Laura Schroff

Laura Schroff is the co-author, along with Alex Tresniowski ,of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “An Invisible Thread,” based on Laura’s own story of how she befriended Maurice, a boy she met panhandling on the street.   Tune into this interview to hear the remarkable tale of serendipity that resulted in both that first book, and this version for Read More

Sharelle Byars Moranville

Sharelle Byars Moranville, the award-winning versatile author of fiction for all ages, has had her recent book, “The Hop”, published by Disney/Hyperion. The book chronicles the intertwined stories of Tad, a small toad trying to save his home, and Taylor, a girl determined to stop her grandmother’s pond from being turned into a strip mall as their quests take many Read More

Jeanette Hopkins-Wendy Cavanaugh

Cheryl Fusco Johnson speaks with three Iowan children’s books creators on this week’s Writers’ Voices. First, conversations with the writer and illustrator of “The Juggler”(published by Ice Cube Press). “The Juggler” follows the wiry and tan young farmer, who desperately wants to be a great juggler. Children’s author and educator, Jeanette Hopkins provided the words, with artist Stormy Mochal providing Read More

Dori Butler-Michelle Bayuk

Cheryl Fusco Johnson welcomes children’s author Dori Butler and her publicist Michelle Bayuk. Dori is the author of many children’s books and stories. Her book “The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy” won the 2011 Edgar Award. Dori has been “ghostwriter” for ten Sweet Valley Twins and Boxcar Children books. With 20 years experience in children’s publishing, Michelle F. Read More

Wendy Henrichs

2011 saw two children’s books released by Iowa author Wendy Henrichs. “I Am Tama, Lucky Cat” (Peachtree) retells the 17th-century Japanese legend behind the beckoning cat figurines commonly displayed in Japanese shops and restaurants, with pictures by award-winning illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi. “When Anju Loved Being an Elephant” (Sleeping Bear Press), illustrated by accomplished artist John Butler, reveals how a lonely Read More

Jeni Reeves Illustrator

On this Writers’ Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson visits with children’s book illustrator, Jeni Reeves. Jeni has been illustrating children’s picture books, since 1998, for the Lerner Publishing Group. Her work ranging from American biography and history to world culture and folklore, She recently began illustrating for a new series, ‘History Speaks’ which dramatizes important events in U. S. history. Jeni Read More

Kathy Brodsky

Children’s book author, Kathy Brodsky, makes a visit to Writers’ Voices. “The Winner Is…”, her most recent book, tells the humorous story of a dog who tries to be someone else in order to win a contest. Her other books include,“My Bent Tree”, “The Inside Story”, “Just Sniffing Around” and “Purrsnikitty”. Having worked as a psychotherapist for almost 40 years, Read More

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

This Writers’ Voices features Cheryl Fusco Johnson speaking with children’s book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jacqueline’s most recent book is “The Chiru of High Tibet”. The book tells the true story of how a scientist and four mountain men set out to save the antelope-like creature called the chiru. Chirus are sought for their incredibly soft wool, however they can Read More

Rebecca Janni

On this Writers’ Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with children’s book author, Rebecca Janni. Rebecca recently sold four books, despite having four young children at home. Dutton Children’s Books released her first picture book, “Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse”, in 2010 and has purchased two sequels, including “Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots”, slated for publication in June 2011.  Another slated Read More

Fran Kennedy

Frances Kennedy speaks with us about her award winning childrens’ book,  The Pickle Patch Bathtub. Iowa’s first lady Christy Vilsack selected this book to be given to each of Iowa’s 42,000 kindergartners in 2006.  Christy was then delighted to find out as she toured the state, that this book also struck a chord with Iowa’s senior citizens. The Pickle Patch Read More