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For current/upcoming guests, see Main #KidLitAMA Page.

Welcome to the #KidLitAMA Guest Archives page! Inspired by Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) and founded by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, this particular AMA aims to highlight members of the kidlit community on Bluesky as well as help build community. The event is free and open to the public. Even if you’re not on Bluesky, you can still view posts.

Browse Harold Underdown’s Kidlit AMA thread on Bluesky
from Thu. March 7th, 2024.

Before joining Kane Press as Executive Editor, Harold Underdown worked as an independent editor and publishing consultant, and as an in-house editor with McGraw-Hill Education, Charlesbridge, and Orchard Books. He enjoys every part of the editing process, though he admits line-editing can be a chore.

Harold also enjoys teaching, in a variety of contexts. He speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation (next workshop: The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing in April) and SCBWI’s national and regional conferences. He also developed a curriculum focusing on revision in partnership with Eileen Robinson. They offer online and in-person tutorials, webinars, retreats, and workshops. He wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected web site with information about the children’s publishing world at

Thanks to Charlene Chua for being my first #KidLitAMA guest on Wed. Jan. 24th, 2024!

Browse Charlene’s KidLit AMA thread on Bluesky.

Charlene Chua (she/they) has illustrated many things over the years for kids of all ages.  Her work has won several illustration awards, while books she has illustrated have been nominated for OLA Blue Spruce & Silver Birch, Lambda Literary Awards, USBBY Outstanding International Books, and others. They are the illustrator of the 2023 Stonewall Book Award Children’s & Young Adult winner, Love, Violet. Charlene’s author/illustrator debut, Hug? was published by Kids Can Press in 2020.

Charlene was born and grew up in Singapore, and moved to Canada in 2007. They started work in 1998 as a web designer, and went on to become a senior designer, web producer and interactive project manager.  However, what they really wanted to do was draw pictures all day. In 2003, they decided to give it a go, and after a few years, they became a full-time illustrator.

When she is not making art, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing with her cats. She now lives with her husband (and cats!) in Hamilton, Ontario. They are represented by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary for all book projects.

Find out more about Charlene at CharleneChua.comBlueskyInstagramThreadsFacebookMastodonX/Twitter.


Debbie is currently available for virtual visits. Her presentations and workshops can be adjusted to suit all age levels, from kindergarten to college students to educators and other professionals.