When NPR covers children’s lit, it’s like a school librarian’s dream come true. Well, to be honest, a cardigan sweater with built in bifocals is really a librarian’s dream – but this is close.

I have not yet had a chance to read “We Are the Ship“, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, but I’ve heard nothing but whisperings (okay, shoutings) of “modern classic” since the beginning of the year. In this excellent interview Mr. Nelson describes the making of the book, his process for creating artwork, and he even reads an excerpt. The page that contains the link also provides more information and artwork from “We Are the Ship”. Now, I’m going to go get started on that cardigan…


(8 min 16 sec)