A Profile of Katherine Paterson

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If Scheherazade and Katherine Paterson went tale-to-tale in a 
storytelling contest, Katherine would be the one to keep her head. The Arabian maiden may have managed to stave off death for 1001 nights, but do the math: that’s less than three years. Katherine has been telling stories for forty years, and although her audience fell […]

A Profile of Katherine Applegate

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Katherine Applegate was born a very long time ago in Michigan. She grew up in the suburbs, suffered no major traumas, was not shaped by great historical events, and never learned storytelling at the feet of a wise and wonderful grandmother. She attended school where she practiced obsessive hand-washing, procrastination, oversensitivity to insults, and the […]

A Profile of Jon Klassen

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. Photo: Lolly Robinson.

This happened a few years ago. Jon Klassen, then a newly minted author-illustrator standing before a gymnasium’s worth of school-
children, selected a shy third grader from the audience to collaborate with him on a piece of spontaneous art. She stood next to Jon as he tore a big sheet of paper from a pad. “We’re […]

CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

Thank you to everyone who has come to be a part of this wonderful celebration of African American stories and imagery created by today’s best writers and illustrators. I give special thanks to God 
and family and to my publisher Simon & Schuster and all its great designers like Laurent Linn as well as other […]

A Profile of Bryan Collier

Bryan's "self-portrait."

It was June 14th, 2011, pretty much a workday like any other at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. An art director’s job consists of juggling e-mails, meetings, art notes, book designs, and 
the like. I knew one highlight that day would be Bryan Collier bringing in his first finished piece of art for […]

Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

Hand in Hand

This morning, I would like to talk to you about black men. Let’s 
face it: as an African American woman, it is perhaps unlikely that 
I have authored a book and am speaking on behalf of black men. 
But here I am. So, to begin, I’d like to share the story of a man whose […]

A Profile of Andrea Davis Pinkney

From left: Dobbin Pinkney, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, and Phil Davis Jr.

“My Word-y Wife” by Brian Pinkney When I met Andrea in 1986, I immediately knew she would be my wife. Andrea is a phenomenal combination of self-disciplinarian and joy-seeker. When it comes to writing, her focus is razor-sharp. When it comes to having fun, she finds pleasure in paddling her kayak, or sitting in the […]

ALA 2013 photos

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More photos from our sister, SLJ, contributing editor Rocco Staino, featuring Ours Truly in trademark bow tie.

ALA 2013 preconference report

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On Friday, June 27, I attended the ALSC preconference, “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal,” which took place at the Art Institute of Chicago and was organized by co-chairs K. T. Horning and Diane Bailey Foote and their planning committee. It was an amazing day, a day that started promptly at 8:15 […]

2013 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announced

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The 2013 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced yesterday. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Sally Gardner was awarded the Carnegie Medal, recognizing “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for her novel […]