Publishers Weekly PW KidsCast

Interviews with children's and YA authors conducted by Publishers Weekly children's reviews editor John A. Sellers.

PODCAST ARCHIVE
EPISODETITLE & DESCRIPTIONDATE
38 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Peter Sis
Hans Christian Andersen Award–winner Peter Sís talks with PW KidsCast about the work and research that went into his new picture book, 'The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,' as well as his long, decorated career working with editor Frances Foster.
04/22/2014 Listen
37 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Peter Brown
Award-winning author-illustrator Peter Brown talks to PW KidsCast about his new picture book, 'My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I Am Not.),' testing out new styles of illustration, and what it was like to get a certain phone call from the Caldecott committee.
04/10/2014 Listen
36 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Michael Fry
Longtime comic-strip creator Michael Fry discusses his Odd Squad series of illustrated middle-grade novels, which adds a third title, 'King Karl,' this summer.
04/01/2014 Listen
35 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Blake Nelson
Blake Nelson talks about his new young adult novel, 'The Prince of Venice Beach,' including how writing a mystery can be a bit like surfing.
03/25/2014 Listen
34 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Laura Overdeck
Laura Overdeck, founder of the Bedtime Math Foundation, discusses her new children's book, 'Bedtime Math 2: This Time It's Personal,' as well as why humor is an important tool to help engage kids with math, and how parents can lead by example.
03/13/2014 Listen
33 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer Donnelly
Jennifer Donnelly discusses the mermaids and undersea realms of 'Deep Blue,' the first book in the Waterfire Saga, and her first book for middle-grade readers.
03/06/2014 Listen
32 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld
The moose stays in the picture in Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld’s new picture book. Listen in as they discuss creating the anything-can-happen atmosphere of 'This Is a Moose.'
02/27/2014 Listen
31 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jennifer E. Smith
Jennifer E. Smith, whose new YA novel is 'The Geography of You and Me,' talks about fate, serendipity, long-distance relationships, and the magic of New York City during a blackout.
02/13/2014 Listen
30 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Marie Rutkoski
In this episode of PW KidsCast, Marie Rutkoski talks about 'The Winner’s Curse,' the first book in a trilogy set in a world torn apart by conquest and class warfare.
02/04/2014 Listen
29 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the writing team behind the bestselling Beautiful Creatures books, talk about the first book in a new spinoff series, 'Dangerous Creatures.'
01/28/2014 Listen
28 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer
Author Wendy Mass and her husband Michael Brawer send eight-year-old Archie Morningstar into deep space in their first collaboration, 'Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight,' which kicks off a new chapter-book series.
01/14/2014 Listen
27 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Melissa de la Cruz
We speak with bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz about the alternate world she built for her new novel, 'The Ring and the Crown,' and about discovering she's a "history junkie."
01/02/2014 Listen
26 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Daniel Handler
PW asks All the Wrong Questions as we talk to writer Daniel Handler about 'When Did You See Her Last?,' the second book in Lemony Snicket’s middle-grade series.
12/16/2013 Listen
25 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Writers and long-time friends Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner talk about their first collaboration, 'These Broken Stars,' which opens a new YA trilogy that mixes mystery, romance, and science fiction.
12/05/2013 Listen
24 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs, author of 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,' discusses that book and its new sequel, 'Hollow City,' as well as how he started hunting down the creepy vintage photographs that feature in both books. (photo: Tahereh Mafi.)
11/21/2013 Listen
23 PW KidsCast: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Writers Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando discuss their first collaboration, the YA novel 'Roomies,' as well as their own personal ups and downs with roommates.
11/11/2013 Listen
22 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
"Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith talk about mixing science, mystery, hands-on projects, and a sense of fun in their new book, 'Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab,' and how they're trying to help "create the innovators of tomorrow."
10/31/2013 Listen
21 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier
Author Daniel Beaty and illustrator Bryan Collier discuss their first picture-book collaboration, 'Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me,' about a boy struggling with the absence of his father.
10/22/2013 Listen
20 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ilsa J. Bick
Ilsa J. Bick discusses 'Monsters,' the final book in her Ashes trilogy, and her goal of showing civilization "in the process of falling apart."
10/10/2013 Listen
19 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall talk about collaboration, their 10th Ivy and Bean book, and the feedback they’ve received from kids over the years.
10/01/2013 Listen
18 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney discusses his latest adaptation of a classic tale, 'The Tortoise & the Hare.' Author photo by Myles C. Pinkney.
09/17/2013 Listen
17 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kazu Kibuishi
PW KidsCast speaks with Kazu Kibuishi about creating new covers for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
09/03/2013 Listen
16 PW KidsCast A Conversation with Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale discusses her new middle-grade novel, 'Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends,' and the importance of both reading and imaginative play.
08/15/2013 Listen
15 PW KidsCast A Conversation with Colleen Gleason
Writer Colleen Gleason talks about mixing Egyptian myth, time travel, alternate history, and more in 'The Clockwork Scarab,' the first book in her Stoker & Holmes series, starring Bram’s sister and Sherlock’s niece.
07/30/2013 Listen
14 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Holly Black
Bestselling author Holly Black talks about the enduring appeal of vampires and her new YA novel, 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.'
07/16/2013 Listen
13 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud talks about the young psychic detectives of his new middle-grade series, Lockwood & Co.
07/02/2013 Listen
12 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Samantha Berger and Dan Santat
Samantha Berger and Dan Santat discuss their new picture book, 'Crankenstein,' about a boy whose reaction to waiting in long lines and getting out of bed in the morning is downright monstrous.
06/13/2013 Listen
11 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Eoin Colfer
In this episode of PW KidsCast, Eoin Colfer, author of the internationally beloved Artemis Fowl books, discusses his time-bending new series, W.A.R.P.
06/04/2013 Listen
10 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Henry Clark
Debut author Henry Clark discusses his first book for children, 'What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World,' as well as his writing aspirations as a child, the perils of technology, and balancing serious topics with humor.
05/11/2013 Listen
9 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Paul Rudnick
Screenwriter, playwright, and humorist Paul Rudnick discusses his first book for teens, 'Gorgeous,' the enduring allure of royalty and happily-ever-after endings, and the power of humor and wit. Author Photo by Hat Head Studio.
05/02/2013 Listen
8 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ridley Pearson
Writer Ridley Pearson discusses the sixth book in his Disney-themed middle-grade Kingdom Keepers series, 'Dark Passage,' in this episode of PW KidsCast.
04/05/2013 Listen
7 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong
Authors M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong talk to PW KidsCast about collaborating on their first middle-grade novel, 'Loki’s Wolves,' kicking off a trilogy inspired by Norse mythology.
03/12/2013 Listen
6 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Alaya Dawn Johnson
Alaya Dawn Johnson talks with PW KidsCast about her first young adult novel 'The Summer Prince,' including the cultural, technological, and musical influences that helped shape the futuristic Brazilian setting of the book. Author photo by Alden Ford.
02/20/2013 Listen
5 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Ally Carter
In this episode of PW KidsCast, author Ally Carter talks about her new Heist Society novel, 'Perfect Scoundrels' (Hyperion), as well as what’s in store for her bestselling Gallagher Girls.
02/08/2013 Listen
4 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Gail Carriger
Bestselling author Gail Carriger discusses her first book for teens, 'Etiquette and Espionage'—as well as her passions for YA literature, archeology, and silly character names worthy of Wodehouse—in this episode of PW Kidscast.
01/15/2013 Listen
3 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Alexandra Bracken
In this episode of PW KidsCast, Alexandra Bracken discusses her dystopian YA novel, The Darkest Minds, as well as the novel she wrote in college that launched her career.
12/13/2012 Listen
2 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with James Patterson
Bestselling author James Patterson is back, and he's ready to show off his sense of humor. In the latest episode of PW KidsCast, Patterson discusses his new middle-grade novel 'I Funny: A Middle School Story' (Little, Brown).
11/09/2012 Listen
1 PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Katherine Marsh
PW's children's reviews editor John Sellers talks to Katherine Marsh, author of Jepp, Who Defied the Stars.
10/08/2012 Listen
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