Category Archive: Author/Illustrator Guest Posts

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

From 2 to Infinity: Writing by the Numbers: A Guest Post from Author John David Anderson

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We librarians at Mackin are much better at words than numbers. Having divided the nonfiction subjects and fiction genres between us, we read and evaluate only books in our areas. Math is always… Continue reading

Too Much Research?: A Guest Post from Author Karen Blumenthal

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We at Mackin love nonfiction—grown-up books, of course, but especially those written for children and young people. It seems that authors who write for younger readers find such little-known and often, well, ODD… Continue reading

How would you end this story?

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When he was 19, my grandpa Bernard Wevers came to the United States from the Netherlands with his older brother, hoping to find a brighter future. He settled in a little town called… 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