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Biographical information about writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Sylvia Acevedo Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In her middle-grade memoir Path to the Stars, Sylvia Acevedo draws a straight if improbable line from her childhood as a Mexican American girl in New Mexico through a career […]

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Talks with Roger (LIVE Video Edition)

This LIVE Talks with Roger interview was originally presented as a free webinar on September 10th, 2018. Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by

Five questions for Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott’s Dragons in a Bag (Random, 8–11 years) kicks off a new middle-grade fantasy series starring Jaxon, a young African American Brooklynite who gets a glimpse of the magical possibilities of our world (and others) when he spends a day with new acquaintance Ma. 1. In the acknowledgements of Dragons in a Bag you […]

Meg Medina Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by With Merci Suárez Changes Gears, Pura Belpré medalist Meg Medina introduces us to sixth grader Merci, who’s trying to find her place in a new school. Haven’t we all? Roger […]

Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance

And you wait, are awaiting the one thing that will infinitely increase your life; the powerful, the uncommon, the awakening of stones, depths turned toward you. Dimly there gleam in the bookcase the volumes in gold and brown; and you think of lands journeyed through, of pictures, of the apparel of women lost again. And […]

A Profile of Children’s Literature Legacy Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve known Jacqueline Woodson for years, but even before we met, when I read Last Summer with Maizon (1990), Jackie’s first book, I knew a special writer had arrived on the children’s literature scene. Although the full extent of the depth and breadth of her talent may not have been clear, what was apparent from […]

Oge Mora Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Debut picture book creator Oge Mora hails from Columbus, now lives in Providence, and was kind enough to take the train up for a little talk with Roger. We discuss […]

Video Extra: Oge Mora Talks with Roger

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Yuyi Morales Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Emigrating from Mexico to the United States in 1994, Yuyi Morales returned twenty years later. And in Dreamers, she tells a story based on that first journey, when she (and […]

Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?”). She works through the disorientation of her disrupted routine through a series of free-verse letters that are sometimes poignant, […]