Category: Writing and Publishing Q & A

Happy Book Birthday ARLO DRAWS AN OCTOPUS & 6 Qs on 100+ books by Lori Mortensen

Lori Mortensen’s 100th (+) picture book, ARLO DRAWS AN OCTOPUS (Abrams), released May 4th, with Illustrations by Rob Sayegh Junior: “Well-written and full of fun surprises.” ― Kirkus Reviews THAT calls for a blog-party Q & A! Right? And boy do we have questions! Q 1. What was the inspiration for ARLO DRAWS AN OCTOPUS? Lori… Read more »

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a #Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory + 4 Qs for Julie Abery = HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

Julie Abery’s new narrative nonfiction picture book, SAKAMOTO’S SWIM CLUB: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory Kids Can Press / Illus. Chris Sasaki released TODAY, May 4th, 2021! A vibrant, original picture book. ―Booklist, starred review Exudes inspiration and dedication. – Kirkus Reviews Julie Abery has visited the blog several times this… Read more »

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 »

Happy Almost Book Birthday BALLOONS FOR PAPA + 8 Qs for author Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Today’s #kidlit interview is with Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia, whose book, BALLOONS FOR PAPA (Illus. Erika Meza / Harper Collins), releases next week: April 27th. This important story of connection through sadness is beneficial to children and adults alike. — SLJ  *STARRED REVIEW A skillful reminder that kids can be the bright spots amid their caregivers’… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday KINDNESS IS A KITE STRING + 5 Qs for poet~author Michelle Schaub!

Time to celebrate! Michelle Schaub’s latest book, KINDNESS IS A KITE STRING: The Uplifting Power of Empathy, releases April 1st, Illustrated by Claire LaForte (Cardinal Rule Press ) AND today is her actual BIRTHDAY! We have some questions for her. But first, let’s check out her book: How can YOU lift others with kindness? KINDNESS… Read more »