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Top 5 Tips for Meeting an Author at a Conference

One of my favorite parts of being an English teacher/librarian is going to conferences and meeting authors. Over the years, I have honed my “author...

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5 Ways to Use Author Interviews to Enhance Vocabulary Instruction

I love how amazingly approachable and kind authors are, especially those who write for children, middle schoolers, and teens. I am lucky enough to...

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Author Interview: Brandon Mull

 Last spring, my favorite bookseller, Tami, at Fundamentals Bookstore in Delaware, Ohio, called to ask if I wanted to go to dinner with children’s...

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Author Interview: Libba Bray

I just love Libba Bray’s insightful analysis, quirky characters and her ability to write such diverse yet equally fantastic books! 

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Author Interview Recap: Vocab Gal (almost) Interviews President Obama

In honor of President’s Day earlier this week, I’d like to say that I have interviewed President Obama.  Unfortunately, he is a bit hard to reach, but...

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Author Interview: James Dashner

My students are obsessing over James Dashner right now. If one of them picks up The Maze Runner, as soon as they finish, they must grab the sequel...

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Author Interview: AS King and Jackie Morse Kessler

A.S. King and Jackie Morse Kessler are not only amazing authors, but also speak out against bullying. Plus, their books send an anti-bullying message...

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Author Interview: Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson writes great children’s books! I was amazed by the vast number (over 40) of picture books and chapter books she has written.

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Author Interview: Allan Wolf

I want to bring Allan Wolf to my school-his energy and enthusiasm are catching. Not only is he is a great writer who can discuss all the books he’s...

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Author Interview: Jack Gantos

I have been a huge Jack Gantos fan for many years now, and so I am thrilled that he won the 2011 Newbery Award for his latest novel (and pseudo memoir)...

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Author Interview: Patrick Carman

 Patrick Carman is a truly amazing and prolific author!  He has three series of books where kids go online at certain points during their reading to...

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Author Interview: Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka is in a word-hilarious! He was funny, kind and gracious enough to grant an interview after a day full of school visits and his library event....

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Author Interview: Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarrett Krosoczka is awesome! His kid’s book Punk Farm and the sequel, Punk Farm on Tour, are hilarious (farm animals rocking beloved kid’s tunes) –and...

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Author Interview: Lincoln Peirce

Lincoln Peirce was such a nice author! He had been presenting at schools all day, and autographed until 9 p.m. and then graciously took more time to sit...

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