To read the interviews, please click the links or the photos of the author/ illustrator below. Authors/illustrators are listed in the order of their last names alphabetically.
Tony Abbott‘s first published book, Danger Guys, was written while taking a writing class with renowned children’s author, Patricia Reilly Giff. Since then he has written over 105 books for readers ages 6 to 14, including many series. His publishers include HarperCollins, Hyperion, Scholastic, Random House, Little, Brown, Egmont, and Farrar Straus Giroux. Over 12 million of Tony’s books have been sold worldwide and they also have been translated into 9 different languages. His books appear on various reading lists and won awards including the Golden Kite Award for Fiction and the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery in the juvenile category. Find out more about his books at his website.
A Chat with Avi, Newbery award author
Avi is an award winning author (2003 Newbery award for Crispin: the Cross of Lead (Hyperion) two Newbery Honors, two Horn Book awards, and an O’Dell award, as well as many children’s choice awards). He has written more than 75 books since his first book was Things That Sometimes Happen, published in 1970 (recently reissued). Since then he has published seventy books. Visit his website and on Facebook.
Merrie Destefano is multi-talented author with over 20 years of publishing experience. She is a novelist and magazine editor for Victorian Homes (previous editor on Vintage Gardens, American Farmhouse Style, and Zombies). Her latest book is a psychological thriller, Lost Girls (Entangled Teen). To find out more about her other books, please visit her website or you can sign up for her newsletter at Merrie’s Destefano’s website. She is also on Facebook and Twitter.
A Chat with Sylvia Liu, author/illustrator and KidLit411 co-founder
A Moring With Grandpa (2013 New Voices Award winner, Lee & Low Books, May 2016), illustrated by Christina Forshay, is Sylvia’s debut picture book. Visit her website.
She is also on Twitter (@artsylliu) and Facebook.
Dr. Diane Rogers brings her expertise in social psychology to classrooms and families. Her first picture book, Stand Tall, made its debut at the 2008 Seeds of Compassion Conference in Seattle, Washington featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. A week after the book’s release, the State of Washington selected Stand Tall as an official teaching resource for compassionate education. To find out more of Dr. Diane Rogers and her books, please visit her website.
Nina Štajner is a freelance illustrator with 174,000 followers on Instagram. She is an online shop owner, and a nature admirer. She lives in the beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. She is known for her illustrations of tender, whimsical and furry cute animals in soft and delicate manners. Because Ljubljana is surrounded by green spaces and forest, she got her art inspiration by hiking and observing the nature and amazing animal world.
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