Author Takeovers25 videos During our Author Takeover events we invite popular authors to candidly share insights into their works and how their books may be incorporated into distance learning and classroom plans. Visit Follett Community often so you don’t miss registration for upcoming events.
Play video Kate Messner Author Takeover
Kate Messner Author Takeover
Hear beloved educator/author Kate Messner discuss tips on how to bring the fun mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels from the "History Smashers" series books into the classroom.
Play video Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat Author Takeover
Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat Author Takeover
Hear a sneak peek of the new picture book “A New Day.” Learn what day of the week each of these authors would consider themselves and how this duo came together to create this big-hearted story of kindness.
Play video Jerry Craft and Robin Ha Author Takeover
Jerry Craft and Robin Ha Author Takeover
Author Jerry Craft and author/illustrator Robin Ha examine the value of graphic novels and discuss educators who fight misconceptions about this growing genre and advocate for the diverse storytelling power it offers.
Play video Tony DiTerlizzi Author Takeover
Tony DiTerlizzi Author Takeover
Tony DiTerlizzi takes a walk down memory lane, sharing pictures and recalling influential teachers and events that helped solidify his career as an author illustrator. He also explains how copying and tracing is a great learning tool for students.
Play video Mariama J Lockington Author Takeover
Mariama J Lockington Author Takeover
Mariama J. Lockington talks about the book and author inspiring her to write For Black Girls Like Me. How to incorporate music when teaching this book, and the biggest takeaway she wants young people to have after reading this #ownvoices story.
Play video Joseph Bruchac Author Takeover
Joseph Bruchac Author Takeover
Joseph Bruchac gives us a thorough introduction and discusses the research involved for his middle grade, nonfiction book One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker. He even entertains us with some traditional music!
Play video DJ Corchin Author Takeover
DJ Corchin Author Takeover
DJ Corchin reads his picture book A Thousand No's and further explores the themes found in the book. He also shares the expectations he had to let go of to get to the final version and will defend his use of the apostrophe in the title!
Play video Kwame Alexander Author Takeover
Kwame Alexander Author Takeover
Kwame explains why he thinks kids are reading more than ever right now, what persuaded him to start writing poems for kids and the major event that inspired the crossover musical celebration, Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie starting Indigo Blume.
Play video Jason Reynolds and Julia E. Torres Author Takeover
Jason Reynolds and Julia E. Torres Author Takeover
Jason Reynolds and Julia E. Torres explore inclusive literature as a tool for transformation.
Play video Vanessa Brantley Newton Author Takeover
Vanessa Brantley Newton Author Takeover
Vanessa Brantley Newton shares her passion for storytelling and illustration.
Play video Nathan Hale Author Takeover
Nathan Hale Author Takeover
Nathan Hale tells us what makes his books different than regular history books, who inspired him to go from writing picture books to graphic novels and where he thinks his books belong in the library.
Play video Gordan Korman Author Takeover
Gordan Korman Author Takeover
Gordon Korman explains how the track and field coach subbing for his 7th grade English class led to his first published book, the two words that helped him reinvent where his ideas came from as an adult and hear him read an excerpt from “Notorious!”
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