Author Archive

Get Up, Get Out, Get Writing: A Guest Post from Author Chris Barton

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Like most readers, we at Mackin love to meet authors. We go to conventions where they are speaking; drop by bookstores when they are on tour; and if we’re really lucky, we get… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia : Contest — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland for sharing in their guest post on Monday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview

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In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… Continue reading

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