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 admire?
There are so many illustrators I admire, such as Leo and Diane Dillon, whose vast body of work has inspired several generations. Also: the late Vera B. Williams, David Diaz, Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, Pat Cummings, Maya Cristina Gonzalez.… I could go on!
Favorite season of the year? Why?
Summer is my favorite season. I can work in the garden, swim outside, bike everywhere, and read in the backyard hammock next to the apple tree.
Morning person? Night person?
Definitely a morning person. I love to wake with the sun.
Brother and sisters or an only child? How did that shape your life?
I have one older sister and two younger brothers. Being in the middle made me flexible and helps me listen, mediate, and empathize.