Author Spotlight

Interview with Author Julie K. Rubini

In her latest work for young readers, Missing Millie Benson, author Julie K. Rubini discusses the influence of Nancy Drew’s most prolific author. Rubini also describes her family’s efforts to celebrate children’s books through Claire’s Day, in honor of Rubini’s late daughter. Recently, Ohio University Press sent a free Advance Review Copy of Missing Millie Benson to me in preparation for this blog interview.       Please share about your background as a writer of children’s books.  How have public libraries and reading impacted your professional and personal life? I have loved both reading and writing since I was a child. As I lived out in the country, the Lucas County Public Library’s bookmobile was my gateway to worlds beyond my backyard. I would fill my bike’s basket up from the mobile collection every week. Reading encouraged my writing in a variety of forms, from essays, to short stories, newsletters, and eventually…

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Host a Babymouse and Squish Program!

This past summer, my library hosted a Babymouse and Squish party, based on the graphic novels by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. It was incredibly fun to put together and a great way to not only highlight these two fabulous series, but to introduce young readers to other easy-to-read graphic novel options such as Toon Books and Lunch Lady. This program is great for any age that is reading from age 5 to 12. To come up with ideas, I read through every book in each series. The Holms grew up in a science household (their dad was a scientist and left petri dishes of cultures in their household fridge) and are both creative and artistic, and very funny to boot. They clearly read and watch film a lot — the books have so many “classic” and “cult classic” pop culture references. I had a blast spotting these elements in the…

Author Spotlight

Interview with Author Dori Hillestad Butler

    Ghosts add spooky suspense in this new mystery series, The Haunted Library, written by Edgar Award author Dori Hillestad Butler and illustrated by Aurore Damant.  In this interview, Dori Hillestad Butler shares the role libraries have played in shaping her work and the background behind these haunting books for young readers.  I received a complimentary copy of the first two books in this series before this interview.          As children’s librarians, we often share just a little bit of detail about books with audiences to get them interested in checking out material.  What information would you share with children interested in learning more about The Haunted Library series?              It’s a series about a ghost boy named Kaz and a “solid” girl named Claire who work together to solve ghostly mysteries. Each book is a stand-alone mystery, but as the series goes on Kaz and Claire are also trying to find Kaz’s missing family. Kaz was separated from his family when their…