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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Skinny Dip

Loni Niles

Skinny Dip with Loni Niles

We interviewed Loni Niles, K-12 media specialist in the Wadena-Deer Creek public schools in west central Minnesota. She shared her thoughts about books and life. What is your favorite late-night snack? I love popcorn and can eat it any time during the day, even for breakfast! Favorite city to visit? Chicago. Even though we moved from […]

Mike Wohnoutka

Skinny Dip with Mike Wohnoutka

We interviewed Mike Wohnoutka, children’s book illustrator, widely known for his books Dad’s First Day, Moo!, and Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster. (Mike’s last name is pronounced wuh-noot-kuh.) Which book do you find yourself recommending passionately? Picture books in general. I often hear parents say their children are too old for picture books. Recently a […]

April Whatley Bedford

Skinny Dip with April Whatley Bedford

We interviewed April Whatley Bedford, lifelong reader, currently the Dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? Can I choose two? I would love to have coffee with Michelle and Barack Obama, either together or individually. I’m sure I’m not […]

Nancy Peterson

Skinny Dip with Nancy Peterson

We interviewed Nancy Peterson, EdD, professor of elementary education at Utah Valley University and co-chair of UVU’s annual Forum on Engaged Reading “For the Love of Reading” conference and retreat.  Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? I recently learned that Patrick Henry (Revolutionary War Patriot) is one of my […]

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Skinny Dip with Linda Sue Park

We interviewed Linda Sue Park, veteran author and Newbery medalist, whose books have inspired children in many ways, appealing to a wide range of readers with books like A Single Shard, The Mulberry Project, Keeping Score, Yaks Yak, and A Long Walk to Water. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to […]

Caren Stelson

Skinny Dip with Caren Stelson

We interviewed Caren Stelson, first-time author, whose nonfiction book Sachiko: a Nagasaki Bomb Survivor Story has received a good deal of positive recognition, including the longlist for the National Book Award and inclusion on many Best Books of 2016 lists. (Her name is pronounced just as you would say Karen.) Which celebrity would invite you like to invite […]

Janet Taylor Lisle

Skinny Dip with Janet Taylor Lisle

For this interview, we chat with Janet Taylor Lisle, Newbery Honor-winning author of Afternoon of the Elves, the Scott O’Dell Award-winning The Art of Keeping Cool, and the thriller Black Duck, along with many other reader favorites. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? I’m quite sure Emily Dickinson, […]

Ed Spicer

Skinny Dip with Ed Spicer

For this interview, we visit with Ed Spicer, educator, author, curriculum guide writer, and ALA committee member many times over. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? I would love to spend some time in a confidential, friendly chat with Michelle Obama. Which book do you find […]

Cynthia Grady

Skinny Dip with Cynthia Grady

We visit with Cynthia Grady, author and librarian, at her home in New Mexico. She tells us her favorite childhood candy, the person she’d ask to meet her at a coffee shop, and much more.

Debby Dahl Edwardson

Skinny Dip with Debby Dahl Edwardson

For this interview, we visit with Debby Dahl Edwardson, author of the National Book Award finalist My Name is Not Easy and co-founder of the LoonSong Writers’ Retreat. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? Anne Lamott. I feel like I already know her so well though […]

Heidi Hammond

Skinny Dip with Heidi Hammond

For this interview, we visit with Heidi Hammond, associate professor at St. Catherine University in the MLIS program, long-time school librarian, and author of Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: a Guide to the Illustrations, along with co-author Gail D. Nordstrom. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a […]

Pamela S. Turner

Skinny Dip with Pamela S. Turner

For this interview, we visit with Pamela S. Turner, children’s book author with two new books out in 2016, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune and Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird: Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? Sir Richard Francis […]

Mélina Mangal

Skinny Dip with Mélina Mangal

For this interview, we visit with Mélina Mangal, children’s book author and librarian: What’s your favorite late-night snack? My favorite ANYTIME snack is white cheddar popcorn.   Most cherished childhood memory?   Roaming through the north woods, climbing trees with my sister and brothers.  I loved being outdoors so much.    Illustrator’s work you most […]

Nancy Johnson

Skinny Dip with Nancy Johnson

We are pleased to share a Skinny Dip with Nancy Johnson, professor, children’s/young adult literature and English/ language arts education, Western Washington University.