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The Children’s Literature Community Welcomes the New Ambassador

You’ve heard the news, now let’s see what authors and illustrators were saying about the news on Twitter:

And the New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Is . . .

This is fantastic. Fantastic!

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Children’s Lit Community on the Turn of the Decade

How are authors and illustrators ringing in the new decade?

Exclusive Cover Reveal: ORPHAN ELEVEN by Gennifer Choldenko

A first look at the cover for ORPHAN ELEVEN by Gennifer Choldenko (+ a Q&A)

5 Questions with Maulik Pancholy

I talk with actor and debut author Maulik Pancholy about his coming-of-age middle grade novel, The Best At It.

Mordicai Gerstein: 1935-2019

Mordicai Gerstein passed away on September 24th. We have a bunch of his books in our library, and his Caldecott Medal-winning The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is one that I return to again and again for storytime. I met him at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008. He was kind and […]

Book Trailer Premiere: THE UPPER CASE by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald

A Q&A with the creators of the book, and a first look at the trailer.

Finding FAUSTO, an Interview with Oliver Jeffers

A chat with Oliver Jeffers about his latest book, THE FATE OF FAUSTO.

‘Will you be my best friend?’ LeUyen Pham and Shannon Hale Interview Each Other

Today the graphic novel memoir Best Friends is out in the world. It’s wonderful. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun for author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham to interview each other about the book. I figured they’d ask way better questions than I ever could. And it turns out that’s the case: Questions […]

Strange Birds, Baseball, and Snacks: A Q&A with Celia C. Pérez

In 2017, I talked with librarian, author, and zine aficionado Celia C. Pérez about her debut novel, The First Rule of Punk. That book went on to make some people happy. In 2018, Celia participated in a panel of Pura Belpré award winners I moderated for a live episode of The Yarn podcast. And now […]

‘The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown’ A Q&A with Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby

There’s a new book out about children’s literature legend Margaret Wise Brown. Today I talk with the author, Mac Barnett, and the illustrator, Sarah Jacoby, about how this book came to together. First up, Mr. Barnett Hi Mac! Margaret Wise Brown. MWB. When did it first occur to you that you should write a bio […]

Photo Gallery: An Author Visit with Leslie Helakoski

  Last week author and illustrator Leslie Helakoski visited my school. We had a great time and I have the pictures to prove it. Looks like someone’s school got a new electronic sign that doesn’t photograph as nicely as the old one! In the weeks leading up to her visit, I read a bunch of […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!

I met Jorge Lacera at the NCTE conference this year. Jorge illustrated the cover for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. He told me that he and his wife Megan had a picture book coming out in the spring and when I saw the cover/title, I was in. We are here today […]

Into the Mercy Watson Time Machine with Chris Van Dusen

On April 2nd the latest book in the Mercy Watson universe arrives: A Piglet Named Mercy. I spoke with illustrator Chris Van Dusen about the process of making the book. Travis: Hi Chris! I’m happy to see that Mercy Watson is returning, this time in picture book form. Have you known for a while that […]

The Good Egg Q&A with Jory John

The Good Egg – a follow-up to the bestselling picture book, The Bad Seed – publishes today. To mark the occasion I talked with author Jory John about his creative process and snack preferences. Travis: Hi Jory! Thanks for taking my questions. Jory: Hi Travis! Thank you for taking my answers. T: How do you approach writing […]