In her book Upstream the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver says of creative commitment, “There is a notion that creative people are absent-minded, reckless,
Grace Lin may not know it yet, but she can heal a tortured heart. This is a power that the best creators of books for
As we start this new year 2017 of writing and illustrating books, consider all the children of this earth. Universal themes underlie the best stories
Recently I traveled almost the length of Cuba on a people to people, educational tour, something only possible recently because I am an American.
This is a story about book people, a table, and some croc-a-mole. Once upon a time Ron McCutchan, then Art Director for Cricket Magazine, had
One child at a time, or sometimes en masse, Rick Riordan uses his superstar power to transform kids into readers. In a previous article titled
Look at a picture of Rick Riordan. You can see his quirky sense of humor in those eyes. Although he might feel like he lives
The American Library Association (ALA) annual conference, a ginormous offering for ALA’s 68,000 member librarians, was held this past weekend in Orlando at the
If someone from a school overseas invited you to do an author or artist residency in connection with your picture book what would you do?
Brian Lies, the renowned author and illustrator of the Bats books (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, Bats in
At the library I borrowed two middle grade/ YA books, both of which are astonishing. One deals with a realistic cultural issue frequently in the news,
In my small collection of children’s books from around the world, some help explain ways of thinking. To children the world can be a scary