Discover what some of America’s most talented authors, illustrators, and literacy leaders have to say about reading, writing, artistic inspiration and expression, and a wealth of other topics regarding art, literature, and literacy.

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NCBLA Board Members
Authors and Literacy Leaders
Video Interviews with In Search of Wonder Authors

NCBLA Board Members

The NCBLA Board members answer questions about their careers, their thoughts on literacy, and about what inspires them to create.

An Interview with Carol Greenwald

An Interview with David Macaulay

An Interview with Gregory Maguire

An Interview with Katherine Paterson

Two National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature, Sitting and Chatting on Reading Rockets
American-born Chinese Gene Luen Yang sits down with Chinese-born American Katherine Paterson to talk about the books that most influenced them as readers and writers. Paterson—the child of Christian missionaries—spent her early years in Huai’an and Shanghai. Her first language was Chinese, but the books that she remembers most vividly from her childhood were the works of British writers such as A.A. Milne and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Authors and Literacy Leaders

Take a moment to read and ponder recommendations from award-winning author Jon Scieszka and literacy champions Maria Salvadore and Robin Smith in these NCBLA exclusive interviews.

Author Interview: Jon Sciezska

Verizon Literacy Leader Interview: Maria Salvadore

Verizon Literacy Leader Interview: Robin Smith

Video Interviews with In Search of Wonder Authors

Students in the Perry Local Schools interviewed and video recorded each of the authors who participated in the NCBLA’s In Search of Wonder: Common Core & More event in 2014. The NCBLA thanks the talented students of Perry Local Schools for all their work in planning and producing these author interviews, which discuss such diverse topics as inspiration, the power of poetry, and censorship.

Scroll down to watch the interviews with Chris Crutcher, Nikki Grimes, Steven Kellogg, Katherine Paterson, and Tanya Lee Stone.

Video Interview with Chris Crutcher

Video Interview with Nikki Grimes

Video Interview with Steven Kellogg

Video Interview with Katherine Paterson

Video Interview with Tanya Lee Stone