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  • Jason Reynolds Takes Up the Mantle of National Ambassador

    Prolific and popular author Jason Reynolds was inaugurated as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on January 16 at the Library of Congress.

  • Four Questions for Scott Magoon

    PW spoke with the illustrator about his collaborations with author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who wrote more than 30 children's books before she died in 2017.

  • WI15: Children's Authors and Illustrators to Meet

    Here's a look at a number of the children's and YA authors who will be attending this year’s Winter Institute.

  • Q & A with Adam Silvera

    We spoke with Adam Silvera about his new novel, 'Infinity Son,' kicking off his first YA fantasy series.

  • In Conversation: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

    We asked authors Albertalli and Saeed to interview each other about their new book, 'Yes No Maybe So,' about two teens of varying backgrounds who come together—and fall in love—through political canvassing.

  • Q & A with Daniel Bernstrom

    Author Daniel Bernstrom turns his attention to his family's history in his new picture book, 'Big Papa and the Time Machine.'

  • Obituary: Da Chen

    Da Chen, whose memoirs for both adults ('Colors of the Mountain') and young readers ('Girl Under a Red Moon') chronicled his experiences growing up during China's Cultural Revolution, died of lung cancer on December 17 in Temecula, Calif.; he was 57.

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts: Kwame Mbalia

    Kwame Mbalia’s debut novel for young readers, ‘Tristan Strong Punches a Hole,’ weaves together his fascination with African-American culture and mythology.

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts: Katy Rose Pool

    Katy Rose Pool’s lifelong dream to write professionally has been realized with her debut YA fantasy, ‘There Will Come a Darkness.’

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts: Joowon Oh

    South Korean artist Joowon Oh’s passion for illustration led her all the way to the School of Visual Arts in New York, where a class project grew into her first picture book, ‘Our Favorite Day.’

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts: Christine Day

    A contest for diverse storytelling encouraged Christine Day to write the first draft of ‘I Can Make This Promise,’ an #OwnVoices contemporary novel about a girl who is exploring her Native American identity.

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts: Julia Drake

    We spoke with Julia Drake about her debut novel, ‘The Last True Poets of the Sea,’ a loose YA retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night,’ featuring an LGBTQ love story.

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts: Brittney Morris

    For author Brittney Morris, seeing ‘Black Panther’ on opening night in early 2018 inspired her to dramatically change career paths and write her debut YA novel, ‘Slay.’

  • Fall 2019 Flying Starts

    We spotlight six notable children’s and YA debuts authors and artists.

  • Noteworthy YA Trilogies Get Finales This Season

    This fall, the authors of several bestselling YA series delivered concluding books; we asked four such authors how they started, how they managed, and how they felt when it was over.

  • Mildred Taylor Concludes the Logans' Story

    Mildred D. Taylor's 'All the Days Past, All the Days to Come,' the fifth and final novel in the Logan Family saga, is due on January 7; inspired by the author's own family, the sequence follows an African-American Mississippi family through more than three decades.

  • All Together Now: Fall Picture Books Illuminate the Words of Two Beatles

    We spoke with two artists who recently had the opportunity to tackle the task of illustrating Beatles-generated picture book projects, Kathryn Durst and Henry Cole.

  • On Tour with Shannon Messenger

    Last month, author Shannon Messenger embarked on a three-week national tour in celebration of her new novel, 'Legacy,' the eighth book in her bestselling middle-grade fantasy series, Keeper of the Lost Cities.

  • The Kids Are All Right: Spotlight on Laura Bates

    A debut YA novel looks to help readers curb online abuse and sexism, better understand the effects of cyberbullying, and reflect on their own behavior—both online and off. (Sponsored)

  • Q & A with Brigid Kemmerer

    We spoke with Brigid Kemmerer about her new YA fantasy, ‘A Heart So Fierce and Broken,’ sequel to ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely.’

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Simmons University
Representatives from Simmons University’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston discuss the program and the joys of studying children’s books from a literary and historical perspective.
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