Interviews with children's and YA authors conducted by Publishers Weekly children's reviews editor John A. Sellers.
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|141||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kiki Prottsman
Kiki Prottsman talks about ‘My First Coding Book,’ an interactive introduction to underlying concepts of computer science and coding, as well as misconceptions about coding, why it can be like poetry, and the importance of failure.
|140||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ellen Wittlinger
Ellen Wittlinger talks about ‘Saturdays with Hitchcock,’ in which a 12-year-old girl named Maisie deals with thorny changes at home and with friends, as well as with the stirrings of first romance.
|139||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen talk about ‘The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse,’ as well as about the importance of the element of surprise in a picture book, and how their collaborations have evolved over the years.
|138||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Andrea Beaty
Ten years after ‘Iggy Peck, Architect,’ Andrea Beaty talks to PW KidsCast about that book, the books that followed—‘Rosie Revere, Engineer,’ and ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’—and about why the series has struck a chord with readers.
|137||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Katie Green
British author-illustrator Katie Green discusses her graphic memoir ‘Lighter Than My Shadow,’ which traces her long struggle with and recovery from anorexia, as well as why telling the story visually was so important.
|136||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Francisco X. Stork
Francisco X. Stork talks about his new novel, ‘Disappeared,’ set in contemporary Juárez, Mexico, about a newspaper reporter who is targeted because of her stories about young women who have gone missing, including her best friend.
|135||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson
Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson talk about their new picture book, ‘When’s My Birthday?’ and about tapping into the excitement, energy, and anticipation that surrounds these annual celebrations.
|134||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Pam Smy
Illustrator Pam Smy discusses ‘Thornhill,’ an eerie novel told in alternating written and visual narratives, about a girl named Ella who is mysteriously drawn to an abandoned building near her new home.
|133||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Rob Buyea
Rob Buyea talks about his middle grade novel ‘The Perfect Score,’ which follows the struggles and successes of a group of sixth-graders, a book he says is about doing “the wrong thing for the right reasons.”
|132||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Dan Santat
Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat talks about ‘After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)’, which explores anxiety and fear in the aftermath of the nursery rhyme character’s infamous tumble.
|131||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Siblings Jennifer and Matthew Holm talk about bringing their Babymouse character to an older audience in 'Lights, Camera, Middle School!’, the first book in their Babymouse: Tales from the Locker series.
|130||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell
Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell talk about ‘The Only Fish in the Sea,’ a daring naval rescue starring the heroine from ’Special Delivery’—and a lot of unruly monkeys.
|129||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Maurene Goo
Maurene Goo talks about her second YA novel, ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love,’ in which a 17-year-old tries to use the tropes of televised Korean “K Dramas” to make a love connection with a classmate, with hilariously disastrous results.
|128||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Taran Matharu
Taran Matharu talks about the third book in his Summoners series, ’The Battlemage,’ about an orphan boy who discovers an ability to summon demons, and about the role that NaNoWriMo and Wattpad played in the origins of the series.
|127||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Marcus Pfister
Marcus Pfister talks about the 25th anniversary of his shimmery picture book star, Rainbow Fish, and about the latest entry in the series, ‘You Can’t Win Them All, Rainbow Fish.’
|126||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Holly M. McGhee
Author and literary agent Holly M. McGhee discusses her middle grade novel ‘Matylda, Bright and Tender,’ about a fourth-grader coping with the death of her best friend.
|125||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli talks about ‘The Warden’s Daughter,’ a coming-of-age story set in the 1950s in Two Mills, Pennsylvania—a fictional town that will be familiar to readers of the author's Newbery Medal–winning ‘Maniac Magee.’
|124||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres talks about ‘Stef Soto, Taco Queen,’ which follows a seventh-grader as she deals with protective parents, friendship struggles, and her conflicted feelings about her father’s taco truck business.
|123||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kenny Loggins
Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins talks to PW KidsCast about adapting his song ‘Footloose’ into a picture book set at a rockin’ zoo.
|122||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with A.S. King
Amy Sarig King (better known to many readers as A.S. King) talks about her first middle-grade novel, ‘Me and Marvin Gardens,’ about a boy who discovers a never-before-seen, plastic-eating animal near his home.
|121||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Nick Bruel
Nick Bruel talks standardized testing, creativity, and not allowing his Bad Kitty books to repeat themselves in a discussion of ’Bad Kitty Takes the Test.'
|120||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with David Shannon
Author-illustrator David Shannon talks about ‘Duck on a Tractor,’ a sequel to ‘Duck on a Bike,’ in which Duck and his fellow barnyard animals pile onto a tractor and drive into town, confounding the locals.
|119||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ben Hatke
Ben Hatke talks about his new graphic novel, ‘Mighty Jack,’ a contemporary reinterpretation of the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’
|118||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kate Beasley
Debut author Kate Beasley discusses her middle grade novel, ‘Gertie’s Leap to Greatness,’ about a girl determined to become the best fifth-grader at her school, in order to win back her estranged mother.
|117||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Matthew Reinhart
Matthew Reinhart talks about his latest project, a pop-up retelling of the hit animated film ‘Frozen,’ and the work that went into bringing the story of Elsa, Anna, and Olaf to three-dimensional life.
|116||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Barbara O'Connor
Barbara O’Connor discusses her middle-grade novel, ‘Wish,’ about a North Carolina girl who relies on daily wishes, an unexpected friend, and a stray dog as she faces an uncertain family situation.
|115||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell talks to PW KidsCast about his new picture book, ‘Tek: The Modern Cave Boy,’ about a prehistoric child who is glued to his tablet, phone, and other technology.
|114||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ann M. Martin
Ann M. Martin talks to PW KidsCast about ‘Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure,’ a modern-day spinoff from Betty MacDonald’s beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series.
|113||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Trenton Lee Stewart
Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series, discusses ‘The Secret Keepers,’ a middle grade mystery that unfolds after a boy named Reuben discovers a strange and powerful antique watch.
|112||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr
Spouses and artistic collaborators Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr talk about their new picture book, ‘Babies Ruin Everything,’ and how their years of experience self-publishing their own titles led to this and other book deals.
|111||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Amy Young
Amy Young talks about ‘A Unicorn Named Sparkle,’ about a girl named Lucy, whose dreams of a pet unicorn are thrown for a loop when the animal that shows up looks a bit… goatish.
|110||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Chris Barton
Chris Barton talks about his new picture book biography, ‘Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions,’ illustrated by Don Tate.
|109||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes
Writer Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about her novel ‘Towers Falling,’ which follows a group of Brooklyn fifth-graders learning about 9/11, an event that took place before they were born.
|108||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman discusses ‘Book Scavenger,’ a middle grade mystery involving clues that lead to hidden books, as well as the real-life version of the game that kids are taking part in.
|107||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater talks about bringing her Raven Cycle to a close with ‘The Raven King,’ as well as the interconnection of art, music, and cars in her life and writing.
|106||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Harriet Reuter Hapgood discusses ’The Square Root of Summer,’ about a grieving British teen who finds herself running afoul of spacetime, shunting into moments from her past.
|105||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ruth Chan
Debut author-illustrator Ruth Chan talks about her picture book, ‘Where’s the Party?’, about a cat named Georgie whose attempts to throw a party don’t go as planned, as well as her own path to becoming a children’s book artist.
|104||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Elizabeth MacLeod
Author Elizabeth MacLeod discusses her book, ‘Vanished: True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances,’ about six unsolved mysteries from the worlds of exploration, art, history, and crime.
|103||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander and Daniel Miyares
Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and illustrator Daniel Miyares discuss their picture book ‘Surf’s Up’, about the adventures that reading can bring about, as well as the challenges and rewards of collaborating on a book told entirely through dialogue.
|102||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Brian Lies
Brian Lies talks about his picture book ‘Gator Dad,’ which follows an alligator and his kids through a rowdy day’s worth of activities.
|101||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick discusses his latest book for teens, ‘Every Exquisite Thing,’ as well as the relationship between authors and their readers, and the power behind the idea that just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it.
|100||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Mo O'Hara
Author Mo O’Hara talks about ‘Any Fin is Possible,' the fourth book in her Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series, and a picture book spinoff, 'The Fintastic Fishsitter,’ both out this spring.
|99||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Monica Hesse
Monica Hesse discusses 'Girl in the Blue Coat,’ a YA novel set in WWII Amsterdam, as well as why her background as a journalist has been ideal training for writing fiction.
|98||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Sarah Mlynowski
Author Sarah Mlynowski talks to PW KidsCast about her Whatever After series, as well as Upside-Down Magic, the first book in a series written with Emily Jenkins and Lauren Myracle.
|97||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Aija Mayrock
Aija Mayrock talks about ‘The Survival Guide to Bullying,’ which draws from the author’s own experiences as she offers tips and tactics for children and teens who are being bullied.
|96||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Eric Lindstrom
Debut author Eric Lindstrom discusses his YA novel, ‘Not If I See You First,’ about a visually impaired teenager struggling with the deaths of her parents.
|95||PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Rick Riordan
Bestselling author Rick Riordan talks about ‘The Sword of Summer,’ the first book in his latest myth-driven series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
|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.