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Celebrating Love & Books! — Couples Who Collaborate

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

It’s Valentine’s Day, a day for celebrating love! What better way to honor love on the ALSC Blog than by highlighting some very creative book-making partners who also happen to be married.

For years now, ALSC’s journal, Children and Libraries (CAL), has featured Couples Who Collaborate, interviews with successful author/illustrator teams. Today we rewind to 2018-19 and feature three couples who make beautiful books together.

Three Decades of Creative Success!

Couples Who Collaborate article - Brian & Andrea Davis Pinkney

Couples Who Collaborate: Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
by Jennifer Gibson

In December, Book Riot named the creative team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney one of the 12 most prolific children’s book authors of all time! They have been collaborating for over 30 years. In this interview for CAL, they discuss the secret of balancing work and family life, their creative process, and the individuals who influenced their careers.

From Art Class to Picture Books

Couples Who Collaborate: Erin and Philip Stead
by Mary-Kate Sableski

Erin and Philip Stead met in a high school art class, married in 2005, and together created the 2011 Caldecott-winning book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. In this article, they discuss the challenges of working together, how becoming parents influenced their work, and the beauty of library and school visits.

Honing Their Craft Together

Couples Who Collaborate: Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell
by Mary-Kate Sableski

Cece Bell and Tom Angleberger met at The College of William and Mary where they were both art majors. These days they create books, collaboratively and solo, that are humorous and engaging. Here they talk about how they met, the genesis of their picture book Crankee Doodle, and their home work spaces.

Thanks, Cupid, you really hit the mark with these couples. The children’s literature world thanks you too!

Read about more creative couples who collaborate!

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Children and Libraries is the official journal of the Association for Library Service to Children and a benefit of ALSC membership. Subscriptions to CAL are also available.

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