Congratulations to editors Nora Shalaway Carpenter and Rocky Callen on the release of their new anthology, Ab(solutely) Normal: Short Stories That Smash Mental Health Stereotypes (Candlewick, April 11, 2023). Contributors include: Mercedes Acosta, Karen Jialu Bao, James Bird, Rocky Callen, Nora Shalaway Carpenter,
Cynsations Reporter Elisabeth Norton is at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this week, where she caught up with Sylvia Vardell. See their 2021 Cynsations interview about the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), and watch for Elisabeth’s Bologna 2023 post later this spring.
Congratulations to Lois Lowry on her newest book, The Windeby Puzzle (Clarion, Feb. 14, 2023). From the promotional copy:
Lois Lowry transports readers to an Iron Age world through the suspenseful dual narrative of a boy and girl both battling to survive. In an utterly one-of-a-kind blend of fiction and history, a master storyteller explores the mystery and life of the 2,000-year-old Windeby bog body.
Congratulations to Patricia Morris Buckley (Mohawk) on the publication of The First Woman Cherokee Chief: Wilma Pearl Mankiller, illustrated by Aphelandra Messer (Oneida)(Random House Books for Young Readers, Feb 07, 2023). From the promotional copy:
In 1985, Wilma Pearl Mankiller became the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Congratulations to author Charlotte Sullivan Wild and illustrator Charlene Chua on Love, Violet (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022) winning the Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.
It is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay,
Congratulations to Gene Luen Yang, winner of the 2023 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. He is the first graphic novelist to win the prestigious prize!
Take a look back at Gene’s 2018 Cynsations interview with fellow NSK Neustadt Prize winner, Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Author-Teacher Interview: Gene Luen Yang on Writing,
From the publisher’s description:
No one predicted the dragon apocalypse. The dragons came suddenly and decimated the world as we knew it, including New York City. Now, three years later, Noah, his hardcore survivalist father,
Take a look back at his reflection on Children’s Literature as a Team Sport. It first appeared on Cynsations in February 2020.
I’m coming up on the 10th anniversary of Origami Yoda (Amulet,