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Interviews by the Friends of the CCBC

The Friends of the CCBC newsletter often features original interviews with authors and illustrators whose work has intersected with that of the Cooperative Children's Book Center. The interviews were begun by Tana Elias, editor of the newsletter from 1996 to 2001. Since 2001, newsletter editors Amy Brandt, Geri Ceci Cupery, Andrea Maxworthy O'Brien, Andrea Schmitz, and Bridget Zinn have all conducted interviews, as has 2004-2005 Friends board president Meg (Kavanagh) Rothstein. The Friends of the CCBC Board and the interviewers have generously granted permission to reprint the interviews here on the CCBC web site.

Kate Banks : author and winner of the 2001 Charlotte Zolotow Award for The Night Worker

Anthony Browne: British illustrator and winner of the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Medal, who delivered a public lecture in Madison on Tuesday, November 14, 2000.

Michael Bryant: children's book illustrator who gave a public lecture for the Friends of the CCBC on November 10, 1997. Michael first came to Madison as a promising young illustrator who had won a scholarship to attend the Multicolored Mirror conference in 1991.

Deborah Ellis: author of The Breadwinner trilogoy about the plight of Afghanis under the Taliban and other children books that illuminate current events around the world. She spoke in Madison at the annual International Children's Literature conference in November, 2004.

Sarah Ellis: author, critic and librarian from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, who delivered the keynote speech at the USBBY conference Points of View in Madison, October 8, 1999, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jean Craighead George: Newbery-award winning author of Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain, and many other distinguished books about the natural world, who delivered the Third Annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on September 27, 2000.

Robie Harris: author of the groundbreaking books It's Perfectly Normal and It's So Amazing who spoke in Madison at a workshop for teachers on October 17, 2000.

Kevin Henkes: author and illustrator of many highly regarded picture books and novels. Received the 2005 Caldecott Award and the 2005 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Kitten's First Full Moon.

Kathleen T. Horning: coordinator of special collections at the Cooperative Children's Book Center. In 1997 she talked about current trends in children's book publishing, as well as her new book, From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books (HarperCollins, 1997).

Margaret Jensen: former first/second grade teacher at Huegel Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin, and currently a math resource teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Early in 1999 Margaret talked to Tana about how she helps adults understand how children learn to read, as well as how she evaluates trade books for beginning readers.

Angela Johnson: author of the Coretta Scott King and Printz-award winning novel The First Part Last and many other highly acclaimed novels and picture books; delivered the 2005 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture.

Holly Keller: author/ illustrator and winner of the 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Farfallina and Marcel.

De An M. Krey
: professor (now retired) of Elementary Social Studies in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. At the end of 1997 Tana interviewed her about her upcoming book, Children's Literature in Social Studies: Teaching to the Standards (NCSS, 1998) and they talked about children's literature with a social studies focus.

Ginny Moore Kruse: The former director of the CCBC looks back on the CCBC's history and her distinguished career.

Karla Kuskin: author, artist and poet who delivered the first annual Charlotte Zolotow lecture on the University of Wisconsin campus on October 1, 1998.

Gregory Maguire: author and critic who delivered a public lecture co-sponsored by the Friends of the CCBC and the Madison Area Reading Council on Tuesday, November 13, 2001.

Beverley Naidoo: author of novels for children and young adults that deal with issues of race, class, and social justice, including Journey to Jo’Burg, The Other Side of Truth, and Web of Lies.

Marilyn Nelson: acclaimed poet and author of Carver: A Life in Poems, A Wreath for Emmett Till and Fortune's Bone's, among other books.

Naomi Shihab Nye: poet and author who delivered the Sixth Charlotte Zolotow lecture on October 4, 2003

Mary Ann Rodman: author and winner of the 2006 Charlotte Zolotow Award for My Best Friend

Megan Schliesman: librarian at the Cooperative Children's Book Center who discussed her observations about current trends in poetry for children and young adults in the spring of 1999.

Amy Schwartz: author and artist who won the 2004 Charlotte Zolotow Award for What James Likes Best

Peter Sís
: author/illustrator who was an Arts Institute Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence at the UW-Madison in the summer of 2001.

Margaret Willey: author and winner of the 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Clever Beatrice



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