Category Archives: Interviews with Authors and Illustrators

Banned: Why We Need Young Adult Fiction: A Guest Post by Stephane Dunn

This post by Stephane Dunn originally appeared on SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox. Snitchers is available now wherever books are sold!

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Watch Now: Foster Multilingual Learners Through Story: In Conversation with Lee & Low Authors

Thank you to all who joined the “Foster Multilingual Learners Through Story: In Conversation with Lee & Low Authors” panel on November 8, 2022. The NYC Department of Education hosted this panel as part of their Beyond Access Forum.

Click here to register and watch on demand! It’s FREE and open to everyone.

In this webinar, the panelists discussed how high-quality bilingual and dual language picture books celebrate the voices and cultures of young readers’ lived experiences and affirm and validate a child’s identity. Hear from Ying-Hwa Hu (Ten Blocks to the Big Wok); Claudia Guadalupe Martínez (Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando); and Xelena González (Where Wonder Grows and Donde las maravillas crecen) as they discuss their books, their role as storytellers, and their hope for the future of bilingual and dual language children’s literature.

Purchase the books from the webinar here:

Ten Blocks to the Big Wok
Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando
Where Wonder Grows and Donde las maravillas crecen

Additional recommended resources:

Recursos en español para educadores y familias
Authentic Spanish Books List
10 Reasons To Celebrate Bilingual Books
Dual Language Learners Deserve Research-Backed Resources

On the Fluidity of the Border and Repatriation: A Guest Post by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez

In this guest post, author Claudia Guadalupe Martínez reflects on the universal story of coming and going across a border while emphasizing the forgotten history of Mexican Repatriation. Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando is available wherever books are sold.

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Watch the Event: Celebrate the Launch of How We Can Live!

Thank you to all who joined us for our recent virtual launch celebration of How We Can Live: Principles of Black Lives Matter, featuring author Laleña Garcia and illustrator Caryn Davidson in conversation with Cicley Gay, Board Chair of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation!

If you missed it live (or just want to watch it again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar and feel free to reach out for more information.

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Collaborating with Oaxacan Folk Artists Across the Years: A Guest Post by Cynthia Weill

In this guest post, author Cynthia Weill shares the joyous process of collaborating with craftspeople from Oaxaca and the relationships that grew along the way. Vámonos, illustrated with art by Augustín Tinoco Cruz, Martín Melchor, Maximino Santiago, and Avelino Pérez, is available wherever books are sold.

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Every Person Has a Story: A Guest Post by Crystal Hubbard

In this guest post, author Crystal Hubbard shares how her interest in careers and stories led her to write about people who inspire others to pursue their own dreams. Marvelous Mabel: Figure Skating Superstar is available wherever books are sold.

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Making Connections, Creating a Companion: A Guest Post by Christy Hale

In this guest post, author Christy Hale connects the dots between her companion books just as she connects the dots between themes in her writing. Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World is available wherever books are sold.

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When We Come Together, Our Voices are Stronger: A Guest Post by A. M. Dassu

This post by A. M. Dassu originally appeared on SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox. Fight Back is available now wherever books are sold!

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Honoring My Grandfather: Recognizing and Preserving My Asian American Heritage: A Guest Post by Emeline Lee

In this guest post, author Emeline Lee pays tribute to her engineer and storyteller grandfather in her debut picture book. Bonnie’s Rocket will be published October 18 and is available for pre-order now.

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When You Get to the Other Side: Mariana Osorio Gumá in Conversation with Translator Cecilia Weddell

Days before When You Get to the Other Side published, its author, Mariana Osorio Gumá, and translator, Cecilia Weddell, sat down to have a conversation about the book, what inspired it, and the process of its translation. Osorio Gumá joined the video call from her patio in Amatlán de Quetzalcóatl, where she spends most weekends; the enormous leaves of monstera plants decorated the scene behind her as she told Weddell about the decades it took to get the story onto paper and her experience seeing the novel find its way into English. Their conversation, transcribed and translated below, has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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