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Interviews with writers and illustrators of books for young people.

An Interview with Denene Millner

In 2016 Chicago-based Agate Publishing announced the launch of a new line under its Bolden Books imprint dedicated to the work of African American authors. Writer, editor, journalist, and founder of the parenting website MyBrownBaby.com, Denene Millner began her eponymous imprint at Agate as “a love letter to children of color who deserve to see […]

Five questions for Catherine Gilbert Murdock

In The Book of Boy (Greenwillow, 9–12 years), we meet a young goatherd accompanying the pilgrim Secundus on his quest for relics, traveling from France to Rome in 1350. Boy is on a quest of his own…and as readers gradually learn (and Boy learns with them), both travelers have fascinating secrets. 1. We’ve seen some […]

Eoin Colfer 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 While we think of Eoin Colfer mainly as the author of highly improbable but highly entertaining adventure novels, and of Colfer and Andrew Donkin as the co-authors of the graphic-novel […]

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend lyrical text and striking sequential art with their subject’s own words and black-and-white photography. The result is a unique graphic-novel biography that’s both informative and inspiring. […]

Minh Lê & Dan Santat Talk 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 Drawn Together, a young boy isn’t particularly enthusiastic about spending the afternoon with his grandfather. For starters, they (literally) do not speak the same language. Where can they find […]

Five questions for Jessica Love

In Jessica Love’s picture book Julián Is a Mermaid (Candlewick, 4–7 years), the little-boy protagonist daydreams about becoming a mermaid. Left to his own devices, he fashions a mermaid costume from household items and applies a coat of lipstick…but what will Abuela think? 1. This is the best type of “message book” in that its […]

Christina Collins 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 Elise had long been homeschooled by her mother, but now she’s in middle school, and becoming aware that her home and family are in fact odder than she could previously […]

Carolyn Mackler 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 Fifteen years and half a dozen books later, Carolyn Mackler has written a sequel to her second novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, published by Candlewick […]

Kirby Larson 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 I met Kirby Larson when she won the Scott O’Dell award for Historical Fiction for her 2014 book Dash, about a girl separated from her dog when her family is […]

Five questions for Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin

In Pie Is for Sharing, written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook, 4–8 years), an inclusive community gathers for a lakeside picnic as a contemplative but child-friendly text muses on the nature of sharing. Detailed illustrations capture the day (which is, as we gradually realize, a significant one) with a […]