Meet the Author (Reading Rockets)
By Reading Rockets/WETA
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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.
|1||CleanVideoSusan Cooper||Meet Newbery winner Susan Cooper (Dark Is Rising series)...||3/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoChris Raschka||Meet Chris Raschka, author, illustrator, musician and winner of three Caldecotts...||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoHerman Parish||Meet writer Herman Parish, who has been writing stories about the literal-minded Amelia Bedelia since 1995...||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoVicki Cobb||Vicki Cobb, the Julia Child of hands-on science, is a former science teacher with a playful...||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoSarah Stewart and David Small||Meet husband/wife team Sarah Stewart and David Small...||4/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideoTomie dePaola (2012)||Jeff Kinney is perhaps best known as the creator of Greg Heffley, the wry adolescent hero...||11/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoJeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)||Jeff Kinney is perhaps best known as the creator of Greg Heffley, the wry adolescent hero...||11/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoHenry Cole (2012)||Reading Rocket's exclusive 2012 interview with author and illustrator Henry Cole...||11/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoChris Van Dusen||Meet author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen (The Circus Ship)...||7/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam McBratney||Meet Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You)...||6/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||CleanVideoJules and Kate Feiffer||Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist dad, Jules and his talented daughter Kate...||3/21/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||CleanVideoJarrett Krosoczka (The Lunch Lady Series)||Children's Choice Book Award winner Jarrett Krosoczka (the Lunch Lady series) talks about his very first book...||1/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||CleanVideoJulianne Moore (Freckleface)||Julianne Moore talks about falling in love with storytelling, reading as a young child, and why she...||1/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||CleanVideoAllen Say (Grandfather's Journey)||Caldecott winner Allen Say talks about living alone in Tokyo at age 12...||1/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||CleanVideoKatherine Paterson (2011 National Ambassador of Young Peoples Literature)||Katherine Paterson talks about families reading aloud together, the joys of writing...||11/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||CleanVideoDallas Clayton (An Awesome Book)||Dallas Clayton shares his exuberance for life...||11/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||CleanVideoRosalyn Schanzer (George vs. George)||Schanzer sees history as series of grand adventures and stories just waiting to be told...||11/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||CleanVideoMary Quattlebaum (Pirate vs. Pirate)||An interview with writer Mary Quattlebaum, author of Pirate vs. Pirate...||10/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||CleanVideoErica Perl (Chicken Butt)||Erica Perl author of the wonderfully silly, begging to be readaloud picture book Chicken Butt...||10/23/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||CleanVideoMarilyn Singer (Mirror, Mirror)||Marilyn Singer has written all kinds of great books for children and young adults but poetry is her favorite...||1/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||CleanVideoE.B. Lewis (The Other Side)||E.B. Lewis's interests in fine arts, illustration, and art education led him to coin the term 'artistrator'...||12/20/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||CleanVideoMargaret Peterson Haddix (The Girl with 500 Middle Names)||As a kid, Haddix was a real bookworm: she remembers her mother asking her to please put down her books...||12/13/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|23||CleanVideoNorton Juster (Phantom Tollbooth)||The world knows and loves The Phantom Tollbooth and its creator, Norton Juster, a professional architect who also loved writing...||12/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||CleanVideoLois Ehlert (Color Zoo)||Lois Ehlert's unique children's books reflect her creative and curious mind...||10/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|25||CleanVideoBruce Degen (Magic School Bus)||If a picture can speak a thousand words, Bruce Degen's illustrations can spark a thousand smiles.||8/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|26||CleanVideoPam Muñoz Ryan (Esperanza Rising)||Pam Muñoz Ryan isn't afraid of indomitable women. In fact, she's inspired by them!||8/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|27||CleanVideoLois Lowry (Number the Stars)||Lois Lowry is the highly acclaimed author of more than 30 books for young people...||8/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|28||CleanVideoGail Gibbons (From Seed to Plant)||Gail Gibbons writes the kind of non-fiction books that young children pore over...||7/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|29||CleanVideoEve Bunting (Fly Away Home)||Eve Bunting is a storyteller who can't help but be spellbinding.||7/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|30||CleanVideoR.L. Stine (Goosebumps)||The author of the Goosebumps series writes books that creep kids out, and boy do they love it!||6/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|31||CleanVideoJack Prelutsky (It's Raining Pigs & Noodles)||Jack Prelutsky likes nothing better than to make people laugh. Lucky for us!||5/31/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|32||CleanVideoLaurie Halse Anderson (Chains)||Laurie Halse Anderson struggled with learning to read. Once she cracked the code, she became a voracious reader...||11/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
|33||CleanVideoHenry Cole (Victor Vito)||Henry Cole was once a beloved teacher, so much so that decades after he left teaching to pursue an illustrating career...||11/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
|34||CleanVideoBryan Collier||Collier began creating art at the age of 15. Using his signature style, a vibrant mix of watercolor...||11/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
|35||CleanVideoMem Fox (Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes)||Mem Fox is Australia's best-known children's book author. Her books are tremendously popular in the U.S...||2/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
|36||CleanVideoMarc Brown (Arthur)||Marc Brown is the author and illustrator of Arthur, everyone's favorite aardvark...||7/21/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|37||CleanVideoAvi (Crispin- The Cross of Lead)||Avi talks about the challenges of writing, his years as a librarian, and his symptoms of dyslexia...||6/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|38||CleanVideoGeorge Ancona (Bario: José's Neighborhood)||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...||5/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|39||CleanVideoDavid Adler (Cam Jansen Series)||"Blink your eyes and say click!" Cam Jansen, David Adler's heroine with a photographic memory...||5/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|40||CleanVideoJanet Wong (You Have to Write)||Janet Wong's career switch was so dramatic that she was featured on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show...||5/9/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|41||CleanVideoBetsy Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo)||Betsy Lewin, the illustrator of Click Clack Moo, takes a playful approach to her work...||5/6/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|42||CleanVideoAshley Bryan (Sing to the Sun)||Ashley Bryan is an eclectic artist who uses painting, poetry, music, collage, and prose to tell stories...||5/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|43||CleanVideoKadir Nelson (We Are The Ship)||Kadir Nelson is a naturally gifted artist whose extraordinary talent continues to develop and be discovered...||3/4/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|44||CleanVideoJack Gantos (Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key)||Jack Gantos' interesting life has provided the raw material for many of his books...||3/4/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|45||CleanVideoRobert Sabuda (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Pop-Ups)||Since 1994 Robert Sabuda has taken three-dimensional pop-up books to new heights...||12/17/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|46||CleanVideoBrian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret)||Brian Selznick feels that his illustrations are more authentic when he immerses himself in his subject matter...||12/10/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
Thank you for creating and posting this podcast. What a great way to get kids interested in books!
Please, please make more of these!!
Oh please make more of these beautiful podcasts. As a parent it is so wonderful to be able to look in depth at the authors hearts that are writing the masterpieces we parents want to share with our children.
LOVE this podcast!!
What a wonderful resource for teachers and a great way to inspire kids!