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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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Native Voices: Tashia Hart on Gidjie and the Wolves

By Kim Rogers

Tashia Hart is an award-winning Anishinaabe author and illustrator. Her debut middle grade novel, Gidjie and the Wolves (Not Too Far Removed Press, 2020) is a 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal Winner. Congrats, Tashia and welcome to Cynsations!

From the promotional copy: “Gidjie, an Anishinaabe girl who lives near the shore of Lake Superior.

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Author Interview: Kristin L. Gray on the Uniqueness of Your Story

By Stephani Martinell Eaton 

I’m excited to welcome author Kristin L. Gray to Cynsations today. Her latest middle-grade novel The Amelia Six (Paula Wiseman, 2020) has been hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “A cozy whodunit that cheerfully affirms girls’ and women’s contributions to aerospace.” In the above photo, Kristin is in Amelia Earhart’s childhood bedroom.

Congratulations on The Amelia Six!

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Author Interview: Hollis Kurman Highlights Human Rights in Her New Picture Book

By Elisabeth Norton

Today I’m pleased to introduce Cynsations readers to Hollis Kurman, whose debut picture book, Counting Kindness: Ten Ways to Welcome Refugee Children, illustrated by Barroux (Charlesbridge, 2020), has been released in six countries so far this year, with two more countries planned for 2021.

Hollis and I talked about the international aspects of her book,

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Guest Post: Catherine Stier on Casting Light in the Darkness, Writing for Young Readers on Difficult Topics

By Catherine Stier

Image above: “Sunlight through storm clouds 2” by Holaday98 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Following the publication of my picture book When A Kid Like Me Fights Cancer, illustrated by Angel Chang (Albert Whitman & Co., 2019), a reviewer stated something that struck a chord.

Safya Benniche wrote in The Lancet Child &

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Cynsations Fall Hiatus

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Thank you for being a Cynsations reader!

Effective immediately, this blog is on hiatus for the week. We’ll return Nov. 30 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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Guest Post: Erik Talkin on Finding the Book You Are Uniquely Qualified to Write

By Erik Talkin

I had been the talented “nearly” man for a while, with a middle-grade that was purchased by a mid-level publisher that promptly decided to get out of the MG market before the book was published.

This was followed by a novel that went to the final stages of acquisition with a major publisher, before the marketing department decided that series were out that week.

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Guest Post: Nora Shalaway Carpenter & Challenging the Rural Stereotype

By Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Recently I chatted with Nasugraq Rainey Hopson, Tirzah Price, Rob Costello, and Monica Roe, four of Rural Voices’ (Candlewick, 2020) talented contributors. Here’s what they said about rural stories, stereotypes, and the representation of rural life in literature.

What do you hope readers take away from Rural Voices?

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