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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

Taut and atmospheric, Amelia Brunskill's The Window will keep you guessing until the end.

Captain Superlative: Debut author J.S. Puller delivers an inspirational story full of heart, humor, and breathtaking revelations.

Shea Ernshaw is the author of The Wicked Deep. She lives and writes in a small mountain town in Oregon. She works as a producer for a film production company and shares a home with her husband, a dog named Diesel, and two cats.

For every child who’s ever wondered if the grass is greener, The Best Mother affirms that there’s nothing better than your own mother’s love.

Which five words best describe The Parker Inheritance? Varian Johnson: Puzzle mystery, contemporary, historical, fun!

Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor winner, and author of Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam.

A writer of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for audiences of all ages, Sheila is a professor in the MFA program at Hamline University, where she also serves as the fiction editor for Water~Stone Review.

Sherry Ellis Discusses Don’t Feed the Elephant!, a picture book that boasts some seriously messy fun with food!

Jody Jensen Shaffer and Daniel Miyares discuss their picture book A Chip Off the Old Block, in which a plucky pebble shows true grit as he travels the country trying to find out if he fits in with any of his famous rock-formation relatives.

Which five words best describe your new picture book Honey? David Ezra Stein: Wanting. Waiting. Forgetting. Getting! Losing.

The warm, comforting text of This Story Is for You shares the tone of a Ruth Krauss classic and is balanced by Greg's energetic color palette and signature visual humor.

Barry particularly likes nonfiction, and profiling mostly unknown people and events whose stories have never been told in children’s literature. He is the author of The Boo-Boos That Changed the World.

Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist.

Gloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. Here she discusses her debut YA novel American Panda!

Bryson Reaume discusses The Day I Went to Space, a picture book about a young boy that embarks on a fantastic adventure at bedtime.

Winifred Conkling is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot.

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series.

Now this is a Q&A with some awesomely fun questions worthy of digging into! Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator Matt Myers discuss their picture book Tiny and The Big Dig

Aleca Zamm Fools Them All is the hilarious third novel in the Aleca Zamm chapter book series from Ginger Rue.