Category: Diversity

Happy (almost) Book Birthday Karen Yin WHOLE WHALE = 8 Qs + Inclusion + STEM

I’m thrilled to help celebrate the Book Birthday of WHOLE WHALE on the blog today, the wonderful debut picture book by Karen Yin, Illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff / Barefoot Books / releasing SOON! Time for some questions! Q 1.     What was the inspiration for WHOLE WHALE? Karen Yin: I love wordplay, so when the words “whole whale” popped into… Read more »

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 »