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 […]

>Alex Forrest, at your service

>In anticipation of the Big Banquet a week from Sunday, I’m giving you an early look at Mind the Gap, our annual list of those books snubbed by the ALA Awards. Okay, snubbed is harsh–overlooked? Dismissed? Ignored? (For the literalists: we know that not all of our choices were eligible, but we’re still coming to […]

>HB at ALA

>Here is a handy page with all our ALA booth info including the Live Five schedule and how to get your copy of the gawjus Awards issue, published the day after the Big Banquet. Plus, there’s going to be a drawing to get a spa day. In fifteen years in this job I have never […]

>Come to the movies

>On June 25th at 8:00PM at the ALA conference in New Orleans, ALSC is presenting a free screening of The Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about contemporary children’s literature including interviews with many authors and illustrators. I think my favorite segment is the coverage of an attempt to ban Annie on My Mind, […]

>Live Five Schedule

>At ALA in New Orleans next month, I will be conducting five-question interviews with the following authors and illustrators at our booth (#939). And we have a NEW sound system! Saturday, June 25: 10:00 AM Rick Riordan 11:00 AM Clare Vanderpool 2:00 PM Erin and Philip Stead Sunday, June 26th: 10:00 AM Tomie dePaola 11:00 […]