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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

Which five words best describe SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR? Debbie Levy: We’re all in this together.

"Glasses" is a positive book about babies and toddlers wearing glasses. Read all about it in this discussion with author Ann Gwinn Zawistoski.

Which five words best describe Flying Lessons and Other Stories? Ellen Oh: Best Stories in the World!

Another adventure story from Inca the extraordinary Siberian kitty-cat. It is Christmas time, and Inca is ready to enjoy the holiday season with her Siamese sister Cara and brother Fromage.

Which five words best describe The Lost Gift? Kallie George: Giving, Believing, Persevering, Love, Friendship

Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.

Wildlings, by Eleanor Glewwe, is a captivating fantasy about the bond between twins, and the power of children to stand up for what's right.

Monsterville, by Sarah S. Reida, is described as Jumanji meets The Goonies—a fast-paced adventure where board games come alive.

Karen Fortunati's The Weight of Zero is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

Mike Vago is the creator of the bestselling Train: A Journey Through the Pages, The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf and The Pocket Book of Pocket Billiards.

Lauren Wolk: My mother’s stories of her childhood on a small farm in western Pennsylvania inspired Wolf Hollow.

Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.

We had the chance to speak with Katherine Paterson about the newly released movie version of her book, The Great Gilly Hopkins.

Which five words best describe The Storybook Knight? Helen Docherty: Colorful, adventurous, witty, surprising, heart-warming.

They All Saw a Cat is Brendan Wenzel's debut picture book as both the author and illustrator. It is a celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination.

The Magic Mask, by Pamela Stadnyk, is an illustrated children’s book about a young girl who overcomes her fear of water.

Lauren Palermo is a lover of photography, books, and all things art. We chatted about picture book Clicky Jules: Love is All Around.

Which five words best describe The Voyage to Magical North? Claire Fayers: Swashbuckling, pirates, sea monsters, librarians.

David Neilsen is the author of odd, weird, supernatural, and occasionally slightly disturbing stories. His debut novel, Doctor Fell and the Playground of Doom, is a Middle Grade horror story

Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes for both adults and children. Learn about TEXTBOOK ANY KROUSE ROSENTHAL and how writing for adults is different than writing for children.