5,4,3,2,1 interview Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant

My kids at home LOVE That’s (Not) Mine. I’m guessing that the children in your life will feel the same way. Trust me. It’s a winner!

I’m excited to have the husband and wife team (Christopher Weyant and Anna Kang) behind That’s (Not) Mine on sharpread today. I hope you enjoy the interview.

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about That’s (NOT) Mine?

Two friends, as first featured in YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL, argue over who a chair belongs to until they realize that playing is a lot more fun than fighting. It’s a story about sharing, or the difficulty of sharing. As anyone with a sibling will attest, learning to share is tough, especially as a child. Because possessions are precious in a child’s world, it takes a certain amount of emotional maturity to see the other person’s perspective and delay gratification. A few minutes can feel like an eternity in a child’s mind. (5)

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  1. What is your favorite thing about being an author?

Thinking from a child’s perspective—their way of looking at the world. (1)

  1. What’s the hardest thing about being an author?

Thinking from a child’s perspective—their way of looking at the world—without underestimating the complexity of their feelings. Writing so that every word is essential while also giving room for the illustrations to do their job. And accomplishing all of this in 32 pages. (3)

  1. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick? 

Stuart Little. As a child, I was obsessed with mice and little animals. I loved how Stuart Little had a miniature version of everything, including his own canoe. I dreamed about living in his tidy, miniature world. (4)

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  1. What advice do you have for the young authors in my classroom?

Read as much as you can — books, magazines, articles, comic books — anything that entertains you. Then if it compels you, write one sentence per day in a notebook about anything: what happened that day, something interesting you saw or did, how you feel about something. (2)

Follow all the stops on the tour!
Mon, Aug 31
Watch.Connect.Read.
Tues, Sept 1
Jean Little Library
Wed, Sept 2
Teach Mentor Texts
Thurs, Sept 3
Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Sept 4
Unleashing Readers
Mon, Sept 7
The Children’s Book Review
Tues, Sept 8
proseandkahn
Wed, Sept 9
The Library Fanatic
Thurs, Sept 10
Sharpread
Fri, Sept 11
Bluestocking Thinking
Husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of You Are (Not) Small, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. They live in New Jersey with their two daughters, Kate and Lily, a guinea pig named Athena, and a hermit crab named Olaf.
Anna, a native New Yorker, grew up believing everything was hers until one day she realized it was her brother’s, too. She received a master’s degree in fine arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where the visual storyteller in her was awakened, forever changing the way she saw art, life, and everything in between. In addition to writing, Anna loves to read, travel, laugh, eat, and nap. Visit her online at www.annakang.com.
Christopher is a cartoonist and illustrator. His work can regularly be seen in the New Yorker. His cartoons are syndicated worldwide and have been featured on the Today Show, Meet the Press, and World News Tonight. Christopher likes to share everything but his personal space on the subway. Visit him online at www.christopherweyant.com.
Twitter: @annakang27     @chrisweyant05
For more information, and to download a free curriculum guide, visit: www.amazon.com/thatsnotmine or http://www.annakang.com/tnm-internal-page.
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