The Importance of Creativity with Peter Reynolds

Several years ago, Kenny and I were “video hosts” for the International Reading Association Conference. It was amazing. We got the chance to meet incredible educators AND speak with some of our heroes in the kidlit world! Including (drum roll please)….Author/Illustrator/Media Guru extraordinaire, Peter Reynolds!! He’s an amazing guy who is absolutely passionate about creativity, […]

International Reading Association Conference in Chicago

Shannon Hale, Peter Reynolds and Jane Yolen at the  International Reading Association Conference Wow! We just had an awesome four days at the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago. These people are PASSIONATE about literacy!!   As the conference “video hosts,” Kenny and I ran around talking to attendees, exhibitors and…authors. If you read last […]


GOTH PROGRAMS: An Interview with Youth Librarian Extraordinaire,  Annmarie (Mimi) Curtis   Mimi, you do great programs with tweens and teens. Can you tell us about one of your favorites?   One of my favorites, and it’s timely given this summer’s Collaborative Library Summer Program theme, was Goth 101 for teens. The goth subculture became pretty […]

Janeen Mason and the Art of Creativity

 Interview with Author/Illustrator Janeen Mason   Janeen, can you tell me a little about GIFT OF THE MAGPIE?  GIFT OF THE MAGPIE is a colorful picture book about two friends who miscommunicate.  It’s funny and sweet, silly and – OH NO – (even a little embarrassing)!  But in the end it’s a story about friends who […]

Donna Gephart & Olivia Bean Trivia Queen

Featured Interview: Donna Gephart Can you tell us a little about your newest book?  Olivia Bean’s twelve-year-old brain is crammed with trivia, and she will do anything to get on Kids Week on the TV quiz show, Jeopardy!  Her father abandoned the family years earlier, but she’s supported by her hard-working mother, new stepdad, Neil, and […]


I love to laugh! Heck, I married a clown. Well, former clown. As Kenny is fond of saying, he ran away from the circus and joined a home! Anyway, so much of what we do is about making kids laugh. It seems simple, but lately I’m realizing how true that really is. I’ve been reading […]

MIAMI BOOK FAIR Tom Lichtenheld

Here’s another author we interviewed at the Miami Book Fair International. Tom Lichtenheld is ONE FUNNY GUY! And his presentation onstage just absolutely killed too. I’m thinking he could go on tour with us! Love his energy! Check out the video interview.  

Miami Book Fair – Rose Lewis Interview

We met NY Times Bestselling author Rose Lewis at the Miami Book Fair and cornered her for a quick interview. Check it out!


We’re emceeing the MainStage of the Children’s Alley the entire weekend at the Miami Bookfair International! We’re shooting a lot of video. Here’s the intro. More to come soon. Gotta get back there and meet Jeff Kinney today! (Diary of a Wimpy Kid!) We’re in book/author/performing/video heaven!

CELEBRATE TEACHERS! (and an altered book craft)

If You Can Read This blog, Thank a Teacher! Okay, it might be a slightly cheesy bumper sticker quote, but that doesn’t make it any less true. I’m in awe of what teachers do every single day. If you’re a teacher, stand-up and give yourself a pat on the back. Go ahead, I’ll wait! If […]

Riley’s Interview with Children’s Author, Lucia Gonzalez

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), I’m posting an interview I did for the Storyology eZine with Author, Storyteller and Librarian extraordinaire, Lucia Gonzalez. Lucia is a two time winner of the Pura Belpre Honor Medal, awarded to Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Hispanic cultural experience. […]

New York Public Libraries

Hello! Welcome to our new blog. Kenny and I are so excited to have a place to put all the cool stuff we collect in our travels. Seriously, we find some COOL stuff ‘cause we spend our time hanging out with librarians, teachers, parents and kids! We want this blog to be one big soup […]