The internet opens up our classrooms to author visits. Students love hearing and seeing real authors talk about their books and craft. Motivation is increased and metacognition is activated. Try one today!
Reading Rockets' interviews with top children's book authors and illustrators are an excellent way to introduce students to those who create books kids know and love. Not just for children, these interviews are also enjoyed by parents, teachers, librarians, and other educators who appreciate the value of children's literature and get a kick out of putting a face and voice to the authors and illustrators whose work we enjoy. These interviews are available http://www.reading.org/general/publications/podcasts.aspx