By Suma Subramaniam
I am thrilled to welcome Shirin Shamsi to Cynsations today!
Congratulations on winning the South Asia Book Award! How has winning the award changed or affected your creative life? What hasn’t changed?
Thank you Suma. It truly is an honor that means so much to me.
Continue Reading Author Interview: Shirin Shamsi Reminisces on Her Writing Journey & Winning the South Asia Book Award »
By Helen Kampion
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originating in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
Today we interview the 2023 recipient of the Batchelder award,
Continue Reading Guest Interview: Sylvia Notini Translates Books to Bring People Together »
Check out the cover for a new picture book by Cynsations own Suma Subramaniam, My Name Is Long As A River, illustrated by Tara Anand, due out from Penguin Workshop on May 28, 2024. From the publisher’s description:
In this sweeping picture book, an Indian girl discovers the power of her name as she travels along the river she was named after.
Continue Reading Cover Reveal & Author Snapshot Suma Subramaniam on My Name Is Long As A River »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
Thank you for being a Cynsations reader!
Effective immediately, the Cynsations digital magazine is on hiatus. We’ll return the week of Nov. 27 with more inspiration, insights and information on children’s-YA writing, illustration, literature and publishing.
In the meantime, keep up on all those topics with Cynthia Leitich Smith on Facebook,
Continue Reading Cynsations Fall Hiatus »
Congratulations to Janet Fox on the publication of Wintergarden, illustrated by Jasu Hu (Neal Porter Books, Nov. 7, 2023). From the promotional copy:
Winter outside the window,
Garden on the sill.
With a little bit of love and care, a few seeds nestled in pots,
Continue Reading Throwback Thursday: Author Interview: Janet Fox: Get Organized Without Losing It »
Today we welcome author Tamara Ellis Smith and illustrator Nancy Whitesides to Cynsations to discuss the joys and challenges of creating a book that’s close to the heart. Their new book, Grief is an Elephant (Chronicle, 2023) is available now. It’s Nancy’s debut book, so Tamara kicks off the interview with questions about Nancy’s path to publication.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Author Tamara Ellis Smith & Illustrator Nancy Whitesides on Tackling Stories Close to the Heart »
Spotlight image: Suma Subramaniam and Kamala Nair
Check out the cover of A Bindi Can Be … written by Cynsations very own Suma Subramaniam and illustrated by Kamala Nair (Kids Can Press May 7, 2024).
From: the Kids Can Press’ website.
A young girl discovers that a bindi is more than just a dot that goes between her brows.
Continue Reading Cover Reveal & Author Snapshot: A Bindi Can Be… by Suma Subramaniam »