Featured Authors and Illustrators

To read the interviews, please click the title (A Chat with …) below.  Authors/illustrators are listed in the order of their last names alphabetically. 

A Chat with Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott Head Shot.jpegTony Abbott‘s first published book, Danger Guys, Danger Guys.jpgwas 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, Underworlds.jpgincluding 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.

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A Chat with Avi, Newbery award author

Avi headshotAvi 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.

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A Chat with T. A. Barron (NEW)

TA Barron.jpg T. A. Barron grew up in Colorado ranch country and traveled widely as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He is the winner of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature”, the Nautilus Award Grand Prize, and many other awards. T. A. Barron wrote more than 30 highly acclaimed books, many of which are international bestsellers. They include the Merlin Saga (now being developed into a feature film by Disney), The Great Tree of Avalon (New York Times bestselling series), The Ancient One, and The Hero’s Trail (nonfiction stories of courageous kids).  To learn more about his books, please visit his website and Facebook page.


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A Chat with Merrie Destefano 

Merrie Destefano.jpgMerrie 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.

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A Chat with David Elliott (coming soon)

David-Elliott.jpgDavid Elliott was raised in a small farm town in Ohio. He has worked as a singer in Mexico, an English teacher in Libya, a cucumber-washer in Greece, a popsicle-stick maker in Israel, and studied classical voice at a conservatory because he wanted to be an opera singer.  To David Elliott, humor is a serious business and he also believes in the power of the imagination. Therefore, many of the books he wrote for children are funny and full of imagination.  His most recent book, Baabwaa & Wooliam is a great example.  Recently, he has been writing a lot of poetry and enjoys the challenge of “fitting language into a little box that has both meaning and beauty.”  His YA novel, Bull (story of Theseus and the Minotaur) was written in a contemporary voice with language kids use today yet in magnetic rhythms, humor that it can also work as a play.  He currently lives in New Hampshire. To find more of David Elliott’s books, please visit his website.  He is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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A  Chat with Sylvia Liu, author/illustrator and KidLit411 co-founder 

Sylvia LiuA 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.




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A Chat with Dr. Diane Rogers 

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Dr. Diane Rogers brings her expertise in social psychology to classrooms and families. Her first picture book, Stand Tall, Stand Tall.jpgmade 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.

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A Chat with Illustrator Nina Štajner

16789696_606912749504134_6815805265560993792_n.jpgNina 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,Hedgehog.JPG 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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