Category Archive: Author/Illustrator Guest Posts

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

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

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

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

Finding Story: My Two Grandmothers – A Guest Post by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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  Kids always want to know where writers get their ideas, and in this guest post, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson shares how she looked to her own family for her stories. Specifically, she looked… Continue reading

Making Author Visits Unforgettable: A Guest Post by Aaron Reynolds

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We love this guest post from Aaron Reynolds, and we think Books in Bloom readers will too, especially those of you who plan author visits in schools. Want to make your next author… Continue reading