April 23, 2017

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

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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.

Fusenews: Dem-o-gorgon or Dem-a-gorgon?

Morning, poppins! Yesterday, for the first time in a long while, I submitted a Video Sunday for your approval.  Trouble is, I may have failed to mention one of the most fascinating videos out there with a tie-in to books for kids, so I’d like to rectify the situation today. The title of the article […]

Talking Tinyville: Roping Brian Biggs Into Conversation

I have a two-year-old son. He is very cute. He is also the most stereotypical boy reader I’ve ever encountered in my life. Trucks, trains, construction equipment, you name it. Unsurprisingly he’s also keen on community workers so every other day we read through Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Or, when […]

Reyna Grande on Immigration and “The Distance Between Us”

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A timely call for awareness and understanding. Reyna Grande on her upcoming young readers edition of her memoir The Distance Between Us.

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

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

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Neal Bascomb on “Sabotage” and the Norwegian Fight Against the Nazis

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SLJTeen Live panelist Neal Bascomb discusses his research process, inspiration, and the best part of writing Sabatoge, about a riveting moment in World War II history.

Dav Pilkey on “Dog Man”

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Dav Pilkey’s latest, a graphic novel about a crime fighter who’s part dog, part cop, is all fun. Pilkey weighs in on his process, his appeal among reluctant readers, and more.

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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

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Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Sense Shaming in YA: How Could She Let that Happen? a guest post by and interview with S.M. Parker

“How could she let that happen?” is a question asked far too often when a girl is the victim of dating violence or domestic abuse. It implies the abuse was her fault. That she was not smart enough to distance herself from the abuse. It implies that walking away from abuse is simple. And it […]

Comics Squad: Lunch – Now With More Pearl Harbor! A Nathan Hale Interview

I like my comics like I like my men. Chock full of lunch and Pearl Harbor references. Hm? That didn’t make sense? Maybe not, but if nonsense is pouring out of my mouth then I believe it may have something to do with the excitement I feel about today’s guest. If the term “Nathan Hale’s […]

Interview – Lauren DeStefano and A Curious Tale of the In-Between

First things first. Look at that book jacket. Gaze upon it. Feast thine peeper upon its delightful creepy factor. That’s a cover, my friends. And it takes a good book to live up to it. Fortunately, A Curious Tale of the In-Between hasn’t exactly been lacking for the stellar reviews. As Kirkus put it, “DeStefano […]

Interview with Lynne Jonell

Folks, one of the things I love about this job is the fact that I get to watch authors’ careers bloom and blossom.  I see authors starting out or at the beginning of their careers and watch as they garner praise and flourishes throughout the years.  Today’s example is author Lynne Jonell.  Back in 2007 […]

Fuse #8 TV: Henry Clark and The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens

Fuse #8 TV: Henry Clark and The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens

I’m a sucker for a good time travel story.  By my count only a few have ever won the Newbery (is it two or three? You decide).  Fewer still have won the National Book Award in the youth category.  Even so, they live in a special place in my heart.  So to hear that a […]

Video Interview: M.T. Anderson and the Symphony for the City of the Dead

What you learn in this life of children’s librarianship is that there is an exception to every rule. For example, normally I do not indulge in video interviews outside of my Fuse #8 TV ones. And normally I do not care diddly over squat for anything directed towards a young adult audience. But Mr. M.T. […]

Fuse #8 TV: Chris Grabenstein and Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books

Fuse #8 TV: Chris Grabenstein and Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books

Hi all! Okay. For this month’s Fuse #8 TV I decided to premiere a new series. *ahem* Introducing: Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books Ladies and gentlemen, I like a good conspiracy theory.  Nothing makes my heart go pitter pat faster than an opinion about a picture book that takes a right hand turn into […]

Civil Rights Protester and Memoirist Talks to SLJ

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SLJ caught up with Lynda Blackmon Lowery, whose recent book Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March details her experiences participating in the civil rights movement as a teenager.