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Patricia McKissack

April 12, 2017

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I’ve learned that we are all libraries, each carrying in us the stories that make us unique. And yet, there are those who are more than that; they’re the people who create the stories that express our shared identities, that inspire us to be more than we’ve planned for ourselves and who question. Their work […]

Interview: Gary Golio

April 4, 2017

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Yesterday, I shared a review of Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and today, I have an interview with the author himself. Gary reached out to share his book with me several months ago and I was immediately curious about the person who would be able to create a […]

“Lesson Learned: Catching Up With ‘Large Fears’ Author, Myles E. Johnson”

April 20, 2016

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Some of the things I’ve been involved with probably stand out in your memory more than others. One of those things worth remembering has to be the Large Fears controversy. I was involved in it,  but it wasn’t about me. While we remember it as being about Meg Rosoff, it really wasn’t. It was about the […]

We Are Seeds

March 4, 2016

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Wikipedia defines intentionality as “the power of minds to be about, to represent, or to stand for things, properties and states of affairs” and should not be confused with intention. I think it’s only when beliefs are a part of us that that give us a power of mind. I think about my own intentionality […]

Writers on Writing: Mitali Perkins/Anthologies

February 10, 2016

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Anthologies are collections of works from different authors. Mitali Perkins recently worked on the anthology Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, so I thought she’d be good to interview about anthologies. She was perfect! Why are anthologies important to children’s literature? Two reasons. First, they showcase different voices and introduce us […]

Writers on Writing: Malinda Lo/Serials and Series

February 9, 2016

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  Continuing a story over several books is serializing that story. Books that share a common setting, story arc or characters is a series. A series would books such as Nancy Drew, Border Town and The Babysitters Club while serialized fiction would include The Goddess Wars, Legend and Dorothy Must Die. Despite these technical differences, […]

Writers on Writing: Jeanne/Fan Fiction

February 8, 2016

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I was first introduced to fan fiction about 12 years ago when a student I had talked about the stories he would write. I didn’t hear too much about it until recently on Twitter where there is a huge presence that often bleeds over to YA discussions. I am completely out of my element when […]

Writers on Writing: Cynthia Leitich Smith/Short Stories

February 4, 2016

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Looking for a quick read? Or want to take a chance with a new genre without over committing? How about reading a short story? Cynthia Leitch Smith uses her expertise to guide us through some of the basics of short stories. From a writer’s perspective, what are the essential differences between a short story and […]

Writers on Writing:NonFiction/Tonya Bolden

February 3, 2016

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Nonfiction can feel  like a stepchild of children’s literature. When we look at numbers that relate how few books are written by American Indians and authors of color we’re only considering works of fiction. Sometimes there are no clear lines between these genres. Memoirs can be fiction (Brown Girl Dreaming; Woodson) or nonfiction (Becoming Maria). […]