May 26, 2017

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Sandhya Menon on Romance and Diaspora in Her “When Dimple Met Rishi”

Sandhya Menon talks about her inspiration, writing process, and her YA debut When Dimple Met Rishi about two first-generation Indian American teens who (just might) be meant for each other.

A Forest of Poems: Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

Engle discusses her poems and books in verse, Cuba, and her first career as a botanist.

Winning Is Contagious: Saul Ramirez on “The Champions’ Game”

Saul Ramirez, a middle school art teacher in Texas, challenged his mostly Latinx student population to becomes chess champions, setting them on a path to victory.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Interview: Dan Parent on Kevin Keller

This is one of a series of interviews I did while researching the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic,” which appeared in the May 2017 issue of SLJ. When I started thinking about LGBTQ characters in children’s comics, Kevin Keller immediately sprang to mind, because when Kevin made his debut, in 2010, he […]

Debut Author Sarah Prager on LGBTQ History for Teens

Prager’s Queer, There, and Everywhere celebrates LGBTQ history-makers, from Frida Kahlo to Harvey Milk.

Interview: Pénélope Bagieu on ‘California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas’

She is probably best known by the name Mama Cass, or perhaps by Cass Elliot, but the little girl who grew up to take on those names was first named Ellen Cohen by her parents. It is Ellen, and her journey to become Cass and one of the Mamas in The Mamas & The Papas […]

Friendship, Family, and Food: Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi on Writing for Salaam Reads

Two Muslim American authors, Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi, discuss the new imprint, Salaam Reads, writing for young readers, and bringing new voices to library shelves.

“Letting the Heart Lead the Way”: Ruth Behar on Writing for Middle Graders

Behar’s first novel for middle graders is based on her own childhood experiences as a young Cuban American immigrant, confined to bed for months after a terrible accident.

Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on the “Seeds of America” Trilogy

Pat Scales speaks with the prolific author about conducting historical research, creating authentic voices, and approaching our nation’s history with honesty.

Interview: Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham on ‘Real Friends’

I’m a sporadic social networker. On the rare day, when I have a few minutes of down time, I will go online and try and catch up on either Twitter or Facebook. So the other day, when I had a few minutes (read: procrastinating), I realized that the release date of Shannon Hale and LeUyen […]

KitaabWorld | Connecting the World to South Asia, One Book at a Time

Books and games reflecting South Asian cultures are now readily available to parents, teachers, and librarians thanks to a new online bookstore.

Jennifer Yu on Mental Health, Writing, and Her Debut “Four Weeks, Five People”

The debut author chats about her inspiration for Four Weeks, Five People, her writing process, and what she’s working on next.

Carla Hayden’s Big Plans for Kids at the Library of Congress

Children and teens play an active role at the world’s largest library under Carla Hayden. A Q&A with the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.

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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

A writer, editor and consultant in children’s publishing for over twenty-five years, Mary Beth Leatherdale’s interest in Indigenous issues developed early while attending Howard Harwich Moravian Public School (now called the Naahi Ridge Public School) with students from the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown , an Indian reserve located in Chatham-Kent, Ontario.

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Interview with YA Fiction Author Christina June

June divides her time between writing young adult contemporary fiction and working as a school counselor in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Celebrating Dads with Poetry: Hope Anita Smith on “My Daddy Rules the World”

Award-winning poet Hope Anita Smith discusses her latest collection, My Daddy Rules the World, a joyful tribute to fatherhood.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Melanie Fishbane On “Maud,” A YA Novel About L.M. Montgomery’s Teen Years

SLJ chats with Maud author Melanie Fishbane about her process of researching the famous author, the new Netflix Anne adaptation, and fandom.

Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith On Contemporary YA, Writing, and Winning the Lotto

Jenny Han, author of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, chats with Jennifer E. Smith about Windfall. The two contemporary YA authors and friends discuss their writing process, the state of YA romance, and what they would do if they won the lottery.

Teacher Appreciation Day | Authors and Illustrators Remember Early Educators

The impressions our early educators make on us are often indelible. From beloved teachers to wannabe Coach Trunchbulls, here are few reminiscences you won’t want to miss.

You’ve Come a Long Way, “Feminist Baby”!

Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby tackles gender equality for the youngest set.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.