June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Behind the Scenes with Henry the VIII’s Wives: “Fatal Throne”

Erudite scholarship. Conspicuous consumption. Music. Bawdy revels. The reign of Henry VIII is known for many contradictions. But it is likely most known for the monarch’s treatment of his wives, who tell their stories in the recently released Fatal Throne.

SLJ Facebook Live Chats with Authors at Day of Dialog & Book Expo 2018

Did you catch our behind-the-scenes live video chats with book creators during Book Expo? In case you missed them, we’ve rounded up some of our recent talks with Kwame Alexander, Eoin Colfer, Ngozi Ukazu, and more.

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios Announces ‘The Great Wiz and the Ruckus’

We’re breaking some great graphic novel news this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the original graphic novel The Great Wiz and the Ruckus by animator Joey McCormick, with colors by Whitney Cogar, under their KaBOOM! imprint in February 2019. Get a load of that cover! Here’s what the story is about: Red, a blind Wiz […]

Gentrification, Friendship, & Disappearing Black Girls in Tiffany D. Jackson’s “Monday’s Not Coming”

Tiffany D. Jackson discusses the inspirations for her latest work, a thriller about a black girl whose disappearance is noticed only by her best friend.

Mark Does YA: The Prolific Critic and Creator Talks About “Anger Is a Gift”

The debut author and creator of the “Mark Does Stuff” universe chats about his road to publication, teen activism, and what he’s working on next.

Cover Reveal and Dual Interview: Wings by Cheryl Klein, ill. Tomie dePaola

Okay. So I kinda sorta intensely love this. First off, remember Cheryl Klein? A.k.a. the continuity editor of Harry Potter? A.k.a. one of the best editors of our age who not too long ago left Scholastic to work for Lee & Low Books? I’ve known Cheryl for years. We used to do Kidlit Drink Nights […]

Real-Life Drama: Kate Messner on Her New Novel, “Breakout”

Messner discusses the real-life inspiration behind Breakout and how she collaborated to craft thoughtful, authentic characters.

Hitting the Road with Sheba Karim: The YA Author Talks Islamophobia, Identity, & Family

Sheba Karim discusses her riotously funny novel Mariam Sharma Hits the Road and what it’s like to write a road trip book from the perspective of a marginalized character.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Announcement and Interview: First Second to Publish ‘Marshmallow and Jordan’

We’ve got big news today: First Second’s announcement of a new middle-grade graphic novel, Marshmallow and Jordan, by newcomer Alina Chau. Chau has a beautiful watercolor style (you can see more of her work at her website), and Marshmallow and Jordan has an intriguing premise: After a severe car accident, Jordan uses a wheelchair full-time. […]

Up Lifting: A Talk With Dave Eggers

I’ve been thinking about people I’ve interviewed over the years, both in person and on this blog. Generally, the in-person interviews are where the big names come out to play. Your Neil Patrick Harrises. Your Art Spiegelman / Francoise Moulys. Your Katherine Paterson/Lois Lowry/ Rebecca Stead / R.L. Stine mash-ups (not the mix you were […]

Dana L. Davis On Hollywood, Defying Stereotypes, & “Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now”

The debut YA author and actress shares what inspired her to write this tale of grief, family, and identity.

Sensitivity Readers, Cultural Considerations, and Legends of the Lost Causes

I’ve never really commented on the recent news articles and discussions about sensitivity readers and their work with children’s books. I suppose that’s just because they make a fair amount of sense to me. If you’re writing about someone unlike yourself, you should be told up front what you are and are not doing wrong […]

Rachel Hawkins on Royal Weddings, #SexyHistory, and More

The YA author shares her fascination with royal weddings and history and what inspired her to write her Royals.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Virginia Duncan On Editing a Newbery Winner

The acclaimed editor talks about working on Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe, her mentors, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Discovered in the Archives: An Interview with Russell Hoban (2010)

When blogs were new and hip and happening, there was a push for everybody to have one. Librarians, publishers, authors, artists, you name it. So in the early part of the 21st century a slew of publisher blogs came into being. Sometimes these came from individual imprints. Sometimes small publishers. Sometimes from the big houses […]

Kelly Loy Gilbert Talks About Representation, “Picture Us in the Light,” & More

The YALSA Morris finalist shares how her latest YA novel features the kind of Asian American protagonists and community she longed to read about as a teen.

#ReadForChange: Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Midnight at the Electric and climate change, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to be partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Hop on over to this post to learn more about the initiative. Today, she and Jodi Lynn Anderson join us for a conversation about climate change and Anderson’s new novel, Midnight at the Electric.      We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the […]

Erin E. Moulton & Melissa Marr On Rape in YA, Nonfiction, & “Things We Haven’t Said”

Librarian, author, and editor Erin E. Moulton and best-selling author Melissa Marr, a contributor to Things We Haven’t Said, chat about the writing process, harmful tropes in media, and more.

3 Questions for Katherine Applegate

Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal–winning The One and Only Ivan, talks about her new fantasy novel, Endling: The Last.

Sarah Crossan’s “Moonrise” | An Interview

In a poetic exploration of the justice system, family ties, and forgiveness, Crossan delivers a poignant story that will leave readers with much to ponder.