Tag Archives: @KateChicago

June 13

Crystal Chan Takes on Complex Issues for Teens in New YA ‘All That I Can Fix’ – Interview by Kate Hannigan

Chicago author Crystal Chan doesn’t shy away from challenging subjects. With her debut novel, the enchanting Bird (Atheneum, 2014), she explored loss, grief, and the meaning of family through the eyes of an inquisitive girl, Jewel. The book resonated with middle-grade readers and adults, and was picked up for translation and publication in nine countries […]

March 02

31 New Picture Book Biographies to Celebrate Women’s History Month by Kate Hannigan

Like any great creation, Women’s History Month traces its roots to the tiniest seed of an idea—or in this case, a single date on the calendar: National Woman’s Day. First observed on February 28, 1909, it was organized by the Socialist Party of America to call for equal rights for women on the job and […]

January 23

How Nellie Bly Introduced Me to My Next Book by Kate Hannigan

Visiting classrooms to talk about researching and writing books, I’m often asked where story ideas come from. I tell students that we can find story ideas everywhere—reading the news, eavesdropping on restaurant conversations, even observing our dogs. I especially love finding them in other books. Such is the case when I was researching a recent […]

June 26

Here Comes the Fun: Sunny Summer Reads by Kate Hannigan

Summertime reading is here. And as I pile up stacks of books to keep my kiddos’ brains from becoming mush, I meet with the inevitable pushback. Titles I point my children toward – the award winners, the weighty “issue” books – are not always the types of stories they want to read. The Washington Post […]

June 05

Hannigan and Hannigan: Talking April Book Releases with Two (Different!) Children’s Authors

One of us is Katherine Hannigan; Kate to family. The other is Kate Hannigan; Kathleen only if we’re being formal. We both write books for kids. We both live in the Midwest. And somehow the stars aligned so that we both have books coming out in April (which sounds like the first steps in The […]

April 03

Top 10 Pulse-Pounding, Nail-Biting Historical Fiction Adventures by Kate Hannigan

Historical fiction doesn’t have to be a hard sell. For some young readers – my own kids included – it conjures up images of wooden-toothed men in white wigs or dusty, musty storylines. Often, however, it is anything but. I first fell in love with heart-pounding historical fiction when I got my hands on Scott […]

October 24

Helping Readers Find Strong Girls on the Road to Katniss by Kate Hannigan

I found my writing inspiration sitting on a bench at my kids’ school. It wasn’t me plopped down there on the hard wood, it was a Wee Reader devouring a copy of The Hunger Games. While I loved the book, I was a little blown away that a third-grader was taking on such big, emotionally […]