Talking with Authors: Sherri Duskey Rinker and Illustrator Viviane Schwarz, How to Put an Octopus to Bed
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: Sherri is the author of five New York Times bestselling picture books, including the #1 bestselling “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” Series. Her newest book, “How to Put an Octopus to Bed,” is an instant bedtime classic. Get to know Sherri and the illustrator of “How to Put an Octopus to Bed,” Vivian Schwarz, in this one-on-one conversation.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Writing-14**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with an activity that has students writing their own stories for children. What insights do they gain about writing and illustrating that can be helpful as they create their story? After completing their stories, have students create videos of virtual read-alouds that you can provide to elementary teachers/students in your district or see if it’s possible to read the stories in person.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.