A video interview with

Erica S. Perl

"You know what?" Erica S. Perl is the author of the wonderfully silly, begging-to-be-read-aloud picture book, Chicken Butt, as well as the sequel, Chicken Butt's Back. Kirkus Review calls Chicken Butt "an unhinged piece of slap-happy rhyming… rocket-propelled artwork… the romp is a powerful piece of cacophony, more frenetic by the moment." Perl's other titles for young readers include Dotty, a gently told, perceptive story about school days and imaginary friends and Ninety-Three in My Family, a lively rhyming story that is part tall tale and part counting book. Her books tap deep into what's funny, what's real, family, friends, and growing up.

You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Erica Perl, or see a selected list of her children's books. (This video is also available on YouTube and iTunes.)


Erica S. Perl grew up in Burlington, Vermont and is now based in Washington, D.C., where she writes picture books for young children, novels for older kids, and articles about children's literature for publications including Slate magazine. Perl also blogs about her adventures as an author, speaker, writing instructor, advocate of chicken's literature — and mom to two daughters who love books as much as she does. Perl leads workshops on writing and the art of reading aloud for literacy organizations including The Reading Connection, Turning the Page, and ReadBoston. She has also done many author visits and writing workshops at schools and libraries across the U.S. and in Europe. In addition to her life as a writer, Erica works at First Book, the groundbreaking non-profit organization that has provided more than 80 million brand new books to children in need. The First Book Marketplace offers copies of Dotty at nearly 70% off the retail price.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald