Cynsational News & Links

Thanks to Sherry York for including my debut picture book, Jingle Dancer, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000) in her recent article, “Culturally Speaking: Multicultural Pairs: Outstanding Authors + Talented Illustrators = Exceptional Picture Books,” which appeared in Library Media Connection March 2006 (volume 24, number 6, pages 29-31). Highlighted titles include: My Pal Victor/Mi Amigo Victor by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, illustrated by Robert L. Sweetland (Raven Tree, 2004)(author interview); Chicken Soup By Heart by Esther Hershenhorn, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger (Simon & Schuster, 2002)(author interview); The Happiest Tree: The Yoga Tree by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Ruth Jeyaveeran (Lee & Low, 2005)(author interview).

More News & Links

Armstrong Brings Patterns in History to Life for Kids: An Exclusive Authorlink Interview with Jennifer Armstrong by Susan VanHecke from Authorlink. August, 2006.

The Book of Life: Jewish People and The Books We Read: a blog by Heidi Estrin, library director at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida. Note: Heidi is “President of the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries, as well as Past Chair of AJL’s Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.” Don’t miss the latest podcast The Book of Life Tells Stories.

Children’s Book Authors: Learn How To Promote Children’s Book Week, Your Books, and Yourselves by Juanita Havill, Charline Profiri, and Jennifer J. Stewart from CBC Magazine. See also a Cynsations interview with Jennifer J. Stewart.

CB Publishing: “Children’s Book Publishing is the place for the exchange of ideas and processes of the children’s book publishing industry. If you publish children’s books (large, small, independent) or are contemplating becoming a small publisher the exchange of information on this listserv can be a valuable tool for you.” A yahoo group.

First Look Teen from HarperCollins. “[A] program to preview books in a variety of genres, with readers who make a difference – you!” An ARC giveaway program to facilitate reader reviews. You must register (takes approximately two minutes) to be eligible. August reads include: the ARC of Diva by Alex Flinn (author interview); Sins of the Fathers by Chris Lynch; and Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine (author interview).

Shattering the Sounds of Silence: An Interview with Karen Cushman by Deborah Hopkinson from BookPage. See also Meet Nicole Rubel from BookPage.

Great Gay Teen Books: a bibliography compiled by Alex Sanchez (author interview). Alex’s latest novel is Getting It (Simon & Schuster, 2006)(excerpt). Note: Is it just me, or does the guy on the cover look like a very young Donny Osmond?

Walter “The Giant” Mayes blogs about the past few days at Children’s Literature New England at Where Is Walter This Week? Read a Cynsations interview with Walter.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI offers interviews with the following editors: Michele Burke; Cheryl Klein; and Yolanda LeRoy.

Alan Silberberg: official site of the author of Pond Scum (Hyperion, 2005)(excerpt). Alan is also a cartoonist with a background in television. Don’t miss Alan’s blog.