June 28, 2016

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Embalming Is an Act of Love: Preserving the Dead with Tamara Bower | Up Close

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Author and illustrator Tamara Bower chats with SLJ about her latest book The Mummy Makers of Egypt.

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Fifteen and Ready To Rule: Jazz Jennings on Her New Memoir “Being Jazz”

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Jazz Jennings, author, reality TV star, mermaid enthusiast, and teenager, speaks with SLJ about what inspires her and the importance of trans visibility and supporting LGBTQ teens.

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

“A Book Is More than a Book”: A Chat with Author Miranda Paul

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Miranda Paul, author of the critically acclaimed One Plastic Bag, discusses her inspirations and her passion for the printed book.

Interview: Lily Rothman on “Everything You Need To Ace American History”

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SLJ quizzes Lily Rothman, author of Everything You Need To Ace American History about her love of history and her contribution to the forthcoming “Big Fat Notebook” series.

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Q&A with Grammy Winner Tim Kubart | ClefNotes

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Grammy winner Tim Kubart on songwriting, kids’ birthday parties, and being known as Tambourine Guy.

Interview: Ben Hatke on ‘Nobody Likes a Goblin’

Ben Hatke is a versatile creator: In addition to the three-part Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series, and the Eisner-nominated Little Robot, his repertoire also includes picture books. His latest book, Nobody Likes a Goblin, published by First Second, is a picture book with a comics sensibility—the words and pictures work together to tell the […]

Interview Talkety Talk: Ben Hatke on Nobody Likes a Goblin

The problem is this: In a given year hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of children’s books are published. Of these, a percentage are really extraordinary. Of that percentage, a smidgen get reviewed on this site. Though I began my blogging career doing a review a day (because I WAS CRAAAAAAZY!!!), I’m lucky if I can […]

SPONSORED: Q&A with Monika Schroeder, Be Light Like a Bird

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I often start a book with setting. The ‘seed idea’ for Be Light Like a Bird came to me the first time I saw a landfill. My husband and I had cleaned out the cabin my husband inherited from his father in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I couldn’t believe it when he drove all the stuff to a landfill nearby, a big hole where people bury unwanted items.

SLJTeen Live Keynoter Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing “The Raven Cycle”

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Since The Raven Boys, the YA author has had teens spellbound by the trials of Blue, her fatal curse, and the enigmatic boys at a local private school. Maggie Stiefvater chats about The Raven King and what’s next on the horizon.

Interview: Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein on ‘Camp Midnight’

What’s worse than being sent off to summer camp against your will? Being sent to a summer camp full of monsters! That’s what happens to Skye, the heroine of Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight, which came out in April from Image Comics’ Man of Action imprint. Seagle is the co-creator of […]

2016 Margaret A. Edwards winner David Levithan talks about his work and craft

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Edwards Award winner David Levithan talks about his work as an editor, activist, and author of 18 novels for young adults.

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Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

Gutsy, Funny, and Flawed: Angela Cervantes on Crafting Strong Latina Characters

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Middle grade author Angela Cervantes talks about her inspirations, her research process, and how she crafts authentic—and very funny—Latina characters.

Staying in Touch with Their Inner Tween: Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan on “Save Me a Seat”

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Co-authors Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan discuss the challenges of middle school and how they tapped their inner tweens for their humor-filled new novel, Save Me A Seat.

From Comics to Board Books to Middle Grade Novels | A Chat with the Holms

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Jennifer and Matt Holm, the creators behind the wildly popular “Babymouse” and “Squish” graphic novel series, are not afraid to branch out and experiment with new forms and formats, as evidenced by their recent collaboration on a series of comics-style board books.

Literary Classics, Short and Sweet with Scott Nash|Up Close

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With wit, style, and a healthy dash of humor, Nash retells nine classic works of literature including The Odyssey, Frankenstein, Moby-Dick, and Jane Eyre and brilliantly illustrates them with vibrant digital cartoons.

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Three Quick Questions: Sophie Cleverly on Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin

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Sophie Cleverly, whose novel Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin was just named an SLJ Popular Pick, answers three quick questions.

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Interview: John Corey Whaley on Star Trek, Anxiety, and “Highly Illogical Behavior”

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SLJ chats with Printz Award-winner John Corey Whaley about his third YA novel Highly Illogical Behavior

Interview Time! John Patrick Green in Conversation with Eric Colossal

Who? What? Where? When? Why? It’s a blog tour, kiddos!  A tour of bloggy goodness.  More than that, it’s a graphic novel blog tour done to celebrate Children’s Book Week in all its fancypants glory. The subject of today’s interview is none other than Eric Colossal.  Colossal, if the name is new to you, is […]