First Draft Episode #288: Matt de la Peña Matt de la Peña, author of seven critically acclaimed young adult novels including Mexican Whiteboy and Newbery Medal–winning author of Last Stop on Market Street talks about his newest collaboration with illustrator Christian Robinson, Milo Imagines the World.
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Links to Topics Mentioned In This Episode:
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Maya Angelou, poet and author of memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Ball Don’t Lie (movie)
Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award and Printz-winning The Poet X, as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. Listen to her First Draft interview here.
A.S. King, author of Printz-winning novels Dig and Please Ignore Vera Dietz and many more
Steven Malk, Matt’s literary agent at the Writer’s House literary agency
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Kadir Nelson, artist and illustrator of A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis and winner of the Coretta Scott King award for writing and illustrating Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans
Christian Robinson also wrote and illustrated New York Times bestselling picture books you matter, another, and more
Stephen Malk also represents Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate and youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, and author of the forthcoming Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem
Sales of Milo Imagines the World will benefit The unPrison Project's UP with Books program, which purchases, ships, and donates new children’s books to interested prisons, then facilitates a reading day to help incarcerated mothers stay connected and involved with their children on visiting day. The child then takes the book home.
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