Interviews with the Creative Team Behind Lola Levine Is Not Mean!
by Alexie Basil and Godwin Chu
At once loud and caring, competitive and creative, spunky soccer queen Lola Levine is a perfect modern-day children’s book character. Invite your class to watch the exclusive interviews below with the team behind Lola Levine Is Not Mean! and find out how Lola became so fierce, funny, and fabulous!
First, author Monica Brown reveals her real-life inspiration for Lola, and her hope that readers will embrace how overcoming adversity can help define our lives.
Then illustrator Angela Dominguez shares what it’s like to bring Lola to life (she makes funny faces to help her draw Lola!).
Monica Brown is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Waiting for the Biblioburro and Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. Her books have received starred reviews, Pura Belpré Honors, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor, Américas Awards, and a Christopher Award. Monica’s books are inspired by her Peruvian and Jewish heritage and her desire to bring diverse stories to children. Monica is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches multicultural literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters, and she invites you to visit her website at lolalevine.net.
Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author-illustrator of Knit Together, Let’s Go, Hugo!, Maria Had a Little Llama, and Santiago Stays.
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