Festival Five with NSK Juror Cynthia Weill, by The Editors of WLT

Interviews Cynthia Weill is director of the Center for Children’s Literature at the Bank Street College of Education. She is trained as an art historian and has worked as an educator and in humanitarian assistance. She holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her dissertation work in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she worked closely with artisans to collaboratively develop a series of bilingual children’s books. Her publications include Ten Mice for Tet (Chronicle) and the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art Series (Cinco Puntos Press) as well as academic articles on education and the arts. In addition to serving as a juror for the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, Weill will participate in the Readings and Book Giveaways by the 2021 NSK Prize Jury event. Q: What was your first favorite book, the book that made you a reader? A: My favorite book was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I read it over and over again as a kid. The book had everything: museums, mystery, mischief, an escape to New York City. Growing up in rural Connecticut, I found it enthralling. Q: What is the best book-receiving experience you’ve had? A: I love it when author friends give me their books. Each one is a treasure. Q: From among your (likely) tall to-be-read stack, which book or two are you absolutely determined to read soon and why? A: Efrén Divided, by Ernesto Cisneros, and The Land of the... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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