35min beginner

Meet your favorite children’s book authors and illustrators and learn about their craft and writing process.

Episode descriptions

Mo Willems
1. Episode: Mo Willems
3min

Mo Willems, author and illustrator of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" discusses where he gets ideas for his books, his writing process and how he illustrates his books.

Jacqueline Woodson
2. Episode: Jacqueline Woodson
4min

Jacqueline Woodson, author of several award-winning books for children and young adults, discusses the importance of characters and how she goes about creating them.

Rebecca Stead
3. Episode: Rebecca Stead
4min

Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of "When You Reach Me," discusses a unique way for young writers to find inspiration and how to develop a good story.

Nick Bruel
4. Episode: Nick Bruel
4min

Nick Bruel, author and illustrator of the "Bad Kitty" series, discusses how he knew he wanted to be a writer and what he likes best about writing picture books.

Jeff Kinney
5. Episode: Jeff Kinney
3min

Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, discusses his writing process and how he creates characters.

Clare Vanderpool
6. Episode: Clare Vanderpool
4min

Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Medal-winning author of "Moon Over Manifest," discusses the inspiration for that book and her writing process, and offers advice to young writers.

Amy Ignatow
7. Episode: Amy Ignatow
4min

Amy Ignatow, author and illustrator of the series "The Popularity Papers," discusses inspiration, how she creates characters, and her writing and drawing process.

Doreen Cronin
8. Episode: Doreen Cronin
3min

Doreen Cronin, author of "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type" and "The Trouble with Chickens," discusses how she creates characters, her writing process, and how to tackle writer's block.

Michael Buckley
9. Episode: Michael Buckley
3min

Michael Buckley, author of two children's book series, "The Sisters Grimm" and "N.E.R.D.S," discusses inspiration, his favorite place to write, and what "cliff hangering" is.

Daniel Kirk
10. Episode: Daniel Kirk
3min

Daniel Kirk, author of the picture book "Library Mouse," discusses how he creates characters, how he starts a story and the importance of revision.

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