The Children’s Book Council collaborates with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in a series of Meet the Author/Illustrator columns for the AASL journal Knowledge Quest. Each column embodies common goals that AASL and CBC share: belief in the power of reading enjoyment and immersive learning and a commitment to a high level of literacy for every child.
Columns are written by authors and illustrators with a wide variety of styles and genres. The opportunity to submit authors and illustrators for consideration is only available to CBC member publishers.
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Read previous KQ Meet the Author/Illustrator columns by clicking the links below.
- *NEW* March/April 2017 – “Adventure Play” by Adam Shaughnessy (Algonquin Books for Young Readers)
- January/February – “Take Another Look” by Kody Keplinger (Scholastic)
- November/December – “Walt Disney, Easter Eggs, and Monsters” by Wendy Grieb (Mighty Media)
- September/October – “How to Build a Bridge” by Eva Murray (Tilbury House Publishers)
- May/June – “Picture Books and Schoolhouse Rock!” by Paul Czajak (Mighty Media Kids)
- March/April – “Hacking for Good and Bad, and How to Protect Yourself against Hacks!” by Barnas Monteith (Tumbledown Learning)
- January/February – “The Art of Storytime” by Ellen Fischer (Mighty Media Press)
- November/December – “Always Feed the Clowns” by Jason Edwards (Rogue Bear Press)
- September/October – “Books Unchained: The Protective Power of Access to Ideas” by Blythe Woolston (Candlewick)
- May/June – “Drawing a Ring around the World” by Tricia Springstubb (HarperCollins)
- March/April – “No More Silence in the Library” by J.J. Howard (Point)
- January/February – “Adventures of a Research Geek” by Kate Messner (Scholastic)
- November/December – “The Role of Inquiry & Research in Hatching the Glorious Goddesses” by Shirin Yim Bridges (Goosebottom Books)
- September/October – “Accidental Finds” by Julie Fortenberry
- May/June – “Writing Historical Fiction (Or How Research and Creativity Go Hand In Hand)” by Makiia Lucier (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- March/April – “Ripples” by Amy Gordon (Holiday House)
- January/February – “Storytelling Your Way into the Common Core and Beyond” by Margaret Read MacDonald (August House), Jennifer MacDonald Whitman, and Nathaniel Forrest Whitman (August House).
- January/February – “Let Your Imagination Soar: Collaboration Between Creators and Readers is Essential” by Charles Vess (Viking Juvenile)
- March/April – “How to Work With Your Brother and Survive” by Shirin Yim Bridges (Goosebottom Books)
- May/June – “Nurturing the Pursuit of Learning” by Tanya Lee Stone (Wendy Lamb Books)
- September/October – “Seeing Things Through” by Beth Finke (Blue Marlin)
- November/December – “How Dewey Find What We’re Really Looking For?” by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Children’s Books)
- January/February – “Thinking Outside the Cover” by Pendred Noyce (Scarletta Press)
- March/April – “There’s A Book Looking For You!” by Carmen Agra Deedy (Peachtree)
- May/June – “Mrs. Thornton, ‘The Ghost House’, and the Remarkable Value of Care” by J.J. Johnson (Peachtree)
- September/October – “Producing and Consuming Content: Participating in the Online Social Culture” by Darcy Pattison (Sylvan DellI)
- November/December – “PLNs From Authors’ Perspectives” by Alison Formento (Albert Whitman)
- September/October – “Gaming and Core Content: Conjoined Twins” by Doris Settles (Pelican)
- November/December – “It’s All Story” by Patricia Reilly Giff (Zigzag Books)
- January/February – “Writing with Authority For Children” by Sneed B. Collard III (BuckingHorseBooks)
- March/April – “When Hollywood Calls: An Author’s Perspective” by Mary E. Pearson (Square Fish)
- May/June –“The Power of Persistence” by Suzanne Slade (Sylvan Dell Publishing)
- September/October – “‘Tag! You’re It!’ Playing on the Digital Playground” by Dianne de Las Casas (Pelican)
- November/December – “Bringing Science to Life with Readers Theater” by Melissa Stewart (National Geographic)
- May/June – “Fighting for Truth” by Joan Bauer (Penguin Group USA)
- March/April – “Social Scholars” by Blue Balliett (Scholastic, Inc.)
- January/February – “An In-Depth Analysis of Modern Academic Honesty: The Sparkly Princess POO Theory” by
- September/October – “Keep ’em Coming: Fostering Curiosity to Promote Learning” by Glenn Murphy (Flash Point)
- November/December – “The Right Book for the Right Child at the Right Time” by Anita Silvey
- January/February – “On Writing (And Reading), the Graphic Novel” by Stefan Petrucha (Harper Collins)
- May/June – “The Mantra of Interconnectivity Meets the Mandala of ‘The Looking Glass Wars’ Universe” by Frank Beddor (Speak)
- November/December – “Characters of the Periodic Table” by Simon Basher (Kingfisher)
- September/October – “A Test of Character” by Ying Chang Compestine (Henry Holt)
- November/December – “Red, White and Blue” by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton (Pelican)
For more information about Knowledge Quest, please visit the AASL website.