In SLJ’s cover story, we visited Brian Floca at his Brooklyn studio, where the author illustrator shared the backstory of his award-winning picture book Locomotive and what he might wear to the June banquet.
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Author Nathan Filer recently was given the Book Of The Year Award at the 2013 Costa Book Awards for his debut, Where the Moon Isn’t (St. Martin’s). A former mental health nurse, Filer used his own experiences in this examination of schizophrenia, grief, and guilt. SLJ reviewer Diane Colson caught up with him to talk about writing his process British trivia, and more.
Gas stations, fast food, and low-budget motels blur together with the coming Rapture in Mary Miller’s debut novel, The Last Days of California. “Adult Books for Teens” blogger Angela Carstensen makes her final contribution to SLJTeen after speaking with the author, who was inspired by a newspaper article to write the book.
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!’”
The Kingdom of Little Wounds is a complicated, intense, and provocative story for mature teen readers set in late-16th-century Skyggehavn, Scandinavia. SLJTeen caught up with the multitalented Susann Cokal to chat about her opulent and triumphant debut YA novel.
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.