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HIGH FIVE

This is a list of debut picture book author interviews.


Their answers to the same 5 questions will inspire you and help you along your own writing journey. Read their stories and give them a HIGH FIVE!

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#1 November 2010: Tara Lazar, author of The Monstore (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Summer 2013), and creator and founder of PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, every November (all month long), now called StoryStorm, held in February

#2 December 2010: Heather Ayris Burnell, author of Bedtime Monster (Raven Tree Press, September 2010)

#3 January 2011: Deborah Freedman, author of Scribble (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007). Second book, Blue Chicken, coming soon (Viking Children's Books, September 2011)

#4 February 2011: Kristy Dempsey, author of Me With You (Philomel, 2009) and Mini Racer (Bloomsbury, Feb. 15, 2011)

#5 March 2011: Nikki Schoenfeldt, author of Nature's Lullaby (Orchard House Press) and Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite! (Shenanigan Books, 2011)

#6 April 2011: Corey Schwartz, co-author of Hop! Plop! with Tali Klein (Walker Publishing Company, 2006). Second book, Three Ninja Pigs, coming soon (Putnam, 2012)

#7 May 2011: Donna McDine, author of The Golden Pathway (Guardian Angel Publishing, 2010)

#8 June 2011: Kathryn Apel, author of This is the Mud! (Lothian Hachette - AU, 2009)

#9 July 2011: Amanda Noll, author of I Need My Monster (Flashlight Press, 2009).

#10 August 2011: Neridah McMullin, author of Ponkidoodle (Little Steps - AU, November 2009)

#11 September 2011: Lori Degman, author of 1 Zany Zoo (Simon & Schuster, July 2010)

#12 October 2011: Linda Lodding, author of The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister (Flashlight Press, 2011)

#13 February 2012: Julie Fulton, author of Mrs. MacCready Was Ever So Greedy (Maverick Books, May 2011)

#14 March 2012: Juliet Clare Bell, author of Don't Panic, Annika! (Piccadilly Press - UK, May 2011)

#15 April 2012: Laura Murray, author of The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (G.P. Putnam's Sons, July 2011)

#16 May 2012: Brenda Reeves Sturgis, author of 10 Turkeys in the Road (Marshall Cavendish, September 2011)

#17 June 2012: Kate Slater, author/illustrator of Magpie's Treasure (Anderson Press, October 2010)

#18 July 2012: Bethanie Deeney Murguia, author/illustrator of Buglette the Messy Sleeper (Tricycle Press, May 2011) and more recently Zoe Gets Ready (Arthur A. Levine, May 2012)

#19 August 2012: Andy Allen, author of Stormin' Norman: The Soggy Doggy (Beaver's Pond Press, November 2011)

#20 September 2012: Brianna Caplan Sayres, author of Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? (Random House Books for Young Readers, May 2012)

#21 October 2012: Sue Soltis, author of Nothing Like a Puffin (Candlewick Press, September 2011).

#22 November 2012: Alayne Kay Christian, author of Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa (Blue Whale Press, 2009)

#23 December 2012: Cynthia Kieber-King, author of Habitat Spy (Sylvan Dell, 2011)

#24 January 2013: Carrie A. Pearson, author of A Warm Winter Tail (Sylvan Dell, 2012)

#25 February 2013: Rob Sanders, author of Cowboy Christmas (Golden Books, September 2012)

#26 March 2013: Tiffany Strelitz Haber, author of The Monster Who Lost His Mean (Henry Holt and Company, 2012)

#27 May 2013: Karen Casale, author of Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book (Upstart Books, October 2012)

#28 March 14, 2014: Romelle Broas, author of Casey Chameleon (Flying Books, Ltd., October 2012) 

#29 March 21, 2014: Kirsti Call, author of The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall (Character Publishing, December 2013)

#30 March 28, 2014: Jennifer Young, author of Poison Apple Pie (MeeGenius, March 2012)

#31 April 4, 2014: Rebecca Colby, author of There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie (Floris Books, March 2014 - UK)

#32 April 11, 2014: Cynthia Grady, author of I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery (Eerdmans, February 2012)

#33 March 25, 2016Keila V. Dawson, author of The King Cake Baby (Pelican Publishing, January 2015)

#34 April 12, 2016: Justin LaRocca Hansen, author and illustrator of Monster Hunter (Sky Pony Press, October 2012)