Pre-#NY16SCBWI Interview: Sophie Blackall


Dear Illustrators, Haven’t decided whether to attend the 17th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC or not? Well, here’s a reason to sign up today: beloved illustrator Sophie Blackall will be on faculty leading a pre-conference illustration intensive. Now don’t procrastinate any longer, go sign up! Blackall is a Brooklyn-based Australian artist who has illustrated […]

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Pre-#NY16SCBWI Interview: David Saylor


Here it is, the week of Christmas, when I should be decking halls and wrapping gifts. But I love my job, so the fa-la-la-la-la will just have to wait. Instead, I’m conducting a pre-#NY16SCBWI interview with a super cool conference faculty member. Luckily, David Saylor was totally game, this last second (quite literally) before his holiday break. I guess […]

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Freedom Tour Austin Launch

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Last month, I launched my book, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON, in the North Carolina area, under the banner of the Freedom Tour: A Children’s Literature Book Tour. Last weekend, I bought the tour home to Austin, with a celebration at the George Washington Carver Museum. I was honored to be joined […]

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While visiting schools last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I asked students why authors have book launches. Their answers varied. “Because they like parties,” they answered, and “Well, why not?” My answer: because creating a book is not easy, and when it finally publishes, authors need to celebrate that milestone. Last week in the North Carolina “triangle” area, I did […]

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Eric Rohmann: The Pre-#LA15SCBWI Conference Interview


For my next and final #LA15SCBWI pre-conference interview, I had the pleasure of interviewing Caldecott-winning author and illustrator, Eric Rohmann. I first met Eric and his marvelously talented wife, author Candace Fleming, at a Texas Library Association conference. Since then, I’ve come to know Eric and Candace as two of the nicest and most generous […]

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Joe Cepeda: The Pre-#LA15SCBWI Conference Interview


This summer my teenager has been away in Las Vegas visiting grandparents. Needless to say, it’s made for a productive book-making summer for me. But alas, today I awoke in a panic. It’s July 6th, two days following the Fourth of July holiday. The #LA15SCBWI Summer Conference is less than a month away, and I haven’t posted […]

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Seeing stars for 2015!

I have two books out this year. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans), written by Chris Barton; and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton. So far, both books have garnered two starred reviews. I couldn’t be happier! Here’s what reviewers are saying: Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, (Peachtree, […]

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Don Tate on Kidlit Superhero Dan Santat #LA15SCBWI


Children’s book creators are my superheroes. They create stories for children that inspire and change lives. That’s important work in my book. I’ve had the fortune to meet (and in some cases become friends with) many authors and illustrators, it’s one of the coolest fringe benefits of my career. Later this summer, at the #LA15SCBWI […]

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Fun in Nac!

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I spent four days presenting to students in Nacogdoches, Texas (here’s a writeup). It’s north east of Austin, a five hour drive, but well worth the road trip. I truly loved my time in the city, where I could get everywhere in less than five minutes. And the students, teachers, and librarians were blast! One […]

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