Cynsational News

By Cynthia Leitich Smith,
Gayleen Rabakukk & Robin Galbraith

Author/Illustrator Interviews

Cherie Dimaline On Ersaure, the Power of Story, and The Marrow Thieves by Shelley Diaz from School Library Journal. Peek:

“I very strongly believe that with the current state of the world, one of the best options we have as the human race is to start globally valuing the traditional and ecological knowledges that are held by the original inhabitants of the land.”

A Story of Images for a Story by Sara Kahn from YouTube.

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Cover Reveal: Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime


By Gayleen Rabakukk

Debut author Cate Berry interviews illustrator Charles Santoso about Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! (Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins, May 2018)

Cate: Hi, Charles! I’m here with Penguin and Tiny Shrimp to talk about—

Penguin: Hey, Charles! Love the cover, but what’s with the pajamas?

Tiny Shrimp: We don’t do bedtime, Charles. (Although I love my nightcap and I’m keeping it.)

Cate: Guys!

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Guest Interview: Emma Walton Hamilton on Picture Book Summit

By Cate Berry

The third annual Picture Book Summit online writing conference will be Oct. 7.

To find out more about this opportunity, which not only allows, but encourages attendance in pajamas, I interviewed one of the founders, Emma Walton Hamilton.

What prompted you to start the Picture Book Summit?


Jon and Laura Backes Bard,

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

The One and Only Ivan: Meet the Author Book Reading from TeachingBooks.net. Peek: “Katherine Applegate introduces and shares some of the backstory for creating The One and Only Ivan.”

Empowering Parents to Increase Literacy in the Home by Sarah Walzer from Lee & Low. Peek: “…by age 3, low-income children have heard 30 million less words than their middle income peers,

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Texas Children’s and YA Authors and Illustrators A- K

SEE ALSO Texas Children’s and YA Authors and Illustrators, L-Z

Jill S. Alexander: the author of THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY and PARADISE. Jill is from Tyler. SEE ALSO An Interview with Jill S. Alexander.

Salsalima-coverima Alikham: the illustrator of ROCKY MOUNTAIN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and PIECES OF ANOTHER WORLD and the author/illustrator of THE PIED PIPER OF AUSTIN.

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Writer Links: Children’s-YA Writing Education

MFA Study

Association of Writers and Writing Programs: “…provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.”

The Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

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