My interview with Kari Lavelle

Check out my interview with Kari Lavelle. We talked about her inspiring and empowering book WE MOVE THE WORLD.

Tea or coffee:

I drink tea all day long! Green in the morning and herbal in the afternoon. I love the ritual of making tea, the sound of hot water pouring over leaves.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

I am definitely a morning person. I turn into a cranky monster after 9pm!

Who inspired you recently?

Educators! I have been in awe this year of their skills engaging kids during this pandemic. Incredible! (Can we all agree they deserve a big raise?)

What was the last book you read?

I just finished Me & White Supremacy, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Color Collector and Carol and the Pickle-Toad — highly recommend all!

WE MOVE THE WORLD is such a beautiful and important story. Can you tell us about your writing process for this book?

I started this manuscript in March 2018 and revised it 5 times before my agent (Elizabeth Bennett, who I signed with in July 2018) sent it off. It sold quickly at auction which was really exciting. I completely rewrote the manuscript twice before we settled on the current concept. In April 2020, we decided to add text about the pandemic before it went off to the printers. I’m so proud of our final text and how it’s both relatable and empowering.

The book is filled with influential people. Was there one you particularly enjoyed writing about?

Impossible for me to pick just one! I loved finding connections between the subjects though: Sylvia Earle as a guest on Mr. Rogers’ show; Neil Armstrong bringing a piece of the Wright Flyer.

What do you hope children will feel after reading your book?

I hope kids (and adults) feel inspired after reading this book. I want them to know that creating change in the world can start small.

Illustrations by Nabi H. Ali

More of the interview in the picture below

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