Publishers' Preview: Picture Books and Graphic Novels: Five Questions for Kat Leyh

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books and Graphic Novels, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions.

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When Snapdragon meets the local old-lady-witch, both are surprised at what they learn about each other.

1. Did you have a “witch” in your neighborhood growing up?

I moved around a lot, so I must have just missed her!

2. Ugh, the bookstore lady. Did young you ever get told your book choice was “inappropriate”?

I’m surprised and grateful I wasn’t ever told that. I loved to read and wanted to read everything in the library. So naturally I ended up with some books that were above my reading level.

3. What scary movie makes you cover your eyes?

I love scary movies, and I only ever look away if a scene is gory. Otherwise, bring on the ghosts!

4. Have you ever seen something science couldn’t explain?

In a house that I used to live in alone, I would find small piles of floor detritus around randomly. Like a sock, a bottle cap, some dust bunnies, and an old grape or something. It’s not unexplainable, but I can’t explain it.

5. If you could use magic for one aspect of book creation, which would that be?

Drawing already feels like magic sometimes, so I’d say I am using magic.

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Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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