Interview with Author David Adler


Welcome to David Adler!
Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master’s degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler’s next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year.

Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career.

Adler’s son, Michael S. Adler, is now the co-author of several books with his father, including A Picture Book of Sam Adams, A Picture Book of John Hancock, and A Picture Book of James and Dolly Madison. Another son, Edward, was the inspiration for Adler’s Andy Russell series, with the events described in the series loosely based on adventures the Adler family had with Edward’s enthusiasm and his pets.

As of November 2008, Adler has three sons and two grandsons. He lives in Woodmere, New York.



What did you want to be when you grew up? 
Older. Okay, so that’s not funny! I wanted to be a cartoonist and for a very short while I was. I sold a small handful of single panel cartoons.

If you had any superpower, what would it be? 

I’d love to live forever with a clear mind, so far, so good.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 

Do you have any hidden talents? 

At one time I was a real good at checkers.

If you could visit any time or place, when and where would you go? 

1930s New York City — I love reading about the 1930s. When I drive on long trips for book talks I listen to old radio broadcasts from the 1930s and 1940s. I’ve written several books set in the era in New York City.

What is your favorite thing about writing/illustrating for children? 

Whenever anyone writes something he/she is creating something, a story, an explanation, that never existed before and I love knowing that, that by writing a story I am creating something.

David’s New Book:

Cohen and Calvin Waffle are two very different kids. Danny likes
playing baseball; Calvin enjoys strange experiments. Danny follows the
rules at school; Calvin tries to drive his teacher crazy.

and Calvin decide to team up for the big jelly bean experiment. Will it
lead to trouble? Maybe. Will they have fun trying? You can count on it.

For a chance to win a paperback of David’s newest book, Danny’s Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment, use the Rafflecopter below.

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    Beautiful Disaster
    October 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Interesting interview. I enjoyed learning more about the author who writes these books. It's neat that he based some of them on his children. I have read about others who have done that as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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