Interviews with children's and YA authors conducted by Publishers Weekly children's reviews editor John A. Sellers.
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|94||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Brian Selznick
Caldecott Medal–winner Brian Selznick discusses ‘The Marvels,’ his third novel in pictures after ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ and ‘Wonderstruck.'
|93||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Margaret Stohl
Margaret Stohl talks to PW KidsCast about dipping into the Marvel universe with ‘Black Widow: Forever Red,’ featuring Russian spy turned Avenger Natasha Romanov.
|92||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Victoria Forester
Victoria Forester talks to PW KidsCast about ’The Boy Who Knew Everything,’ which continues the adventures of the superpowered children from her first book, ‘The Girl Who Could Fly.’
|91||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Gitty Daneshvari
Gitty Daneshvari talks about ‘The League of Unexceptional Children,’ first in a series about children whose very ordinariness makes them the perfect spies.
|90||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tania Del Rio and Will Staehle
Tania del Rio and Will Staehle discuss their collaboration on ‘Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye,’ an illustrated novel about the magical goings-on at a mysterious hotel.
|89||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Mike Curato
Author-illustrator Mike Curato talks to PW KidsCast about his new picture book, ‘Little Elliot, Big Family,’ about the continuing big-city adventures of a small, polka-dotted elephant, as well as his own path into creating books for children.
|88||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Mercedes Lackey
Writer Mercedes Lackey discusses bringing fantasy elements to a post-apolalyptic setting in her new YA novel, ‘Hunter.'
|87||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with David Stabler and Doogie Horner
David Stabler and Doogie Horner discuss ‘Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends,’ which takes a humorous look at the upbringings of 16 top athletes and the storied careers that followed.
|86||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall
Lindsay Mattick, whose great-grandfather rescued the bear cub that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, and artist Sophie Blackall discuss their picture book ‘Finding Winnie,’ about the story behind this literary legend.
|85||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Alan Zweibel and Adam Mansbach
Alan Zweibel and Adam Mansbach talk about their middle-grade novel, ‘Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My…,” which follows a cheeky, time-bending exchange of letters between a seventh-grade boy and his Founding Father namesake.
|84||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with J. Scott Savage
J. Scott Savage discusses ‘Fires of Invention,' the first book in his steampunk Mysteries of Cove series, as well as the sense of “magic” that has kept him writing middle-grade fiction.
|83||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Dawn Kurtagich
Debut author Dawn Kurtagich talks about ‘The Dead House,’ a YA horror novel about a deadly boarding school fire, which blends psychological and supernatural elements and unfolds through diary entries, interviews, and found evidence.
|82||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with R.L. Stine and Marc Brown
R.L. Stine and Marc Brown talk about their creepy new picture book, ‘The Little Shop of Monsters,’ and about why the project felt like a departure for both of them.
|81||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kathy Lowinger
Author and former publisher Kathy Lowinger discusses ‘Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World,’ a nonfiction account of the life of Ella Sheppard for middle-grade readers.
|80||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Elise Parsley
Debut author-illustrator Elise Parsley talks about her picture book, ‘If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!’, in which a girl named Magnolia reveals the pitfalls of taking a daring approach to show-and-tell.
|79||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Linda Urban
Linda Urban talks about her latest novel, ‘Milo Speck, Accidental Agent,’ including why she decided to try her hand at an action-oriented fantasy with this book and why she’s right at home writing in the voice of an 11-year-old.
|78||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Rebecca Stead
Newbery Medal Winner Rebecca Stead, author of 'When You Reach Me,' discusses her latest novel, 'Goodbye Stranger,' about a group of students exploring their identities, the bonds and limits of friendship, and what it means to be true to oneself.
|77||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Robie H. Harris
Robie H. Harris discusses her picture book ‘Turtle and Me,’ about a boy and his well-loved stuffed turtle, as well as the importance of honesty and directness when writing for children.
|76||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot talks about bringing her bestselling Princess Diaries series to a younger audience with ‘From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess,’ in which 12-year-old Olivia Harrison learns that she’s related to Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia.
|75||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Lane Smith
Lane Smith, the author and artist behind numerous award-winning picture books, talks to PW KidsCast about his first novel, ‘Return to Augie Hobble,’ as well as the unsung work of a book designer and the way death tends to pop up in his books.
|74||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell
Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell talk about creating their noir-tinged new picture book, ‘The Skunk,’ about a man being ominously pursued through town by a skunk.
|73||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Lev and Ellis Rosen
Brothers Lev and Ellis Rosen talk about their middle-grade novel ‘Woundabout,’ in which two orphaned siblings try to unlock the secrets of a strange town, with help from new friends and their pet capybara.
|72||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Billy Steers
Billy Steers, creator of the Tractor Mac picture books, discusses the 2015 relaunch of his series with Macmillan, as well as the brand-new adventures that await the anthropomorphic tractor and his friends.
|71||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Virginia Boecker
Debut author Virginia Boecker discusses the historical inspirations for her YA novel ‘The Witch Hunter,’ set in an alternate 16th-century England in which the king’s forces track down powerful wizards, and a girl named Elizabeth Gray becomes caught between both sides.
|70||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Andy Griffiths
Andy Griffiths talks to PW KidsCast about ‘The 39-Story Treehouse,’ the third book in his wild, self-referential series, illustrated by Terry Denton, about the madcap misadventures of friends Andy and Terry in their ever-expanding treehouse.
|69||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tamara Ireland Stone
Tamara Ireland Stone talks to PW KidsCast about her third YA novel, ‘Every Last Word,’ which explores obsessive-compulsive disorder, poetry, and the healing power of words.
|68||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Scott M. Cohn
Debut author-illustrator Scott M. Cohn discusses his first picture book, ‘Daddy Sat on a Duck,’ about the surprisingly animal-like growls, groans, and behaviors that fathers sometimes exhibit in the natural habitats of their homes.
|67||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with David J. Smith
Author David J. Smith talks about his new picture book, 'If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers,’ which uses everyday examples and analogies to help children gain a better understanding of hard-to-grasp concepts like the size of the galaxy or the span of human history.
|66||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz talks about ‘The Isle of the Lost,’ her prequel to the Disney Channel film, ‘Descendants,’ about the children of classic Disney heroes and villains, from Beauty and the Beast to Maleficent.
|65||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ally Carter
Bestselling author Ally Carter talks to PW KidsCast about ‘All Fall Down,’ the first book in her Embassy Row series, set in a world of ambassadors, killers, and international intrigue.
|64||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda
Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda discuss ‘I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives,’ about the far-reaching effects of their pen pal friendship while growing up in the U.S. and Zimbabwe.
|63||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Geoff Rodkey
Author Geoff Rodkey talks about ‘The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other),’ the first book in a middle-grade series about the escalating hostilities between two 12-year-old twins living in New York City.
|62||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman
Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman talk about ‘Edison’s Alley,’ the second book in their Accelerati Trilogy, about a group of kids who uncover a trove of fantastical inventions created by Nikola Tesla.
|61||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Dave Barry
Pulitzer-winning humorist Dave Barry talks about his new middle-grade novel, ’The Worst Class Trip Ever,’ in which a group of eighth-graders discover a plot against the U.S. during a trip to Washington, D.C.
|60||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka, the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, talks about his science-themed middle-grade series, 'Frank Einstein,' as well as his love of science growing up and how his years as a teacher have affected his work as an author.
|59||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Stan Lee
Stan Lee, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-Men, and other iconic superheroes, discusses his new series for children, 'The Zodiac Legacy,' as well as his other upcoming projects and why superhero stories are like fairy tales for adults.
|58||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kat Yeh
Author Kat Yeh discussing writing (and finding just the right vintage-inspired recipes for) her first middle-grade novel, ‘The Truth About Twinkie Pie.’
|57||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Holly Black
Holly Black talks about returning to the realm of faerie fiction in ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest,’ what it was like to wake up to the news she had received a Newbery Honor, and the pleasures of writing standalone novels.
|56||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Patrick Jennings
Patrick Jennings talks to PW KidsCast about his latest book, 'Guinea Dog 3,' as well as why he feels right at home writing for middle-graders and what other animal-themed adventures he has in store for readers.
|55||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Adi Alsaid
Debut author Adi Alsaid talks about his YA road-trip novel, 'Let's Get Lost,' how his own travels have shaped him as a person, and what it's been like seeing his first book make its way into the world.
|54||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with John Rocco
John Rocco talks about the autobiographical origins of his new picture book, 'Blizzard,' as well as what it's been like to be involved with the Percy Jackson franchise and to get a call from the Caldecott committee.
|53||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Lisa Charleyboy
Lisa Charleyboy, co-editor of 'Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices,' talks about how the essays, poetry, and artwork in this new anthology work to dismantle cultural stereotypes while celebrating the breadth and diversity of Indigenous heritage and experience.
|52||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ryan Graudin
YA author Ryan Graudin talks to PW KidsCast about the real-life inspirations behind her new novel, 'The Walled City,' about three teenagers trying to escape a lawless city rife with violence, drugs, crime, and prostitution.
|51||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, and Brett Helquist
Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, and Brett Helquist talk about bringing the Doll People back for a fourth adventure in ‘The Doll People Set Sail.’
|50||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Sandy Hall
Sandy Hall talks to PW KidsCast about the experience of having her first novel, 'A Little Something Different,' selected for publication as the first title from Swoon Reads, the crowd-sourced YA romance imprint at Macmillan.
|49||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi
Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi talks to PW KidsCast about the corporate misdeeds and misdirection that underpin his YA novel, 'The Doubt Factory,' and about taking detours from the speculative fiction for which he's known.
|48||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jack Gantos
Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos speaks with PW KidsCast about his final Joey Pigza book, 'The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza,' and about how readers have both recognized themselves in Joey and developed empathy for kids like him through the books.
|47||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Mary E. Pearson
Author Mary E. Pearson discusses 'The Kiss of Deception,' the first book in her Remnant Chronicles series, as well as keeping secrets from readers (without tricking them) and not worrying about what genre her books fall into.
|46||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Pseudonymous Bosch
The pseudonymous Pseudonymous Bosch talks with PW KidsCast about his new book, ‘Bad Magic,’ as well as deserted islands in literature and TV, staying one step ahead of his “enemies,” and the possibility of writing books under (gasp) his given name.
|45||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tommy Greenwald
Writer Tommy Greenwald talks to PW KidsCast about the fourth book in his Charlie Joe Jackson series, ‘Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money,’ as well as about raising sons who didn’t share his love of books and using humor to hook reluctant readers.
|44||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Karen Harrington
Author Karen Harrington discusses her new middle-grade novel, 'Courage for Beginners,’ as well as balancing dark and hopeful elements in her stories and her longtime dreams of becoming a writer.
|43||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Deborah Diesen
Picture book author Deborah Diesen talks with PW KidsCast about ‘The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School,’ the latest in her series starring the sometimes-morose Mr. Fish, as well as her own path to becoming a writer.
|42||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Chris Weitz
Director and producer Chris Weitz discusses his debut novel, “The Young World,” set in a not-too-distant future in which a mysterious disease has killed the world's adults, and teens run wild in Manhattan and beyond.
|41||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Lisi Harrison
Lisi Harrison talks about ‘License to Spill,’ the second book in her Pretenders series, as well as the differences between our inner and outward selves and the pressures that come with trying to follow up a hit series like The Clique.
|40||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Nick Bruel
It’s Bad Kitty’s birthday, and on this festive occasion Nick Bruel talks to PW KidsCast about the ill-tempered heroine’s success so far, what’s in store for her down the road, and ways that booksellers and fans can help celebrate.
|39||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Charlie Higson
As the fifth book in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, 'The Fallen,' arrives in the U.S., the British author talks about the ongoing (one might even say deathless) popularity of zombies in popular culture and about trying to give teens a good scare in his books.
|38||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Peter Sis
Hans Christian Andersen Award–winner Peter Sís talks with PW KidsCast about the work and research that went into his new picture book, 'The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,' as well as his long, decorated career working with editor Frances Foster.
|37||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Peter Brown
Award-winning author-illustrator Peter Brown talks to PW KidsCast about his new picture book, 'My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I Am Not.),' testing out new styles of illustration, and what it was like to get a certain phone call from the Caldecott committee.
|36||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Michael Fry
Longtime comic-strip creator Michael Fry discusses his Odd Squad series of illustrated middle-grade novels, which adds a third title, 'King Karl,' this summer.
|35||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Blake Nelson
Blake Nelson talks about his new young adult novel, 'The Prince of Venice Beach,' including how writing a mystery can be a bit like surfing.
|34||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Laura Overdeck
Laura Overdeck, founder of the Bedtime Math Foundation, discusses her new children's book, 'Bedtime Math 2: This Time It's Personal,' as well as why humor is an important tool to help engage kids with math, and how parents can lead by example.
|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
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.
|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.