Hear from authors

Behind the Book interviews answer your burning questions.

When they finish a good book, readers love to hear the story behind the story. “Why did you…?” “What inspired…?” “When will you…?” Our Behind the Book collection offers a group of author interviews that answer the questions readers want to ask, but don’t often get the chance to. Follow the links below to watch!

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt talks about her first book, One for the Murphys, the story of Carley Connors’ world getting turned upside down when she is placed into foster care.

Kadir Nelson

Author and illustrator Kadir Nelson shares how he got started as an artist and some of the memorable encounters he’s had with students.

Temple Grandin

World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin discusses her book, Calling All Minds, which promotes open-mindedness and an inquisitive spirit are the best ways to go about solving a problem.

Lauren Tarshis

Author Lauren Tarshis talks about I Survived the American Revolution, why this particular title was so daunting and the amazing preparation she embarked on to complete the book.

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Author Takeovers provide valuable background knowledge.

Popular authors candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans.

Jason Reynolds

Participants will explore inclusive literature as a tool for transformation and liberation. Educators will hear from author Jason Reynolds and veteran librarian and teacher Julia E. Torres about the past, present, and potential future role of reading skills and literacy as a content area.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Vanessa Brantley-Newton gives a moving presentation sharing her inspiration for storytelling and illustrating. She also provides activity ideas to help children celebrate diversity.

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