Mildred Batchelder: The Power of Thinking Big

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In brief, the children’s library movement was touched off by Caroline Hewins, at the Hartford Public Library, who passed the torch to Anne Carroll Moore, at the New York Public, and Alice Jordan, at the Boston Public. Bertha Mahony Miller, founding editor of The Horn Book, sought guidance from both of them. Principal allies were […]

Five Questions for Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

  Hee hee, Nic is afraid of ticKs. I think someone should write a picture book, A Tick for Nic. I told our Sibert Medalists that I would speak on their behalf to The Grobster, aka Betsy Groban, publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books, about funding the intrepid pair for a trip to the […]

ALA Live Five round-up

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Tomie dePaola and Roger Over at Read Roger, our indefatigable leader has been posting highlights from his nine Live Five interviews with the 2011 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Wilder, Sibert, and Printz luminaries, plus bonus interviews with superstars Brian Selznick and Rick Riordan. Head over and learn whose dog Roger wants and what he and Rita Williams-Garcia were singing […]

Five Questions for Brian Selznick

  Brian has been a busy boy–not only is his Wonderstruck coming out this fall (I’m reviewing it for the September Horn Book) but Martin Scorsese’s film of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be out before Christmas. (In color AND 3-D, obviously intent on making miracles of a very different kind.) I asked Brian […]

Five Questions for Rita Williams-Garcia

  Poor Rita–three times in PUBLIC I made her join me in singing the first line of “It Was Right on the Tip of My Tongue (and I Forgot to Say I Love You)” by Brenda and the Tabulations, a group referenced in One Crazy Summer. Rita, I promise I will learn the rest of […]

Five Questions for Bryan Collier

  It was clear from the start of our interview that Bryan Collier sees Dave the Potter from the point of view of one artist to another–their eras were different, their circumstances, their mediums, but what compelled Bryan was the (open) question of just what caused Dave to create his pots and–even more mysteriously–inscribe poetry […]

Five Questions for Tomie dePaola

  At last! I have loved Tomie‘s books since being a children’s librarian (even thirty years ago, he seemed to have picture books about everything), and we’ve worked together on some articles and two Horn Book covers, but we had never met. He looks like he drew himself. And a man of firm opinions: his […]

Five Questions for Erin and Phil Stead

  Way to make me feel old. These two are completely adorable and I want their lives (and dog). When I asked them who their favorite Caldecott winners were, I loved that they both reached back to Evaline Ness, a choice both fresh and true to their DIY aesthetic. And despite being joined at the […]

Five Questions for Clare Vanderpool

  With Clare, her being from Kansas and writing about Kansas and loving Kansas and all, I got to reminisce about Mike Printz, who ran an oral history project with his Topeka West High teens, documenting the lives of famous Kansans. (We did an SLJ article together called “E.T.’s Mom Phones Home,” about how Mike’s […]

Five Questions for Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, pointing out where he gets his ideas. Rick Riordan, first up in our Live Five series at ALA, has to be one of the nicest people in the world. When I asked him if he had problems with people worried over “false gods,” he couldn’t even offer me a stern lecture for the […]