Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Interview Wednesday, and a Bit More on the ALA Awards

I'm hosting the Kidlit Interview Wednesday round-up here on our TeachingAuthors blog this week. Actually, I'm writing this post on Tuesday afternoon, but I'll schedule it to go live just after midnight (with my fingers crossed) so that early risers and bloggers around the world can share their links whenever it's convenient. If you have an interview you'd like to share, just post a comment below containing the url. The interview should meet the criteria listed at the end of this post. I'll check back during the day to add your links to this post. If you have a blog related to reading, writing, or publishing books for children and you'd like to host Interview Wednesday, visit the official Kidlit Interview Wednesday sign-up page.

You'll find the interview roundup below. First, I want to say a bit more about the ALA awards, the topic of our current series of posts. Yesterday was the first time I've watched the announcements live (thanks to the ALA webcast). I joined the program in progress, just as they announced that the winner of the Coretta Scott King Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement was Ashley Bryan. A shiver of delight went through me--I'd heard Ashley Bryan read years ago at one of our Vermont College residencies. His reading was electrifying! His love of story and poetry and literature shone through in his voice, gestures, and facial expression. I'll never forget that day. So yesterday when they announced the winner of the Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, I was thrilled to hear not only his name, but also the cheers and applause of all the attendees expressing their approval. Congratulations to author-illustrator Ashley Bryan on his well-deserved award!

Yesterday, Mary Ann shared the titles of the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Printz winners. You can read the entire list of ALA award winners in their official press release. You can also watch the webcast of the ALA award announcements.

If you're looking for more great titles to read after you finish the ALA award winners, head over to the official SCBWI blog for links to other award lists. Or consider signing up for the Newbery reading challenge being hosted by a K-5 teacher-librarian at the Watch. Connect. Read. blog or the Caldecott reading challenge organized by a K-8 library media specialist at LibLaura5.

And now, for the Interview Wednesday roundup so far:
Do you know of an interview that meets the following criteria? If so, please post the url in the comments below. I'll check back later to add the new links you provide.

1.The interviews must be with someone in the field of children’s/young adult literature, including authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and librarians.

2. Interviews may feature writing tips, illustration tips, cyber tips, etc., as long as the information pertains to children's/young adult literature.

3. Interviews may be written, audio, or video.

Happy writing (and reading!)


Laurina said...

We Love Children's Books interviewed Jack Gantos (via email) last September while on a book tour for Dead End in Norvelt.

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, Laurina. I was hoping someone would share a Jack Gantos interview about his just-announced Newbery-winner!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Virginia Euwer Wolff interviews Thanhha Lai, author of the Newbery Honor book Inside Out & Back Again, for School Library Journal:

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Caldecott winner Chris Raschka discusses his book A Ball for Daisy on NPR:

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, JoAnn!

Fourth Musketeer said...

I have an interview with Kristin Levine, author of an excellent new historical fiction title, The Lions of Little Rock. Here's the link:

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, Margo at Fourth Musketeer. I hadn't heard of Kristin's book before.

Geo Librarian said...

I have an interview with Kate Coombs, children's author posted at


Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for letting us know, Heidi.

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

Pen and Ink has an interview with author Bill Kirk.
Thanks for all the wonderful links.
Have you heard of the NENE Awards voted on by actual kids?

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for the interview info, Pen and Ink. I hadn't heard of the NENE awards, but lots of states have something similar. In Illinois we have the Caudill and Bluestem awards, which are also voted on by kids.

Amy L V said...

Wow. Somehow I've missed Kidlit Interview Wednesday. Fabulous resource...many thanks! Off to read about Jack Gantos! a.