Hellooooo 2016!

hello 2016We’re ringing in the New Year with motorcycles jumping through flaming hoops! Oh yeah! Well…they’re construction paper flames. But still AWESOME. Yeah! Many thanks to Marissa for crafting the blog set.

Before we boldly leap into 2016, thought I’d take a stroll through the past year, beginning with this New Year’s post on conductive thread (your flannel boards will never be the same!). My favorite story times from 2015? The racing snails, the sushi restaurant, the show jumping course, the typewriter, the royal pizza, and for sheer calmness and beauty, the city of light. There was much laughter and yelling when our kid tester put this kit through its paces. And you guys really, really liked the lipogram fortunes.

In 2015 the BiblioFiles, our author interview webcast, expanded into a  a podcast!  My guests this year were Martin Kratt, Lissa Evans, and S.E. Hinton. There were also blog interviews, including the Biblioburro and the talented creators of Cozy Classics and Epic Yarns. Pop Goes the Page also launched an Instagram page, where we’ve been tracking Katie’s adventures around Europe (just scroll down this post and keep an eye on the right-hand column for the widget). There’s a new photo up today in fact. Bonjour Katie!

Finally, my favorite blog image from 2015. The pig marching band that Marissa crafted for this story time post. The clarinet! The big drum! The hats! Perfection.

pig marching bandHappy New Year everyone! Here’s to 2016!

A Fuse #8 Interview

fuse 8 setToday, I’m over on A Fuse #8 Production, a School Library Journal blog helmed by the amazing Betsy Bird! That’s her in the red dress, perched on a vintage Barbie Dream House chair. Alas, I didn’t have time to craft a house band, but Betsy assures me that if I did, they would be Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

Follow this link to the interview

Betsy has appeared on this blog as well! In 2014, I interviewed her about what it’s like to write and publish your first picture book. And, if you’d like to see the monstrously fun project I designed for her book, Giant Dance Party, twirl over here.

The BiblioFiles Presents: S.E. Hinton

se hinton photo credit david erdek web

Author photo by David Erdek

Just posted! A webcast with S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, That Was Then, This is Now, Rumblefish, Tex, and Taming the Star Runner.

In 1967, a new voice entered the world of children’s publishing. It was the tough, unfiltered, empathetic, and frank voice of Ponyboy Curtis, the main character in Hinton’s ground-breaking and genre-creating novel, The Outsiders. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy lives with his big brothers, Sodapop and Darry. They are orphans, and Darry has set aside his dreams of college in order to shoulder the responsibilities of providing for his younger brothers. Ponyboy, his brothers, and his friends are greasers. They grow their hair long, wear leather jackets, drive old souped-up cars, and rove in gangs. They also clash – often very violently – with the Socs, the upper-class teens from the West-side who seem to have it all. When the violence results in a death, Ponyboy and his friend, Johnny, must go on the run or face the judgement of a system that is already stacked against them.

Hinton’s characters navigate confusing, turbulent, bleak, intense, and often unfair worlds that were previously unheard of in children’s literature. The raw truths of Hinton’s novels ushered in a new category of children’s literature – Young Adult fiction. In 1988, she was the recipient of the American Library Association’s first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, an award that honors authors whose books “have been accepted by young adults as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives.”

It’s important to add that while gritty, Hinton’s books also carry with them messages of understanding, acceptance, choice, family, forgiveness, strength, and hope. They are both heartbreaking and illuminating, desolate and thought-provoking, frightening and beautiful.

In addition to her YA books, Hinton also has a chapter book for younger readers called The Puppy Sister, and a picture book called Big David, Little David.

Follow this link to the BiblioFiles interview