December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Useni Eugene Perkins On Adapting His Iconic Poem into Picture Book Form

The acclaimed poet, playwright, author, and activist discusses the origins of “Hey Black Child” and the work’s new format.

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

Reshma Saujani On Closing the Gender Gap in Tech

The CEO of Girls Who Code, and SLJTeen Live! closing keynoter, speaks to SLJ about her latest and upcoming projects.

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

Katherine Roy on a Pachyderm’s Baby Steps | Up Close

An expansive illustrated interview about the genesis and development of nonfiction book How to Be an Elephant.

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

Frances Hardinge on “A Face Like Glass” | Up Close

The storyteller extraordinaire tells how the creepy world of Caverna came about.

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

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.

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.

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

A Renaissance Woman| Up Close with Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes revisits works written nearly 100 years ago during the Harlem Renaissance and recasts the classic poets’ words in a way that will speak to today’s readers.

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

Daniel Nayeri’s Design-Centered, Studio Approach to Kid Lit | Up Close

Nayeri, director of children’s publishing at Workman, leads a close-knit creative team tasked with an unusual mandate.

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

Stars? He’s Got It Covered: Introducing Artist Christian Robinson | Up Close

Cover artist Christian Robinson talks about his work, his interests, and some of his forthcoming picture books to keep an eye out for.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

It Begins with Listening | Up Close with Kwame Alexander

SLJ discusses poetry and animal conservation with the award-winning author.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Molly Bang Reflects on 25 Years of Making Pictures Work | Up Close

Author/artist Molly Bang looks back on her career and her definitive exploration of constructing and decoding images in the 25th-anniversary edition of Picture This: How Pictures Work.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Free Spirits: Raina Telgemeier on “Ghosts” | Up Close

With Ghosts, the story of two sisters who move to a town where ghosts and the dead are seen in a different light, Raina Telgemeier tackles themes of death and illness.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

A Girl and Her Furry Amigo | Up Close with Juana Medina

Author/artist Juana Medina talks about her new, illustrated chapter book, which pubs in September.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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

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

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ruta Sepetys on Unearthing an Untold Story of World War II in “Salt to the Sea”

SLJ caught up with the acclaimed YA author of Between Shades of Gray to discuss her latest historical fiction novel about the world’s worst maritime disaster, Salt to the Sea.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

Christopher Franceschelli on the Art, Design, and Nutritional Value of Board Books | Up Close

Christopher Franceschelli has worn many hats from editor to creator to book packager. The busy bookmaker discusses his new work, Dinoblock, what makes a great board book, and how these tiny works of art are for more than just babies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.