Category: Writing and Publishing Q & A

Publishing #kidlit in a Pandemic, part 3: 10 Qs for Lauren Kerstein and 10+ excellent tips on craft!

Happy September pandemic Book Birthday to Lauren Kerstein and ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT (Two Lions/ Illus. Nate Wragg) We first talked to Lauren Kerstein last year about her debut picture book, ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES, so I’m very curious to see how this pandemic book birthday compares. But… Read more »

4 Qs + 4 Happy Book Birthday(s) = Diana Murray: Publishing #kidlit in a Pandemic, part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Publishing #kidlit in a Pandemic! Wooo-hoooo! It’s the Book Birthday of DOUBLE THE DINOSAURS, a Math Reader/ Step-into-Reading #STEM book by Diana Murray (Illus. Mette Engel /  Random House Books for Young Readers). This is Diana’s FOURTH book released in 2020.  2, 4, 6, 8, math with dinos is so… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday to THIS OLD DOG (Brockenbrough/ Alborozo/ Levine Querido)

Happy Book Birthday to THIS OLD DOG by Martha Brockenbrough Levine Querido / Illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo “A lovely celebration of toddler-dog love…” Booklist, starred review In celebration of THIS OLD DOG’s release, here are 9 Questions with the wonderful and prolific Martha Brockenbrough* *Rhymes with “broken-toe.”   Q 1: What was the inspiration for THIS… Read more »

It’s (almost) Gurple and Preen’s #BookBirthday!

I am honored and excited to chat with author Linda Sue Park (L.) and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi (R.) about their wonderful picture book, GURPLE AND PREEN–a Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) which releases NEXT WEEK. Let the cosmic adventures begin!  Q1 What was the inspiration for GURPLE AND… Read more »

7 Qs with debut #kidlit illustrator Shiho Pate

Raise your hand if you love to doodle or draw! Random fact: So do I–which is why I LOVE learning about the illustrator’s process in a picture book. Today we’re chatting with Shiho Pate (pronounced SHE-ho) about her debut illustrations for 2 PIRATES + 1 ROBOT   (Kane Miller / Henry Herz) A rollicking space adventure… Read more »