Exciting new episode today with the one-and-only Matt de la Peña! Matt is one of the most grounded human beings and great observers of the world, and just so happens to be the 2016 Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street.
Today’s episode is filled with personal stories about creative and personal growth that will inspire you. We discuss a whole lot about being present and living in the moment, how our experiences and honesty in our work create vibrancy, pacing ourselves to avoid writer’s block, the impact of having mentors, and so much more.
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Last Stop on Market Street is the Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015 and a Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of 2015.
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Personal stories about creative growth and personal growth that will inspire you (and make your day!)
- How reading changed Matt’s life and how it teaches the writer about the writing process
- Living in the moment and how that effects us and our work
- Vibrant work created from experience and honesty
- Breaking through writer’s block by pacing yourself and working on the “now”
- How you and your work will benefit tremendously by ‘keeping it simple’
- Mentorship and how its effected Matt and his career as an author
Learn More About Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña is the 2016 Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed young adult novels, as well as the celebrated picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, which was New York Times Top 10 Illustrated Book of 2011, a Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Book of 2011, and an SLJ Best Book of 2011. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Matt’s Recommended Books & Resources:
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Drown by Junot Díaz
Linda Sue Park 2002 Newbery Medal Winner for “A Single Shard”
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson