Quarto Author Chats



Author Chats features enlightening conversations with The Quarto Group’s authors, editors, illustrators, and more.


  • Elizabeth Kiehner, GOOD GIRLS DON'T MAKE HISTORY

    19/07/2021 Duration: 23min

    Good Girls Don’t Make History is an important graphic novel that amplifies the voices of female legends from 1840 to the present day, and today we got a chance to talk to one of the authors, Elizabeth Kiehner, about it! A powerful and important examination of some key figures in the ongoing fight for equality, Good Girls Don’t Make History’s accounts of bravery, perseverance and courage are truly inspiring for readers of any age. Learn more about the Good Girls Don’t Make History and purchase your copy here.


    05/07/2021 Duration: 19min

    Vita Murrow joins us to talk about her new series True Stories of Animal Heroes, including Fluffles, Onyx, Talala, and Sterling. Listen to Vita share her creative process for capturing heartwarming stories about real-life animal heroes! Learn more about the True Stories of Animal Heroes series and purchase your copies here. Visit Vita Murrow online here.

  • Claire Alexander, A LITTLE BIT OF COURAGE

    21/06/2021 Duration: 17min

    Author-illustrator Claire Alexander joins Quarto Kids Cast today to talk about the Ploofer series, comprised so far of A Little Bit Different and A Little Bit of Courage. Listen in as we talk to Claire about exploring big emotions with little kids. Learn more about the Ploofer series and purchase your copies here.

  • Isabella Tree, WHEN WE WENT WILD

    07/06/2021 Duration: 34min

    Best-selling author and rewilding pioneer Isabella Tree joins us to talk about her debut children's book When We Went Wild! When We Went Wild is a heartwarming, sustainably printed picture book about the benefits of letting nature take the lead, inspired by real-life rewilding projects. Learn more about When We Went Wild and purchase your copy here.


    24/05/2021 Duration: 21min

    In our latest episode, Jane Wilsher, the author of The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts, discusses her process for asking (and answering!) 500 perplexing questions you may never even have thought to ask and the research that goes into creating an engaging, jam-packed nonfiction book for kids. Learn more about The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts and purchase your copy here.

  • Jessie Ford & Sugar Snap Studio, ABC FOR ME

    10/05/2021 Duration: 14min

    In today's episode of Quarto Kids Cast we talk to Jessie Ford, creator of Sugar Snap Studio, about not one but FIVE books! All of these books are from the ABC For Me series, which explores mindful concepts by pairing each letter of the alphabet with a word that promotes big dreams and healthy living.  Learn more about the ABC For Me series and purchase your copies here. Visit Jessie Ford at Sugar Snap Studio online here.

  • In Conversation: Jenny Devenny & Charnaie Gordon, RACE CARS

    26/04/2021 Duration: 34min

    In an extra special episode of Quarto Kids Cast, the author and the editor of Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege talk to each other about the importance of undoing bias and talking about racism and white privilege as early as possible with children. The debut author and illustrator, Jenny Devenny, is a LCSW and psychotherapist, and editor Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Expert, an author, blogger, podcast host, and digital creator. Learn more about Race Cars and purchase your copy here. Visit Jenny Devenny online here. Visit Charnaie Gordon online here.


    06/04/2021 Duration: 19min

    We are so excited to talk to Christine Van Zandt about A Brief History of Underpants! A Brief History of Underpants explores the evolution of fashion's most unmentionable garment. If there’s one thing most people have in common, it’s that we all wear some sort of underwear, but do you know the history of underwear? Learn more about the A Brief History of Underpants and purchase your copy here. Visit Christine Van Zandt online here.

  • Liz Lee Heinecke, BIOLOGY FOR KIDS

    22/03/2021 Duration: 18min

    We are so excited to invite Liz Lee Heinecke back to the podcast to talk about her second book in The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series, Biology for Kids! This engaging guide offers a series of snapshots of 25 scientists famous for their work with biology, from ancient history through today, and Liz gives some insight into paring down all of the world's biologists and their experiments into a digestable (and doable!) book for kids. Learn more about the The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series and purchase your copy of Biology for Kids here. Visit Liz Lee Heinecke online here.

  • Catherine Barr & Steve Williams, The Story of Series

    08/03/2021 Duration: 15min

    Today we're talking to two guests, both co-authors of The Story of Series. After five books, the most recent of which is The Story of Climate Change, Catherine Barr and Steve Williams pretty much have their process down to a science, and here they share their process of exploring all sorts of subjects and content for young readers. Learn more about The Story of series and purchase your copy here. Visit Catherine Barr and Steve Williams online here.

  • Abbey Williams, AN ABC OF FAMILIES

    23/02/2021 Duration: 17min

    Abbey Williams, author of An ABC of Families, is today's guest, and she's here to talk about the power of board books to connect children and caregivers, especially when children can see themselves and their families represented. Learn more about An ABC of Families and purchase your copy here. Visit Abbey Williams on Instagram here.


    09/02/2021 Duration: 19min

    Today we're talking to Zoë Tucker, author of the new Friends Change the World series. The first two books, The Supremes and The Beatles published earlier this year, and with two more coming out this fall and more on the way, there is literally no subject off-limits when it comes to friendship! Learn more about the Friends Change the World series and purchase your copy here. Visit Zoë Tucker online here.

  • Emily Hawkins & Jessica Roux, A NATURAL HISTORY OF FAIRIES

    07/12/2020 Duration: 23min

    Today we get Emily Hawkins and Jessica Roux talking about their first book together, A NATURAL HISTORY OF FAIRIES!This enchantingly illustrated natural history of fairies, compiled in the 1920s by the botanist Professor Elsie Arbour for her niece, is now unveiled for readers of today. Featuring a gold foil–embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker, and sprayed gold edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with colorful sketches and precise notes detailing the secret life of fairies and their important role in the natural world.

  • Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG DREAMS

    09/11/2020 Duration: 16min

    Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara breaks down the Little People, BIG DREAMS series on today's episode of Quarto Author Chats.Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Told as a story, with a facts and photos section at the back, this sweet series for kids celebrates triumph over adversity through some of history’s favorite characters.Now with more than 2.2 million copies sold worldwide, the series continues to grow and expand, introducing children around the world to artists, trailblazers, and dreamers who each made a big impact in the world around them.

  • Aura Lewis and Evan Sargent, WE THE PEOPLE

    14/09/2020 Duration: 16min

    Author-illustrator Aura Lewis and author Evan Sargent discuss the importance of modernizing our understanding of The Constitution, a document at the bedrock of US Politics.With the 2020 Presidential election around the corner, there has never been a better time to take a closer look at the Constitution. Inquisitive minds will have their questions vividly answered – and new ones raised – by a mix of striking illustrations and clear, engaging text in We the People: The United States Constitution Explored and Explained.

  • Cerrie Burnell, I AM NOT A LABEL

    17/08/2020 Duration: 18min

    Actress, playwright, author, and former television presenter Cerrie Burnell stops by Author Chats to talk about her stunning, inclusive, and diverse book I AM NOT A LABEL.In I Am Not a Label, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes, and activists with disabilities, from past and present. From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences, and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them.

  • Armchair Travel Panel

    03/08/2020 Duration: 25min

    Travel around the world from the comfort of home with books from some star authors!  Kate Siber, author of National Parks of the USA and the forthcoming 50 Adventures in the 50 States Gabrielle Balkan, author of The 50 States series Megan C Hayes, author of The Happiness Passport: A world tour of joyful living in 50 words and The Serenity Passport: A world tour of peaceful living in 30 words

  • Unplugged & Organic Nature Play for Families panel

    20/07/2020 Duration: 33min

    Unplugged & Organic Nature Play for Families panel featuring Rachel Jepson Wolf, Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, Karen Madigan, and Nick Neddo Karen Madigan and Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, co-authors of Nature Play Workshop for FamiliesNick Neddo, creator of The Organic Artist for KidsRachel Jepson Wolf, author of The Unplugged Family Activity Book


    08/06/2020 Duration: 16min

    Dig deeper into ADVENTURES IN ENGINEERING FOR KIDS with author Brett Schilke! Explore the future through problem solving, design thinking, and engineering in a science-fact world that most parents and kids don’t yet know exists!This adventure takes readers on an epic journey: humans are leaving Earth, arriving at a new planet, and creating the first settlement there, City X. It’s a journey of historic proportions, to a fledgling city on a distant planet, where humanity has a chance to start fresh and design a future that works for everyone. In settling another planet, humans discover a host of challenges, much like those faced on Earth: Challenges related to issues of energy, environment, transportation, security, food, safety, and health. Empowered by design thinking and advanced technology, their problems are to be solved by a vast team of young designers on Earth (your children!).

  • Jessica Sanders, LOVE YOUR BODY

    11/05/2020 Duration: 22min

    Jessica Sanders, author, advocate, and social worker, stops by to talk about body positivity and self-love with her debut LOVE YOUR BODY: YOUR BODY CAN DO AMAZING THINGS...What if every young girl loved her body? Love Your Body encourages you to admire and celebrate your body for all the amazing things it can do (like laugh, cry, hug, and feel) and to help you see that you are so much more than your body. Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness.

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