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R.L. Stine (Goosebumps)

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The author of the Goosebumps series writes books that creep kids out, and boy do they love it! More than 220 million of his books have sold worldwide, a Guinness World Record. Watch this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets and meet the scarily …


Eve Bunting (Fly Away Home)

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Eve Bunting is a storyteller who can't help but be spellbinding. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, the ever-charming Eve Bunting shares her literary roots in Ireland, her feelings about coming to a new country, and what it means to w…


Bruce Degen (Magic School Bus)

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If a picture can speak a thousand words, Bruce Degen's illustrations can spark a thousand smiles. From sixth-grade, this illustrator of the wildly popular "Magic School Bus" series knew that art would be a big part of his life. In this exclusive video int…


Pam Muñoz Ryan (Esperanza Rising)

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Pam Muñoz Ryan isn't afraid of indomitable women. In fact, she's inspired by them! Just look at her 2000 Pura Belpre Medal winning book, "Esperanza Rising". In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, you'll hear how this author quickly lear…


Lois Lowry (Number the Stars)

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Lois Lowry is the highly acclaimed author of more than 30 books for young people. Over the years, she has received numerous awards, including two Newbery Medals. Lowry has written such a wide range of books that her body of work cannot be categorized easi…


Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret)

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Brian Selznick feels that his illustrations are more authentic when he immerses himself in his subject matter. For the picture book Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Selznick spent six months in Washington, DC conducting research at libraries and museums.…


Robert Sabuda (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Pop-Ups)

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Since 1994 Robert Sabuda has taken three-dimensional pop-up books to new heights. Elaborate dinosaurs leap off the page. Colorful Christmas trees rise up and blink. Knights in shining armor joust before the king and queen. The ease with which these things…


Jack Gantos (Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key)

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Jack Gantos' interesting life has provided the raw material for many of his books. The Jack Henry middle-grade fiction series was based on Gantos' own adventures as a boy, and the award-winning Joey Pigza books resulted from Gantos' interactions with chil…


Kadir Nelson (We Are The Ship)

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Kadir Nelson is a naturally gifted artist whose extraordinary talent continues to develop and be discovered. Before the age of 30, Nelson had already illustrated children's books, sold paintings to celebrities, and worked on a movie directed by Steven Spi…


Ashley Bryan (Sing to the Sun)

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Ashley Bryan is an eclectic artist who uses painting, poetry, music, collage, and prose to tell stories. Bryan fuses these seemingly separate art forms within his books for children. "I try not to accept walls and boundaries and definitions in a strict wa…


Betsy Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo)

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Betsy Lewin, the illustrator of Click Clack Moo, takes a playful approach to her work. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Betsy Lewin discusses her career goals as a child and the inspiration she gets from exotic trips abroad.


Janet Wong (You Have to Write)

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Janet Wong's career switch was so dramatic that she was featured on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show. When Wong left her job as Director of Labor Relations at Universal Studios in Hollywood, she dreamed of becoming a children's book author. Over the ne…


David Adler (Cam Jansen Series)

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"Blink your eyes and say click!" Cam Jansen, David Adler's heroine with a photographic memory, has captured the imagination of millions of readers. The prolific Alder has also written several picture book biographies for children, bringing historical figu…


George Ancona (Bario: José's Neighborhood)

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In 2002, George Ancona received the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for work that "has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, George Ancona talks…


Avi (Crispin- The Cross of Lead)

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Avi is the 2003 Newbery Medal award winning author of "Crispin- A Cross of Lead", and widely acclaimed for his works of historical fiction for middle grade readers. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Avi talks about the challenges of …


Marc Brown (Arthur)

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Marc Brown is the author and illustrator of Arthur, everyone's favorite aardvark. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Marc Brown chats about his childhood, the Arthur television shows on PBS, and his friendship with the late Mr. Rogers…


Mem Fox (Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes)

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Mem Fox is Australia's best-known children's book author. Her books are tremendously popular in the U.S. as well, and she has traveled widely as a writer, teacher, and passionate proponent of reading aloud to children.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Chains)

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Laurie Halse Anderson struggled with learning to read. Once she cracked the code, she became a voracious reader. And then discovered writing - leading to numerous picture books, middle-grade titles and award-winning teen and historical fiction, including …


Henry Cole (Victor Vito)

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Henry Cole was once a beloved teacher, so much so that decades after he left teaching to pursue an illustrating career, a parent working for Reading Rockets fondly recalled Henry Cole's influence on his own, now-grown children. In this exclusive video int…


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Meet the Author (Reading Rockets)

Reading Rockets' interviews with top children's book authors and illustrators are an excellent way to introduce students to those who create books kids know and love. Not just for children, these interviews are also enjoyed by parents, teachers, librarians, and other educators who appreciate the value of children's literature and get a kick out of putting a face and voice to the authors and illustrators whose work we enjoy. These interviews are available from ReadingRockets.org in audio and video formats. To see a transcript from these interviews, to find out more about each author, or to watch the full interview, see Reading Rockets' Books & Authors section.

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