Why the Creators of Last Stop on Market Street Believe Kids Need to See Themselves in Books
by Traci Swain
Author Matt de la Peña and artist Christian Robinson get together in this virtual interview to talk about Last Stop on Market Street and their collaborative process!
Matt and Christian each share how they inspired and challenged each other creatively throughout the book’s development. For example, did you know that Matt’s words were inspired by a painting Christian made of a boy and his grandmother at a bus stop?
Watch their Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive interview with your students to learn more about these amazing creators and to discover what developing CJ’s story meant to them.
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Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal–winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is also the author of the award-winning picture books Carmela Full of Wishes (with pictures by Christian Robinson), Love (illustrated by Loren Long), and A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson), and seven critically acclaimed young adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. You can visit Matt at mattdelapena.com, on Twitter @mattdelapena, or on Instagram @mattdelapena.
Photo © Heather Waraksa
Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. He is the author and illustrator of the picture books Another and You Matter, and he has illustrated many more, including Carmela Full of Wishes, Leo: A Ghost Story, the Gaston and Friends series, School’s First Day of School, and The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade. You can visit Christian at theartoffun.com, on Twitter at @theartoffunnews, or on Instagram @theartoffun.
Photo © John Kwiatkowski
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