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Author Interviews

 

Get to know your favorite (or soon to be favorite) authors by reading our exclusive interviews. We love shining the spotlight on brilliant authors!

 

Children's Book author interviews

When you read an author interview on The Children’s Book Review, it’s likely that you will discover some of the secrets behind the book writing process from concept to published book, how the author’s own life experiences shaped their book(s), or what they like to snack on while writing, or which character from their book they would prefer to go on vacation with. We have featured authors that cover a myriad of age groups and genres, and there is certainly something for everyone here.

To get you started, here are some of our more recent author interviews:

E.K. Johnston Discusses A Thousand Nights

Donna Gephart, Author of Lily and Dunkin | Speed Interview

The Rise of Graphic Novels

Be sure to browse all of the interviews below. Once you have checked out an author interview or two, connect with us through our Twitter handle, and share your thoughts with us on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview. It’s time to be inspired … with the “write” stuff!

Author Interviews

A newspaper columnist, editor, and award-winning game designer, Patrick Matthews’ first novel was published by Scholastic in 2013. Here we discuss his third published novel, Bradley’s Dragons.

We're so excited to get roaring along with Bianca Schulze's DON'T WAKE THE DRAGON!

America, meet Gizmo, the fun-loving canine candidate who is cruising the campaign trail and joining paws with his best pals to save the seas.

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project.

Author-illustrator Lily Williams talks about her beautiful and meaningful work, including IF ELEPHANTS DISAPPEARED, the third book in her IF ANIMALS DISAPPEARED series.

Dr. Mawhinney is biracial, like her character Lulu, and an expert on teaching diverse populations and in urban environments.

Supriya Kelkar’s books include Ahimsa, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, and American as Paneer Pie, among others.

Which five words best describe The Fort? Laura Perdew: Celebrating imagination, compromise, adventure, forts!

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends.

Which five words best describe Bear and Fred: A World War II Story? Iris Argaman: Home. Friendship. Journey. Thread. Loneliness.

Which five words best describe The List of Things That Will Not Change? Rebecca Stead: Honest, Emotional, Hopeful, Human, and, ultimately, Joyful. 

I love finding metaphors in everyday activities. Tag Your Dreams begins with a poem comparing a game of tag to chasing one’s dreams.

We chatted with Wesley King about collaborating with basketball legend Kobe Bryant ( August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) on the New York Times bestselling Wizenard series, the latest book Season One, and the future of the series.

The CLOUDLAND series, about a magical world hidden from our eyes in the clouds, is the first project Chip Hill has launched since his retirement.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists.

Which five words best describe World So Wide? Alison McGhee: Wonder. Love. New. Gentle. Family.

Check out Lyla Lee’s fun selfie with the Mindy Kim chapter book series. Learn more about these fab new books, too.

Eat the Cake is an inspirational and joyful treat for readers of all ages and we have the scoop (an interview à la mode, if we may).

Which five words best describe The Heart of a Whale? Anna Pignataro: Hopeful, heart-warming, soulful, magical, comforting.

Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of picture book biographies: MANFISH: A Story of Jacques Cousteau; ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A Story of Albert Einstein; and LOOK UP WITH ME: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars.