Author Archive


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!


4 New Author Fan Face-off Episodes!

The show goes on – and we’re adding new episodes all the time! One of these days I’ll get back to doing my actual job, but this is too much fun for now. Here’s an episode featuring Kekla Magoon and The Season of Styx Malone. And one with Dan Gutman and the first book in […]