Styling Librarian: NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY! plus Author Interview with Ame Dyckman
Are you ready? I don’t think so.
I don’t think you’re ready for Ame’s creativity. Her humor. Her boisterous nature… or maybe you are!!
I’m tickled pink to share an interview right before Ame Dyckman’s new book Tea Party Rules is released! I just LOVE sharing Boy + Bot. Affirmative. Here comes a new treasure… Tea Party Rules… already a starred review receiver!!
Link to Kirkus review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ame-dyckman/tea-party-rules/
Goodreads Review: “When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party with cookies! He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies? A laugh-out-loud funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime,Tea Party Rules is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.”
Without further ado, here’s Ame’s interview:
STYLING LIBRARIAN INTERVIEW WITH AME DYCKMAN
What was your favorite childhood book memory? One lazy Saturday in 4th grade, I lined the seven CHRONICLES OF NARNIA books along the back of our comfy old couch and declared, “BOOK MARATHON!” Then I plopped down and read the entire series. It was one of the best weekends ever.
Are there any authors or books that you liked as a child that you still read now? ALL OF ’EM! Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary… everybody I loved as a kid, I love even more now that I’m “grown-up.” I knew they were clever then. I have a bigger appreciation of just how clever now.
Have you read any children’s literature books recently? For “works of,” I just grabbed ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND off the shelf to answer the question two questions down, and since it’s impossible for me to have this book in hand without re-reading it, I’m reading it again now. For “reference,” I love Anita Silvey’s CHILDREN’S BOOK-A-DAY ALMANAC and Julia Eccleshare’s 1001 CHILDREN’S BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU GROW UP.
What was a favorite genre you read as a child? How have your tastes changed as an adult? Growing up, I read a lot of fantasy, Sci-Fi, and horror. (Stephen King under the covers with a flashlight? GUILTY!) Now, once my daily picture book reading is done, I dig paranormal and dystopian YA. (Better yet? Dystopian paranormal YA! Restricted sectors AND zombie vampires? GIMME!) But I still love a great oddball-character mid-grade too, and of course, I ADORE a funny picture book!
Do you still have any of your books from when you were a child? I still have the much-loved GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES, FAIRY TALES BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, and ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND I received for Christmas when I was three years old.
Are you in a writers group? If so, has it helped you? I’m a very active member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I wouldn’t be published without SCBWI, especially not without our fantastic NJ chapter. And I have a great Writing Buddy. (Hi, Adam!)
Do you have any key writing tips for kids? Or adults? Same advice for both groups: read everything you can in your genre, surround yourself with book people, love your local library, and don’t ever give up!
Do you have a new book being released in the next year? TEA PARTY RULES, hysterically illustrated by FLORA & ULYSSES’ K. G. Campbell, is a funny compromise-during-playtime story between a bossy little girl and the bear cub who crashes her backyard tea party because he wants cookies. It releases October 3, 2013.
How do you feel about the development and growth of the e-Book industry? I’m in favor of anything that gets and keeps readers reading—especially kid readers, reluctant readers, and reluctant kid readers. That said, I’m a paper-book person. Yes, I lug a bag and/or suitcase of books with me wherever I go. But I’m now deceptively, terrifically strong, so if I get in an arm wrestling match with an e-reader person, I will win.
Did you always plan on a writing career? Or if not…? It was always on my “Someday I Wanna” list. A few years ago I moved it to the “Today I’m Gonna,” list.
What truly influences you as a writer? I read the greats. And I say, “I want to work really hard so someday, maybe I can be a smidge as great. Even just, ‘gr.’”
If you weren’t a writer, what occupation would you be working in? Before being an author, I worked in video post-production, education, and academics—with brief stints as a costumed character and brownie taste-tester. So if I wasn’t a writer, I guess I’d work in advertising. Or as a lion tamer.
Did any teacher or mentor specifically influence you in your career? I always had THE COOLEST English teachers. Maybe I got lucky. Or maybe all English teachers are cool. But every single one I had LOVED books like food and air. And that made a big impact.
Do you have any favorite topping you like on your pizza? Years and years ago, in a remote pizza shack in a remote fishing town in remotest Alaska, I had a slice of combo pizza with marinated Greek peppers on top. It was the greatest slice of pizza in my history of pizza. Someday, I’d like to go back and see if that pizza shack is still there. But the chances are pretty remote.
The best advice I’ve received for my profession was… “You’ll never get published.” Man, I love a challenge.
The habit I never break for my writing practice is…
Never make writing habits. A great idea arrives when it’s supposed to—but give it your full attention when it does. (Wait. Is that a habit?)
If someone had told me…
That someday I’d be writing in books with markers and NOT get in trouble for it… well, my 4-year-old self would have loved to have known that!
Why do people always assume…
I’m not shy just because I have Crayola hair and a voice bigger than I am and start most sentences with, “HEY, EVERYBODY!”? It’s a mystery.
Debbie, you forgot to ask me…
“AME, WHERE IN THE HECK ARE YOU GONNA GET A LION?!”
Thank you so much Ame for this interview!
Do you feel like you want MORE humor from Ame? One of my favorite bloggers, @loveofxena – http://librariansquest.blogspot.com - created two Storify pages which will certainly entertain anyone with a sense of humor. Thank you to Also, you could go purchase Ame’s books! That’s the best way to celebrate her creativity!
BOY + BOT, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
TEA PARTY RULES, illustrated by K.G. Campbell
(Viking; October 3, 2013)
WOLFIE THE BUNNY, illustrated by Zachariah OHora
(Little, Brown; Spring, 2015)
HORRIBLE BEAR, illustrated by Zachariah OHora
(Little, Brown; Fall, 2015)
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