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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

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Skinny Dip with Anne Broyles

Author Anne Broyles is a world traveler, explorer, and social justice advocate who writes books about historical journeys, family traditions, and the immigrant experience.   Who was your favorite teacher in grades K-7 and why? My fifth grade teacher at Schumaker Elementary School, Mr. George Willems, encouraged me to think of myself as a writer through […]

Patti Lapp

Skinny Dip with Patti Lapp

A dedicated educator in Pennsylvania, we invited Patti Lapp to answer our twenty Skinny Dip questions.   Who was your favorite teacher in grades K-7 and why? Mr. Jordan was my favorite teacher who taught 7th grade. He was funny and straightforward; all of us students respected him, and he certainly kept everyone in line. I […]

Stephanie Calmenson

Skinny Dip with Stephanie Calmenson

Author of the beloved Dinner at the Panda Palace, Stephanie Calmenson has shared her love of literature with early childhood and elementary readers by channeling her enthusiasm for their experiences into her books.   Who was your favorite teacher in grades K-7 and why? I loved my kindergarten teacher, Ms. Cogan, who taught with warmth and joy. […]

Margarita Engle

Skinny Dip with Margarita Engle

Our current Young People’s Poet Laureate, Margarita Engle has written about the land, the life, and the heroes of Cuba, along with verse novels, picture books, and biographies of heroes the world over.   What is your favorite daydream? I love to dream of instant travel, like the “beam me up” gadget in old Star […]

Geoff Herbach

Skinny Dip with Geoff Herbach

Creative with many endeavors, including writing, teaching college students, theater, and being a dad, Geoff Herbach is stretching his wings from YA fiction to picture books! Who was your favorite teacher in grades K-7 and why? I loved Mrs. Fatzinger in 5th grade. She read books out loud to us every day right after lunch […]

Joyce Sidman

Skinny Dip with Joyce Sidman

From the first time, many years ago, that I heard Joyce Sidman read aloud from her poetry, when Eureka! Poems about Inventors was about to be released, I knew this woman carried magic in her soul. Working magic with words, writing about science and our very human emotions … Joyce has become a favorite author […]

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Skinny Dip with Lee Bennett Hopkins

You cannot be a part of the children’s literature community without knowing his name. Lee Bennett Hopkins has been writing for children and adults since 1968. His Books Are by People (1969) had a profound effect on me. With his anthologies, he has kept our eyes focused on poetry, knowing how much children love the […]

Cathy Camper

Skinny Dip with Cathy Camper

Are you fans of the Lowriders graphic novels? We are! And we can’t wait for the next one. The author who thinks up those great stories is Cathy Camper. We invited her to Skinny Dip with the Bookologist … and she said yes! When we asked her pointed questions, here’s what she had to say. […]

Suzanne Costner

Skinny Dip with Suzanne Costner

We’re thrilled to Skinny Dip with outstanding educator Suzanne Costner, Thanks to Suzanne for answer our questions during her very busy end-of-the-school-year hours. Who was your favorite teacher in grades K-7 and why? My favorite teacher was Mrs. Hill in 4th grade. She read to us every day after lunch: Stuart Little, Where the Red […]

Aimee Bissonette

Skinny Dip with Aimée Bissonette

We’re thrilled to Skinny Dip with Aimée Bissonette, who is the author of two acclaimed picture books so far, North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press) and Miss Colfax’s Light (Sleeping Bear Press). Thanks to Aor taking time away from writing and work to answer Bookology‘s questions! When did you first start reading books? My best […]

Susan Latta

Skinny Dip with Susan Latta

This week we’re all set to Skinny Dip with Susan Latta, who is celebrating the publication of her first trade book on September 1st, Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs (Chicago Review Press). With historical to contemporary biographies of women who have found cures, advanced medicine, and tended […]

Gary Mlodzik

Skinny Dip with Gary Mlodzik

This time around, we’re Skinny Dippin’ with Gary Mlodzik, founder of the Grow Your Library initiative within the national literacy foundation Kids Need to Read. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? Lee Child. I love his writing! I have read every one of the Jack Reacher […]

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 […]