Author Archive


Author Fan Face-off season finale

We finished up the season with a little twist – me in the author’s hot seat in a BOMB challenge. Now I know why authors always said they were nervous at the start of the recordings… This student challenger is no joke!


Author Fan Face-off Turns 50!

Fifty episodes, that is – and counting. Recent shows have featured challenges with authors such as Jerry Craft, R.J. Palacio, Gordon Korman, and many more!


Author Fan Face-off with Kate DiCamillo!

You know we had to try for this one – today’s new Author Fan Face-off features the great Kate DiCamillo, taking a true super-fan in a Flora & Ulysses challenge. Can anyone keep up with these two?


Kwame Alexander on AFF!

Big day for Author Fan Face-off: the great Kwame Alexander challenges sharp-reading Stephen to see who knows THE CROSSOVER better. Can anyone keep up with these guys?


Mr. Benedict on AFF!

This is one we really wanted to do – in Author Fan Face-off #33, Trenton Lee Stewart takes on a true super-fan in a Mysterious Benedict Society challenge. Think you know this book? Well, see if you can keep up with these two!


Author Fan Face-off updates

We’re about to post our 30th episode of Author Fan Face-off, and starting to get some really nice attention. Here’s a new podcast from WAMC. And this very cool article with idea for how teachers can use the show – which was our whole motivation in the first place!


Meg Medina on Author Fan Face-off!

A big day for us at Author Fan Face-off: Meg Medina joins us for a MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS challenge!


Lots More AFF!

Super-librarian Stacey Rattner and I have been keeping up with our goal of doing one new Author Fan Face-off episode each week, posting new ones each Monday morning at 7:00 Eastern. Here’s the latest, with Adam Gidwitz and his wonderfully creepy fairy tale remix, A Tale Dark and Grimm. Subscribe to my channel for all […]


Kidlit Distancing Social #33

Just did this fun video interview with Children’s Book Insider – great chance to get into some details of craft and process.


Author Fan Face-off X 2!

Author Fan Face-off #14 features Ruth Behar and Lucky Broken Girl! And here’s episode #15, with Kate Messner’s Breakout!