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You do a lot of classroom visits, do you work with students on writing? Lecture on a specific book? What might a teacher expect from bringing you into their classroom or school?
What are you working on now?
Batman! My nonfiction picture book on the secret behind the creation of Batman is out in July, and I’m more than excited about it. I’m also shopping around an unconventional nonfiction pic book on a little-known but flat-out riveting WWII story focusing on a Japanese pilot. Most if not all WWII picture books I have seen somehow involve the internment camps; this one doesn’t. And I’m also writing what might be considered my first “girl” book, also a true story.
You write nonfiction, children's books, and you draw/write cartoons, how did you end up working in such different genres?
What's a "typical" day like for you?
Your children's books focus primarily on educational themes. How do you decide what to put into a book for your audience?