Author Interviews


Author Interview: Kimberlee Gard

After spending most of her childhood running from books due to a learning disorder, Kimberlee Gard started a children’s book series, Language is Fun, to help other struggling readers. We are delighted Kimberlee is sharing how this children’s book series came to life. Most struggling readers would never dream of a career as an author. […]

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Author Interview: Dr. Raun Melmed and Caroline Bliss Larsen, authors of Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!)

Do you have the Monster Diary series in your library? If not, put it on your first fall book order, and order extras! The Monster Diary series combines diary-style storytelling with techniques to handle life with behavioral and stress challenges. This 4-book series is a wonderful way to not only help students but families and […]

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Author Interview: Zack Bush

Debut author Zack Bush fulfilled a lifelong dream of publishing when he published Made for Me in 2018. This father of two and Miami restauranteur took a few minutes out of his super busy schedule to talk with us about the book. Made for Me is available in both picture book and board book format. […]

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Author Interview: Debbi Michiko Florence

Author Debbi Michiko Florence is equally a lover of animals and books. Luckily for us, she is combining those two loves in a new series later this year, My Furry Foster Family. We are so excited that she took a few moments to tell us more about her books and how she can write so […]

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Author Interview: Heather Leah

Is yoga part of your daily routine? Would you like to introduce it to your children or your classroom? Teacher, behavior analyst, community organizer, children’s yoga guide, poet and now children’s author Heather Leah has written a new children’s book, Let’s Make Yoga Magic, that introduces yoga in a simple and fun way.     […]

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Author Interview: Ame Dyckman

Award-winning author Ame Dyckman’s picture books provide plenty of laughter during storytimes and bedtimes. Ame is the award-winning author of Boy + Bot; Tea Party Rules; the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny; Horrible Bear!; You Don’t Want a Unicorn!; Read the Book, Lemmings!; Misunderstood Shark; Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard; Roary the […]

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Author Interview: Amanda Rowe, author of If There Never Was a You

Amanda Rowe has been a freelance writer for quite a while. She has published poetry, numerous non-fiction articles, and has a blog on her website, Her first picture book, If There Never Was a You, (Familius Books) debuted March 1. We are thrilled that she is sharing details about the book and her writing […]

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Author Interview: Kathy MacMillan and Manuela Bernardi, authors of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World hit store bookshelves on March 1. At a time in history when so many women’s voices are finally being heard, this picture book biography takes a look at women trailblazers who paved the way for today’s female voices. We are so pleased to […]

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Author Interview: Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson has written more than 50 books including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. She is a sought-after school speaker not only because her works are filled with STEM, STEAM, and CCSS connections, but also because she knows how to bring history to life in her presentations. With two new books coming out […]

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Author Interview: Anne O’Brien Carelli

Anne O’Brien Carelli is the author of adult nonfiction, a middle grade novel, Skylark and Wallcreeper, and the picture book, Amina’s New Friends. She has always been fascinated by the French Resistance and studied history at Case Western Reserve University. For her PhD, Anne researched psychology of the gifted. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Anne […]

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Author Interview: Stephanie Campisi

Australian-born author Stephanie Campisi’s books are in bookstores and on library shelves much to the delight of American readers everywhere. With two books published and another two slated for publishing in 2019, we are delighted to speak with Stephanie about her craft.   Your latest book, Luis and Tabitha, grabbed our attention from page 1. […]

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Author Interviews : Kat Shepherd

Debut author Kat Shepherd writes fast-paced series books with the goal of making reading a joyful experience for every kid. A former classroom teacher, Kat has also worked as a deli waitress, a Hollywood script reader, and a dog trainer for film and TV. She has graciously taken time out of her busy writing schedule to talk […]

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Author Interview: Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Author Chat – Wendy McLeod MacKnight Wendy McLeod MacKnight is the author of two fabulous books: It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! and the upcoming The Frame-Up, which hits bookstores on June 5th. She worked for the Government of New Brunswick for twenty-five years, ending her career as the Deputy Minister of Education when the siren call of writing became […]

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Author Interview: Kim Ventrella

Becoming a full-time children’s book author takes guts and Kim Ventrella proves she has the guts that it takes. Debut author Kim Ventrella discusses her book, Skeleton Tree  (Scholastic 2017), and her transition from a librarian to a full-time novelist. Her next book, Bone Hollow, will hit book shelves in Spring 2019. There are children’s […]

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Author Chat – R. Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie has made quite a name for himself in the world of children’s literature. He has been a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor recipient five times and has received numerous other awards for his illustrations. I recently had the pleasure of hearing R. Gregory Christie speak at a literature conference, and later that […]

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Author Chat – The Fan Brothers

The Fan Brothers, Terry and Eric, are the “it” boys of children’s literature. This sibling author/illustrator duo is responsible for the award-winning The Night Gardener. Their illustrations beg a second and at least a third look before you have seen all the details and the story is just as awe-inspiring. With their debut being such […]

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Ben Clanton — An Interview With the Author and Illustrator

Twas’ the night before Halloween (or maybe a couple nights) and all through the house all the babies were napping as I made a phone call to Tacoma, WA.  My nerves were met with a jolly “Ahoy” from critically acclaimed author and illustrator, Ben Clanton.  Clanton is the author and illustrator of 7 children’s books […]

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Author Chat — Lucy Ruth Cummins

Rookie children’s book author Lucy Ruth Cummins is in no way new to the game.  Cummins has been an art director at Simon and Schuster for the past 13 years, an amazing feat seeing as she is just a young 33 years old.  Along the way she has worked with some incredible authors and illustrators […]

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Q&A with Aisha Saeed, YA Author and #WeNeedDiverseBooks Co-Founder

Aisha Saeed is a busy person. In addition to being a writer and mother of two boys, she helped start the We Need Diverse Books™ campaign, which started as a hashtag on Twitter and Tumblr and in less than one year has grown into an important non-profit organization with significant influence in the publishing industry and the public at large. […]

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Remembering Walter Dean Myers

In this letter to the late Walter Dean Myers, author and editor Andrea Davis Pinkney recalls the profound influence he had on his colleagues, his protégés, and his readers. This is the first of a series of remembrances published by the CBC Diversity blog and is reprinted here with permission.

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