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interview: Kathleen Burkinshaw

May 23, 2017

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They say ‘write what you know’ and that’s just what author Kathleen Burkinshaw has done with her first novel, The Last Cherry Blossom in which she fictionalizes her mother’s account of surviving the bombing of Hiroshima during WWII. I’m fortunate to be able to share with you a very open and personal interview that reveals the complexities […]

Interview: Susan Tan

May 11, 2017

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I’d like to introduce you to Susan Tan, author of the recently released middle grade novel, Cilia Lee-Jenkins Future Author Extraodinaire. Susan is a debut author and I hope you’ll support her by purchasing her book and making sure your local library has a copy as well. If they don’t, suggest they purchase it.  Susan will read […]

We Are The People: Tad Andracki

April 20, 2017

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Tad Andracki has worked with We The People for two years now. He finds books by authors of color that most of us seem to have missed and he’s truly understands social justice as he’s able to apply it so well to his reading. Tad works as a middle school librarian, serves on the Newbery […]

We Are the People: Sujei Lugo

April 18, 2017

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Sujei Lugo wants to change the face of children’s literature and she has the energy, spirit and knowledge to do just that. She’s a public librarian who has worked in libraries in Boston and Puerto Rico. She’s a member of REFORMA, the Association of Library Service to Children, the 2018 Newbery Award selection committee and […]

We Are The People: Lyn Miller-Lachmann

April 16, 2017

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Lyn has been with the We Are the People project since its inception. I really enjoy working with Lyn, she has such a vast knowledge of the publishing industry which she gladly shares. Lyn is truly one of the kindest people I know. She has a degree in Library and Information Science; is fluent in […]

We Are the People: Ed Spicer

April 14, 2017

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We’re very close to releasing the 3rd We Are the People Summer Reading list. I’m thankful for the reception this list receives every year and hope it makes a difference in the books young people are reading. When we released the first list, we were so excited about the quality of our work that we […]

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 […]

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, […]