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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

Which five words best describe Eraser? Anna Kang: mistakes - persistence - hard work - success.

The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes, is a contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!

We're feeling lucky to have spoken with the award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin about how the two came to be paired for such an unconventionally funny collaboration!

Which five words best describe Front Desk? Kelly Yang: Emotional, honest, funny, important and accessible.

Author Showcase Sponsored Interview The Children’s Book Review | September 10, 2018 Andy Gutman is a songwriter and a dreamer who tries to see the beauty in the world. He is the proud parent of Riley Claire, husband to Lesley Gutman, and the author of Charlie the Caterpillar. A self-described boring businessman by day, the Detroit, Michigan father unleashes his creative side at night while the world is asleep. He is also the author of Pop Lullaby, a gentle lullaby, and has written and produced numerous musical pieces, including song accompaniments to his children's books. The Children’s Book Review: In your first well-received book, Charlie the Caterpillar (2017), a sweet caterpillar discovers what makes him unique and special. What was it that inspired you to write this particular story? Andy Gutman: The inspiration was a conversation with my family.  My daughter was discussing caterpillars and wondering what went on in the cocoon.  The thought she had was a fashion show, trying on different kind of wings.  This turned into a song written for my daughter that was more about self-confidence and believing there is magic and something special in all of us. Can you share one highlight from Charlie and the Caterpillar? One of my favorite pages: Charlie, Charlie, Don’t despair It doesn’t

Eric Walters has written one hundred children’s books, which have won more than 125 awards.

Get to know Claudia from Kristin Levine’s The Jigsaw Jungle—a moving story of a family lost and then found, with a dash of mystery and loads of heart.

Samantha Berger's Snail Mail is a playful and educational story. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America's beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.

Keep reading to learn more about M.H. Clark and her latest book, Tiny, Perfect Things

Splashed with humor and grounded in heart, this brightly illustrated story explores ideas of family, home, and belonging in a way that’s as relatable as it is unique.

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.