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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

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.

A heart-to-heart with Ellie Bell from Jackson Pearce’s Ellie, Engineer, a STEM- and friendship-powered story full of fun!

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.