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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

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Author Interviews

Which five words best describe The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch? Lara Starr: Yummy Funny Spacey Easy Fun!

Which five words best describe A FEW RED DROPS: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919? Claire Hartfield: Gripping, Present Echoes Past, Conversation-starter.

My Brigadista Year is the latest middle-grade book from the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson. It's a historical novel that follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign.

Karen S. Robbins Discusses the Think Shape! Board book Series, a new board book series that manages to increase both language and math skills, while also helping to develop small motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Joe Rhatigan is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including I Love a Book, Everyone Toots, White House Kids, and Out-of-This-World Astronomy.

Bumble Bees: Buzzing, Beautiful, Beneficial, Big Bees is an informative book that focuses on the science behind bumblebees.

Since partnering with Schiffer Publishing, Timothy Young has authored and illustrated several picture books.

Which five words best describe Nobody Sang Like Katy Did? Holly Schindler: Sing your own unique song! In this story in verse (a short, illustrated book great for readers age 9-12), Katy Did is a singer in her own band.

June Rousso, Ph.D discusses We All Live On This Planet Together, a book that teaches children to focus their attention on inner strengths and the beauty in our world to manage fear while accepting their negative feelings.

Get to know Aissa from Wendy Orr's Dragonfly Song, an intriguing mythological portrayal of the Bronze Age Minoan civilization.

Here's an effervescently deep conversation between beloved children's book author Stacy McAnulty and award-winning illustrator David Litchfield. They discuss their picture book Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.

Nnedi Okorafor's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She is the author of Akata Warrior.

Authors Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans have teamed up with illustrator AG Ford to bring you the tale of a cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him.

Which five words best describe Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers? David Stabler: Fun, funny illustrated true stories.

Author Penny Parker Klostermann and illustrator Ben Mantle are the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight. A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale is their latest collaboration.

Children’s author Annie Parnell, the great-granddaughter of Betty MacDonald, is the creator of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book series. 60 years later, Parnell has joined forces with Ann M. Martin to create Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

Learn a little more about BODY PARTS, and Jessica Kapp as an author.

Which five words best describe Double Take! A New Look at Opposites? Susan Hood: Closer reflections, new perceptions—perfection!

It’s Just So … Little is the second book starring your effervescent Lizzy character. Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco discussed why they picked the theme of preparing to be a big sister for this new story.

The SEEKER series immediately draws you in, and is unique enough to demand second and third readings. Get to know a little more about the series and Arwen Elys Dayton.