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Uses of Author Interviews for History Educators & Students

Experience historians' passion for their work,

for example …

Pique students' interests in biographies of historical figures,

for example …

  • Marilyn Nelson reads her entire heroic crown of sonnets, entitled A Wreath for Emmett Till
  • Peter Sís explores the lives of scientists in books such as Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei
  • Mordicai Gerstein writes and illustrates biographical stories, such as The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

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…

  • "I use the Author Interviews to help students understand the author's perspective and motivation for writing the book."
    - Chris from New York
  • "I use an Author Interview to introduce the book and help students gain insight into the thinking of the author."
    - Anthony from New York
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