Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Julie Danielson

As the Story Goes

Kathi Appelt delivers an epic tale of camels, kestrels, and the power of stories

Kathi Appelt will appear at the online 2021 Southern Festival of Books to discuss her new novel for young readers, Once Upon a Camel, the tale of a storytelling camel and the two baby kestrels she protects.

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The Wonder of It All

Alan Lightman explores the beauty of the night sky in his first children’s book

Author and physicist Alan Lightman’s first children’s book, Ada and the Galaxies, written with Olga Pastuchiv and illustrated by Susanna Chapman, captures a girl’s joy over visiting her grandfather and exploring the star-filled sky over his home on an island in Maine.

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Dancing to One’s Own Tune

Author Meg Medina revisits a beloved character

Fans of Meg Medina’s Merci Suárez Changes Gears, winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, will be thrilled to catch up with the book’s protagonist again in the sequel, Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. Medina will appear at a virtual Salon@615 event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 7.

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Sweet Dreams

In lyrical rhyme, Jessica Young’s I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams celebrates the parent-child bond

Jessica Young’s latest picture book, I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams, celebrates the parent-child bond, while simultaneously honoring children’s need to spread their wings. Young and illustrator Rafael López will celebrate the launch of I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.  

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Earning the Respect of the Materials

Clarksville artist Billy Renkl illustrates his first children’s book

Clarksville artist Billy Renkl discusses figurative language, his love of paper, and creating the illustrations for his first children’s book, Diana Farid’s When You Breathe.

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