TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour is your opportunity to learn from and build personal connections with extraordinary book creators and their brand-new titles. Included in all Virtual Book Tour posts are original interviews with authors and illustrators, lesson plans, an activity designed for young people, and much more!

Welcome Julia Denos

Julia Denos on Starcrossed

In this post, we feature author Julia Denos, whose previous books include Windows, illustrated by E. B. Goode, which was named an ALA Notable Book and winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. You can hear her speak about her new picture book, Starcrossed, and try her fun “invitation to imagine” activity. You’ll also find other resources to explore. Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Author and illustrator Julia Denos with the cover of her book Starcrossed.


  • Written and illustrated by Julia Denos
  • Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Release date: October 27, 2020

Back in a time when there were still students of the stars, there were two friends, Acamar and Eridani. Eridani was a star pupil studying the night skies, and Acamar . . . well, he was made of the stuff she studied. In a star-crossed twist of fate, these long-distance friends find they’ve wished themselves into unexpected new worlds. Filled with stardust and moonglow, this cosmic adventure shows us how even the most brilliant wishes can have a mind of their own—and that true friendship can endure, despite time and space.

A spread from Starcrossed, written and illustrated by Julia Denos, showing a young girl leaning into a dark, star-filled sky with an image of a star-filled boy in the sky.
An interior spread from Starcrossed, written and illustrated by Julia Denos, showing a boy sitting in a dark landscape facing a star-filled girl figure in the sky.

Explore Starcrossed

Listen to Julia Denos talking with TeachingBooks about creating Starcrossed. You can click the player below or experience the recording on TeachingBooks, where you can read along as you listen, and also translate the text to another language.

Invitation to Imagine

TeachingBooks asks each author or illustrator on our Virtual Book Tour to share a writing prompt, a drawing exercise, or just an interesting question to spark curiosity and creativity. Enjoy the following activity contributed by Julia Denos.

Imagination Activity with Julia Denos

 If you were a constellation, what might you look like? Draw your starry self-portrait.

Finish This Sentence . . . with Julia Denos

As part of our Virtual Book Tour, TeachingBooks asks authors and illustrators to complete short sentence prompts. Enjoy Julia Denos’s response.

“I knew I would be a writer/illustrator when . . .”

I loved illustrating my spelling tests and math problems in elementary school with tiny little pictures in the margins!

Thank you!

To wrap up this Virtual Book Tour, we thank Julia Denos for signing a book for all of us.

The title page of Starcrossed, signed by the author and illustrator, Julia Denos.

More Connections to Julia Denos and Starcrossed

Explore all of the titles featured in the TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour: one link with author interviews, lesson plans, activities, and more!

All text and images are courtesy of Julia Denos and Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt and may not be used without expressed written consent.

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