The pandemic has been a challenge for millions of Americans, and children’s authors and illustrators are no exception. We asked several of them to tell us their noteworthy quarantine stories, and we’re continuing a series with their responses.

Leslie Margolis

Margolis, the author of We Are Party People, Ghosted, and the Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series, among other books for young readers, reflects on the “intense and complicated” and also humorous reality of working on a middle grader novel while quarantining with her own tween children.

Tara Altebrando

Altebrando, author of the YA novels The Leaving, Take Me with You, and more, shares her experience coping during Covid-19 and finding a new brainstorming partner in her nine-year-old daughter.

Lisa Graff

Graff, author of the picture book Wonderful You and more than 10 books for middle grade readers, discusses contracting and recovering from the coronavirus and taking comfort in family and books.

Carson Ellis

Ellis, author-illustrator of Home and Du Iz Tak?, reflects on balancing work, family responsibilities, and personal time during the pandemic.

Padma Venkatraman

Venkatraman, author of Climbing the Stairs and The Bridge Home, among other books for young readers, describes moments of sorrow and joy during the pandemic and her conviction that “words have power.”

Lisa Yee

Yee, author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, and many more, shares an uplifting story of “love in the time of Corona.”