Author and Illustrator Interviews


Get to know authors and illustrators by reading our exclusive interviews. Discover how their own life experiences shape their books, take a peek inside their studios, and find out the secrets behind creative processes. Read on …


Interviews with Children's Book authors and illustratorsIn this section of The Children’s Book Review you’ll find interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators that cover a myriad of age groups and genres. We love shining the spotlight on both authors and illustrators and getting to know what makes them tick, discovering their inspirations, and finding out more about their books from concept to publication. To get you started, here are some of our more recent author and illustrator interviews:

Claire Fayers, Author of The Voyage to Magical North

Join Tara Lazar and S. Britt Bantering About Normal Norman

Q&A with Hervé Tullet (Yes, It Rhymes)

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Author and Illustrator Interviews

Karen Fortunati's The Weight of Zero is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

Mike Vago is the creator of the bestselling Train: A Journey Through the Pages, The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf and The Pocket Book of Pocket Billiards.

Lauren Wolk: My mother’s stories of her childhood on a small farm in western Pennsylvania inspired Wolf Hollow.

Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.

We had the chance to speak with Katherine Paterson about the newly released movie version of her book, The Great Gilly Hopkins.

You’ve never seen a book like this before! It’s the story of a train moving across the American landscape—but with an actual three-dimensional miniature train that loops up and down and across each spread.

Which five words best describe The Storybook Knight? Helen Docherty: Colorful, adventurous, witty, surprising, heart-warming.

When he is not writing and illustrating, Thomas Docherty spends much of his time visiting schools and libraries to meet his readers and help them create their own stories.

Go Inside the Studio wth Nancy Tillman, Creator of You and Me and the Wishing Tree, and Discover her Creative Process.

They All Saw a Cat is Brendan Wenzel's debut picture book as both the author and illustrator. It is a celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination.