Jonathan Auxier has been a writer for a very long time, but he says he never really felt like he had found his place until he began writing children’s literature.

Thank goodness he did!

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The New York Times best-selling author of what he calls “strange stories for strange children,” his books include Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Night Gardener and most recently, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard.

In this episode he joins Sarah (and 13-year-old Allison!) to talk about writing for children, and why he’s so driven to connect kids with stories.

In this episode, you’ll hear

  • his mother’s decision to homeschool him for a year so he could read for three hours a day
  • why he always recommends other authors’ books too to the kids he meets
  • scary books and sensitive kids
  • Allison’s favorite books series (Jonathan hadn’t heard of it before!)

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Episode 56
Matilda
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
The Night Gardener
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 1-64 (Nancy Drew)
The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1)
Wonder
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard: A Peter Nimble Adventure
Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds #1
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Treasure Island
Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1)
One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #1)
The Jumbies
Coraline
Fifth Business (Deptford Trilogy)
 
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