I’m thrilled to welcome Amanda West Lewis today. I’m fascinated by Amanda’s upcoming novel, These Are Not the Words, a brilliant reshaping of her early childhood into a novel for middle graders. Set in the jazz-infused world of 1960s New York, it tells the story of Missy, who is the darling of her parents, yet forced to grow up before her time, forced to see her parents as they really are.
I’m thrilled to be welcoming Aimée Sicuro for Women’s History Month. Aimee is an illustrator, picture book maker, and surface pattern designer. But I know her best as the illustrator of The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe.
Today is a first for What Was On. As you know, I throw out questions to writers, illustrators, editors, and agents, asking What Was On their desks, minds, t-shirts, refrigerators, and anything else I can think of. It wasn’t until Stef Wade and I were chatting that I realized I have been missing a FANTASTIC opportunity. Until today, I have never asked What Was On your cover! And since this brainchild was inspired by Stef it is only fitting that I ask this of her first—for her upcoming picture book, Moving to Mars.
Today is National Weatherperson’s Day and the perfect day to talk with Helena Perez Garcia. Why? you may ask. Because Helena has brought to life America’s first female meteorologist in a picture book that celebrates her life.