Author Archive: Julia Smith

Julia Smith is a senior editor for Books for Youth at Booklist. She is a graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is also an aspiring aerialist. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaKate32.

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Get Stoked for Librarians’ Day

Get Stoked for Librarians’ Day

StokerCon 2021 is upon us! But what is it? It’s a hashtag (#StokerCon2021). It’s a website (StokerCon2021.com). Most importantly, it’s a virtual horror conference put on by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) running from May 20 to 23. $75 gets you access to the whole shebang, including tomorrow’s Librarian’s Day events. Register here. For those […]

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Shelf Care Interview: Traci Sorell
By February 17, 2021 0 Comments Read More →

Shelf Care Interview: Traci Sorell

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Lerner. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks with author Traci Sorell about her picture book biography, Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, […]

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Summer Scares, Who Cares?
By February 16, 2021 0 Comments Read More →

Summer Scares, Who Cares?

I do! And it’s not just because I was the Middle-Grade Expert on the Summer Scares committee this year (not-so-humble-brag). It’s because the titles on the 2021 list are pretty darn fantastic, and summer reading season is just around the corner. Spooky, right? Fear not: Though Summer Scares includes books that will appeal to readers […]

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The Shelf Care Interview: Kim Johnson and Alex Aster
By September 14, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

The Shelf Care Interview: Kim Johnson and Alex Aster

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Random House Children’s Books and Sourcebooks. We have a special installment today in honor of our yearlong Women in Focus celebration. In addition to this podcast, be sure to check out our […]

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The Shelf Care Interview: V. T. Bidania

The Shelf Care Interview: V. T. Bidania

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Capstone. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to debut author V. T. Bidania, author of the Astrid and Apollo series, which kicks off with Astrid and Apollo […]

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Bookmakers: Tyler Feder’s DANCING AT THE PITY PARTY

Bookmakers: Tyler Feder’s DANCING AT THE PITY PARTY

Tyler Feder’s graphic memoir, Dancing at the Pity Party, is a candid and moving reflection on the loss of her mother to cancer during Feder’s sophomore year of college. It’s also the first book she has both written and illustrated. Here we discuss her process, her hopes, and the many ways in which her mother shaped—and […]

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The Shelf Care Interview: Tracey Hecht

The Shelf Care Interview: Tracey Hecht

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Fabled Films Press. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to Tracey Hecht, author of The Nocturnals book series, which began as a middle-grade series with The Mysterious […]

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The Shelf Care Interview: Chris Ferrie
By February 18, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

The Shelf Care Interview: Chris Ferrie

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Sourcebooks. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to Australian author Chris Ferrie. Chris is an award-winning physicist, a mathematician, and popular author of science books for children. […]

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Talking Nonsense with Rivka Galchen
By September 24, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Talking Nonsense with Rivka Galchen

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Rivka Galchen about her new children’s book, Rat Rule 79, her first novel for younger readers, despite a long-standing passion for children’s literature. She’s penned articles for The New Yorker on Mo Willems and Curious George, not to mention having taught courses on kid lit. And while […]

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Everyone’s an Alien in Hollywood: Talking with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Everyone’s an Alien in Hollywood: Talking with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

The writing duo behind the Hank Zipzer and Ghost Buddies series has a new middle-grade series launching this fall: Alien Superstar. In the first book (out October 1), kid alien Buddy Burger escapes his hostile home planet, only to land in Hollywood, California, where hilarity ensues. Want to know more? Check out the interview below […]

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