Illustrator Interview: Sue Shanahan

About six weeks ago, children’s book illustrator and portrait artist Sue Shanahan (@SueShanahanArt) found us on Twitter and sent me a note along with her lovely illustration “Dreams Begin in a Book.” From that, Sue and I began a conversation about reading, children’s illustrations, and Apps. If you have the chance, explore Her gallery is filled with lovely artwork – what I would call timeless imagery – that transports you to new places and opens your heart. RT: Hi Sue, and welcome to the Reading Tub! I’ve really enjoyed exploring your site, and the iMovie of your illustrations set to “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant just blew me away! On your site, you use the tagline “art from the heart,” … Read more

Author Interview: Anastasia Suen author of Road Work Ahead

Please welcome my friend, literacy guide, and children’s author Anastasia Suen to the Reading Tub. I first *met* Anastasia many years ago through the Kidlitosphere Yahoo Group … then we met in person at BookExpo America in Los Angeles (2008), and then worked together through the first three years of the Cybils Easy Reader / Early Chapter Book panel, when she was the organizer. We are thrilled that she thought to include us in her book launch for Road Work Ahead. Generally we don’t participate in blog tours, but what tipped me in favor of this tour (aside from the fact that she is a friend and mentor) is that Anastasia went the extra step of tailoring the collaboration to … Read more

Author Interview: Ambassador Ticklydung, Intergalactic Diplomat

No, we haven’t lost our minds. Actually, we’ve expanded them! We recently had the privilege and honor of interviewing Ambassador Ticklydung, diplomat to the galaxies, founder and director of the Ambassador Ticklydung Space Creature Santuary (ATSCS), and the author of A First Guide to Space Aliens. You may know the Ambassador’s ghost writer, Faiz Kermani. Several years ago, Dr. Kermani wrote My Alien Penfriend, a book about friendship, with the added goals of engaging young readers to think about cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, terrorism, and environmental damage. In our wide-ranging interview, we chat with the ambassador about his new book, his life as a diplomat, and his goals for the ATSCS. Please welcome Ambassador Ticklydung to the Family Bookshelf. RT: Welcome, … Read more