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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

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.

Which five words best describe Survivor Diaries: Overboard!? Terry Lynn Johnson: Intense. Chilling. Immediate. Factual. Exciting.

Here's a lovely chance to listen in on author Kallie George and illustrator Stephanie Graegin as they discuss the delightful series Heartwood Hotel.

Always drawing inspiration from her own two children, Yvonne Jones loves to write. Here she discusses Lil Foot the Monster Truck.

In the case of the hilarious LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST picture books, Josh Funk is from the US and Brendan Kearney is from the UK. After already collaborating on 2 books together, this is the first time they have talked to each other about their processes and inner thoughts.

Which five words best describe Flashback Four #2: The Titanic Mission? Dan Gutman: Exciting! Dangerous! Historic! Dramatic! Unbelievable!

Besides drawing on the author's background in criminal investigations, The Hypnotist also explores the paranormal, including tarot card readings and reincarnation as revealed through hypnotism.

Pepe Builds a Nest is a story about making the right choices and standing up to bullies. Dr. Theodore J. Cohen discusses the book and more.

Author Joe Beernink talks to us about his young adult book 'Nowhere Wild' and novel writing.

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she dreams up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch is her debut novel

Which five words best describe The Scattering? Kimberly McCreight: Suspenseful, harrowing, timely, moving, surprising.

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is a Western at heart with some steampunk influences. Find out what inspired Eric Bower to write the novel.

My Writing and Reading Life: Johanna Hurwitz, Author of Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins

Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom

Tracy Bryan talks about the inspiration for the book “Too Many Things.”

Recognized as “the queen of children’s music” (People magazine), Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC.