Author Interviews

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell BoyceA Note from Frank Cottrell Boyce   The very first film I saw in the cinema was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I still remember the moment when Chitty drove off the edge of the cliff and the whole theater rang with howls of fear and frustration as the image froze and the word intermission blazed […]

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Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman    Books Boys Can’t Resist was the theme of Shenandoah University’s Children’s Literature Conference for 2012. One of the highly qualified, talented presenters was Marc Tyler Nobleman, who treated the audience of teachers and librarians to a detailed look at the research behind his books, as well as sharing ideas for stimulating reading in […]

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Anita Yasuda

Anita Yasuda Where would we be without Simple Machines? Simply stated, we would be right about where we started. In Explore Simple Machines! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments kids will learn that the building blocks of all machines are not only simple, but powerful. From zippers to the pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are […]

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Katherine Paterson and John Rocco

Katherine Paterson and John RoccoA Conversation with the CreatorsKatherine Paterson:What did you find compelling about The Flint Heart?   It is a wonderful, whimsical story that asks the reader to think about the abuse of power. It’s my considered opinion that Tolkien read it. There are many echoes of The Flint Heart in The Lord of the […]

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Donnie Lemke

Donnie Lemke   Donnie Lemke works as a children’s book editor and writer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of the “Zinc Alloy” graphic novel adventure series. He also wrote Captured Off Guard, a World War II story, and a graphic novelization of Gulliver’s Travels, both of which were selected by the Junior Library Guild. Most […]

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Leo Dillon

Leo Dillon   New York, NY (May 30, 2012) LEO DILLON, one of the world’s most celebrated children’s book artists-internationally applauded for creating a world of stunning multicultural books using a broad diversity of art styles and ethnic backgrounds-died on Saturday, May 26, in Brooklyn, New York. He was 79. “The cause was complications of a sudden […]

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James Riley

James Riley   Although James Riley now makes his home in Los Angeles, California, he was born in Connecticut and lived in several different states growing up. The third of four children, Riley spent most of his life in the Midwest. The family took many car trips, both in moving between states and during cross-country driving vacations, […]

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Brian Lies

Brian Lies   The focus of the session I attended with Brian was geared to a discussion of his approach to the promotion process. How did he promote himself and his books? One very prominent promotional gimmick is his car-the Batmobile. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Moving back to the start of his talk, he […]

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Mike Thaler

Mike ThalerMike is the author of Black Lagoon picture books & Black Lagoon Adventures chapter books. Mike is a legend in children’s publishing. His first book was acquired all the way back in 1961 by famed editor Ursula Nordstrom-the same editor who worked with children’s literature luminaries such as E. B. White, Margaret Wise Brown, […]

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Allegra Kent

Allegra Kent   Allegra Kent joined the New York City Ballet when she was fifteen years old. Born in Santa Monica, California, she moved to New York when she began studying at the School of American Ballet. Only a few short years after graduating and joining the company, Allegra was promoted to principal. In the era of […]

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Donna Latham

Donna Latham   Trash. It’s all around us. Any place you encounter groups of people, you’ll discover mounds and mounds of garbage. In the United States alone, we generate about 210 million tons of trash a year. We toss out and throw away disposable products all the time. But where is “out?” What does “away” really mean? […]

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Susan Vaught

A Conversation with for Susan Vaught on Going UndergroundQ: In your novel Trigger, your experiences working with teens in your capacity as a practicing psychiatrist inspired and informed the story. Were there any professional or personal experiences that motivated you to write Going Underground? Both professional and personal experiences inspired this story. It has always […]

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