Author Interviews

White Socks Only -- Evelyn Coleman

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Ms. Coleman is an articulate, forthright, passionate and an award winning author. Smithsonian named White Socks Only , as the Most Outstanding Children's Book Title for 1996. The Riches of Oseola McCarty was named a Smithsonian Notable Book of 1999 and a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book for 1999. Shadows on Society Hill : An Addy Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series) is one her recently published books for children. In White Socks Only , a young...Read more

What's Wrong with Timmy? -- Maria Shriver

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Then Timmy said, "You're the first person to come over and say hi to me." What's Wrong with Timmy? Most of us have experienced, if only for a moment, the feelings that many intellectually disabled children face day after day: feelings of isolation, loneliness and the inability to connect with their peers. Read the interview below, by author Maria Shriver, to learn how you can connect with children like Timmy. In What's Wrong with Timmy?, by...Read more

What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick -- Allan Peterkin, M.D.

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1. How did you decide to write a story about a family experiencing the illness of it's youngest member, Tom and the effect that situation has on the whole family, especially his older sister, Laura? When I was training to be a doctor, I worked with a little boy whose sister had developed cancer. It really upset him and worried him. He felt he was responsible in some way for her getting sick. He also worried that he could "catch cancer" like a...Read more

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome -- Clarabelle van Niekerk and Liezl Venter Hartley

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When Sam is diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, his family and teachers are able to understand his behavior better and they learn to help him succeed. Children learn how they can be a friend and helpmate to a child with Aspergers. Our mother and daughter, author and illustrator team, bring us this touching and meaningful story from Australia and Pennsylvania. The book about Sam, introduces us to a boy who behaves a bit...Read more

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen -- DyAnne DiSalvo

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In Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo , a young boy is curious about the people he sees on the streets. He accompanies his Uncle Willie on a trip to the soup kitchen where Willie regularly volunteers. While there, the young boy experiences many different types of people and learns that each individual has different needs. The young narrator helps us learn that hunger is not simply a statistic. What motivated you to write this...Read more

Two Bobbies; A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival -- Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson

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Two Bobbies -- A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson bring us an amazing, true animal story about Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. Bobbi and Bob Cat, a puppy and a cat, are the best of friends. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, they lost everything, as did so many other residents. Only by staying together could the two of them survive. Read their remarkable story of courage...Read more

Tomas and the Library Lady -- Pat Mora

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Tomas, the son of migrant farm workers spends winters in Texas and summers in Iowa. One summer he visits the library, where the librarian welcomes him and helps him find books that captivate and inspire him. This book is the story of the beginning of his wonderful literary journey. Author Interview with Pat Mora TOMAS and the LIBRARY LADY 1. What inspired you to write the story of Tomas and the Library Lady? I had the pleasure of meeting Tomas...Read more

The Sunshine Home, The Wall, The Wednesday Surprise -- Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting is the author of over 150 books for children and young adults. Her versatility and her skill at writing about the complex issues that many families face, make her books appealing to all ages. She has won numerous awards and has taught writing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Many of her books contain intergenerational themes. In the story of The Sunshine Home, Timmie and his family are visiting his grandmother at her...Read more

The Star -- Cynthia Miller Lovell

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"THE STAR is a story to help young children understand foster care." Cynthia Miller Lovell is a pediatric nurse practitioner and has been a foster mother to preschool children and involved in respite care for foster children. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in pediatric nursing. She wrote THE STAR to help foster children, especially those from 4- to 11-years old, understand their experience and have a sense of...Read more

The Mangrove Tree, Planting Trees to Feed Families -- Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore

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With alternating verse and prose passages, THE MANGROVE TREE , tells the true story of how a scientist, Dr. Gordon Sato, helped the people of Hargigo, a village in the tiny country of Eritrea, begin a mangrove tree-planting project that transformed their impoverished village into a self-sufficient community. Our authors, Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore bring us this amazing story and tell us how it all came about. 1. What inspired you to write...Read more

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