082: Jon Burgerman – Splat

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Chatting
082: Jon Burgerman – Splat

The leading figure in the popular ‘Doodle’ art style, Jon Burgerman stops by the pod to talk about his debut picture book SPLAT.

081: Rowboat Watkins – Pete With No Pants

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Chatting
081: Rowboat Watkins – Pete With No Pants

Maurice Sendak fellow, author-illustrator Rowboat Watkins stops by the pod to talk about his latest book PETE WITH NO PANTS. This book really surprised me. I was ready for silly … I was ready for fun … I was ready to laugh. And this story has all of that … but even after several readings I still get a little choked up at the end.

080: Julia Donaldson – Who is the Giant Jumperee?

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Chatting
080: Julia Donaldson – Who is the Giant Jumperee?

Internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson stops by the pod to talk about her latest book THE GIANT JUMPEREE brought to life by award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury. This cozy read-aloud centers around a mysterious, booming voice coming from inside Rabbit’s burrow. Rabbit’s friends come to help, but are they any match for a Giant Jumperee?

079: L.J.R. Kelly – Sometimes It’s Storks

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Chatting
079: L.J.R. Kelly – Sometimes It’s Storks

L.J.R. Kelly is the author of SOMETIMES IT’S STORKS, illustrated by the Brothers Hilts. Babies arrive by different means and this book covers some of the quirkiest. Kelly shares some of his family’s baby delivery tales, along with his family’s passion for stories. I truly enjoyed having this conversation with Roald Dahl’s grandson. I think you’ll like it too!

078: Catia Chien – Things to Do

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Chatting
078: Catia Chien – Things to Do

Catia Chien is the illustrator of THINGS TO DO. This amazingly beautiful book combines Elaine Magliaro’s poems and Catia’s art to bring to life the small moments and secret joys of a child’s day. Catia and I chat about how she paints with light and texture, the importance of wide open days, life as a young immigrant, dancing with the lights off and so much more!

077: David Ezra Stein – Ice Boy

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Chatting
077: David Ezra Stein – Ice Boy

David Ezra Stein is the author-illustrator of ICE BOY. His previous book include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and INTERRUPTING CHICKEN, a Caldecott Honor Book.

076: Jonah Winter – The Secret Project

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Chatting
076: Jonah Winter – The Secret Project

Today’s featured picture book is about the atomic bomb. What I find fascinating about this book is the words you will not read. Atomic Bomb, Manhattan Project, WWII, Japan and Germany never appear. So what are you left with? What do you see? What does it mean? We talk with this story’s author, Jonah Winter, about this chilling and powerful picture book.

075: Gilbert Ford – The Marvelous Things That Come From Nonfiction Picture Books

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Chatting
075: Gilbert Ford – The Marvelous Things That Come From Nonfiction Picture Books

Gilbert Ford is the author-illustrator of THE MARVELOUS THING THAT CAME FROM A SPRING. Along with being the illustrator of SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR and MR. FERRIS AND HIS WHEEL.

074: Ruth Spiro – My Babies Love Quarks!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Chatting
074: Ruth Spiro – My Babies Love Quarks!

Ruth Spiro is the author of the BABY LOVES SCIENCE series. We discuss the first two books in the series, BABY LOVES AEROSPACE ENGINEERING and BABY LOVES QUARKS!

073: Vanessa Brantley-Newton – Just Do You!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Chatting
073: Vanessa Brantley-Newton – Just Do You!

Vanessa Brantley Newton is most recently the illustrator of THE YOUNGEST MARCHER: THE STORY OF AUDREY FAYE HENDRICKS, A YOUNG CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST and MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM. Talking about these two very different books with Vanessa gives this episode an inspiring energy.

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