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Interview: Maira Kalman, author of Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Jan 6, 2014

Everyone knows that Thomas Jefferson did some extraordinary things for the United States --- he was a Founding Father, the principle writer of The Declaration of Independence and the third President. But did you know that he also played violin three hours every day, collected everything from maps to Native American artifacts and loved growing vegetables in his garden, especially peas? We didn’t! Maira Kalman explores all sides of this fascinating man in her gorgeous new picture book THOMAS JEFFERSON: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything, including his interests, his contributions to the United States and even his monumental flaws. In this interview, Maira takes us behind the scenes and talks about her influential visit to Jefferson’s Virginia mansion, Monticello, some of her artistic decisions, and the one question she’d ask Jefferson, given the chance. Read on!

Interview: Bianca Turetsky, author of The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

Dec 10, 2013

We've seen plenty of ways to travel through time in books and movies --- you can ride an incredibly fast car like Marty McFly in Back to the Future or climb into an enchanted tree house like Jack and Annie in The Magic Tree House series. But how about time-traveling by visiting a fabulous vintage store, and trying on clothing that whisks you away to the Titanic in 1912, Marie Antoinette's palace or Cleopatra's court? That's what happens in Bianca Turetsky's  The Time-Traveling Fashionista series --- and it sounds thoroughly delightful to us! In this interview, Bianca gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the latest book in the series, THE TIME-TRAVELING FASHIONISTA AND CLEOPATRA, QUEEN OF THE NILE. Plus, she shares the most interesting fact she learned while researching Cleopatra, reveals her own fashion tips, and tells us where she'd go if she was lucky enough to be a Time-Traveling Fashionista, herself. Read on!

Interview: Eleanor Hawken, author of Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird

Dec 3, 2013

We certainly love zoos here at Kidsreads --- did you hear the news that Smithsonian’s National Zoo finally named their baby Giant Panda? It’s called Bao Bao, which means treasure! Adorable. Still though, we think they’d be even more interesting if they were anything like the zoo featured in Eleanor Hawken’s new series Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird. In this series, Sammy writes about the family business --- a zoo filled with unusual creatures like yetis, werewolves, phoenixes and death worms. We were lucky enough to talk to Eleanor about the inspiration for the series, her favorite imagined creature, her lifelong love of Shakespeare and her worst-ever test grade. Read on!

Interview: Paolo Bacigalupi, author of Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Nov 8, 2013

Ever think of what goes into making packaged meat products? Well, you may want to because they may turn you into a ZOMBIE. Well, maybe not. But that's what happens in Paolo Bacigalupi's latest book, ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN. In this atypical zombie thriller, three boys uncover some questionable practices at the local meatpacking plant and work toward preventing a zombie apocalypse.

In this interview, Paolo Bacigalupi shares his inspiration for this story, his attack strategy for hunting zombies and his favorite disgusting packaged meat product.

Interview: James Patterson, author of Treasure Hunters

Sep 13, 2013

James Patterson is an author who needs no introduction. Frequently on best-seller lists for both adult and children's books, he's known for writing great stories. With his Middle School series a huge success, Patterson begins a new series, Treasure Hunters, which follows a family of four siblings, who take up their family teasure hunting business after both of their parents go missing.

In this interview, Patterson talks about his new series, Treasure Hunters, explains the talent he'd lend to the Kidd team and reveals which treasure he'd want to hunt after.

- Click here to listen to an EXCLUSIVE clip of the first 10 minutes of the TREASURE HUNTERS audiobook, narrated by the talented Bryan Kennedy.