Interview with Nancy Redd— Bedtime Bonnet

If there was ever any doubt why representation matters in picture books, look no further than Nancy Redd’s Bedtime Bonnet. The award-winning on-air host, bestselling author, former Miss Virginia and GLAAD-Award nominee’s debut picture book is a vision.  Nighttime bonnets have been historically tucked away from mainstream consumption, a shame-inducing reality that Redd shares impacted… Read more »

Interview with Merriam Sarcia Saunders— My Wandering Dreaming Mind

It was an honor to interview author and therapist Merriam Saunders about her latest book. Perhaps more powerful than Saunders’ extensive credentials in psychotherapy is her ability to craft a tender story that allows children to feel seen and valued.  My Wandering Dreaming Mind follows Sadie, a creative spirit who struggles to pay attention at… Read more »

Interview with Hena Khan— Like the Moon Loves the Sky

Ramadan Kareem! It is a joy to share my conversation with Hena Khan during this holy month in the Islamic faith. Hena’s words are tender and true.  LIKE THE MOON LOVES THE SKY, richly illustrated by Saffa Khan, anchors parents’ unconditional love in the Arabic phrase “Inshallah,” meaning, “if G-d wills it.” I connect deeply… Read more »

Interview with Author Carole Lindstrom— We Are Water Protectors

In anticipation of Earth Day tomorrow, I am grateful to celebrate Carole Lindstrom’s words of warning, encouragement, and hope.  Carole is of Anishinaabe/Métis descent and is tribally enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. Her book We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by the brilliant Michaela Goade, tells of the bravery and activism of one… Read more »

Interview with Maya Tatsukawa— The Bear in My Family

It was a privilege to interview author and illustrator Maya Tatsukawa about her debut book The Bear in My Family! This delightful release has received wide praise, including a starred review from Kirkus! The Bear in My Family offers a welcome take on sibling dynamics, at once humorous and heartwarming in a way that feels deeply… Read more »

Interview with Reza Dalvand— Mrs. Bibi’s Elephant

  What a joy to engage in this conversation, especially while sheltering in place over 7,000 miles apart! Iranian author and illustrator Reza Dalvand is internationally recognized for his dynamic artwork and storytelling. He has published over 15 books across Asia, Europe and North America.  Mrs. Bibi’s Elephant tells the story of how a unique… Read more »

Interview with Raúl the Third— ¡VAMOS! Let’s Go Eat

  I’m honored to kick off this interview series with the brilliant, Pura-Belpre Award-winning Raúl the Third! His recently released, widely-starred ¡VAMOS! LET’S GO EAT tells the bilingual story of Little Lobo as he bikes through his border town gathering delicious food truck treats to feed seven luchadores before their big match in el Coliseo…. Read more »