Author Archive

Finding Hope In Ashes: A Guest Post From Laurie Halse Anderson

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In 2008 & 2010, author Laurie Halse Anderson released the first two historical fiction novels of the Seeds of America trilogy: Chains & Forge. Just recently (late 2016), the finale of the series–Ashes–was… Continue reading

Juana & Lucas Giveaway — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Juana Medina for sharing her personal experience with us in her guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading

Inspiration, where are you?: A Guest Post by Juana Medina

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Juana Medina’s Pura Belpré winning book, Juana & Lucas, was based on her childhood experience of learning English while growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. In the book, Juana has no interest in learning… Continue reading

On Fear and Author Visits: A Guest Post by S. J. Kincaid

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We love hearing about authors in schools. It is always so exciting to hear about kids getting excited to meet the people behind the books and about the general enthusiasm for reading that… Continue reading

Journey Trilogy Giveaway – Contest Closed

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Aaron Becker’s wordless picture books are an invitation to create your own story. He wrote about his view of wordless books and engaging kids with building and making in his guest post: “With… Continue reading

The Best Present You Can Give: A Guest Post by Aaron Becker

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We here at Mackin have been thinking a lot about makerspaces, creativity, and hands-on education in schools and libraries recently, so we are especially delighted with this guest post from Aaron Becker, creator… Continue reading

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo Giveaway — Contest Closed

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Do you have a weak spot for escapist fiction? Perhaps you are a head-in-the-clouds sort of person who always has a fantasy novel stashed in your bag. If so, I expect you related… Continue reading

Imaginary Worlds: A Guest Post by Drew Weing

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We may be trying some new things on Books in Bloom this year as you saw in Zack’s post last week, but one thing is certainly staying the same: regular author/illustrator guest posts.… Continue reading

Why Snow White?: A Guest Post by Matt Phelan

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Matt Phelan’s newest book, Snow White: A Graphic Novel, takes an old story and re-imagines it with an early twentieth century back drop. The result is an atmospheric tale that will be perfect… Continue reading

Real Stories about Real Girls: A Guest Post by Siobhan Vivian

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Why do you write? What drives you to create the stories you do? Last month, the National Council of Teachers of English held a day of celebration of writing in which they asked… Continue reading