Interviews with children's and YA authors conducted by Publishers Weekly children's reviews editor John A. Sellers.
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|33||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer Donnelly
Jennifer Donnelly discusses the mermaids and undersea realms of Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga, and her first book for middle-grade readers.
|32||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld
The moose stays in the picture in Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld’s new picture book. Listen in as they discuss creating the anything-can-happen atmosphere of "This Is a Moose."
|31||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer E. Smith
Jennifer E. Smith, whose new YA novel is "The Geography of You and Me," talks about fate, serendipity, long-distance relationships, and the magic of New York City during a blackout.
|30||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Marie Rutkoski
In this episode of PW KidsCast, Marie Rutkoski talks about The Winner’s Curse, the first book in a trilogy set in a world torn apart by conquest and class warfare.
|29||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the writing team behind the bestselling Beautiful Creatures books, talk about the first book in a new spinoff series, "Dangerous Creatures."
|28||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer
Author Wendy Mass and her husband Michael Brawer send eight-year-old Archie Morningstar into deep space in their first collaboration, "Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight," which kicks off a new chapter-book series.
|27||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Melissa de la Cruz
We speak with bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz about the alternate world she built for her new novel, The Ring and the Crown, and about discovering she’s a "history junkie."
|26||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Daniel Handler
PW asks All the Wrong Questions as we talk to writer Daniel Handler about “When Did You See Her Last?”, the second book in Lemony Snicket’s middle-grade series.
|25||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Writers and long-time friends Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner talk about their first collaboration, These Broken Stars, which opens a new YA trilogy that mixes mystery, romance, and science fiction.
|24||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, discusses that book and its new sequel, Hollow City, as well as how he started hunting down the creepy vintage photographs that feature in both books. (photo: Tahereh Mafi.)
|23||PW KidsCast: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Writers Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando discuss their first collaboration, the YA novel Roomies, as well as their own personal ups and downs with roommates.
|22||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
"Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith talk about mixing science, mystery, hands-on projects, and a sense of fun in their new book, Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, and how they're trying to help "create the innovators of tomorrow."
|21||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier
Author Daniel Beaty and illustrator Bryan Collier discuss their first picture-book collaboration, Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, about a boy struggling with the absence of his father.
|20||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ilsa J. Bick
Ilsa J. Bick discusses Monsters, the final book in her Ashes trilogy, and her goal of showing civilization “in the process of falling apart.”
|19||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall talk about collaboration, their 10th Ivy and Bean book, and the feedback they’ve received from kids over the years.
|18||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney discusses his latest adaptation of a classic tale, The Tortoise & the Hare. Author photo by Myles C. Pinkney.
|17||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kazu Kibuishi
PW KidsCast speaks with Kazu Kibuishi about creating new covers for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
|16||PW KidsCast A Conversation with Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale discusses her new middle-grade novel, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends, and the importance of both reading and imaginative play.
|15||PW KidsCast A Conversation with Colleen Gleason
Writer Colleen Gleason talks about mixing Egyptian myth, time travel, alternate history, and more in The Clockwork Scarab, the first book in her Stoker & Holmes series, starring Bram’s sister and Sherlock’s niece.
|14||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Holly Black
Bestselling author Holly Black talks about the enduring appeal of vampires and her new YA novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
|13||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud talks about the young psychic detectives of his new middle-grade series, Lockwood & Co.
|12||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Samantha Berger and Dan Santat
Samantha Berger and Dan Santat discuss their new picture book, Crankenstein, about a boy whose reaction to waiting in long lines and getting out of bed in the morning is downright monstrous.
|11||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Eoin Colfer
In this episode of PW KidsCast, Eoin Colfer, author of the internationally beloved Artemis Fowl books, discusses his time-bending new series, W.A.R.P.
|10||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Henry Clark
Debut author Henry Clark discusses his first book for children, What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World, as well as his writing aspirations as a child, the perils of technology, and balancing serious topics with humor.
|9||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Paul Rudnick
Screenwriter, playwright, and humorist Paul Rudnick discusses his first book for teens, Gorgeous, the enduring allure of royalty and happily-ever-after endings, and the power of humor and wit. Author Photo by Hat Head Studio.
|8||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ridley Pearson
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ridley Pearson
Writer Ridley Pearson discusses the sixth book in his Disney-themed middle-grade Kingdom Keepers series, Dark Passage, in this episode of PW KidsCast.
|7||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong
Authors M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong talk to PW KidsCast about collaborating on their first middle-grade novel, Loki’s Wolves, kicking off a trilogy inspired by Norse mythology.
|6||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Alaya Dawn Johnson
Alaya Dawn Johnson talks with PW KidsCast about her first young adult novel, The Summer Prince, including the cultural, technological, and musical influences that helped shape the futuristic Brazilian setting of the book. Author photo by Alden Ford.
|5||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ally Carter
In this episode of PW KidsCast, author Ally Carter talks about her new Heist Society novel, Perfect Scoundrels (Hyperion), as well as what’s in store for her bestselling Gallagher Girls.
|4||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Gail Carriger
Bestselling author Gail Carriger discusses her first book for teens, Etiquette and Espionage—as well as her passions for YA literature, archeology, and silly character names worthy of Wodehouse—in this episode of PW Kidscast.
|3||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Alexandra Bracken
In this episode of PW KidsCast, Alexandra Bracken discusses her dystopian YA novel, The Darkest Minds, as well as the novel she wrote in college that launched her career.s
|2||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with James Patterson
Bestselling author James Patterson is back, and he's ready to show off his sense of humor. In the latest episode of PW KidsCast, Patterson discusses his new middle-grade novel I Funny: A Middle School Story (Little, Brown).
|1||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Katherine Marsh
PW's children's reviews editor John Sellers talks to Katherine Marsh, author of Jepp, Who Defied the Stars.