April 29, 2017

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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.

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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.

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Gordon Korman, Prolific—and Lifelong—Author, Balances Absurdity and Heart

Gordon Korman, author of more than 80 books for middle grade and young adult readers, published his very first novel at the age of 14—and has been writing ever since.

What Changes, What Remains: Johanna Hurwitz on Her 40-plus Year Career Writing for Children

Author Johanna Hurwitz has been entertaining young readers since 1976. She shares some of her fondest memories and considers the changing trends in middle grade literature.

Rogues and Riches on the Sea | Martin W. Sandler’s “The Whydah”

The 1985 discovery of the Whydah marked the first time a pirate ship was recovered, and its ongoing excavation continues to yield surprising information about the era and life on the sea.

Answering the Call: Meg Rosoff on Finishing Mal Peet’s “Beck”

The award-winning author talks to SLJ about what is perhaps the biggest and most challenging project of her career: completing a novel begun by Mal Peet.

Interview: Cecil Castellucci on ‘Soupy Leaves Home’

Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta’s Soupy Leaves Home, set during the Depression, is a story about a girl who walks away from an abusive home, disguises herself as a boy, and rides the rails as a hobo. Her companion and protector is Ramshackle, a much older man whose imagination and open-heartedness help her heal and […]

Lynda Mullaly Hunt On Connecting with the “Middle-Grade Psyche”

Librarian Karen Yingling chats with author Linda Mullaly Hunt about how she taps into and crafts authentic middle-grade characters.

Katie Bayerl on Debut YA “A Psalm for Lost Girls”

SLJ chats with Katie Bayerl about her debut YA novel, which touches upon the complex themes of religion, mental health, and grief.

“Vincent and Theo” | A Conversation with Deborah Heiligman

In her stunning dual biography of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, the author delivers a breathtaking portrait of their relationship.

From Speechwriter to Fan-Favorite “Stick Dog” Author: Chatting with Tom Watson

Funnyman Tom Watson is the creative force behind the laugh-out-loud illustrated novels starring Stick Dog and Stick Cat. Surprisingly, his writing career began in politics.

Feminism for Everyone: Kelly Jensen on “Here We Are”

Kelly Jensen discusses her new book, Here We Are, an empowering look at feminism that highlights diverse voices.

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Fontana and Garbowska on ‘Super Hero Girls’—and Dinosaurs

DC’s Super Hero Girls comics imagine what some of the most iconic female characters—Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and even Harley Quinn—would be like if they all went to the same middle school. We talked to writer Shea Fontana and artist Agnes Garbowska about the series a few weeks ago, and now that they are coming […]

Newbery Magic: Adam Gidwitz in conversation with Kelly Barnhill

Adam Gidwitz, a 2017 Newbery Honor recipient, and Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill chat about creating characters, honing their craft, and trusting readers to build their stories.

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Making the Personal Political | Angie Thomas on “The Hate U Give”

Angie Thomas, debut novelist of The Hate U Give, a stirring work on police brutality and racial violence, spoke with SLJ about bigotry, the influence of real life on her book, and the power of literature.

Prejudice, Gun Violence, and Suicide: Barry Lyga Tackles It All in “Bang”

Barry Lyga talks about what inspired his hard-hitting novel Bang, an SLJ February 2017 Popular Pick.

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