit author Huda Essa

Today it’s my pleasure to interview Huda Essa, author of the upcoming picture book COMMON THREADS: ADAM’S DAY AT THE MARKET (Sleeping Bear / August 2019 / Illustrated by Mercè Tous.), and founder of Culture Links LLC. Both her books and her work revolve around encouraging others to celebrate our similarities instead of dwelling on… Read more »