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Uses of Author Interviews for ELL Educators & Students

Support literacy development with movies of authors discussing & reading from their books,

for example …

  • Sharon Creech performs Reader's Theater of Love That Dog
  • Christopher Paul Curtis shares how he began writing children's books and reads from Bud, Not Buddy
  • Mary Ann Hoberman talks about her love of words and reads from her poetry for two voices (You Read to Me, I'll Read to You)

Enable students to see Latino stories reflected in books,

for example …

  • Award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales shares her love of Mexican folktales
  • Award-winning author Francisco Jiménez reveals his experiences growing up in a migrant family

What is an Author Interview?

  • Author Interviews are interviews with authors and illustrators in video, audio, and written formats.
  • Meet-the-Author Programs are filmed by in the homes and studios of award-winning authors and illustrators to enable readers to connect with the author the moment they are studying a book.

Authors talk about:

  • Writing
  • Journaling
  • Working with ideas
  • Doing research
  • Bringing history to life
  • Being a professional author

Illustrators reveal:

  • Diverse art techniques
  • Approaches to book design
  • Illustrating fiction and nonfiction
  • Being a professional illustrator

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Here are some curricular uses submitted by educators…

  • "The Author Interviews help students work on ancestry projects; they can see how to use art to illustrate a timeline."
    - Ruperto from Texas
  • "I use this to show my students how the authors and illustrators develop ideas and strategies for creating their books. I love it when the video is in Spanish."
    - Laura from Texas
  • "By using Author Interviews, my students are able to view successful Hispanic authors."
    - Juan from Texas
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