How to Start a Revolution by Being Yourself: Author Guest Post by Katryn Bury
When I was young, I liked to hide. Literally in the closet. I felt safest there, with a flashlight, reading my books in peace. In the closet, I could be alone, my head filled with whatever adventure was on the...
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The Golem: Author Guest Post by Rebecca Podos
When I set out to write a book about a (not the!) Jewish American experience, I knew I’d have a few half-forgotten lessons to relearn. I needed to brush up on history, like the timeline of German-occupied Europe and Jewish...
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From Generation to Generation: Author Blog Post by Lisa Greenwald
There’s a popular phrase in Judaism: L’Dor Vador. Translated from Hebrew, it’s "from generation to generation." It means that it’s up to us to pass down the history, traditions and love of our faith onto the next generation. It’s an...
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Writing the Muslim American Experience After 9/11
I’m a Muslim American immigrant, and my children are Americans who were born in the U.S. and raised through the lens of the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. Yet for the longest time, it never occurred to me that...
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Let's Talk About It: Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
About the Book Release your inner Drag Queen and get ready for Pumpkin! Growing up in a small town isn’t easy especially when you’re fat AND openly gay like Waylon Brewer. Luckily, Waylon has a plan. After graduation, he and...
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Pride On Every Page Guest Post: Madeline McGrane
The Accursed Vampire is on sale 7/27/21 When I write and draw comics intended for a middle grade reader, I can’t help but think about my experiences as a book-loving kid. I think about what I would’ve found fun and...
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Everyone Can Do Something
By Meena Harris Meena Harris is the Founder and CEO of Phenomenal and the New York Times bestselling author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea. She currently resides in San Francisco with her partner and two daughters. “No one can...
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A letter from Tanita S. Davis, author of SERENA SAYS
On Sale 11/3/20 Dear Reader, We all know people who are sparklers—who shine in every situation and light up a room when they arrive. For those a little less confident, it can be exciting to have a friend who makes...
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A letter from Tessa Allen, author of SOMETIMES PEOPLE MARCH
On Sale September 1st! Dear Reader, I recently found a note I scribbled to myself November 10th 2016: “I am struggling to reconcile my identity as an American.” While recent political history has brought this challenge to the front of...
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A letter from Caela Carter, author of HOW TO BE A GIRL IN THE WORLD
On Sale 8/11 Dear Reader, In February of 2017, I was invited to be a key note speaker at the Women’s Leadership Summit at Ridge High School, my alma mater in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. I was asked to simply...
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A letter from justin a. reynolds, author of EARLY DEPARTURES
Early Departures is on sale Dear Reader, This story exists because I can’t let my friend go. I want to know where he is, if he’s okay. I want to tell him he’s still the funniest person I know. Thank...
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A Letter from Tiffany D. Jackson, author of GROWN
On Sale Now! Dear Reader, My first boyfriend was twenty-two years old. I was fifteen. The greatest secret I ever kept. It was exciting and invigorating, to be considered so beautiful and adult-like, but ultimately, I knew it wasn’t right—the...
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A letter from Lisa Moore Ramée, author of SOMETHING TO SAY
Something to Say by Lisa Moore RaméeOn sale 7/14/20 Dear Reader: Something to Say is about a lot of things. It examines whether we should hold people accountable for things they said or did "a long time ago," or when...
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Kadir Nelson: Activism Through Art
Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans Kadir Nelson for The New Yorker Kadir Nelson for Rolling Stone Kadir Nelson’s art is centered in the message that Black stories, history, and lives not only matter,...
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A letter from Erin Entrada Kelly, author of WE DREAM OF SPACE
We Dream of Space is On Shelves Now! Dear Reader, I grew up in the 1980s. I wore jelly shoes and Jams. I had a Trapper Keeper and sticker book. I remember the names of my Cabbage Patch dolls. I...
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Letter from the Editor: Frog and Toad
Happy Birthday, Frog and Toad! This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel. HarperStacks sat down (virtually!) with Tamar Mays, a HarperCollins Executive Editor, to discuss the longevity of the books and the...
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Writing Familiar Strangers: Gail Carson Levine on her family's long history of migration
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine writes about her family’s journey as Spanish Jewish exiles and eventual immigration to the United States. In her new book, A Ceiling Made of Eggshells, she writes of a young Jewish girl living under...
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A Letter from Noelle Stevenson, author of THE FIRE NEVER GOES OUT
The Fire Never Goes Out is on sale now! It is 2009. You are 17 and you are on fire. You have hair that's cut as short as it will go, and it doesn't bother you when people tease you...
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A letter from Elana K. Arnold, author of RED HOOD
RED HOOD, by Elana K. Arnold, is on shelves now! Dear Reader, Once, there was a girl who left the path. Once, there was a wolf who waited for her. We hear versions of this story all the time—in fairy...
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Behind the Book: Daniel Bernstrom, author of BIG PAPA AND THE TIME MACHINE
My Papa, African American Storytelling, and the Everyday Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom Going to the library as a child, the small selection of books I found featuring black or brown characters were usually about the titans of black history:...
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A letter from Sara Pennypacker, author of HERE IN THE REAL WORLD
Here in the Real World by Sara PennypackerAvailable 2.4.20 Dear Reader, “Open your eyes. Here in the real world, bad stuff happens,” Jolene admonishes Ware repeatedly. She’s right, of course: These days, devastating blows to environmental, social, and economic justice...
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