Illustrator Interview: Simona Ceccarelli on Illustrating Internationally

By Elisabeth Norton

I’m talking today with Simona Ceccarelli, an illustrator based in Switzerland who has worked books for publishers in several countries, including the U.S. market.

Simona, it’s been so rewarding to watch your career take off! It wasn’t that long ago that the first book you illustrated came out, and now it’s hard to keep up with all your new releases.

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Guest Post: Mark Karlins & Nicole Wong on the Creation of Kiyoshi’s Walk

 

By Mark Karlins and Nicole Wong

Kiyoshi’s Walk, written by Mark Karlins and illustrated by Nicole Wong (Lee & Low, March 2021) is the story of a Japanese-American boy who wants to learn how to write poetry and of his relationship with his grandfather.

Both of us found great joy in creating this book. Mark was able to explore his love of haiku and his belief that the writing of poetry is a way for children and adults to connect more fully to themselves,

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Author Interview: Christina Soontornvat: When a Book is Worth the Wait

 

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Christina Soontornvat was recently recognized with two Newbery Honors – for All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team (Candlewick, 2020) and A Wish in the Dark (Candlewick, 2020). All Thirteen was also a 2021 Sibert Honor, a finalist for YALSA’s Excellence in Nonfiction, and an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, as well as garnering many other honors and starred reviews.

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Awesome Authors: Patricia Newman on Inspiring & Empowering Young Readers to Protect the Environment

By Linda Joy Singleton

I was sitting next to Patricia Newman in the airport when she got the call notifying her that her book, Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem (Millbrook Press, 2017), had been awarded a Sibert Honor. So exciting! And I’m excited and honored to introduce Cynsations readers to Patricia and her latest book,

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Native Voices: Author & Illustrator Interview: Monique Gray Smith & Nicole Neidhardt

By Kim Rogers

Today, we’re chatting with Monique Gray Smith (of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish decent), author of When We are Kind (Orca Book Publishers, 2020) and Nicole Neidhardt (Navajo) who is the book’s illustrator.

From promotional copy:

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.

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New Visions: Author-Illustrator Isabella Kung Discusses her Journey to Publication

 

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I am so pleased to welcome author-illustrator Isabella Kung to discuss her journey to publication and to share her inspiration for her debut picture book No Fuzzball! (Scholastic, 2020).

What first inspired you to illustrate for young readers?

I always loved reading children’s books and the love only grew as I aged.

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Author Interview: Sue Ganz-Schmitt on Vulnerability in Picture Books

By Gail Vannelli

Picture book author Sue Ganz-Schmitt had two new picture book releases last fall, and both contained storylines that embrace differences and fostered inclusion.

In That Monster on the Block, illustrated by Luke Flowers (Two Lions, 2020), which won the 2020 Northern Book Lights Award for Humor, Monster learns that his new neighbor is not a greedy goblin,

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Awesome Authors: JaNay Brown-Wood on Disguised Learning with Books

By Linda Joy Singleton

How does being a college professor and the mother of a young child influence the topics you choose to write about?

I call myself JaNay Brown-Wood, Author & Educator. These titles go hand-in-hand because I feel that I use my books and writing abilities to educate while also using my education to pull inspiration for what I write.

Often, my books have an element of learning to them.

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In Memory: Mitsumasa Anno

By Bree Bender

Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Mitsumasa Anno died Dec. 24, 2020. He was 94.

Obituary: Mitsumasa Anno by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “He grew up in Tsuwano, a small town surrounded by mountains, where his talent for drawing and an aptitude for mathematics began to shine, and where his dream of becoming an artist first took root.”

Artist Mitsumasa Anno is Dead at 94 by Michael Schaub from Kirkus Reviews.

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New Voices: Tina Mowrey & Amy Mucha on Pitching Picture Books

By Gayleen Rabakukk and Stephani Martinell Eaton

Image above: Author Amy Mucha with her daughter, declaring their rights.

Today we welcome two picture book authors who used Twitter pitch events to connect with agents and editors to get their debut books published.

Tina Mowrey

What was your initial inspiration for writing this book?

This book came together from a marriage of two living things that could be found in our yard: raccoons and a prickly pear cactus!

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