Nathan Hale tells us what makes his books different than regular history books, who inspired him to go from writing picture books to graphic novels and where he thinks his books belong in the library.
Kwame explains why he thinks kids are reading more than ever right now, what persuaded him to start writing poems for kids and the major event that inspired the crossover musical celebration, Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie starting Indigo Blume.
Jason Reynolds and Julia E. Torres explore inclusive literature as a tool for transformation.
DJ Corchin reads his picture book A Thousand No's and further explores the themes found in the book. He also shares the expectations he had to let go of to get to the final version and will defend his use of the apostrophe in the title!
Tony DiTerlizzi takes a walk down memory lane, sharing pictures and recalling influential teachers and events that helped solidify his career as an author illustrator. He also explains how copying and tracing is a great learning tool for students.
Gordon Korman explains how the track and field coach subbing for his 7th grade English class led to his first published book, the two words that helped him reinvent where his ideas came from as an adult and hear him read an excerpt from “Notorious!”
Mariama J. Lockington talks about the book and author inspiring her to write For Black Girls Like Me. How to incorporate music when teaching this book, and the biggest takeaway she wants young people to have after reading this #ownvoices story.
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