5 Questions With...

  • 5 Questions With... Seymour Simon

    Good writing is essential for any text, fiction or nonfiction. Too often we expect nonfiction to be “the player to be named later” in terms of quality. We expect good fiction to be “good” because of the excellence of the way a story is told; why shouldn’t we expect the same with nonfiction?
  • 5 Questions With… Kate Sullivan (ON LINDEN SQUARE)

    Can you tell us about its path from draft to published picture book?

    The real-life story of the blizzard on Linden Square rattled around in my head for almost 20 years. It wasn’t until I enrolled in the ‘How to Create a Picture Book Dummy’ course...
  • 5 Questions With... Richard Bernstein (A GIRL NAMED FAITHFUL PLUM)

    What would you identify as the special element or trait that enabled a young girl to have such resolute determination? Mainly it was will power, tremendous will power. Zhongmei came from a poor place where it was expected that people would have to "eat bitterness," as the Chinese put it, in order to survive, so she never expected things to be easy.
  • 5 Questions With… Dana Sullivan (OZZIE AND THE ART CONTEST)

    Dana Sullivan was the Creative Director at Costco Wholesale for 16 years until he realized he wasn’t being all that creative, so he quit to become a full-time writer and illustrator of children’s books. He teaches illustration classes, is a volunteer cartoonist at 826 Seattle and is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington.
  • 5 Questions With... J.M. Bedell

    J.M. Bedell is a nonfiction writer and the author of several books for young readers, including SO, YOU WANT TO BE A CHEF?, FINDING COURAGE: HISTORY’S YOUNG HEROES AND THEIR AMAZING DEEDS, COMBATING TERRORISM, TEENS IN PAKISTAN and HILDUR, QUEEN OF THE ELVES. She is also a ghost writer of nonfiction books and web articles, as well as a writer and editor for other nonfiction projects like company training manuals.
  • 5 Questions With... Esther Berg

    Esther Rege Berg is the vice president of stakeholder initiatives for America’s Promise Alliance where she focuses on special projects and coordinates communications with partners, communities, funders and other audiences, as well as edits America’s Promise newsletters. She also leads the Communications Advisory Group, a body of high-level communications professionals, representing America’s Promise Alliance partners.
  • 5 Questions With... Alma Flor Ada (YES! WE ARE LATINOS)

    Alma Flor Ada Professor Emerita of the University of San Francisco is a visionary educator, and prolific author of numerous award-winning children´s books: THE GOLD COIN (Christopher Award); UNDER THE ROYAL PALMS (Pura Belpré Medal); DEAR PETER RABBIT (Parent´s Honor), MY NAME IS MARÍA ISABEL; DANCING HOME; LOVE,AMALIA, I LOVE SATURDAYS Y DOMINGOS (Notable Books for a Global Society List) as well as of A MAGICAL ENCOUNTER: LATINO LITERATURE IN THE CLASSROOM and AUTHORS IN THE CLASSROOM: A TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION PROCESS, co-authored with F. Isabel Campoy.
  • 5 Questions With … Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

    Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the popular Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. Matthew Holm first began working with his sister, Jennifer, as a copy editor and fact-checker for her Boston Jane novels, and later drew several pages of comics for her book MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF.
  • 5 Questions With… Michelle J. Kelley and Nicki Clausen-Grace

    Nicki Clausen-Grace is a teacher, author, consultant and staff developer from Oviedo, Florida, USA. She currently teaches fourth-grade at Carillon Elementary school. She is the coauthor of three books for teachers with Michelle, the author of over fifty articles on families and education, and six nonfiction books for kids. Michelle Kelley is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. She is also an author, consultant, staff developer and mother.
  • 5 Questions With… Gareth Hinds

    Gareth Hinds is the author and illustrator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels and picture books based on classic literature and mythology. Through his work he shares his love of literature with readers young and old. His adaptation of THE ODYSSEY received four starred reviews, and he is the recipient of the Boston Public Library's "Literary Lights for Children" award.
  • 5 Questions With… Harry Dickens (Apps for Learning series)

    Author/consultant Harry Dickens has written three Apps for Learning books for Corwin Press: High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. He has been an educator for twenty-three years. Those years include classroom teacher and instructional technology director in a school district and a statewide resource center in Arkansas.
  • 5 Questions With … Julie Sternberg (LIKE BUG JUICE ON A BURGER)

    Julie Sternberg received her MFA in writing for children from the New School. She is the author of LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE and LIKE BUG JUICE ON A BURGER. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at
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