We spoke with six authors of books for young readers ahead of their appearances at the ALA annual conference in San Diego.

Baseball as Metaphor: PW Talks with Kwame Alexander

Newbery Medalist Alexander spoke with us about his second book in the Door of No Return series, sports as metaphor in his writing, and his commitment to foiling book banners.

Monsters Under the Bed and in My Head: PW Talks with Max Greenfield

The actor's fourth picture book, Good Night Thoughts, illustrated by James Serafino, takes on children's nighttime fears and anxieties.

'To Help and Heal Humanity': PW Talks with Taraji P. Henson

Actor Henson highlights anxiety around fitting in and dealing with bullies in her debut picture book You Can Be a Good Friend (No Matter What!), the first in a series illustrated by Paul Kellam.

'Fostering Empathy and Resilience': PW Talks with Maggie Nichols

The NCAA champion gymnast spoke with us about her memoir Unstoppable!, and how teachers, librarians, and caretakers can use it as a resource to support kids.

Greener Grass: PW Talks with Trevor Noah

We spoke with the former host of The Daily Show about his illustrated tale, Into the Uncut Grass, the timelessness of fables, and collaborating with artist Sabina Hahn.

The Greater Good: PW Talks with Jay Jay Patton

We spoke with the teen tech mogul about her graphic novel memoir, Dear Dad, how taboos around incarceration don't serve children, and using technology for good.