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Susan Cooper

December 2013
00h 51m

What a privilege to interview one of the greatest voices of our times.  She wrote the THE DARK IS RISING series of five books and most recently the historical fiction novel, GHOST HAWK, set in Puritan America.

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Matt De La Pena

December 2013
00h 42m

One of my favorite young adult writers.  Matt gives our boys and young men a place to feel in his coming of age stories often set in the Latino community.  His latest book, The Living, is a sic-fi action adventure story.

alex london

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Alex London

Fall 2013
00h 46m

Talented and hilarious writer of the Accidental Adventures series, the historically based Dog Tag series and his latest sci-fi thriller, Proxy.

patricia polacco

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Patricia Polacco

Fall 2013
00h 44m

One of America's foremost storytellers, Patricia Polacco is beloved for her stories of generations of family and her autobiographical tales of her struggle with her own dyslexia.  Classic favorites are THE KEEPING QUILT, PINK AND SAY, THANK YOU MR. FALKER.

kadir nelson

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Kadir Nelson

February 2013
00h 50m

One of the most gifted and sensitive African American illustrators of children's books.  He has written and illustrated books on African American history as well as some gorgeous biographies.

michael buckley

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Michael Buckley

2012
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Gennifer Choldenko

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Gennifer Choldenko

June 2011
00h 53m

If you're looking for a book to really intrigue your children, I've got one here for you...

mark kurlansky

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Marc Kurlansky

2011
00h 41m

It's so important these days that we help our children become really responsible citizens of our planet... Marc Kurlansky has made this easy and fascinating!

gary schmidt

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Gary Schmidt

January 2011
00h 47m

I read his books—and re-read them—in the space of about 2 1/2 days, and walked away with a WOW!

jacqueline woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson

March 2010
00h 40m

One of the best authors writing for children today, she is an award-winning author of pictures books, juvenile fiction, and adult fiction.

mo willems

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Mo Willems

April 2011
00h 53m

Mo Willems writes and illustrates the Elephant and Piggie early readers as well as his award winning Knufflebunny and Pigeon books. Great for kids ages 4-8.

fred bowen

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Fred Bowen

March 2011
00h 54m

Fred Bowen writes a great series of books on sports and values using real life situations he has researched as a sports writer for the Washington Post. Writing for 8-11 year olds.

carol boston weatherford

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Carole Boston Weatherford

February 2011
00h 38m

Carole Boston Weatherford writes biography and poetry for kids as picture books. She writes with power, insight and sensitivity.

mem fox

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Mem Fox

January 2011
00h 48m

The irrepressible Mem Fox joined me to talk about reading and kids. She is in a class by herself.

eb lewis

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E.B. Lewis

December 2010
00h 52m

The fabulous E.B.Lewis has illustrated some incredible picture books for children including a book that is in my top five: The Other Side. Prepare to be awed.

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ALA Red Carpet Special

December 2010
00h 56m

Here's a buffet of authors who joined me on the red carpet for a series of quick interviews.

jp voelkel

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Jon and Pam Voelkel

December 2010
00h 39m

If you've already caught the bug for mythological adventures, then here's the perfect book for you. Only this time we're up against the Aztec world. Great humor and action/adventure for 9-13 year olds.

ally carter

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Ally Carter

October 2010
00h 50m

Ally Carter writes the Gallagher Girls books aimed at girls 11-15. These girls are being trained as secret agents and have amazing talents and abilities. The one thing that really seems to challenge them is boys! Ally also wrote The Heist Society again aimed at 10-15 year olds.... think Oceans 11 meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

chris dlacey

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Chris D'Lacey

September 2010
00h 43m

Chris D'Lacey writes tremendous fantasy with a science fiction twist for kids ages 9-15. Get ready to enter a world of dark matter, dark energy and plenty of dragons.

 

shannon hale

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Shannon Hale

May 2010
00h 47m

Writing some of the best fantasy adventure books for girls and a Newbery Honor Award winner, Shannon Hale is at the top of the list for 10-15 year olds.

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Michael Scott

April 2010
00h 36m

Ley lines and portals and incredible adventures all over the planet make this series an amazing, mind blowing fantasy favorite. Great for boys and girls ages 10-16. Adults love them too.

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Richard Egielski & Al Yorinks

January 2010
00h 50m

These two masters of the picture book have teamed up over the years to create sophisticated, entertaining, humorous and thoughtful books for kids. Richard Egielski is a genius at using the space on the page to inform and tickle the imagination. Al Yorinks brings an amazing imagination and respect for the intelligence of children to his brilliant stories. Here, they talk about their new book HOMEWORK and revisit their careers apart and together. If you don't know their work, you will want to.

james dasher

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James Dashner

December 2009
00h 29m

Author of fast-paced action/adventure books for ages 10-15, James Dashner has burst onto the scene of young adult literature with his books, The Maze Runner and the Thirteenth Reality series.

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Mario Livio

November 2009
00h 43m

Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist and the Director of the Office of Public Outreach for the Space Telescope Science Institute. He is also the author of IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN and THE GOLDEN RATIO.

margaret peterson haddix

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Margaret Peterson Haddix

October 2009
00h 40m

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the bestselling author of the Hidden Children series and now her new series, THE MISSING. She writes science fiction, realistic fiction and fantasy for readers beginning as young as eight for DEXTER THE TOUGH and reaching all the way into middle school.

sharon draper

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Sharon Draper

October 2009
00h 45m

Sharon Draper is the award winning author of her powerful books for teens that take on all the tough issues: slavery, teen pregnancy, teen drunk driving, child abuse and more. Her book COPPER SUN is the wrenching story of a young African girl who is ripped from all she knows and tossed into slavery in the American south.

debbie dadey

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Debbie Dadey

September 2009
00h 38m

Debbie Dadey is best known for her independent reader series: BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS. She has a new series THE KEYHOLDERS which is light fantasy for eight to eleven year olds.

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Dan Gutman

June 2009
00h 37m

Dan Gutman writes for reluctant readers of all ages. His My Weird School books turn those 7 and 8 year olds on to reading and his Baseball Card Adventure books keep them hooked. He has a great sense of humor and his books offer peeks back into history and even into the world of skateboarding!

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Ann Brashares

June 2009
00h 38m

Bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and now with her latest book, Three Willows, she writes the journeys of teenaged girls as they struggle with self-image, boys, and their families. Beloved by middle schoolers and up.

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Tanya Lee Stone

May 2009
00h 36m

Thirteen women aimed to become astronauts in the U.S. space program back in the 1960's and Tanya Lee Stone wrote their story in ALMOST ASTRONAUTS. She is the author of nearly 90 books for children and will publish a book on BARBIE in the next year!

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Mary Cleave

May 2009
00h 32m

Mary Cleave is one of America's female astronauts. Dr. Cleave went into space on two missions. Join us to hear her describe what it was like for her to become an astronaut, to go out into space, and how her time in space has inspired her work on Earth.

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Jon Scieszka

April 2009
00h 44m

The first Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of many bestsellers for kids, Jon Scieszka, has entertained and energized our kids for a couple of decades. Most people know him for the Stinky Cheese Man or The Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf. For older kids he writes the Time Warp Trio series. For reluctant readers, here is a man who really understands.

Barron

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T.A. Barron

April 2009
00h 34m

Jaw-dropping imagery, heroism, journeys and wizards are the stuff of the books of T.A.Barron. His deep concern for the values of our children and his great love for our planet weave their way through every sparkling quest. Picture books for young listeners and chapter books for fourth graders and up. Kids love his Great Tree of Avalon and Lost Years of Merlin books which have earned the Nautilus Prize for books that make our world a better place.

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Gordon Korman

April 2009
00h 39m

This bestselling author writes great humor books for boys and girls and can turn his hand to some terrific action adventure as well. He occasionally turns his hand to asking kids to think a minute about their culture and how they treat others. His books are for 4th and 5th graders with a few reaching through middle school.

tomora pierce

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Tamora Pierce

March 2009
00h 41m

With legions of fans trailing her, Tamora Pierce writes action adventure books with female protagonists. They're set in slightly fantastic and medieval feeling settings and spiced with magical creatures but the stories themselves center on girls becoming women and finding their strengths. She has several series and most are geared to the middle school age-11 and up.

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Laurie Halse Anderson

February 2009
00h 46m

Her book Chains was nominated for a National Book Award and her novel, Speak, is read by millions. Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the foremost voices writing for young adults and has some terrific picture books for younger listeners as well.

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F.E. Higgins

February 2009
00h 37m

Her Black Book of Secrets and The Bone Magician offer hints of magic and mystery along with their sense of adventure. Great for kids who enjoyed Harry Potter. Fifth grade and up.

avi

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Avi

January, 2009
00h 37m

Avi has written across the spectrum of genres for children from suspense thriller to his Newbery Award winning Crispin. He shares a bit of his boyhood and the source of his writing abilities.

charles smith

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Charles R. Smith

January, 2009
00h 37

Charles R. Smith Jr. began as a photographer. He uses his skills to illustrate the powerful poems, "My People," and "If." He is also the author of several powerful poetry books, Hoop Kings and Hoop Queens, as well as the coming of age novel for young adults, Chameleon.

christopher paolini

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Christopher Paolini

December, 2008
00h 30m

Just beginning a successful career as an author, Christopher Paolini has three powerhouse books to his credit: Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr. They are best selling fantasy adventures. Great for kids 9-14.

david carter

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David A. Carter

December, 2008
00h 30m

David A. Carter is the king of pop up books for young children. He explores the art of Alexander Calder in his series of paper sculpture books for children.

katherine paterson

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Katherine Paterson

November, 2008
00h 49m

Newbery Award winning author, Katherine Paterson, joins Barb to talk about The Bridge To Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Our White House, and her philosophy of writing books for children.

marc brown and judy sierra

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Marc Brown and Judy Sierra

October 2008
00h 45m

Marc Brown is the author of the beloved Arthur books, and Judy Sierra has written many humorous great read aloud picture books to include ANTARCTIC ANTICS and THERE'S A ZOO IN ROOM 22.

lois lowry

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Lois Lowry

October, 2008
00h 28m

Number the Stars and The Giver are two of Lois Lowry's amazing books and both won her a Newbery Award. She has also written the delightful Gooney Bird Greene series, the Anastasia books, and more.

 

joan bauer

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Joan Bauer

October, 2008
00h 23m

Joan Bauer's Hope Was Here won her a Newbery Honor Award. Her other books for middle grade and young adult readers examine journeys and humor. Meet her strong female characters in Peeled, Rules of the Road, Best Foot Forward, Squashed, Thwonk and more.

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Gail Carson Levine

September, 2008
00h 24m

Gail Carson Levine won legions of fans with Ella Enchanted and kept them coming back with Ever, Fairest, and her Princess Tales. She talks about her writing process.

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