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Meet the Author

Meet the Author gives students direct access to authors who share their personal stories, offer writing tips, and encourage students to “keep reading, keep writing, keep dreaming.” The goal of each program is to motivate students to read new books, write their own stories, and find and establish their place in a reading and writing world.

Category: Distance Learning

Schedule

Jun 25 04:30 PM Avi
Jun 26 04:30 PM Avi
Jun 27 04:30 PM Avi
Jun 28 04:30 PM Avi
Jun 29 04:30 PM Avi
Jun 30 04:30 PM Avi
Jul 01 04:30 PM Avi
Jul 02 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 03 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 04 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 05 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 06 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 07 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 08 04:30 PM Betty G. Birney
Jul 09 04:30 PM Brandon Mull
Jul 10 04:30 PM Brandon Mull
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Episodes

Carla McClafferty

Author Carla Killough McClafferty writes in her book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment, that football was once such a brutal sport ...

John Grisham

With over 30 novels in print, John Grisham’s top selling books include The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Runaway Jury, and The Pelican Brief. ...

Peter Baker

Peter Baker is the Chief White House correspondent for the New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of Days of Fire:...

Betty G. Birney

When she was seven, Birney wrote her first book and told her parents that she was going to be a writer—and a prolific writer she became. Betty G. Birney is not only a...

Natalie Dias Lorenzi

The International Reading Association named Flying the Dragon — her first book — a 2013 Intermediate Fiction Honor Book. The School Library Journal wrote, “Readers will...

Katy Kelly

The creator of Lucy Rose and Melonhead series says her inspiration for writing a good story might have come from her family: “Our dinner table has always been where the...

Julia Heckathon

Books by Julia Heckathorn are a child’s window into the natural world. The Search for the Hidden Clover series prompts children to read, engage, and think about exotic...

Brian Floca

Just in time to celebrate his latest book, Locomotive, Brian Floca shares his approach to drawing and the writing process....

Discover Shakespeare, 2013

Once again, the Fairfax Network partners with the Folger Shakespeare Library to explore the language of the world’s most famous playwright. This special edition of Meet...

Rosalyn Schanzer

Non-fiction writing competes with high drama in Rosalyn Schanzer’s beautiful books that depict the life and times of real heroes, legends, and historical events. ...

Neal Shusterman

A successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer, Shusterman is frequently cited as a top pick for reluctant readers. Unwind, Everlost, and Downsiders are a...

Marc Tyler Nobleman

What’s the back story of the Man of Steel? Writer and accomplished cartoonist, Marc Tyler Nobleman, tracks the story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, two shy guys from ...

Eoin Colfer

After selling twenty million books, the adventures of Artemis Fowl come to an end with the publication of The Last Guardian. Eoin Colfer, a rock star of fantasy fiction, ...

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the author of the Beyonders series, as well as the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Fablehaven series. He resides in Utah,...

William Joyce

William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children's media. His picture books include The Man in the Moon and George Shrinks. He's won three Emmy awards...

Lane Elementary Authors

FCPS teacher Nicole Groeneweg challenged her first & second grade students to enter the Scholastic Book Fairs’ Kids Are Authors contest, an annual competition open to...

Carmen Agra Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy We welcome back Carmen Agra Deedy to talk about her latest book, The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of A Tale....

Discover Shakespeare

Four centuries after he wrote them, the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare endure as a source of entertainment and fascination. His friend and literary rival Ben...

Erica Perl

You know what? What? Chicken butt! This joke is now a humorous picture book by Erica S. Perl. According to Kirkus Reviews, the book is "an unhinged piece of slap-hap...

Jennifer O'Connell

With an artistic mother and a storytelling father, Jennifer O'Connell grew up loving art and stories. This illustrator's picture book, Ten Timid Ghosts, is a New York...

Firoozeh Dumas

Funny in Farsi is a humorous look at Firoozeh Dumas' family members as they adapt to life in America. Growing out of her collection of essays for her children, Dumas'...

James L. Swanson

Born on Lincoln's birthday, author James L. Swanson's first became fascinated with Abraham Lincoln when he was just ten years old. His book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for ...

AJ Stern

With resume, business cards, and a love for office supplies, Frannie Miller is off to find the perfect office job. The aspiring career girl tries hard to behave in grown-...

Kevin Garrahan

Kevin Garrahan is a sixth grade teacher and author of Third House Down Hidden Cove. Should Dan defend Jim and risk alienating his friends? Like so many educators, Kevin ...

Royce Buckingham

Royce Buckingham always dreamed of being a published author of fantasy stories, but needed a "real career" to pay his bills. He became a prosecuting attorney...

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News. In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Cokie Roberts has written several best sellers including Founding...

Jackie Urbanovic

Jackie Urbanovic loves the Marx Brothers, Popeye, Bugs Bunny and a slew of other comic characters so much that her own picture book stories and illustrations are infused ...

Doreen Rappaport

Doreen Rappaport had a life changing experience in 1965, when she taught at a freedom school in McComb, Mississippi. There she met "extraordinary ordinary"...

Nancy Krulik

Nancy Krulik, best known for her Katie Kazoo Switcheroo books, is popular among 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders nationwide. Katie Carew is your average 3rd grader, but after a...

Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap,enters the world of young adult literature with Viola in Reel Life. The first in a series, Viola in Reel Life, is about 14-year-...

Susan Stockdale

Author and illustrator Susan Stockdale began her children's book career with the publication of Some Sleep Standing Up. Soon, Nature's Paintbrush: The Patterns and...

Rob Cleveland

Master storyteller Rob Cleveland brings new insight to an ancient tradition: telling stories. A former special education teacher, Cleveland is a storyteller-in-residence ...

William Boniface

This show's producers can reveal the following: the reading habits of one entire school changed when two boys (hint: the boys are related to Mr. Boniface) lobbied the...

Moira Rose Donohue

Punctuation counts! "That's why I decided to tell people about the secret personalities of punctuation marks," says Moira Rose Donohue as she describes why she ...

Dr. Thomas Holtz

Describing himself as the "King of Dino Geeks," Dr. Thomas Holtz is a professor at the University of Maryland's College Park Scholars Earth, Life, & Time...

Nathaniel Philbrick

Adapted for high school readers, The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World is based on Philbrick's award-winning title, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War....

James Howe

Howe has written several series for young readers, including the Sebastian Barth Mystery series and picture books like There's a Monster Under My Bed....

Wendy Lichtman

Wendy Lichtman decided to write a story for teens that suggested there might be some questions with more than one right answer. With Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and...

Sneed B. Collard III

His first novel, Dog Sense, was inspired by his Frisbee-catching border collie, Mattie. Collard's novel Flash Point fits well into the nature and science curriculums....

T.A. Barron

Fantasy adventure readers will be thrilled with Great Tree of Avalon trilogy, a New York Times bestseller....

Adrian Fogelin

This award winning author writes fiction novels that deal with complex issues and emotions that most middle school age students can relate to....

Laura Malone Elliott

Elliott makes a return visit to the Fairfax Network to highlight the world of Hunter and Stripe, best friend raccoons who like to do everything together....

Rosemary Wells

Author and illustrator Wells, best known for her classic children's characters, has written a wonderfully complex novel for young adults....

Nancy Yi Fan

Born in China in 1993, 13-year-old author Nancy Yi Fan has woven a captivating tale about the birds of Stone-Run Forest. Swordbird is a novel about friendship, heroism,...

Frances Park & Ginger Park

Ginger and Frances Park grew up listening to stories of their mother's childhood in North Korea. One of these stories was the inspiration for My Freedom Trip, a child's...

John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon's storytelling style has been compared to that of Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor-not bad for a guitar-slinging, Grammy-nominated folksinger who just...

Janet Taylor Lisle

It's hard to put a label on Janet Taylor Lisle's books. From her latest publication, Black Duck, to her most critically acclaimed, Afternoon of the Elves, Lisle has an...

Jennifer Holm

When author Jennifer Holm was a young girl, she liked to read—a lot! A neighbor remembers seeing her rake leaves with a book in one hand and the rake in the other....

Dennis Denenberg

This former high school social studies teacher, former elementary school principal and former assistant superintendent of schools knows that children can grow up in a...

Elisa Carbone

Elisa Carbone has released Blood on the River: James Town 1607 just in time to celebrate the 400th anniversary of John Smith's effort to establish an English colony on...

Kevin Henkes

It was in his bedroom at a card table when 19-year-old Kevin Henkes became an author and illustrator. His award-winning picture books and novels are about life lessons...

Sharon Draper

It all started when one of her students challenged Sharon Draper to enter a literary contest. Her short story, "One Small Torch" won first place and Draper...

Sharon Creech

Known for her classic voice and unique style, Creech is the bestselling author of the Newbery Medal winner, Walk Two Moons, and the Newbery Honor Book, The Wanderer. She ...

Mary Batten

When animals or plants invade a new habitat, they can upset the delicate balance of the ecosystem. In Aliens From Earth, author Mary Batten introduces young readers to...

Michelle Y. Green

Michelle Y. Green is a writer who likes learning about "holes in history"—her term for parts of African American history and culture that aren't well...

Christopher Paul Curtis - 2000

On this return visit to the Fairfax Network, Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis explores why readers can connect with formidable and endearing characters such...

Myron Uhlberg

Myron Uhlberg's picture books are a nostalgic testament to everything he loves: family, Brooklyn, and baseball. The son of deaf parents, he was taught a passion for...

Gail Karwoski

Gail Karwoski likes perspective. Surviving Jamestown is an excellent introduction to our nationís earliest days, told through the eyes of 12-year-old Samuel...

R.L. Stine

Get goose bumps? Like to laugh? Meet R. L. Stine. The man who popularized scary books for children, and is pretty much credited for bringing boys back to books by...

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket apologizes to the reader—"I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant." But his "darkly...

Stuart J. Murphy

Stuart J. Murphy didn't like math as a kid, but instead enjoyed drawing and making up stories. As a Visual Learning Specialist working with "reluctant learners&q...

Dan Gutman

It took Gutman a while to find his niche. His first books were for adults, but in 1992, he changed his direction and started to write books for children. Additionally,...

Anthony D. Fredericks

Inspired by the "silliness of children," Anthony D. Fredericks writes stories that energize students with an abundance of hilarity, humor, amusement, fun,...

Kalli Dakos

It took more than five years and over one hundred rejection letters for Kalli Dakos to get her first anthology of poetry, If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, ...

Christopher Paul Curtis - 2006

His debut in children's literature was a 1996 Newbery Honor book. The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 tells the story of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the...

Avi

Ask Avi how you know when you're a real writer and his answer is simple: "I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and...

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