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A Conversation with Mo Willems

Photo: Marty Umans

Award-winning author and illustrator Mo Willems talks about his third and final Knuffle Bunny book, a musical based on the lovable stuffed animal, and what to expect in 2010. Here’s the corrected version of the interview, with even more details.

Tell us about your next Knuffle Bunny book.

I’m currently finishing up the final chapter in the Knuffle Bunny saga, titled Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. The Trixie character has aged a few more years and makes a […]

This Blog’s for You

Ten of the best blogs for folks who take kids’ lit seriously (but not too seriously)

A magazine article changed my life. Admittedly, that sounds like a bit of hyperbole, but it’s true. There I was in New York City, with my shiny new MLIS degree, working at my very first children’s librarian post. I was still experiencing that first flush of excitement people have when they start a new job in an occupation they love, and I was reading every […]

The King and I

The Coretta Scott King Award has touched kids’ lives in surprising ways

Illustration by Ken Orvidas

Author Sharon Flake had signed dozens of books, T-shirts, posters, and even arms during a weeklong workshop at West Jefferson High School in New Orleans, when a star-struck 15-year-old approached her to ask how old she was—and if she was married.

Taken aback, Flake answered no, she was single.

“That’s when he proposed to me, right there in front of hundreds of his peers,” recalls Flake, 52, […]

Metafiction: The Inside Story | Focus On

The Pardoner. Alexander T. Wolf. Penelope. What could they possibly have in common? All are protagonists in works of metafiction, a subgenre of literature that allows readers to enter into a world of fiction that celebrates fiction, involving readers in an environment populated by self-aware characters. In Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-Conscious Fiction (Routledge, 1984), Patricia Waugh attributes the term to writer William H. Gass and explains that it is, “fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention […]

A Better Safety Net: It’s time to get smart about online safety

Online safety as we know it is obsolete. A concept little changed since the 1990s, it’s one size fits all, emphasizing fear instead of facts, with young people stereotyped as potential victims in a hostile media environment. While kids and the better informed may simply roll their eyes at the notion, the fear generated by what we’ve heard about online safety has affected technology funding and access in our schools, and from a student’s perspective, keeps them from the media […]