Author Interview: Kim Rogers Discusses Impact of Historical Native Representation

By AJ Eversole

Kim Rogers recently won the 2024 American Indian Youth Literature Award for her picture book A Letter For Bob, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson (Navajo)(Heartdrum, 2023) and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for her picture book Just Like Grandma,illustrated by Julie Flett (Cree–Métis) (Heartdrum,

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Throwback Thursday: Breanna J. McDaniel on Writing Highly Personal Stories for Children

Congratulations to Breanna J. McDaniel on the publication of Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller, illustrated by April Harrison (Dial, February 6, 2024). From the promotional copy:

From an award-winning author and illustrator comes this picture book biography about beloved librarian and storyteller Augusta Braxton Baker,

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Guest Interview: Meredith Davis Talks with Carolyn Leiloglou about Writing a Middle Grade Series & Marketing Strategies

By Meredith Davis

Carolyn, I was so excited to meet you since we’re both publishing with Waterbrook (an imprint of Penguin Random House). I’m thrilled about your recent release, Beneath the Swirling Sky! Can you give readers a brief synopsis?

Sure! Beneath the Swirling Sky (WaterBrook, 2023) is the story of twelve-year old Vincent,

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Creative Team Dierdre Havrelock & Aly McKnight on Their Creative Processes & New Picture Book, Why We Dance

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By AJ Eversole

I am excited to introduce the creative team behind the picture book, Why We Dance (Abrams, 2024) author, Deidre Havrelock (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) and illustrator,

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Author-Illustrator Interview: Ellie Peterson Reflects on Her Creative Process & Winning the Washington State Book Award

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By Suma Subramaniam

We’re thrilled to have Author-Illustrator Ellie Peterson on Cynsations today.

Congratulations on winning the Washington State Book Award! How has winning the award changed or affected your creative life?

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New Voices: Sara Holly Ackerman & Elle Gonzales Rose Celebrate Debuts

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By Mitu Malhotra and AJ Eversole

Sara Holly Ackerman – interviewed by Mitu

Today we welcome Sara Holly Ackerman to share her writing process with regards to her debut picture book The Gabi That Girma Wore,

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Author Interview: Laurel Goodluck Shares Her Writing Process & Positives of Promotion

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By AJ Eversole

Spotlight image: Authors Laurel Goodluck with Brian Young at the National Indian Education Association Convention with NIEA staff members.

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Author Interview: E.L. Shen Discusses Her Latest Book, Maybe It’s A Sign & Her Author-Editor Life

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By Suma Subramaniam

I am thrilled to welcome E.L. Shen to Cynsations today!

Congratulations on the release of Maybe It’s a Sign,

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Guest Post: Author Suzanne Morgan Williams on Digging Deep & Getting It Right – Research Tips for Fiction & Nonfiction

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By Suzanne Morgan Williams

Sometimes our books are kids’ first introduction to a subject. They will compare our work to what they learn later, so it’s doubly important to get the information right.

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Co-Author Interview: Kekla Magoon & Cynthia Leitich Smith on Collaboration, Careers & the Joy of Creating Children’s Books

Cynsations is celebrating its 20th anniversary by switching to a quarterly publishing schedule, featuring in-depth interviews and articles. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Today we welcome authors Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith to Cynsations to discuss their collaboration on a new middle grade graphic novel series,

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