Five questions for Jesse Klausmeier

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Jesse Klausmeier received a 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Honor for her debut Open This Little Book (Chronicle, 2013). Horn Book reviewer Julie Roach wrote of this metafictional tale, “Lively art and text come together with clever design to make this ode to books and reading a delight to open and pore over.” We […]

Five questions for Robert Byrd

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Robert Byrd took home the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award for his picture book biography Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Dial, 2012). As the author/illustrator of Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer (Dutton, 2003) and illustrator of Kathleen Krull’s Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything (Viking, 2010) and Steven Kroll’s Barbarians! (Dutton, […]

Five questions for Christy Hale

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In her 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor book Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building (Lee & Low, 2012), Christy Hale juxtaposes concrete poems and illustrations of children at building play with photographs of innovative architecture around the world. We asked her about the tipping point for this ingenious idea, her love of poetry, and […]

Five questions for David Wiesner

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Cat-and-mouse games are so over — what might a feline do when faced with little green men? My question is entirely literal, and David Wiesner’s answer, in the form of his new picture book Mr. Wuffles! (Clarion, 3–7 years), is completely reasonable. See five more questions below. 1. History is written by the victors. What’s Mr. […]

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

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Author and blogger Mitali Perkins was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban California, with stops along the way in Africa, the UK, and Mexico. She has written fiction about Burmese boy soldiers (Bamboo People, Charlesbridge 2010, 11–14 years); a Bangladeshi girl disguised as a boy (Rickshaw Girl, Charlesbridge 2007, 10–12 years); Indian and half-Indian, […]

Five questions for Maria van Lieshout

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Maria van Lieshout’s Flight 1-2-3 (Chronicle, 2–5 years) is a lively counting book and introduction to air travel, but with its uncluttered pages and eminently readable typeface, the book also highlights the important role graphic design plays in daily life. The crisp illustrations mimic airport signage — down to characters who look like they stepped […]

Five questions for Ann M. Martin

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Ann Martin fans, rejoice: she’s back, with an addictive new middle-grade series. Readers will find familiar hallmarks of Martin’s earlier work: the intimacy with which readers get to know the characters; the amount of emotion conveyed through small incidents. But in other ways, this series is quite different. Here’s what the author had to say […]

Five questions for Emily Jenkins

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Author Emily Jenkins seems equally at home in picture books and intermediate fiction (and even — shh! — in YA, under nom de plume E. Lockhart). Like several of Emily’s previous books, her latest, Water in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day (illus. by Stephanie Graegin; Schwartz & Wade/Random; […]

Five questions for Jeanne Birdsall

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The first book about the feisty Penderwick sisters, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, won the National Book Award in 2005. Since then, the family has expanded in soul-satisfying ways — as has fans’ love for the series. The third volume, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, […]

Five questions for Marilyn Singer

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Marilyn Singer had already demonstrated considerable versatility of poetic talents when in 2010 she debuted a new verse form in Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (6–10 years, Dutton). This year she is back with a companion, Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems (6–10 years, Dial; both books illustrated by Josée Masse), in […]