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5 Questions with John Bemelmans Marciano

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I recently talked to John Bemelmans Marciano about his new series with illustrator (and reigning Caldecott Medal winner) Sophie Blackall. Travis: Why witches? Why Benevento? What was the spark that let to this new series? John: While in Naples in the early 2000s, I came across a paragraph in a guidebook about a nearby town […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#6)

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Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) Sure you may know […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5)

And You Shall Know Me

  Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

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Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All […]

An Illustrated Interview with Ben Hatke

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‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… “And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) “And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio (#1) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she gave it to me (thanks, Laura!). Scoring If you can […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1)

And You Shall Know Me

Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she gave it to me (thanks, Laura!). Scoring If you can name the author or illustrator after reading the bio […]

Hervé Tullet: The Illustrated Interview

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Instagraming an Author/Illustrator Visit: Kenneth Kraegel

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I know that an author or illustrator visit is not something that every school can swing. So each year I have to rub my eyes, blink a couple times, rub them again (repeat, if necessary), and make sure that what I’m seeing is real – we get the chance to host a children’s book creator. […]

Psychoanalyzing Jon Klassen

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hildren’s author and illustrator Jon Klassen made waves in 2011 with I Want My Hat Back, a striking, minimalist picture book that galvanized readers, inspired numerous tributes, and climbed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. He’s already illustrated two well-received picture books in 2012 (Extra Yarn and House Held Up by […]

Children’s Lit Commish: Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, and Barry Moser Actually the Same Person

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The following is a work of fiction. In a shocking revelation, the International Children’s Literature Commissioner announced today that beloved picture book creators Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, and Barry Moser are all actually the same guy. In front of a packed house of reporters and photographers, the commissioner appeared contrite. “This is a joke that […]

Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead: A Caldecott Conversation

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How better to understand the Caldecott than by chatting with an artist who has won the prestigious award? Today we’re lucky enough to have two. Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead (the 2010 and 2011 winner, respectively) agreed to do just that. One a living legend, the other a newcomer with a bright future; both […]

Audio Clip: Roald Dahl on NPR

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Roald Dahl. Oilman. Pilot. British diplomat. And this was all before he started writing. NPR recently sat down for a chat with Donald Sturrock, author of a new Dahl biography called Storyteller. And Sturrock certainly came up with some stories. Did I mention he was also married to Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal? Yeah, the […]