This is the Author with Markus Zusak, Matt de la Pena, and Nic Stone
This is the Author | Markus Zusak, Matt de la Peña, and Nic Stone

In this episode meet bestselling kids and young adult authors Markus Zusak, Matt de la Peña, and Nic Stone. You’ll hear how their own pasts each inspired them to write their latest stories, whether it’s from an idea that came to one author twenty years ago, to the book one author wishes she had as a guidepost when she was in high school – and of course, why it’s so important for kids to be able to see and hear themselves in books. Plus, from Jim Dale to one’s own brother, hear who their dream narrators might be.

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This is the Author Bryan Stevenson Torrey Moldanado Heather Won Tesoriero
This is the Author | Bryan Stevenson, Torrey Maldonado, and Heather Won Tesoriero

In this episode of This is the Author meet Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, Torrey Maldonado, author of Tight, and Heather Won Tesoriero, author of The Class. Hear how these authors are redefining what it means to be a superhero– whether it’s by standing up for America’s youth in underrepresented communities, writing stories that speak to the superhero in all young people, or introducing us to a superhero science teacher and his awe-inspiring students. Plus, discover how one author would use a time machine to find one of his dream narrators.

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Must-listen Q&A with Ellen Oh, co-founder of We Need Diverse Books and editor of FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

 
Author Ellen Oh shares her thoughts on the importance of diversity in children’s literature and how audiobooks enhance diverse stories in this interview with her editor, Crown Books for Young Readers co-publisher, Phoebe Yeh. Plus, hear clips from every short story in FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES. Edited by Ellen, this incredible anthology includes stories by bestselling authors Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Grace Lin, Tim Federle, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, Soman Chainani, and Kwame Alexander—plus new author and We Need Diverse Books contest winner Kelly J. Baptist. Read more

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