Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Julie Danielson

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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Following the Story Wherever It Goes

After three decades in children’s books, acclaimed author-illustrator David Wiesner is still eager to innovate

David Wiesner talks to Chapter 16 about his newest picture book, Robobaby, and returning to the Southern Festival of Books after nearly 30 years. Wiesner will appear at the 2020 Southern Festival of Books, held online October 1-11.

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Making Sunshine, Nurturing Change

Acclaimed children’s author Renée Watson talks about inspiration, collaboration, and activism

Renée Watson’s Ways to Make Sunshine is the first in a new chapter book series for young readers. Watson will discuss the book at the 2020 Southern Festival of Books, held online October 1-11.

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Bringing Justice to Young Readers

Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with Chapter 16 about her two new books for children

In an interview conducted prior to her visit to the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, discussed her books for young readers, Turning Pages: My Life Story and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

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Making Space to Make Art

With Studio, children’s entertainer Emily Arrow debuts her own picture book

Children’s entertainer and musician Emily Arrow pens her first picture book with Studio: A Place for Art to Start. Illustrated by The Little Friends of Printmaking, Studio explores the various spaces artists find to create their art.

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Giving Women a Voice

Vivien Mildenberger paints a picture of an obscure Tennessee figure in the fight for women’s suffrage

Vivien Mildenberger illustrates The Voice That Won the Vote, Elisa Boxer’s account of Tennessee State Representative Harry Burn in 1920 and the letter from his mother that changed the course of U.S. history.

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