Podcast interviews with authors

Listen to in-depth interviews about the joys and struggles of children’s book authors.

Find your favorite picture book author below.

Simran Jeet Singh – Fauja Singh Keeps Going

Simran Jeet Singh – Fauja Singh Keeps Going

Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who regularly speaks on issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.
FAUJA SINGH KEEPS GOING is the true story about the man who broke world records to become the first one-hundred-year-old to run a marathon. The book shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to the Sikh community’s positive representation.

Josh Funk – Short & Sweet

Josh Funk – Short & Sweet

Josh Funk is the children’s book author behind several successful book series, including Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, How to Code, It’s NOT a Fairy Tale and Patience & Fortitude.

Valerie Bolling

Valerie Bolling

Valerie Bolling is an author and educator who wants children of all backgrounds to see themselves in stories.

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is an educator, anti-racism activist, and children’s book author. Her stories feature young Black Muslim protagonists.

Claire Annette Noland

Claire Annette Noland

Claire Annette Noland is an author, children’s librarian, and reading specialist. She is has written easy readers, board books, and picture books for young children.

Ian Lendler

Ian Lendler

Ian Lendler is a journalist and award-winning author of picture books, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

Danielle Dufayet

Danielle Dufayet

Danielle Dufayet is a picture book author who teaches English and public speaking/self-empowerment classes. She is also an artist who works in stained glass and oil, along with acrylic paint.

Helena Ku Rhee

Helena Ku Rhee

Helena Ku Rhee’s picturebooking podcast interview featuring THE PAPER KINGDOM. Ku Rhee is an author based in Los Angeles. She draws story ideas from her travels as well as her childhood. THE PAPER KINGDOM (illustrated by Pascal Campion) is a story based off of a difficult time made magical by her parents.

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows – John Marco & Iggy picturebooking 138  |  author episode  |  hosted by Nick Patton  |  March 4, 2020 Picturebooking Newsletter Apple Podcast ReviewsAnnie Barrows | author Annie Barrows is a New York Times bestselling author, best known for the Ivy...

Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock

Author of nonfiction and historical fiction | Featured book: IT TO ABIGAIL

Parker Curry

Parker Curry

Four-year-old picture book author of a New York Times bestseller

Anika Denise

Anika Denise

Anika Aldamuy Denise writes stories that tickle her funny bone, tug her heartstrings, feed her curiosity, and celebrate her bicultural Puerto Rican-Italian heritage.

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton is the picture book author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.

Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise is an Australian author whose been twice listed in the CBCA Notables, and her picture book Archie and the Bear was selected for the prestigious international children’s catalogue: The White Ravens.

Tim McCanna

Tim McCanna

Tim McCanna has been an actor, musician, musical theatre writer, graphic designer and dad. Now, he is combining all those experiences into being a writer for children.

Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro is the author of the best-selling Baby Loves Science series. She speaks regularly at STEM and early-childhood conferences across the country.

Weyant & Gehl

Weyant & Gehl

Author Laura Gehl and the illustrated Christopher Weyant talk about their book My Pillow Keeps Moving.

Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink is a bestselling author of five books for grownups and now he shifts gears into children’s literature with his picture book GO GO GORILLAS, illustrated by Nate Wragg.

Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including DUDE!, Creepy Pair of Underwear, Caveboy Dave, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Creepy Carrots.

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is a writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children’s Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man.

L.J.R. Kelly

L.J.R. Kelly

L.J.R. Kelly is the grandson of Roald Dahl and a picture book author. He studied at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and at Dartmouth College in the United States.

Jonah Winter

Jonah Winter

Jonah Winter is the award-winning author of non-fiction picture books including New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Diego and Here Comes the Garbage Barge!, and the highly acclaimed Frida and Dizzy.