Author Interviews


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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Q&A with Alethea Kontis—Bestselling Author, “Fairy Princess,” and Former Librarian

Alethea Kontis knew from the age of ten that she wanted to be a writer, but her parents informed her that writing was a “hobby,” not a career.  She has, as a result, become a self-described “professional hobbyist” and “fairy princess” who has made the New York Times bestseller list.  Ms Kontis’ debut novel Enchanted won the Gelett Burgess […]

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A Conversation with Author & Food Journalist Sarah Elton

Q: Starting From Scratch isn’t a cookbook, but it is a book for children about food. What need do you see this book fulfilling? What does Starting From Scratch offer children, families, and educators that no other kids book does? A: This book empowers kids with the knowledge they need in order to cook a […]

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R.J. Palacio,By Heather Kindschy

Mr. Browne’s September Precept: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer On September 25th, I had the honor of hearing R.J. Palacio speak at Renfroe Middle School in Decatur, Georgia. Her visit was presented by my favorite independent bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, who awarded Palacio […]

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Meg Medina,Contributed by Sheilah Egan

Photo credit: Christopher Moore Story. The importance of each individual’s story had been on my mind when I attended The Shenandoah Children’s Literature Festival (Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA). Needless to say, I was bowled over when author Meg Medina began her presentation talking about the importance of story from the viewpoint of a Latina […]

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Being granted the opportunity to hear Chris Raschka give a speech or make a presentation is to be transported into the very real world of this gifted author/artist who has the ability to “reach” students and adults alike. He truly wants to share strong emotions “things that affect me” with people. Such themes as love, […]

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Matt de la Peña: Reading (and Writing) on the Wrong Side of the Tracks,By Sheilah Egan

Photo Credit: Heather Waraksa “Books were my secret.”Matt de la Peña secured the attention of his audience of teachers and librarians at The Shenandoah University’s Children’s Literature Festival (Winchester, VA 2013) with that opening. Knowing “your audience” is a skill that authors must master if they are to be successful in writing for specific ages […]

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The Natural World of Henry Cole,By Sheilah Egan

The 2013 Shenandoah University’s Children’s Literature Festival was the venue for Henry Cole’s presentation and slide show. It became obvious as he spoke, that Henry is very concerned that all children do not have opportunities to experience nature and the “out-of-doors.” Observing nature, first hand, should be an important part of “childhood development.” Many of […]

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Andrea Davis Pinkney-Human Dynamo,By Sheilah Egan

With a thesaurus in hand one could begin to list the adjectives that apply to the human dynamo that is Andrea Davis Pinkney. One should start with highly intelligent-having graduated from Syracuse University she immediately moved out on her own and began working as an editor with Mechanics Illustrated. Later she became a senior editor […]

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