Hooray for Gollywood! An Interview with Terry John Barto

Those in “The Biz” may recognize the name Terry John Barto. Having choreographed and directed more than 200 stage productions, Terry John Barto knows a thing or two about storytelling. Now he’s showcasing that talent as a children’s book author. His children’s books, combines his knowledge of the business with stories for children. Gollywood Here I Come! is a window into the world of creating a movie. Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon (2015) introduces children the world of comedy performance. For Terry, Anamazie (Gollywood) and Nickerbacher are more than children’s book characters. They are central figures in his bigger storytelling goal: re-introduce kids and their parents to the joy of *just* reading a book together. Terry is passionate about not only creating … Read more

Diverse Reading: Spiders, Aliens and Faiz Kermani

Diversity is where you find it. Just ask award-winning author Faiz Kermani! He has written three books for young readers, each one opening their minds to new worlds. With My Alien Penfriend (2005), readers followed along as Darius Chevalier and Zmod Tarib communicate across the galaxies as space-mail pals. Next, Ambassador Tickleydung gave us a tour of his Space Creature Sanctuary, a safe place for endangered and rare species, in A First Guide to Space Creatures (2010). Most recently, Faiz has returned to earth, where he shares the story of Golbo and Spognot, two spiders in search of a peaceful existence far from the evil vacuum cleaner. Faiz Kermani has been writing children’s fiction for about ten years as a … Read more

Family Matters: An interview with children’s author Susan Fayad

When you read the back cover of Susan Daniel Fayad’s debut picture book, there is no doubt: family matters. In My Grandfather’s Masbaha Susan draws on and weaves her family and cultural experiences into a universal story. Family matters all year long, but during the holiday season, we tend to place a little more emphasis on spending time together and showing our appreciation for one another. Susan is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Special Education at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. After graduating, she taught primary grades at an international charter school. Recently I had the chance to interview Susan to talk about her new picture book and what … Read more