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.
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?
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!
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.