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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is a new feature interview that will be happening with all of the picture book authors, illustrators and poets he loves! Today the Turkeybird is interviewing author Melissa Stewart who is very well known for her non-fiction picture books, including one of our favorite series “A Place for…(Birds, Butterflies, Frogs and Fish)”. We recently reviewed her latest, A Place for Fish and absolutely love it! There was no question when we were asked if the Turkeybird would like to interview Melissa. So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Melissa Stewart…

1. Birds, frogs, butterflies and now fish! What’s your favorite?
Oh boy, I just can’t choose.

2. What’s your favorite color? Today mine is green.
I love purple, but my 6-year-old niece keeps begging me to switch to pink so we can have the same favorite color. I’m thinking about it.

3. What’s your favorite picture book to read out loud? I love when my mom reads the Elephant and Piggie books, they’re so good!
Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre. I love the rhythm of the language and the bold illustrations by Steve Jenkins.

4. I love to collect rocks! Do you like rocks?
I do. I grew up across the street from an old lead mine. In third grade, I entered my rock collection in the school science fair and one second place. Woo-hoo!

5. Why?
I love their texture and colors. Plus they make great paper weights.

6. It’s almost summertime, yay! Where is the very best place to go outside? (I love going to the park!)
I built a secret fort under a giant Norway spruce tree in my side yard. It’s a great place to write. Plus I can spy on people. Only my nephew, nieces, and I know about it.

7. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
Hmm. It’s a three way tie between hiking, swimming, and canoeing.

8. What food do you like to eat? I love yogurt.
Yogurt is pretty good, but nothing beats chocolate.

9. Where’s the best place you’ve ever been?
East Africa.

10. Why?
It was so amazing to see elephants, zebras, lions, and giraffes in their natural setting.

11. Science or math? I’m more of a number guy, but I love being outside!
Definitely science.

12. What are you writing right now?
Science joke books. Want to hear one of my favorite?
Q: What did one volcano say to the other volcano?
A: I lava you.

13. Lakes or the ocean? We live next to the ocean and it is so neat!

14. Do you have a favorite animal?
My new cat—Vida.

15. We just saw the coolest most huge lizard in front of our house. Would you ever write a lizard only book, maybe with dinosaurs too?
Great idea. I’ll get right to work on it.

16. Crayons or Markers?
Crayons, definitely.

17. Why?
I love the feeling of coloring. Plus it’s easier to fix your mistakes by adding other colors.

18. Where do you learn all of the fun stuff about animals and the outdoors?
Four places—libraries, the internet, interviewing scientists, going outside and taking a look around.

19. Do you have a favorite fish? I’m more of a shark person! Chomp!
I’m a seahorse kind of gal.

20. If you were four what would you read next?
Chalk by Bill Thompson.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you so much Ms. Stewart! I love your books, especially the new fish one and the frog one too! I can’t wait to see if you write a book about lizards, that would be so so so so so neat!

“I think I will have to try out that joke some time because it was super funny! I’m starting to make a list for school and this will go on there with Mr. Scieszka’s who I interviewed the other day. I love jokes and making silly things up so this is super neat!

“Thank you again Ms. Stewart! I will keep having my mom reads your fish book until I want to read the frog one. They are all so good!”

Make sure to stop by the other “Fins, Wings and Other Things” Blog Tour hosted by Peachtree Publishers! To learn more about Peachtree Publishers also check out our Book Publishers 101 feature where we spent an entire month with this spectacular publisher!

Monday 4/11:
A Word’s Worth – Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Archimedes Notebook – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Tuesday 4/12:
A Patchwork of Books – Guest post by Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Abby the Librarian – Review of Bring On the Birds
Jenn’s Bookshelves – Review of A Place for Fish
Wednesday 4/13:
Simply Science – Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Book Dads – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Archimedes Notebook – Interview with Kathryn O. Galbraith, author of Planting the Wild Garden
There’s a Book (That’s us!) – Review of A Place for Fish
Thursday 4/14:
Book Dads – Interview with Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator of Planting the Wild Garden
A Word’s Worth – Review of About Habitats: Grasslands
Abby the Librarian – Interview with Susan Stockdale, author/illustrator of Bring On the Birds
Friday 4/15:
There’s a Book (That’s us!) – Interview with Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Jenn’s Bookshelves – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Saturday 4/16:
Devourer of Books – Review of Bring On the Birds


Thanks to the publisher, Peachtree Publishers, I have one copy of A Place for Fish by Melissa Stewart to giveaway! Make sure to stop by my review post to enter!

Thank you to the publisher, Peachtree Publishers, for providing a copy for review and giveaway! Find Peachtree Publishers Site at their Blog, Twitter and Facebook!
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2 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Melissa Stewart

  1. gwendolyn b. says:

    What a fun interview! I really enjoyed it. (I collect rocks, too. Between the books and rocks, no one ever wants to help me move!)

  2. Joanna says:

    Turkybird is just such an awesome interviewer!

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