Exclusive Video Interview: Meet Deborah Diesen, Author of The Pout-Pout Fish

The Bestselling Author on the Big Impact of Small Acts

“Our outlook and the way we look at the world can change the way we experience it. And so when I feel a little like a Pout-Pout Fish…sometimes helping someone else can make that change!”

Sometimes, a small action--a big hello or a warm smile--can improve someone's day in a big way!


That’s one of the simple but super-important emotional lessons that author Deborah Diesen hopes readers take away from her bestselling under-the-sea Book of the Week, The Pout-Pout Fish!


Play the exclusive interview for your class to learn:


  • How Deborah’s humorous and wise attempt to cheer up her son turned into a beloved picture book series with millions of copies in print


  • Deborah’s favorite strategies for improving her own pout-pout moods


  • More about Deborah’s experience as an author—including how she was encouraged as a child and her messages for aspiring writers

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About Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen is the author of many children’s picture books, including the New York Times–bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. Deborah has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.


Photo credit: Whitney Spotts

About Dan Hanna

Dan Hanna has over ten years’ experience in the animation industry, and his work has appeared on BBC America and the Cartoon Network. He lives in Oxnard, California.


Photo credit: Jennifer Beckwith

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