Author Interview: Corey Rosen Schwartz

If you ask her, Corey Schwartz will tell you she’d rather be scuba diving. In the meantime, she spends lots of afternoons in the park with her kids, always open to new ideas for books. Corey is creating wonderfully inventive picture books and enjoying the opportunity to let her children inspire her. test Corey first realized she wanted to be a writer when she was in elementary school. Like all writers, she had a plan … and she knew she would write books like Judy Blume. It wasn’t until two decades later that her love of writing came back to her … but didn’t want to write like Judy Blume. Her muse said “picture books!” As a mom, Corey sees … Read more

Author Interview: Michelle Shillings

When watching her then 2½-year-old son struggle with his parents divorce became too much, Michelle Shillings began searching for ways to help him. She was certain there were books that would help him understand visitation. What Debbie found surprised her. There are plenty of books for adults, but there weren’t any that spoke to kids at their level. That’s when she decided to write a book. test I Can’t Want To was inspired by her son’s emotional struggles. What began as a catharsis for her, suddenly became a children’s book! Michelle knows first-hand how important it is to help young kids connect with their feelings – especially for things they don’t understand. By giving kids a voice through her book, … Read more

Family Dynamics: The Best Books on a Theme:

In the last few days, I’ve gotten two messages from kidlit bloggers are putting together best-of-the-best booklists on specific themes. At Swimming in Literary Soup, Andrea is “looking for that ‘clump’ of books that hint at the possibility that parents are actually people. Her criteria: “really great illustrated story books (ie. not concept books) that do a great job to introduce, enlighten, inform us, inspire thought and conversation etc about two topics: ordinary run-of-the-mill family dysfunction (like bickering, grumpiness, visiting relatives, etc.) body image … specifically the external pressures that affect our perceptions of ourselves as girls and women. Stop by to leave a comment on her post … or just stop by. The blog title should be enough to … Read more