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.
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.
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.
Two-time Caldecott winner Chris Raschka certainly knows how to make very little readers giggle, and the giggles continue with Abrams Appleseed's revitalization of Raschka's Thingy Things picture book series, originally published in 2000 by Hyperion.
Katherine Paterson is a living legend of children's literature. She has won the Hans Christian Andersen and Laura Ingalls Wilder Awards—as well as multiple National Book Awards and Newbery Medals—and is the author of such classics as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved.Following 2011's picture book Brother Sun, Sister...
Little artists everywhere might get a shock from the picture book The Day the Crayons Quit: Crayons have feelings, too, and they’ve got a bone to pick with Duncan, the little boy who finds a stack of angry letters from the unhappy occupants of his coloring box. Red, Blue and Gray Crayons are exhausted. Pink Crayon takes umbrage with being...
David Ezra Stein sits poolside, hunched over his composition notebook and safely tucked in the shade of an umbrella. This is sunny California—ALA 2012 in Anaheim—and Stein, a lifelong New Yorker, is a little out of his element.“This is so California,” he says, squinting at the hotel pool, which is empty except for a...