Kidlit Caravan is a troupe of authors and author-illustrators with debut picture books headed your way in 2022.
By AJ Eversole
Today we welcome debut author Jen Ferguson. Ferguson (she/her) is Métis and white, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice armed with a PhD. She believes writing, teaching and beading are political acts. Her debut YA novel, The Summer of Bitter and Sweet,
Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Kidlit Caravan members, Harshita Jerath, Kimberly Wilson, Carrie Tillotson, and our dearest Paula Cohen who passed away in February a few days before her book launch. Kidlit Caravan is a troupe of authors and author/illustrators with debut picture books headed your way in 2022.
By AJ Eversole
Today on the blog we welcome Alessandra Narváez Varela to the blog. Narváez Varela speaks about her journey to write for young readers and how her experiences growing up shaped the story of her debut, Thirty Talks, Weird Love (Cinco Puntos Press,
Spotlight image: Alison Green Myers with her son and dog exploring the setting from A Bird Will Soar.
Alison and Meera, thank you for joining us today.
What do you love most about the creative life/being an author? Why?
Collaboration. I love working with creatives,
I’m thrilled to welcome two debut Austin picture book authors to Cynsations today! Please join us in celebrating Kari Lavelle‘s We Move the World, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali, released in May (HarperCollins), and Anne Wynter‘s Everybody in the Red Brick Building,
We’re happy to welcome two debut Oklahoma YA authors to Cynsations today! Casie Bazay’s novel, Not Our Summer (Running Press Kids) released on May 11, 2021 and is a #1 Oklahoma Bestseller. Ginny Myers Sain‘s novel, Dark and Shallow Lies was published by Razorbill/Penguin on September 7,
Above image: downtown Austin from Lady Bird Lake, photo by Ron Rabakukk
Today I’m chatting with two debut Austin authors with very different books, but both feature strong female protagonists who were envisioned by creators dedicated to letting readers see themselves in stories.
What first inspired you to illustrate for young readers?
I always loved reading children’s books and the love only grew as I aged.