Category Archive: Author/Illustrator Guest Posts

The Hazards of Reading: Guest post by Adrienne Kisner

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We are excited to welcome Adrienne Kisner as our guest author today. She is the author of Dear Rachel Maddow, about a teen girl who writes (but doesn’t send) emails to Rachel Maddow… Continue reading

ON WRITING FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Guest Post by Mae Respicio

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We are excited to welcome Mae Respicio as our guest author today. Mae is the debut author of The House That Lou Built, about a young Filipina American tween who wants to build… Continue reading

NEED TO KNOW: I Made a Book About Whiteness. At First, I Was Scared to Read It to Kids: Guest Post by Anastasia Higginbotham

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Some scary issues today have children asking many questions. Older students can find much in the way of explanation, but the problem is how to explain these issues to younger kids.  Today we… Continue reading

Diversity in Picture Books: Guest Post by Hena Khan

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We are excited to offer a guest post from Hena Khan about her Muslim-themed picture books. At Mackin we were thrilled at her use of colors to explain aspects of Muslim culture when… Continue reading

New Books Inspired by Old Prints: Guest Post by Kevin McCloskey

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We are excited to have Kevin McCloskey as our guest author today. When his first book, We Dig Worms, was published in 2015, I almost didn’t read it. Worms are gross! They haven’t… Continue reading

The Lost Art of the Letter: Guest Post by Sheila O’Connor

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Few of us Books in Bloom bloggers remember the good old days of receiving letters—though this blogger in particular does not have as many warm memories of actually writing those letters! I especially… Continue reading

“You Can’t Stay Up in the Trees!”: A Guest Post by Shira Boss and Bob Redman

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Parents and daycare providers know that kids love to hide. They crawl between table legs and piano legs, under the bed, in the closet, and behind the couch. They make forts out of… Continue reading

The Duo Behind Fault Lines in the Constitution: Guest Post by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

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We have been hearing a lot of debate about the Constitution lately—what the original writers meant, what it means for us today. This blogger remembers learning about the Constitution in history class as… Continue reading

A Life Erasing: A Guest Post from Illustrator Floyd Cooper

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“Giving kids a positive alternative to counteract the negative impact of what is conveyed in today’s media is a huge opportunity.”¹ This is what Floyd Cooper has to say about creating children’s books.… Continue reading

A Guest Post from Author/Illustrator Daniel Salmieri

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Before we started working at Mackin, most of us were quite ignorant of the entire process of making a book. We all read extensively, some of us even write, and a couple might… Continue reading