KidLit Podcast: Tim Federle

Podcast Ep3: Tim Federle

KidLit TV’s Rocco Staino interviews author Tim Federle. In this podcast Tim talks about his kid lit mentors, the joy of hearing from his readers, and talks about his book Better Nate Than Ever. Stay tuned at the end because there’s a tap dancing surprise!

Better Nate Than Ever  A “New York Times” Notable Book of the Year, a “Publishers’ Weekly” Best Book of the Year, and a “Slate” Favorite Book of the Year. A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for “E.T.: The Musical.”

Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for “seeing” a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for “E.T.: The Musical,” and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.
Tim Federle’s “hilarious and heartwarming debut novel” (“Publishers Weekly”) is full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing up–because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.

Tommy Can’t Stop!  Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can’t keep up But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy. This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels “Better Nate Than Ever “and its sequel “Five, Six, Seven, Nate!”, which were named best books of the year by the “New York Times” and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and called one of the best new middle grade series by “School Library Journal”. “The Great American Whatever “was inspired by an accident near Tim’s high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever. It is his first novel for young adults. Connect with the author on Instagram and Twitter at @TimFederle, and at

TIM FEDERLE GREW UP IN SAN FRANCISCO and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway.

His debut novel for kids,  Better Nate Than Ever — described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post — was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2013 and a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, and

The sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, was named a Best Book of 2014 by both the American Booksellers Association and Amazon (and is now available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book editions).

Tommy Can’t StopTim’s brand new debut picture book from Disney, with illustrator Mark Fearinghas been selected as a Spring 2015 Indie Next independent booksellers’ choice, and is out now.

Tim is also the author of the literary cocktail recipe book Tequila Mockingbird, which was voted the #1 Cookbook of 2013 on Goodreads (and was a clue on Jeopardy). His cocktail recipe guide for new parents, Hickory Daiquiri Dock, has been called “More fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie” by the Tampa Bay Times.

Profiles of Tim can be read in The New York TimesAtlantic MagazineTIME Magazine for KidsEntertainment Weeklyand CNN — and his press kit can be accessed here.

(You can also send him a note.)

Want to watch the video for this episode? Click HERE!


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