Australian illustrator Sophie Blackall received the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her expressive artwork in Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. It's the real-life story of the original bear that inspired A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books, written by the great-grandaughter of the Canadian soldier who cared for the funny little bear. We emailed Blackall a few questions immediately after she heard the news.
This week, Matt de la Peña became the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery Medal for children's literature with Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson. We asked the author a few questions after he heard the news.
Proving that there are always more worlds to conquer, Jeff Kinney makes publishing history with the 10th installment of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which will be released in 90 countries and territories around the world.
For two girls on opposite ends of the world, adventure begins with a mysterious book. The Author's Note at the beginning of A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic reveals author Lisa Papademetriou's inspiration for this sparkling novel—a beautiful book in the author's own life. We contacted Papademetriou to find out more about this personal back story, the universal language of storytelling and more.
Ben Hatke, author of the popular Zita the Spacegirl series, brings readers a junkyard tale of friendship with his new book, Little Robot. We contacted Hatke to find out more about robots, new friendships and his most important audience—his own kids.
Nashville author Lynne Berry offers twice as many laughs with two new picture books. Pig and Pug is perfect for early readers, as a pair of reluctant friends confront their differences. The hero of Squid Kid the Magnificent presents a spectacular magic show, but his sister, Stella, isn't impressed.
Berry plays favorites with her two books and gives us a peek into her life full of animals and rhyme.
Susan Vaught is the author of several books for teens, including Trigger and Freaks Like Us, and is a neuropsychologist at a state psychiatric facility. Her novels often include fascinating ties to mental illness, but her first middle grade book, Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy, reveals a hilarious new side to the author. We needed to know more about Footer and her family, so we contacted the author, who lives on a farm in rural Kentucky.
There's a moment in Kwame Alexander's middle grade novel, The Crossover, when protagonist Josh Bell's father is telling him all about jazz musician Horace Silver: "Josh, this cat is the real deal. / Listen to that piano, fast and free, / Just like you and JB on the court." Alexander's poetry is the real deal, and its action, energy and heart earned it the 2015 Newbery Medal as well as a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. Alexander told us all about what it's like to win the prestigious Newbery.
The sweet, crowned star of Dan Santat's picture book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, is a hero like no other—because he almost doesn't exist! Beekle's an imaginary friend with no child to imagine him, and so he leaves his fantastic island, full of other strange creatures like him, in search of a friend. It's so nice to be acknowledged, and there's no better nod than the 2015 Caldecott Medal! We contacted Santat in the whirlwind of his win.
Do animals have a Santa Claus? This is just the sort of question Jan Brett would ask. In her new book, The Animals’ Santa, a young snowshoe hare in a cozy striped vest doesn’t believe all the other animals when they talk about Santa. Brett’s classic illustrations capture the precious details and gentle beauty of the snowy wood, and children will treasure this tale of believing in Christmas.
BookPage called Brett at home in Massachusetts to chat about this sweet Christmas story.