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  • 5 Questions With… Rhonda Gowler Greene (NO PIRATES ALLOWED! SAID LIBRARY LOU)

    Rhonda Gowler Greene is an award-winning author of over 20 children’s books. Her books have received several honors such as IRA Children’s Choice Book, Bank Street College Best Book, Children’s Book Council Showcase Book, and starred reviews in major periodicals. Being a former elementary teacher, Rhonda especially enjoys visiting schools where her goal is to get students excited about reading and writing.
  • 5 Questions With... Ruta Sepetys (BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY)

    Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Her award-winning debut novel, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 40 countries. Her new novel, OUT OF THE EASY, is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. A historical tale of secrets and lies, OUT OF THE EASY is a story of identity, family, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
  • 5 Questions With... Katherine Paterson (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA)

    Katherine Paterson is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. She is a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, and she has received many other accolades for her works, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont.
  • 5 Questions With... David Ezra Stein (INTERRUPTING CHICKEN)

    David Ezra Stein was born in Brooklyn, NY. His book INTERRUPTING CHICKEN was awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor, as well as many state awards. Scholastic named it one of the top 100 books of all time for children. David received the Ezra Jack Keats award for LEAVES in 2008, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor for POUCH! in 2010.
  • 5 Questions With... Laurie Keller (THE ADVENTURES OF ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT)

    Laurie Keller is a children's book author and illustrator of books including THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA, ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT and DO UNTO OTTERS: A BOOK ABOUT MANNERS. When Laurie isn't busy making books or traveling, she enjoys spending time outdoors at her Michigan home, hiking in the woods, cross-country skiing or splashing in Lake Michigan.
  • 5 Questions With... Chris Raschka (A BALL FOR DAISY)

    Chris Raschka has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children, including A BALL FOR DAISY, the Caldecott Medal-winning book. His other books include EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE; GOOD SPORTS, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; the Caldecott Medal winning title THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW; the Caldecott Honor Book YO! YES?; and MYSTERIOUS THELONIUS.
  • 5 Questions With… Devin Scillian (MEMOIRS OF A HAMSTER)

    Devin Scillian is an award-winning author, accomplished country artist, and Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist. His books with Sleeping Bear Press include the national bestseller A IS FOR AMERICA: AN AMERICAN ALPHABET. His next title, MEMOIRS OF A HAMSTER, will be released in May. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit.
  • 5 Questions With… Jonah Winter (YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?!)

    Jonah Winter is the award-winning author of 25 nonfiction picture books, including the NEW YORK TIMES best illustrated books DIEGO and HERE COMES THE GARBAGE BARGE!, and the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, BARACK. He has written books on Sandy Koufax, Gertrude Stein, Muhammad Ali, Hildegard von Bingen, Josephine Baker, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Of his many books on baseball, his most recent is YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?!
  • 5 Questions With… Chris Soentpiet (AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL)

    Chris Soentpiet (pronounced: soon-peet) is the recipient of a gold medal awarded by the Society of Illustrators; has received accolades from the International Reading Association, PARENTS magazine, the American Library Association, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, the Chicago TRIBUNE, the San Francisco CHRONICLE, and THE SMITHSONIAN; and has been recognized by the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation.
  • 5 Questions With... Salina Yoon (PENGUIN AND PINECONE)

    Salina Yoon is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Penguin picture book series, featuring PENGUIN AND PINECONE, and the forthcoming PENGUIN ON VACATION and PENGUIN IN LOVE from Walker Books. She has also created nearly 200 novelty and board books for young children.
  • 5 Questions With... Jill Robinson (JASPER'S STORY)

    Jill Robinson MBE, Dr.med.vet. h.c. has been a pioneer of animal welfare in Asia since 1985 and is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry, having campaigned against it since 1993. In 1998, she founded Animals Asia, an organisation that is devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam by promoting compassion and respect for all animals, and working to bring about long-term change.
  • 5 Questions With... Stephan Pastis (TIMMY FAILURE)

    Stephan Pastis is the creator of PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than six hundred U.S. newspapers and boasts a devoted following. His 2011 compilation LARRY IN WONDERLAND debuted at #1 on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE is his first book for young readers.
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