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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.

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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.

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LOVE this podcast!!

By littlevanliere - Oct 10 2009
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What a wonderful resource for teachers and a great way to inspire kids!

Meet the Author (Reading Rockets)

By Happy Thoughts - Nov 15 2008
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Reading Rockets ROCKS! Thanks for the wonderful free resources.

iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
2
2
0
0

LOVE this podcast!!

By littlevanliere - Oct 10 2009
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What a wonderful resource for teachers and a great way to inspire kids!

Meet the Author (Reading Rockets)

By Happy Thoughts - Nov 15 2008
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Reading Rockets ROCKS! Thanks for the wonderful free resources.

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Meet the Author (Reading Rockets)

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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.

Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

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Jeff Kinney is perhaps best known as the creator of Greg Heffley, the wry adolescent hero of Kinney&s best-selling Wimpy Kid series. Publisher#38;s Weekly says, 'Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration, and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg#38;s often deadpan voice.'
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nov 21 2012

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Henry Cole (2012)

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Reading Rocket's exclusive interview with author and illustrator Henry Cole -- creator of Celeste, The Worrywarts, Katy Duck, and many other beloved characters -- talks about his early career as a science teacher (who always drew for his students!), why it takes patience to draw what you really see, how he gets those comical animal faces to look just right, and why he loved using a plain Number 2 pencil to create the evocative illustrations for his book A Nest for Celeste.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nov 14 2012

24mins

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Chris Van Dusen

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Meet author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen, whose rich imagination has produced a lively collection of interesting characters (King Hugos Huge Ego), adventures (The Circus Ship), and delightful rhymes (If I Built a Car).
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jul 19 2012

36mins

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Susan Cooper

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Meet Newbery winner Susan Cooper (Dark Is Rising series) whose work weaves rich language and contemporary concerns with fantasy, history and traditional literature to create compelling, timeless novels for a wide range of readers.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jun 18 2012

47mins

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Jules and Kate Feiffer

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Meet the Feiffers! Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist dad, Jules, is well-known for his social commentary, but also writes and illustrates books for young readers. So does his daughter, Kate. Whether working alone or in collaboration, Jules and Kate Feiffer's books are funny and observant, with stories drawn from very real and familiar family situations.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Mar 16 2012

41mins

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Jarrett Krosoczka (The Lunch Lady Series)

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Children's Choice Book Award winner Jarrett Krosoczka (the Lunch Lady series) talks about his very first book (an original Greek myth in the third grade), the inspiration for his books, and why he writes for kids.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 30 2012

34mins

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Julianne Moore (Freckleface)

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Julianne Moore, author of the Freckleface Strawberry series, talks about falling in love with storytelling and reading as a young child, why she writes for kids, and how to encourage young writers..
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 20 2012

23mins

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Allen Say (Grandfather's Journey)

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Caldecott winner Allen Say talks about living alone in Tokyo at age 12, studying with cartoon master Noro Shinpei, his career as a photographer, and finally returning to his love of storytelling through words and pictures.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 06 2012

34mins

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Katherine Paterson (2011 National Ambassador of Young Peoples Literature)

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Katherine Paterson, Newbery winner and the 2011 National Ambassador of Young Peoples Literature, talks about families reading aloud together, the joys of writing historical fiction, and the challenge of adapting classic works.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education..

Nov 21 2011

38mins

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Erica Perl (Chicken Butt)

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Watch our interview with Erica Perl, author of the wonderfully silly, begging to be readaloud picture book, Chicken Butt, as well as Dotty, a story about school days and imaginary friends, and Ninety-Three in My Family, a tall-tale counting book.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Oct 24 2011

29mins

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Margaret Peterson Haddix (The Girl with 500 Middle Names)

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As a kid, Margaret Peterson Haddix was a real bookworm: she remembers her mother asking her to please put down her books to enjoy some of the scenery on family vacations. Haddix was so attached to reading, that she considered the characters in books like 'Harriet the Spy' and 'Little Women' to be her friends. Haddix herself writes YA fiction that critics have called 'absorbing and realistic;' science fiction that is 'chilling and intelligent,' and younger grades fiction that is 'sympathetic but not simplistic.'
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dec 13 2010

23mins

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Norton Juster (Phantom Tollbooth)

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The world knows and loves The Phantom Tollbooth and its creator, Norton Juster, a professional architect who also loved writing delightfully inventive books for children. Meet Juster in this exclusive interview from Reading Rockets.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dec 06 2010

37mins

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Lois Ehlert (Color Zoo)

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Lois Ehlert's unique children's books, such as Color Zoo, reflect her creative and curious mind. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Lois Ehlert discusses her early love for art and how she continually strives to create highly original children's books.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Oct 04 2010

15mins

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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 interview with Reading Rockets, Degen talks about his early artistic roots, the inspirational value of fruit, and what it's like to collaborate with author Joanna Cole.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Aug 30 2010

9mins

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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 easily. Her genres range from contemporary fiction to historical fiction to fantasy to autobiographical. Her audiences range from elementary school children all the way up to young adults. Some of Lowry's books are light-hearted, but others deal with serious and somber topics. Her most well-known novel, The Giver, is set in a future dystopia where sameness and conformity rule.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Aug 30 2010

17mins

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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 learned the value of a public library and how she's always been surrounded by strong-spirited women, both fictional and real.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Aug 30 2010

8mins

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Gail Gibbons (From Seed to Plant)

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Gail Gibbons writes the kind of non-fiction books that young children pore over. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Gail Gibbons discusses how she comes up with the idea for her books and the daunting task of explaining complex topics in a few pages.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jul 30 2010

13mins

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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 write books that "heal the world."
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jul 26 2010

11mins

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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 creative, always funny R.L. Stine.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jun 30 2010

6mins

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Jack Prelutsky (It's Raining Pigs & Noodles)

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Jack Prelutsky likes nothing better than to make people laugh. Lucky for us! His off-kilter poems and wacky rhymes can't help but put a smile on everyone's lips. This exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets will help you understand why this writer once thought poetry was hazardous to his health.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

May 31 2010

15mins

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Chris Raschka

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Meet Chris Raschka, author, illustrator, musician and winner of three Caldecotts (most recently for A Ball for Daisy). Find out how Raschka creates his deeply expressive illustrations and how he's able to reveal the rhythm, experimentation and play of jazz through image and word.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Apr 22 2013

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Herman Parish

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Meet writer Herman Parish, who has been writing stories about the literal-minded Amelia Bedelia since 1995, inventing new adventures for the beloved character his aunt, Peggy Parish, created 50 years ago.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Apr 22 2013

30mins

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Sarah Stewart and David Small

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Meet husband/wife team Sarah Stewart and David Small. Together, they've created a number of award-winning picture books. Learn how they work together, their creative process, and all about their sixth collaboration, The Quiet Place.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Apr 22 2013

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Vicki Cobb

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Vicki Cobb, the Julia Child of hands-on science, is a former science teacher with a playful and accessible approach to science. She has published more than 85 books for grades K&8 that explore physics, chemistry and biology, biographies, geography, and the human body. Her new Science Play series targets kids 3&5 years old, who are already natural scientists with their interest in the world around.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Apr 22 2013

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Tomie dePaola (2012)

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Tomie dePaola, the author and illustrator of Strega Nona and many other favorite books, always knew he wanted to be an artist. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Tomie dePaola tells comical childhood tales, reflects on his career, and suggests ways to encourage young readers and artists.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nov 26 2012

58mins

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Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

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Jeff Kinney is perhaps best known as the creator of Greg Heffley, the wry adolescent hero of Kinney&s best-selling Wimpy Kid series. Publisher#38;s Weekly says, 'Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration, and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg#38;s often deadpan voice.'
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nov 21 2012

23mins

Play

Henry Cole (2012)

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Reading Rocket's exclusive interview with author and illustrator Henry Cole -- creator of Celeste, The Worrywarts, Katy Duck, and many other beloved characters -- talks about his early career as a science teacher (who always drew for his students!), why it takes patience to draw what you really see, how he gets those comical animal faces to look just right, and why he loved using a plain Number 2 pencil to create the evocative illustrations for his book A Nest for Celeste.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nov 14 2012

24mins

Play

Chris Van Dusen

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Meet author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen, whose rich imagination has produced a lively collection of interesting characters (King Hugos Huge Ego), adventures (The Circus Ship), and delightful rhymes (If I Built a Car).
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jul 19 2012

36mins

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Sam McBratney

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Meet Sam McBratney, author of the international best seller Guess How Much I Love You, who has been writing children's books across all genres for more than 30 years.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jun 25 2012

34mins

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Susan Cooper

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Meet Newbery winner Susan Cooper (Dark Is Rising series) whose work weaves rich language and contemporary concerns with fantasy, history and traditional literature to create compelling, timeless novels for a wide range of readers.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jun 18 2012

47mins

Play

Jules and Kate Feiffer

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Meet the Feiffers! Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist dad, Jules, is well-known for his social commentary, but also writes and illustrates books for young readers. So does his daughter, Kate. Whether working alone or in collaboration, Jules and Kate Feiffer's books are funny and observant, with stories drawn from very real and familiar family situations.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Mar 16 2012

41mins

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Jarrett Krosoczka (The Lunch Lady Series)

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Children's Choice Book Award winner Jarrett Krosoczka (the Lunch Lady series) talks about his very first book (an original Greek myth in the third grade), the inspiration for his books, and why he writes for kids.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 30 2012

34mins

Play

Julianne Moore (Freckleface)

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Julianne Moore, author of the Freckleface Strawberry series, talks about falling in love with storytelling and reading as a young child, why she writes for kids, and how to encourage young writers..
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 20 2012

23mins

Play

Allen Say (Grandfather's Journey)

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Caldecott winner Allen Say talks about living alone in Tokyo at age 12, studying with cartoon master Noro Shinpei, his career as a photographer, and finally returning to his love of storytelling through words and pictures.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 06 2012

34mins

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Katherine Paterson (2011 National Ambassador of Young Peoples Literature)

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Katherine Paterson, Newbery winner and the 2011 National Ambassador of Young Peoples Literature, talks about families reading aloud together, the joys of writing historical fiction, and the challenge of adapting classic works.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education..

Nov 21 2011

38mins

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Dallas Clayton (An Awesome Book)

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In his two books, An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Thanks!, writer-illustrator Dallas Clayton shares his exuberance for life. In this interview, he talks about his inspirations, connecting with his readers, and his literacy foundation.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education..

Nov 18 2011

14mins

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Rosalyn Schanzer (George vs. George)

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Author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer sees history as series of grand adventures and stories just waiting to be told. She brings people like George Washington and Charles Darwin to life through vivid storytelling and rich-in-detail illustrations.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education..

Nov 09 2011

47mins

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Mary Quattlebaum (Pirate vs. Pirate)

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An interview with writer Mary Quattlebaum, author of picture books such as 'Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond' and 'Pirate vs. Pirate' as well as the Jackson Jones series for independent readers.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Oct 31 2011

47mins

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Erica Perl (Chicken Butt)

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Watch our interview with Erica Perl, author of the wonderfully silly, begging to be readaloud picture book, Chicken Butt, as well as Dotty, a story about school days and imaginary friends, and Ninety-Three in My Family, a tall-tale counting book.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Oct 24 2011

29mins

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Marilyn Singer (Mirror, Mirror)

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Marilyn Singer has written all kinds of great books for children and young adults but poetry is her favorite. Singer is on a mission to 'knock poetry off its pedestal' and to introduce kids to the pleasing rhythms and powerful emotion of poems, but also to encourage kids to express themselves through verse.
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jan 03 2011

33mins

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