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January 29, 2018

Whenever we talk about people writing about characters outside their own experience, there’s an argument that pops up that I’d really like to see the back of. It goes like this:

“I write outside my experience all the time. I mean, that’s the job. I write about fairies a...

January 23, 2018

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I take a closer look at my favorite book covers and talk about what makes them work.

This week and for the next few weeks, in honor of the upcoming Newbery and Caldecott announcements, I want to talk a...

January 16, 2018

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I take a closer look at incredible book covers and what makes them work.

This week, we’re breaking down the gorgeous, gorgeous cover of AMERICAN STREET, by the incredibly brilliant writer Ibi Zoboi. (A...

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