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Kid Lit Talk: Ming & Wah and Carmen Vela on 'Escape: One Day We Had to Run'

Kid Lit Talk: Ming & Wah and Carmen Vela on 'Escape: One Day We Had to Run'

Authors Ming & Wah and illustrator Carmen Vela in conversation about their new book, Escape: One Day We Had to Run, an arresting collection of deep, accessible stories of people on the move.

 

What does Coyote want to look like?

What does Coyote want to look like?

Illustrator Piet Grobler on how he brought John Agard's story Coyote's Soundbite: A Poem for Our Planet to life. Read on to get a glimpse into what it takes to be an award-winning illustrator! Plus, enjoy a video with an electric reading from John and a wonderful illustration tutorial from Piet! 

Kid Lit Talk: Hannah Carmona and Anna Cunha on 'Anita and the Dragons'

Kid Lit Talk: Hannah Carmona and Anna Cunha on 'Anita and the Dragons'

Author Hannah Carmona and illustrator Anna Cunha in conversation about Anita and the Dragons, a poignant and heartwarming story about the love for one's homeland and the courage it takes to emigrate.
Hearing Voices from Every Corner of the World

Hearing Voices from Every Corner of the World

Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl shares the personal history behind her award-winning books, Sleep Well, Siba and Saba and Sing to the Moonand why reading and writing about everyday Black experiences matters.

Kid Lit Art Spotlight: Anna Cunha

Kid Lit Art Spotlight: Anna Cunha

Anna Cunha on her illustrations for A Story About Afiya and how she brought James Berry's poem to joyful and magical life. Plus, learn how to draw Afiya and her dress!
The Magic of Idioms

The Magic of Idioms

Susan Schubert on her book I'll Believe You When...Unbelievable idioms from around the world and the ways idioms spark the imagination, give us a good laugh, and powerfully bring us together in any language.
Helping hundreds of children read for good

Helping hundreds of children read for good

Our Summer intern Vanessa Browne shares more on Lantana’s incredible milestone of 500 book donations to Read for Good and her experiences with the team this month, as well as her take on the importance of storytelling for children in difficult circumstances.
Stories as Sanctuary

Stories as Sanctuary

For Refugee Week, Amanda Addison shares how Norwich City of Sanctuary, her hometown, inspired her to write Boundless Skya story she hopes moves readers to create a culture of welcome wherever they are in the world.
Room for All: Sara O'Leary on

Room for All: Sara O'Leary on "A Family is a Family is a Family"

For the International Day of the Family, we invited Sara O'Leary to tell us about her book A Family is a Family is a Family (Groundwood) and why we need books that "make room for all."
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