The Lerner Podcast

The Lerner Podcast

lernerbooks.com
Join us for author interviews, book chat, and more!Lerner Publishing Group creates nonfiction and fiction books that educate, empower and entertain readers. Whether you are looking for engaging picture books, high-quality supplemental nonfiction, graph…


Ginger Garrett, author of Name Tags and Oher Sixth-Grade Disasters
Sep 30 • 13 min
Today I chat with Ginger Garrett, author of Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters, about inspiration, bullying, and selfies, and how to start a teen writer’s club in your school or library. Twelve-year-old Lizbeth always has a plan, and those plans…
Whitney Stewart and Hans Andersson, authors of Genomics: A Revolution in Health and Disease Discovery
Sep 21 • 13 min
Today on the Lerner Podcast, I’m pleased to welcome Whitney Stewart, a science author, and Hans Andersson, a clinical geneticist, who together wrote Genomics. Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, the field of genetic studies has transitioned…
Jennie Liu, author of Like Spilled Water
Sep 14 • 13 min
Just out this month, Like Spilled Water is a gripping tale of a young woman in modern-day China. Nineteen-year-old Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents’ cherished son. Years ago, Na’s parents left her in the…
Connie Goldsmith, author of Kiyo Sato
Sep 8 • 20 min
Today on the Lerner podcast, I am joined by Connie Goldsmith, a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in health who writes books about history, health, and science for older children. Her most recent book has just come out: Kiyo Sato: From a…
Catching Up Again with Chris Monroe
Aug 25 • 7 min
Chris Monroe is back on the Lerner Podcast! We last spoke in April, about how Chico Bon Bon’s book and Netflix series came to be. Now she’s back, talking about the latest picture book, Monkey with a Tool Belt Blasts Off, out this month. Oh no, the Moon…
Maria Gianferrari, author of Play Like an Animal
Aug 13 • 12 min
Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Today we chat with Play Like an…
Caren Stelson, author of A Bowl Full of Peace and Sachiko
Aug 3 • 22 min
Today we are joined by author Caren Stelson who tells the inspiring story of Sachiko Yasui for different age groups in Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story (2016 book for middle grade and up) and A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story (picture book, out…
Jeff Fleischer, author of Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections
Jul 4 • 12 min
Listen in as Votes of Confidence author Jeff Fleischer covers what teens, young adults, and voters in need of a civics refresher ought to know about government, politics and elections. From the importance of primaries and mid-term elections to how student…
Creator Interview: Hannah Batsel, author/illustrator of A Is for Another Rabbit
Jun 22 • 15 min
Today we’re joined by Hannah Batsel, author and illustrator of A Is for Another Rabbit, a hilarious picture book in which a rabbit-obsessed narrator makes an owl increasingly irate by refusing to play by the rules of a conventional alphabet book. Every…
Mia Siegert, author of Somebody Told Me
May 15 • 27 min
Today we speak with Mia Siegert, author of Somebody Told Me – an #OwnVoices tale about bigender teen Aleks/Alexis who learns to overcome trauma by helping others.About Somebody Told MeA novel of trauma, identity, and survival.After an assault, bigender…
Comics Creators Interview: Haiko Hörnig and Marius Pawlitza, the duo behind A House Divided
May 7 • 13 min
Henrietta Achilles inherits the home of her uncle, a notorious wizard, only to discover it’s filled with feuding bands of thieves, soldiers, and monsters that refuse to leave. Now she must unite rivals, fend off supernatural threats, and uncoil many…
Chris Monroe, Author/Illustrator of the Monkey with a Tool Belt series
Apr 17 • 15 min
Today on The Lerner Podcast, we interview Chris Monroe, author/illustrator of the Monkey with a Tool Belt picture book series, which also inspired the Netflix original animated series Chico Bon Bon. Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon…
Editorial Director Amy Fitzgerald on Historical Fiction
Mar 23 • 4 min
Today on The Lerner Podcast, Amy Fitzgerald, Editorial Director of Carolrhoda, talks about historical fiction and 1950s-era novel Red Menace that she recently acquired.
MariNaomi, creator of the Life on Earth graphic novel series
Mar 11 • 15 min
Today on the Lerner Podcast, editor Greg Hunter interviews cartoonist MariNaomi, creator of the Life on Earth graphic novel series. The most recent book, Distant Stars, is just out.
Nina Crews, Illustrator of A Girl Like Me
Feb 20 • 11 min
Today on The Lerner Podcast, we talk with Nina Crews, illustrator of A Girl Like Me. Nina is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. In this…
Beth Mills, creator of Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen
Nov 22, 2019 • 8 min
Today on The Lerner Podcast we talk to Beth Mills, creator of Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen.
Nicole Valentine, author of A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity
Oct 17, 2019 • 9 min
Listen in on a conversation between A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity author Nicole Valentine and her editor, Amy Fitzgerald.
Sasha Dawn Reads from Panic
Sep 27, 2019 • 12 min
Edgar Award-nominated author Sasha Dawn reads the first chapter of her new young adult novel, Panic, available October 1.
Carlyn Beccia, author of Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters
Sep 18, 2019 • 14 min
Carlyn Beccia, author of Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters, talks to us about researching and writing the book.
Shing Yin Khor, author of The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito
Aug 21, 2019 • 14 min
Shing Yin Khor, author of The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito, talks to us about writing the book.
Whitney Stewart, author of Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind
Aug 8, 2019 • 15 min
Whitney Stewart, author of Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind, shares mindfulness exercises.
Mélina Mangal, author of The Vast Wonder of the World
Jun 21, 2019 • 17 min
The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just author Mélina Mangal talks with us about researching, picture book biographies, summer reading, and more.
John Coy, author of Their Great Gift, Hoop Genius, and Game Changer
Jun 13, 2019 • 17 min
Award-winning picture book author John Coy talks about what authors and librarians should keep in mind when setting up author school visits, why he loves writing picture books about basketball, and what he’s working on now.
Joshua Levy, author of Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy
Apr 18, 2019 • 11 min
Author Joshua S. Levy chats about public schoolships, hamsters, zero-gravity dodgeball, and how US Supreme Court cases impacted his choice of character names.
Amber Keyser, author of No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture
Mar 25, 2019 • 14 min
Author Amber Keyser discusses her new book, No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture