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Interview with children’s book author, Leslie Kimmelman
Mar 26th, 2020 by Liza Wiemer

Fun Easy Reader Books and A Picture Book to Love!

Leslie encourages readers to buy books from their local Indie bookstores!

To learn more about Leslie’s books, check out her Goodreads page!

Author Leslie Kimmelman with her latest books, Bat and Sloth Hang Around and Bat and Sloth Lost and Found!

Interview:

Question: Your three new books share one common theme: Animals. Is that coincidence or do you have a particular love for animals? If so, do you have any at home? Answer: I love animals! In my fantasy life, I’m a wildlife photographer. I’ve had dogs my whole life, though actually I am between dogs now. Something I hope to change in the next few months.

Question: Best writing tip for picture books? Answer:  My best tip would be to read your manuscript out loud. It’s very different from just reading them silently to yourself. And it makes you choose words that are more fun to say–and to hear, for the reader.

Bonus Round: What do you prefer?

Books: fantasy, memoir, romance, fiction, sci-fi, horror? I am actually a huge nonfiction reader. These days, in addition, anything that’s funny.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate? Tea

Movies or music? Music

Vacation on the beach, skiing, visiting museums and sightseeing, staying home? Hard to choose–all of the above! I’m usually game for anything.

Matzoh balls or kreplach? Matzah balls

Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry? CHOCOLATE! 

About Leslie Kimmelman:

From her website: The very first word I learned to read was A-L-L. It was particularly appropriate because from the joyful moment I got my first library card, my goal was to read every single book in the children’s section. Books were magical to me. I still feel that way.

When I was in college in a small New England town, a young woman came to speak as part of an alumni career day. She lived in the unknown, glamorous, and slightly intimidating New York City. She talked about her career as an editor at a publishing house where, she told us, she got to read books all day long.

It was one of those aha! moments. After graduation, I moved to New York City and began my publishing career. I spent many happy years as a children’s book editor at various publishing houses. It took me a while to get used to reading on the job; at first, anytime someone walked by my desk, I’d guiltily try to hide my reading material. Then I’d remember that I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing! The more I read on the job, the more I realized I wanted to write my own books. After a few false starts, my first book, Frannie’s Fruits, was published in 1989.

Eventually, I became the senior editor and writer for Sesame Street Magazine, where I stayed for many years. I now work part-time as an editor at Sesame Street Books and the rest of the time from home as a freelance writer and editor. I live in a small town outside New York City, where my husband and I have brought up two children and two dogs. I still read everything I can get my hands on–and write stories and poems that, I hope, help introduce children to the magic of books. Find her on Facebook!

Leslie with her new picture book, Worse and WORSE on Noah’s Ark

THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE: How One Woman’s Words Changed History
Mar 22nd, 2020 by Liza Wiemer

An Interview With Author, Elisa Boxer

Published March 15, 2020 by Sleeping Bear Press

Quote from Booklist review: 
“Boxer’s writing makes this moment in history come alive”

Buying links and social media: Website | For signed copies: The Print Bookstore | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Have a peek inside. Illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger

Interview:

Questions: Is there any behind-the-scenes information you can share with us about this book?

Answer: I think the most important behind-the-scenes information has to do with the message that I decided very early on that I wanted children to take away from the book. That message is that their voices matter. I grew up feeling pretty powerless, and have naturally been drawn to stories of unsung heroes like Febb Burn, the mother who saved suffrage with a single letter she wrote to her son. She wasn’t anyone famous before she expressed herself, and yet her words changed the course of history. So I want her story to inspire children to know how significant they are; how powerful they are; and how much each of their voices matter.

Question: What was the most challenging or rewarding part about writing this picture book?

Answer: If you had asked me a week ago about the most challenging part, I would likely have given you a different answer. Because now, the most challenging part is releasing during a global pandemic! So thank you for helping us boost our books with these interviews! As for the most rewarding part, gosh, there have been so many. I’d have to say all of the firsts: First book contract, first call with my editor, first peek at Vivien Mildenberger’s illustrations, first time I opened a box with my books inside, first time I held The Voice That Won the Vote in my hands, first time I signed one of my own books, and the first time my son read my dedication to him.

Bonus round: What do you prefer?

Folding laundry or doing dishes? Laundry. It’s one of my favorite procrastination chores, since I still feel productive 🙂

Elisa Boxer

Fries, potoato chips or onion rings? Fries! With tons of sea salt.

Books: memoir, fiction, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, women’s lit, Historical fiction – middle grade and young adult

Music or movie: Big Star Wars fan. And anything from the 80s with Molly Ringwald.

Winter, spring, summer or fall? Spring! Fall is a close second.

Elisa signing copies of her book!

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