By Traci Sorell
for Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations
Today we welcome Diné (Navajo) artist Jonathan Nelson to discuss his journey as an illustrator and his recently published debut picture book.
Johnny, your Wool of Jonesy (Native Realities, 2016), a wordless graphic novel won the American Indian Library’s Association Middle Grade Honor Book Award earlier this year. Continue Reading Native Author-Illustrator Interview: Jonathan Nelson »
By Dana Carey
for SCBWI Bologna 2018 and Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations
Note: This interview is the second in a series focusing on the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
SCBWI International Illustrator Coordinator Dana Carey talks with those who judged the Bologna Illustration Gallery.
What was the first thing you looked for while judging the illustrations for the shortlist?
Continue Reading Guest Interview: Dana Carey & SCBWI Bologna Illustration Gallery Judges »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
I’ve always had a fascination with Bigfoot; the idea that an ape/human creature could be secretly living in the woods both intrigued and terrified me as a child.
So when I got the opportunity to chat with the author and editor of Uncertain Summer by Jessica Lee Anderson (CBAY, 2017), I couldn’t pass it up. First, the promotional copy:
For decades something has lurked in the swampy lakes of East Texas. Continue Reading Author & Editor Interview: Jessica Lee Anderson, Madeline Smoot on Uncertain Summer »
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.)
Continue Reading Cover Reveal: Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime »
By Sanne Dufft
Note: SCBWI Germany/Austria‘s Illustrator Coordinator Sanne Dufft interviewed Ana Larrañaga, a winner of the portfolio contest that took place at the SCBWI Europolitan Con in Belgium earlier this year. This is the second of two articles.
Ana Larrañaga was born in San Sebastian, Spain. She grew up in the country surrounded by a huge family and a lot of animals. Continue Reading 2017 Europolitan Con Portfolio Winner Interview: Ana Larrañaga »
By Gabriela Nicole Gonzalez
Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, began his career as a puppet designer/builder in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, creating characters for various productions, including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films. With Henson for over a decade, he worked primarily on Sesame Street, becoming the Creative Director for the Sesame Street Muppets, Continue Reading 2017 Europolitan Con: Art Director Laurent Linn of Simon & Schuster »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi are the co-authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, illustrated by Yukata Houlette (Heyday, 2017). From the promotional copy:
Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends—just like lots of other Americans.
But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast and move to distant prison camps.
Continue Reading Authors, Editor & Illustrator Interview: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice) »
By Carolyn Dee Flores
Illustrators bear witness.
Nothing could be more important.
One hundred years from now, when someone wants to know what it was like to be a seven-year-old girl in New York City on her birthday – or what it was like to be a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas – they won’t go to a reference book and look it up.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Carolyn Dee Flores on Achieving Deeper Color in Illustration Using Oil on Cardboard »
By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Obituary: Yumi Heo by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “[Henry] Holt’s Laura Godwin shared this remembrance:
‘Yumi was extremely gracious, enthusiastic, and inquisitive,’ she said. ‘I loved the way she incorporated ‘mistakes’ into her art rather than erasing or deleting them.
“If she drew a squiggle where she hadn’t intended, it would show up in the final art as a tree or a rabbit or whatever struck her fancy.
Continue Reading In Memory: Yumi Heo »