Ask a Librarian with Julie Chavez
Shelli R. Johannes is Dark, Twisty, and Super Fun
Season 2, Ep. 5
Shelli R. Johannes may wear lots of hats, but she’s always the best dressed in the room (even on Zoom). Julie talks to Shelli about her co-authoring experience, the importance of having excellent communication and pre-set boundaries when disagreements arise, her two new books coming this year, and how she was excellent at Fortnite mobile but her skills aren’t as strong on the PC. Shelli also shares about her journey from a degree in Marketing to writing dark YA, to now penning and co-writing bright, happy STEM picture books. She’s learned a lot over the years of wearing all those hats, and she shares some recent good advice that will apply to all writers.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Sarah Mlynowski, BEST WISHES
Season 3, Ep. 14
If you’d like advice on how to sustain a writing career, then ask Sarah Mlynowski. A writer is all she ever wanted to be (she has a rejection letter from the fourth grade to prove it), and she’s now been publishing books for over twenty years. Sarah is an engaging storyteller on the page and in person, and she joins Julie in this episode to talk about Best Wishes 2: The Sister Switch, the process she uses to write with co-authors, and riding the waves of publishing trends as a way of continuing to stay open and flexible in her career.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Leticia Ordaz, Cielito Lindo Books
Season 3, Ep. 13
Author Leticia Ordaz may have a day job as an Emmy-nominated anchor/reporter at KCRA 3 in Sacramento, California, but that didn’t stop her from starting her own publishing company to get her award-winning bilingual children’s books into the world. Leticia joins Julie in this episode to talk about her career as a journalist, her experiences as a daughter of Mexican immigrants, and the origins of her first picture book, The Adventures of Mr. Macaw. Leticia also shares her vision for the future of Cielito Lindo Books, which is committed to representing all children and teaching them the importance of learning and preserving the beautiful Spanish language.
Thursday, May 4, 2023
John Schu, THIS IS A STORY
Season 3, Ep. 12
John Schu has made a career out of advocating for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, and the people that connect them. The librarian and author joins Julie to talk about his latest title, This is a Story, which is a beautiful tribute to the community of readers and the connection we find in books. In this episode, John shares about his early experiences as an elementary school teacher, the magic of relationships in a school, and the words from Amy Krouse Rosenthal that convinced him to share the stories inside him.