New Cynsations Reporter Bree Bender

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Today, I am so excited to welcome Bree Bender to the Cynsations Team! Bree joins us as a reporter-at-large covering the many facets of the children’s-YA community.

Welcome to Cynsations! Could you tell us about your vision for your coverage here at the blog? Why did you decide to take on this role in the conversation of books?


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In Memory: Mitsumasa Anno

By Bree Bender

Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Mitsumasa Anno died Dec. 24, 2020. He was 94.

Obituary: Mitsumasa Anno by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “He grew up in Tsuwano, a small town surrounded by mountains, where his talent for drawing and an aptitude for mathematics began to shine, and where his dream of becoming an artist first took root.”

Artist Mitsumasa Anno is Dead at 94 by Michael Schaub from Kirkus Reviews.

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Cynsational Return: Happy New Year 2021!

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Happy New Year and welcome back to Cynsations!

We love bringing you upbeat and useful information and inspiration about the children’s-YA literature community, writing, illustration, and publishing. And we are particularly excited about what we have lined up for you in the coming months.

As always, we will highlight new voices in picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA,

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Cynsations Winter Hiatus

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Happy Holidays, Cynsational readers!

Effective immediately, this blog is on hiatus. We’ll return after the ALA Midwinter Conference with more inspiration, insights, and information on children’s-YA writing, illustration, literature and publishing. In the meantime, you’re welcome keep up on all those topics with me on FacebookInstagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

That said,

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Cynsational Reporters

Cynsational reporters offer news, interviews, and articles from around the world and on various topics in children’s-YA literature, writing, and publishing.

Inspiration & The Writer’s Heart

Carol Coven Grannick is an author, poet, and chronicler of the ups and downs of the writer’s life. Her award-winning novel in verse, Reeni’s Turn, will debut from Regal House/Fitzroy Books in September, 2020. Her poetry and fiction for the very young has appeared or is forthcoming in Cricket,

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Children’s and YA Gothic Fantasy

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the author of the TANTALIZE series and the spin-off FERAL trilogy (which can stand alone), both published by Candlewick, Walter, and other houses around the globe between 2007 and 2015. These books are award-winning, bestselling gender-empowered, diverse genre benders. Here are some of her favorite gothic fantasies with make-believe creatures and/or other fantastical elements.This bibliography is drawn from books published between 1995 and 2020. For more recent titles,

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

2012 South Asia Book Award Winners Announced from PaperTigersBlog. Learn more about Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Henry Holt, 2011) and Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman (Putnam, 2011).

Author Draws on Her Tween Experiences: A Feature on Jo Whittemore by Joe Gross from The Austin American-Statesman. Peek: “‘I try to write about things I know about,’

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