When asked about the name ‘Slap Happy Larry,’ Lynley Stace,the author, illustrator, and developer of haunting original digital stories commented, “In hindsight it’s ridiculously ironic. Neither of us is ‘slap happy,’ we don’t know a single ‘Larry’ between us, and our dark stories are not exactly ‘happy!’”
SLJ has compiled an expansive page of diversity resources—including materials on people of color, non-American cultures, LGBTQ issues, and disability—to help librarians better serve children and teens. From author interviews to collection development tools and from blogs to news coverage, these articles and reviews aim to give insight into issues that are becoming more relevant for kids each day.
It’s coming up aces for Jeff Kinney this year, and the future is looking brighter—and busier—than ever. SLJ caught up with the author ahead of the November release of Hard Luck, the eighth novel in his bestselling and award-winning “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, to chat about the book, his creative process, and his latest projects.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Charise Mericle Harper thinks in words and pictures, to the extent that when we interviewed the prolific author and artist about her contribution to the new Fairy Tale Comics anthology, she prefaced her answers with this caveat: “Since I didn’t provide images to accompany these questions, [...]
Todd Strasser has been on the children’s and YA literature scene for more than 30 years. His latest book, Fallout (Candlewick, 2013), has received rave reviews from many outlets, and publisher Candlewick has even developed a discussion guide for the book that has direct correlations to the Common Core. We caught up with Strasser to chat about the book, his distinguished career, and his latest project.
While several aspects of comic book creation rarely get the attention they deserve (think lettering and coloring, for example), none gets shorter shrift than comics editing, perhaps the most invisible part of a finished comic book. Due to the nature of the work, which naturally occurs behind the scenes, no one ever really gets to [...]
Beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes has nearly 50 titles to his name, ranging from picture books to novels for young readers. On the heels of his turn as opening keynote speaker at our annual Day of Dialog (DoD), Henkes is joining SLJ again, this time for an exclusive live webcast. As we look forward to hearing him speak and answer questions from kids, parents, and teachers, we sat down with Henkes for an in-depth chat about his career so far, his creative process, and his next projects.
She’s a fearless, reckless, globe-trotting, swashbuckling swordswoman, adventuress, and trouble magnet. He’s a fastidious functionary with a minor military job and a passion for blending, brewing, drinking, and sharing tea. Together they’re traveling companions. That’s the relationship at the heart of cartoonist Tony Cliff’s new original graphic novel Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant, in [...]
On Saturday, April 27th, while attending the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, I managed to slow Jarrett down long enough to ask him the exact same questions I ask every other kids comics creator I run across. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a [...]