Author Interview: Valerie Bolling on the Creative Life & Writing That Moves

By Bree Bender

Cynsations is excited to welcome Valerie Bolling, author of the picture book Let’s Dance!, illustrated by Maine Diaz (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2020) as well as the forthcoming Together We Ride (Chronicle, 2022) and its sequel Together We Swim (Chronicle, 2023). Let’s Dance! depicts various dances from around the world featuring an inclusive cast of illustrated characters.

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New Voices, New Visions: Author-Illustrators Jen Betton & Aidan Cassie Discuss Process

By Traci Sorell

I’m delighted to welcome Jen Betton and Aidan Cassie to Cynsations today to share their interesting journeys to becoming author-illustrators for children.

Jen Betton is winner of the 2012 SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Award and the Portfolio Grand Prize at NESCBWI in 2014. Last year, Putnam published her debut picture book, Hedgehog Needs A Hug,

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New Voice: Tara Luebbe on Crafting a Double Debut & Writing With the Stars

Author Tara Luebbe, photo by Carl Kerridge

By Traci Sorell

Tara Luebbe is on a roll!

She has been doing double duty promoting two debut picture books published earlier this year.

Luckily, her sister Becky Cattie co-authors the books with her, so they can share this journey together.

But today I’m featuring Tara because she got them started on their children’s publishing path.

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