Jerry Spinelli

The Newbery Award Winner discusses his classic books “Maniac Magee,” “Stargirl” and his latest work, “The Warden’s Daughter.” Spinelli has published more than 30 books and his work has touched generations.

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is the author of the wildly successful “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series—; one of the best selling children’’s series of all time. But, did you know he originally wrote them for adults? Kinney explores the origins of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and how he keeps it fresh. His Favorite Book is “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume.

Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier is a New York Times Bestselling author of “strange stories for strange children.” His books “Peter Nimble,” “The Night Gardener” and “Sophie Quire” have garnered legions of fans. Auxier talks about the influence of GK Chesterton and more, and his Favorite book is “Treasure Island.”

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of the “Peter and the Starcatchers” series and “The Worst Class Trip Ever” — among other children’s books. Barry explores the origins of his comedy and tips for getting your kids to read (let them read what they want!). His Favorite Book is “Robert Benchley’s Comic Writings.”

Kyle Zimmer

Kyle Zimmer is the CEO and Founder of First Book, an national organization committed to distributing books and necessities to children in need. She discusses the literacy crisis and what she and First Book are doing to make a difference.


New York Times Best Selling author, R.J. Palacio joins Raymond Arroyo for an in-depth conversation about her beloved book, Wonder and her “choose kind” initiative. Readers, families and kids are invited to attend this rare event. A book signing will follow. It takes place at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleeker St. New York, NY 10012 at 5PM. For tickets to Storyented: Raymond Arroyo in Conversation with R.J. Palacio click here.

Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke is the acclaimed author/ Illustrator of the Zita The Spacegirl series, Little Robot and Nobody Likes a Goblin. His favorite book: The Hobbit by JRR Tokein The Lesson He Learned: “Adventures aren’t all pony rides and May sunshine.”

Marcus Zusak

Marcus Zusak is the author of six books including the international bestseller, The Book Thief. He joined us to talk about the roots of this epic tale, it’s lasting power and his creative process.

Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the author of more than 60 books in the beloved Judy Moody and Stink series. Her work has been published in 22 language. A librarian by training, she is a fierce advocate for literacy and is the spokesperson for the American Association of American Librarians.

N. D. Wilson

N. D. Wilson is the best-selling author of the 100 Cupboards trilogy and the acclaimed Ashtown Burials series. He joins us to talk about his latest book Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle.