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Learn about children’s books from the people who make them with in-depth interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators for people who believe that art and literature can have a profoundly positive impact on a kid’s life.Picturebooking is here to serve those who want to understand what it … read more

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Rafael López – Rebroadcast from Sept. 12, 2016

September 22nd, 2021


Rebroadcast from Sept. 12, 2016: Rafael López is the illustrator and inspiration for the picture book MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD. There is so much to love about Rafael's true story and …

Antoinette Portis – Rebroadcast from Jan. 27, 2016

September 8th, 2021


Rebroadcast from Jan. 27, 2016: Antoinette Portis stops by to chat about her amazing picture books, including WAIT, NOT A BOX and BEST FRINTS.

Peter Brown – Rebroadcast from Nov. 5, 2014

August 25th, 2021


Rebroadcast from Nov. 5, 2014: Author-illustrator Peter Brown shares his creative thought process along with some of his author-illustrator picture books, including Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and My Teacher is a Monster! No …

David Bowles – My Two Border Towns

August 11th, 2021


Author David Bowles shares his life on the U.S.-Mexico border, and he translated that experience into his picture book debut, MY TWO BORDER TOWNS. …

Anitra Rowe Schulte – Dancing with Daddy

July 28th, 2021


Author Anitra Rowe Schulte shares her journey into picture books and how she found the right story for her character. Today's featured book, DANCING …

Bianca Schulze – Don’t Wake the Dragon

July 14th, 2021


Today's show includes an interview with children's book author Bianca Schulze and a picturebooking message by illustrator Ashley Belote.

In the …

Sean Rubin – This Very Tree

June 30th, 2021


Author-illustrator Sean Rubin shares his thoughts about trauma and resilience. Today’s featured book, THIS VERY TREE, is a profoundly moving story …

Arielle Hobbs – Sully the Raccoon

June 16th, 2021


Author Arielle Hobbs shares her mission to see a society that embraces us, all of us, as we are. Today’s featured book, SULLY THE RACCOON, is based …

Dave Eggers – Faraway Things

June 2nd, 2021


Author Dave Eggers shares his passion for helping kids reach their full potential. Today's featured book, FARAWAY THINGS, is about a boy and his …

Shelli R. Johannes – Theo Thesaurus

May 19th, 2021


Children's book author Shelli R. Johannes shares her creative wisdom and talks about her Loves Science series and the new picture book THEO THESAURUS. Today's featured book is about Theo, the dinosaur who loves big …

Marla Frazee – The Farmer and the Circus

May 5th, 2021


Two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee talks about how making picture books help her through life's challenges. Today's featured book is her conclusion to the farmer trilogy, THE FARMER AND THE CIRCUS.

Books featured …

Paddy Donnelly – The Vanishing Lake

April 21st, 2021


Today's featured guest is children's book author and illustrator Paddy Donelly. We also have a picturebooking message from author Elsa Anderson about her new book; THE LITTLE MANDARIN REACHES THE STARS.

In the interview …

Jon Klassen – The Rock from the Sky

April 7th, 2021


Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author-illustrator Jon Klassen shares deadpan humor in his latest book, THE ROCK FROM THE SKY.

Today's show also features THE DOG'S GARDENER and THE HAPPINESS OF A DOG WITH A BALL …

Annelouise Mahoney – A Very Brave Night

March 24th, 2021


Children's book author-illustrator Annelouise Mahoney shares her journey and debut picture book, JULIUS AND MACY: A VERY BRAVE NIGHT. Today's featured book is an enchanting woodland tale about bravery and friendship.

Leda Schubert – Nathan's Song

March 10th, 2021


Today’s guest is children’s book author Leda Schubert.

In the interview, Leda discusses writing, awe of picture books, and family. Today’s featured book, NATHAN’S SONG, is a positive portrayal of the Jewish immigrant …

Kathleen Krull – Walking toward Peace

February 24th, 2021


Today's guest children's book author Kathleen Krull passed away on January 15 following a brief illness. We recorded this talk on January 13. Here is …

Kaylani Juanita - A House For Every Bird

February 10th, 2021


Today's show includes an interview with children's book illustrator Kaylani Juanita and picturebooking messages by authors Ruth Spiro and Ruth Forman.

In the interview, Kaylani discusses racism and children's …

Kate Hoefler – nothing in common

January 27th, 2021


Today's guests include an interview with children's book author Kate Hoefler and a picturebooking message by author Katherine Picarde.

In the interview, Kate helps us find common ground by examining the phrase …

Cátia Chien - The Bear and the Moon

January 13th, 2021


Children's book illustrator Cátia Chien shows us that something beautiful can come from creative struggle. Today's featured book, THE BEAR AND THE …

Jon-Erik Lappano – Maggie's Treasure

December 30th, 2020


Children's book author Jon-Erik Lappano tells us why nurturing a sense of wonder in kids is essential. Today's featured book, MAGGIE'S TREASURE, is …

Alex Willan – Unicorns Are the Worst

December 16th, 2020


Children's book author-illustrator Alex Willan discusses the power of humor in storytelling, and his picture book UNICORNS ARE THE WORST.

Alex Willan is an author-illustrator who has exhibited in art galleries and has …

Mac Barnett – Making with Friends

December 2nd, 2020


New York Times-bestselling author Mac Barnett talks about making things (like books) with his friends (like Greg Pizzoli and Shawn Harris) for kids. …

Jane Smith – Embracing Change

November 18th, 2020


Children's book author-illustrator Jane Smith discusses embracing change and her picture book HELLO, NEW HOUSE.

Jane Smith is an author-illustrator and designer with over 18 years of experience writing, illustrating, …

Don Tate - Stories save lives

November 4th, 2020


Children's book author-illustrator Don Tate shows us how stories save lives with his book, WILLIAM STILL AND HIS FREEDOM STORIES: THE FATHER OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.

Don Tate is the author and illustrator of …

Nicola Killen – Inspiration for us lost creatives

October 21st, 2020


Children's book author-illustrator Nicola Killen reminds us of picture books' power and shares her book THE LITTLE KITTEN.

Nicola Killen received an …

Aaron Becker – Colors that inspire

October 7th, 2020


New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Aaron Becker discusses colors that inspire and his board book MY FAVORITE COLOR.

Aaron Becker is the …

Jaime Zollars – Write for your illustrations

September 30th, 2020


Children's book author-illustrator Jaime Zollars discusses writing for your illustrations and her picture book THE TRUTH ABOUT DRAGONS.

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Kate Messner – The Next President

September 23rd, 2020



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Kate Messner is an author who turns her curiosity into books that …

Sophie Blackall - If You Come To Earth

September 16th, 2020


Two-time Caldecott winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall discusses IF YOU COME TO EARTH.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated many books, including the Ivy + Bean series. She has twice won the Caldecott Medal. Originally …

Gaia Cornwall – Jabari Tries

September 9th, 2020


Picture book author-illustrator Gaia Cornwall discusses JABARI TRIES.

Gaia Cornwall is an author-illustrator whose debut picture book, JABARI JUMPS, …

Simran Jeet Singh – Fauja Singh Keeps Going

September 2nd, 2020



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Josh Funk – Short & Sweet

August 26th, 2020


Josh Funk is the children's book author behind several successful book series, including Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, How to Code, It's NOT a …

Jess X. Snow – The Ocean Calls

August 12th, 2020


Illustrator, Jess X. Snow and I chat about the picture book, The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story. This beautiful book is about intergenerational …

Valerie Bolling – Let's Dance!

July 29th, 2020


Valerie Bolling is an author and educator who wants children of all backgrounds to see themselves in stories.

LET'S DANCE is a rhythmic celebration …

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow – Your Name is a Song

July 15th, 2020


Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is an educator, anti-racism activist, and children's book author. Her stories feature young Black Muslim protagonists.

YOUR NAME IS A SONG is a story that reminds us of the beauty, history, and …

Claire Annette Noland – Evie's Field Day

July 1st, 2020


Claire Annette Noland is an author, children’s librarian, and reading specialist. She is has written easy readers, board books, and picture books for …

Ian Lendler – The Fabled Life of Aesop

June 17th, 2020


Ian Lendler is a journalist and award-winning author of picture books, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

THE FABLED LIFE OF AESOP is the story of a slave using his gift to speak truth to power and liberate himself. It …

Christian Robinson – you matter

June 3rd, 2020


Christian Robinson is a picture book author and illustrator. He won a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña. LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET …

Danielle Dufayet – You Are Your Strong

May 20th, 2020


Danielle Dufayet is a picture book author who teaches English and public speaking/self-empowerment classes. She is also an artist who works in stained glass and oil, along with acrylic paint.


Christopher Eliopoulos - The Yawns are Coming!

May 6th, 2020


Christopher Eliopoulos is an author-illustrator who began his career as a letterer for Marvel. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times

Helena Ku Rhee – The Paper Kingdom

April 15th, 2020


Helena Ku Rhee is an author based in Los Angeles. She draws story ideas from her travels as well as her childhood.


Annie Barrows – John Marco & Iggy

March 4th, 2020


Tapping into a kid’s world.

Annie Barrows is the author of the Ivy and Bean Series, but in our family, we love all her work including her latest books featured on the podcast: What John Marco Saw and The Best of Iggy.

Vanessa Roeder – The Box Turtle

February 19th, 2020


How to think about the tension between fitting in and being different?

Vanessa Roeder is a self-made artist turned author-illustrator, who finds inspiration and so much more in her Girllustrators, a close group of …

Barb Rosenstock – Leave It to Abigail!

February 5th, 2020


Learn about writing a picture book biography from an award-winning author.

Barb Rosenstock is an author of nonfiction and historical fiction children’s books, including THE NOISY PAINT BOX, a 2015 Caldecott Honor book. …

Deborah Marcero – In A Jar

January 22nd, 2020


You can’t separate today’s book IN A JAR with the life experiences of its author-illustrator, Deborah Marcero. It’s fascinating to see art that comes from finding a universal experience in the specific personal stories …

Jessica Hische – Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind

January 8th, 2020


Jessica Hische is a renowned lettering artist and New York Times bestselling author-illustrator. Her latest picture book TOMORROW I’LL BE KIND is a …

Grant Snider – What Color Is Night?

November 27th, 2019


Author, illustrator, cartoonist and orthodontist Grant Snider returns to the podcast to talk about his first picture book What Color Is Night?

This …

Parker & Jessica Curry – Parker Looks Up

November 13th, 2019


Four-year-old Parker Curry had a moment that went viral. Today's featured book, PARKER LOOKS UP, is the story of that moment and that day.

We love …

Adam Rex - Why?

October 30th, 2019


Are you familiar with the universal tendency of young children to always ask WHY? This laugh-out-loud picture book features a small child taking on a …

Ashley Bryan – Infinite Hope

October 2nd, 2019


Renowned artist, storyteller and writer Ashley Bryan introduces his new book: INFINITE HOPE: A BLACK ARTIST’S JOURNEY FROM WORLD WAR II TO PEACE. 

Ashley Bryan is the first African-American creator ever to both write …

Oliver Jeffers – The Fate of Fausto

September 18th, 2019


A powerful new fable from the world-renowned artist and picture book phenomenon Oliver Jeffers

THE FATE OF FAUSTO is a poignant tale about a man …

Anika Aldamuy Denise – Planting Stories

June 19th, 2019


Today we get to know and celebrate the children’s book author Anika Aldamuy Denise.

Anika and I talk about how she became a picture book author, and how curiosity fuels her creativity.

This podcast is made possible …

Ebony Glenn – Janet Collins and Not Quite Snow White

June 5th, 2019


Today we’ll get to know and celebrate children’s book illustrator Ebony Glenn.

An Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery. A passion for the arts, great storytelling, and …

John Rocco – Camp Tiger

May 19th, 2019


Using light and color to help tell a story. Challenging your illustrations with new tools and techniques. And being thankful for the people who make …

Ella Okstad – Expert Unicorn Illustrator

May 5th, 2019


Dancing between thin lines, thick lines and no lines! Illustrating emotions and energy with simple shapes. And designing characters that you can’t help loving. Ella Okstad is this episodes guest.

This week’s featured …

Eliza Wheeler – Living in Your Illustrations

April 21st, 2019


How to develop scenes that make the worlds and characters you create feel so true? What kinds of opportunities or challenges come with a successful …

Holly Hatam – Illustrating Joy

April 7th, 2019


Having lots of different interest helps make your art stronger. Why you should always stay uncomfortable. And how to master self confidence. Holly …

Chelsea Clinton – Don’t Let Them Disappear

April 2nd, 2019


Why some of our favorite animals are in danger of becoming extinct and what kids, families and humanity can do to save them. Chelsea Clinton is today’s guest.

The picture book is Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 …

LK James – Embracing Differences

March 24th, 2019


What does a world that embraces differences look like? How can working on a story change your perspective? And why it’s more important for children to learn how to ask questions than learn what’s right and wrong. LK …

Chris Robertson – Where Do "Paws" Go?

March 10th, 2019


The craziest path into a picture book career and why you shouldn’t try this at home … or anywhere else. Chris Robertson is this episode’s guest. We …

J.R. Krause – Dragon Night

February 24th, 2019


Struggles, successes and a journey to find a story and a picture book voice. J.R. Krause is this episode’s guest. We dive deep into his creative process and what he learned from animation that served him well in …

Zanni Louise – Archie and the Bear

December 5th, 2018


What happens when you giving yourself the space for magic? Well, if you are Zanni Louise you get to author an amazing picture book called ARCHIE AND THE BEAR (illustrated by David Mackintosh).

We dive deep into this …

Tim McCanna – 4 Books in 1 Year

November 21st, 2018


Picture book author Tim McCanna stops by the pod to chat about his four books that came out this year (BITTY BOT’S BIG BEACH GETAWAY, JACK B. NINJA, BOING! A VERY NOISY ABC & SO MANY SOUNDS). We get to all these …

Ruth Spiro – Science Babies, Maker Movements & First Pets

November 7th, 2018


Ruth Spiro returns to the podcast to talk about her latest Baby Love Sciences books and a Maker picture book titled MADE BY MAXINE. We talk about failing forward, first pets, science babies and how she was introduced …

Joe Bluhm – Finding the next artistic challenge

October 24th, 2018


Joe Bluhm is a storytelling artist who has spent his career putting himself in environments that allow him to grow as a creator. He has worked with the story legend William Joyce (THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. …

Michael Rex – Eat Pete!

October 10th, 2018


Michael Rex stops by the pod to chat about his new picture book EAT PETE!

EAT PETE is a hilarious story about Pete’s playdate with a hungry monster.

Michael talks about how he makes his humorous picture books and what …

Sophie Blackall – Ivy + Bean

September 26th, 2018


Caldecott Medalist, Sophie Blackall stops by the pod to talk about two of my daughter’s favorite children book characters … Ivy and Bean. Sophie is one of the most interesting artists working. Her books and her art …

Grace Lin – American Artist

September 12th, 2018


Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and the Theodor Geisel Honor for “Ling and Ting.”

Her latest book “A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR” is …

Stevie Lewis – Artist will Travel

August 29th, 2018


Libraries, minimalism, art and travel … how can you not love the life Stevie Lewis is living!

We talk about her latest book LOST IN THE LIBRARY written by Josh Funk, her transition to a traveling lifestyle and finding …

Liz Reed - Sweet Success

July 4th, 2018


Liz Reed and I talk about finishing projects and finding success in your work.

For the record I don’t think my daughter is going to let me give away my copy of Liz and Jimmy Reed’s newest picture book “Sweet Success.” …

Cale Atkinson - Growing Creativity

June 20th, 2018


Cale Atkinson and I talk about how he pushes himself to grow as an artist. His latest book Off & Away comes directly from his personal work to improve himself as an illustrator.

Cale is an illustrator and animator …

Joe Sutphin – Becoming an Illustrator

June 6th, 2018


Joe Sutphin and I talk about his path to becoming a children’s book illustrator whose work has been compared to Garth Williams.

You’ve seen Joe's art in the NY Times Bestselling novel Word of Mouse by James Patterson …

100: Why Are Picture Books Important

May 23rd, 2018


32 authors and illustrators come back on the show to answer the question ... Why picture books are important?

Juniper Bates, Amy June Bates, Josh Funk, Catia Chien, Alice Kuipers, Rowboat Watkins, Elise Parsley, Jon …

099: Mentors and Moms

May 9th, 2018


It’s the moments that we all remember … The day someone sees something in us that we do not yet. The day someone pushes us to be better ... to work harder ... to ask more of ourselves and our life. Mentors play a huge …

098: Ovi Nedelcu - One Gray Mouse

April 25th, 2018


Ovi Nedelcu’s “One Gray Mouse” is a journey. A journey from doubt to hope. This book is about the belief that life can change for the better.

Ovi and I dived into topics like napping, the hero’s journey and actionable …

096: Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates – The Big Umbrella

April 1st, 2018


Amy June Bates and her middle school daughter, Juniper Bates, have created something very special in their picture book The Big Umbrella. Kirkus …

094: Weyant & Gehl – My Podcast Keeps Moving

February 1st, 2018


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Today we have two separate interviews with the creators of the picture book MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING. This funny and …

093: Pace, Zenz & Hendra – Picturebooking Friendship

January 1st, 2018


Books that have a friendship theme.

First, Sue Hendra introduces us to NORMAN THE SLUG WITH THE SILLY SHELL. Norman longs to be a snail-if only he …

092: Christmas Books – Sherri Duskey Rinker, Nicola Killen & Betsy Cordes

December 1st, 2017


I love story time during the holidays and today we have three books to add to your holiday collection.

First Nicola Killen takes us on a child's …

091: Elissa Brent Weissman & Friends – Our Story Begins

November 1st, 2017


26 award winning authors and illustrators share things they wrote and drew as kids in the inspirational book, OUR STORY BEGINS. Editor Elissa Brent …

090: Katherine Roy – How to Be an Elephant, or an Artist, or a Parent

October 4th, 2017


Author and illustrator Katherine Roy stops by the pod to talk about her latest non-fiction picture book HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT. Somehow the conversation ties in these amazing animals, her book about them and the balance …

089: Patrick Wensink – Go Go Gorillas

September 20th, 2017


Bestselling author of five books for grownups, Patrick Wensink shifts gears into children’s literature with his picture book GO GO GORILLAS (Illustrated by Nate Wragg). We talk about why his career transitioned from …

088: Steven Weinberg – Lumberjacking

September 6th, 2017


Author, illustrator and new dad Steven Weinberg stops by the pod to talk about his new picture book FRED & THE LUMBERJACK. We chat about children, chainsaws, lonely dream dens and living in the Catskills.

All the …

087: Bruce Handy – Wild Things

August 23rd, 2017


Bruce Handy has made a book for us, and I can’t recommend it enough! WILD THINGS: THE JOY OF READING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AS AN ADULT is a treasure. His publisher calls this book a love letter to the greatest …

086: Aaron Reynolds – The Underwear Episode

August 9th, 2017


Aaron Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of CREEPY CARROTS, NERDY BIRDY, PRESIDENT SQUID and CARNIVORES stops by the pod to chat about his …

085: Mike & Jonathan Sundy – Indie Brothers

July 26th, 2017


Mike & Jonathan Sundy stop by the pod to chat about their PANCHO BANDITO SERIES, self-publishing children's picture books and transitioning from traditional jobs to self-employed creatives. I learned a lot from this …

084: Picturebooking Pain

July 12th, 2017


13 authors and illustrators tell us what they find as the most painful thing about the picture book industry. It’s some honest picturebooking …

083: Dan Santat – Unedited

June 27th, 2017


Dan Santat returns to the pod to chat about RODZILLA, his latest picture book written by Rob Sanders. And he opens up about the inspiration for AFTER THE FALL: HOW HUMPTY DUMPTY GOT BACK UP AGAIN.


082: Jon Burgerman – Splat

June 6th, 2017


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

May 30th, 2017


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 …

080: Julia Donaldson – Who is the Giant Jumperee?

May 17th, 2017


Internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson stops by the pod to talk about her latest book THE GIANT JUMPEREE brought to life by award-winning …

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

May 2nd, 2017


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, …

078: Catia Chien – Things to Do

April 6th, 2017


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 …

077: David Ezra Stein – Ice Boy

March 28th, 2017


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

March 17th, 2017


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 …

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

March 7th, 2017


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!

February 21st, 2017


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!

February 8th, 2017


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 …

072: Zachariah OHora – How to Eat a Book

January 25th, 2017


Zachariah OHora is the author-illustrator behind the hilarious picture book THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY. This story has donuts, adult napping, misuse of …

071: Corey R. Tabor – Playing in a dark, dark cave

January 10th, 2017


Corey R. Tabor is the illustrator behind the beautiful and imaginative picture book A DARK, DARK CAVE. This story has suspense, exploration and a fun …

070: Top 5 Picturebooking Interviews of 2016

December 28th, 2016


This episode features a countdown of the top-5 most listened to picturebooking interviews of 2016. Plus I announce my favorite book featured on the show this year.

069: Chris Haughton – Goodnight Everyone

December 13th, 2016


Ideas are funny things. They don’t always grow in a straight line and rightfully so. Sometime I think the most important thing you can do to help an …

068: Jake Parker – Good Things Come to Those Who Create

November 29th, 2016


On the show today we have Jake Parker and his debut picture book LITTLE BOT & SPARROW. Jake has worked in comics, concept art, illustration and …

067: Evan Turk – The Storyteller

November 13th, 2016


Author and illustrator Evan Turk shares all the wonders of his picture book THE STORYTELLER with us. The text in this book transforms the reader into a traditional storyteller. The art transforms the story into an …

066: Melissa Sweet – Some Writer: The Story of E. B. White

November 1st, 2016


Getting to know the author of CHARLOTTE’S WEB through Melissa Sweet‘s book SOME WRITER: THE STORY OF E. B. WHITE was such a treasure. The art, the words and the design of this book give you an in depth biography of a …

065: Nate Wragg – Monsters, Trucks, Ninjas and Telling a Visual Story

October 17th, 2016


Today’s featured book is a Halloween special … MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Denise and illustrated by Nate Wragg. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that such …

064: Tom Booth – The Character Design of 100 Historical Figures

October 5th, 2016


Tom Booth is the character designer and illustrator behind WHO WINS?: 100 HISTORICAL FIGURES GO HEAD-TO-HEAD. I’ve learned more about history from playing with this interactive book than I thought was possible.

063: Mike Lowery – Talks Like a Pirate

September 16th, 2016


Mike Lowery is known for his ability to talk like a pirate. So he was the perfect guest to have on during TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY. Mike also wrote and illustrated THE PURSUIT OF THE PESKY PIZZA PIRATE.

062: Rafael López – How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

September 11th, 2016


Rafael López is the illustrator and inspiration for the picture book MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD. There is so much to love about Rafael’s true story, and the picture book that captured …

061: Alexis Braud – An Artist’s Parade

September 6th, 2016


Alexis Braud is the author and illustrator of PARADE. This is a book that celebrates the Louisiana culture of parading but what drew me into it was …

060: Josh Funk – Dear Josh, You Rock

August 24th, 2016


Josh Funk hasn’t played fantasy football in years, and we in the children’s book world are so thankful. To fill the void left by fantasy, Josh began …

059: Mike Boldt – A Tiger Tale

August 9th, 2016


Today’s show features Mike Boldt, the author and illustrator of A TIGER TALE (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School).

058: Grant Snider – Quiet Power

July 26th, 2016


Today’s show features Grant Snider, the illustrator of Susan Cain’s book QUIET POWER: THE SECRET STRENGTHS OF INTROVERTS for kids and teens. Susan’s books and ideas have helped me understand myself and I’m so thrilled …

057: Claire Lordon – Pizza Party

July 12th, 2016


Today’s show features Claire Lordon and her book LORENZO THE PIZZA-LOVING LOBSTER. You’ll discover the inspiration behind Lorenzo. How the story changed from first draft to picture book. And we’ll swap some food …

056: Maria Carluccio – The ABC’s of What We Wear

June 29th, 2016


Today’s show features Maria Carluccio and her book D IS FOR DRESS-UP. You’ll learn how Maria made the art for this gorgeous picture book. How she …

055: Superhero Graphic Picture Books – Jason Kirschner & Ethan Bryan

June 15th, 2016


Two authors, two superhero graphic picture book and one fun podcast!

054: Jon Chad – Pushing the Limits of Science, Comics & Storytelling

May 31st, 2016


How far can one push the medium of comics and picture books? And what can we learn from unorthodox books? Jon Chad and his Leo Geo books are on the show today!

053: Greg Pizzoli – Did You Hear That?

May 18th, 2016


Greg Pizzoli creates some of my favorite picture books and his latest story GOOD NIGHT OWL is no exception.

This is a recommended – best of …

052: Elise Parsley – A Piano, a Beach and a Little Girl with Big Ideas

May 3rd, 2016


Author-illustrator Elise Parsley stops by to chat about her latest book in the "Magnolia Says Don't" series, title IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO …

051: Alison McGhee – A Tattoo Story

April 16th, 2016


Alison McGhee stops by to talk about her latest picture book, TELL ME A TATTOO STORY. The inspiration behind this book will melt your heart.

050: Joseph Kuefler – Inspiration Beyond Picture Books

April 5th, 2016


Joseph Kuefler is the creator of BEYOND THE POND, a story about the ordinary being transformed into something not-so-ordinary.

049: Alice Kuipers – The Power and Importance of Imagination

March 22nd, 2016


Alice Kuipers is the author of VIOLET AND VICTOR WRITE THE MOST FABULOUS FAIRY TALE. This book is an inspiring invitation for kids and families to create.

048: Tips to Break Into the Children’s Book Industry

March 8th, 2016


Advice for amateur storytellers looking to become professional

047: Why Read?

February 23rd, 2016


Since today, Feb. 24, 2016, is World Read Aloud Day (and my birthday) I thought we'd throw a reading party. So why is reading is important? I asked that question to some picture book people and here are their answers ...

046: Charles Santoso – Creating, Always

February 9th, 2016


Charles Santoso brings stories to live with a variety of classic picture book illustration styles. In this episode we talk about how his work feels more like art directing than traditional illustrating.

045: Antoinette Portis – Listen and Wait

January 25th, 2016


Antoinette Portis stops by to chat about her amazing picture books, including WAIT, NOT A BOX and BEST FRINTS.

This is a recommended – best of Picturebooking episode

044: Toni Yuly – Warming up for a Cat Nap

January 13th, 2016


Toni Yuly is on the show today to practice talking about her new book CAT NAP! I asked Toni to come on today’s episode a couple days ago and as fate …

043: Best of 2015 – Celebrating a Great year of Picturebooking

December 28th, 2015


Let's have a little fun to close out the year. This episode features a countdown of the top-5 most listened to picturebooking episodes of 2015.

042: Noah Klocek – Cloud Gazing

December 15th, 2015


Noah Klocek is the creator of the picture book CLOUD COUNTRY, a Pixar Animated Studio Artist Showcase. Noah teamed up with Bonny Becker and Disney-Hyperion to make this world come to life.

041: Ryan T. Higgins – The Journey from Indie to Disney

December 2nd, 2015


Ryan T. Higgins, is my hero! Ok, that might be a little over the top, but I love his book MOTHER BRUCE and I love the path his career is taking.

This is a recommended – best of Picturebooking episode

040: Christopher Denise – The Mindset of a Visual Communicator

November 18th, 2015


Christopher Denise's illustrations are stunning. Some are warm and tender. Some are breathtaking and epic. All are crafted with care.

039: Chris Barton – Nutcracker, Reconstruction & Living a Curious Life

November 4th, 2015


Chris Barton is an author, but a more descriptive title might be that he is a curious storyteller. His book span ballet, reconstruction, sharks, trains and cheat codes.

038: Victoria Jamieson – Roller Girl

October 20th, 2015


Victoria Jamieson is the author and illustrator of Roller Girl, a graphic novel about a twelve year old girl and her new found love of roller derby!

037: Sheboygan Children Book Festival – A World of Wonders

September 28th, 2015


Wisconsin’s only free children’s book festival returns to the Bookworm Gardens, Mead Public Library and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. on Oct. 9-11.

036: Don Tate – Slavery, Poetry & Stories

September 23rd, 2015


Don Tate is the author and illustrator of POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON. This picture book is about a slave’s story. But it’s unlike any slave story I’ve ever been exposed too.

035: Ben Clanton – Simple and Extraordinary

September 8th, 2015


Ben Clanton is the author and illustrator of the new picture book SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. Ben uses simple words and simple pictures to make extraordinary stories.

034: Julie Danielson – Listen Before Breakfast

August 26th, 2015


Julie Danielson is a children's literature blogger who focuses on illustration and picture books. Her blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast …

033: Tara Lazar – I Thought This was a Picture Book Idea Episode

August 11th, 2015


Tara Lazar is a picture book author and creator of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). This talk is less about PiBoIdMo and more about Tara, her books and her journey.

032: Ashley Spires – The Maker Movement in a Picture Book

July 29th, 2015


Ashley Spires is an author-illustrator whose recent book, THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING has unknowingly tapped into the maker culture.

031: Miranda Paul – The Long Journey of Story-making

July 15th, 2015


Miranda Paul is an author of two amazing new non-fiction picture books (ONE PLASTIC BAG and WATER IS WATER). She is also doing some amazing work for …

030: Gary Karton – Hate Reading … You’re Not Alone

June 30th, 2015


Gary Karton is an author who has struggled his entire life with reading. How would someone who hated reading as a child end up being a writer? And …

029: Chris Ayers – Healing & Drawing Together

June 16th, 2015


Chris Ayers is the creator of the Daily Zoo; A personal daily drawing challenge that he has been doing for the past decade.

028: Rebecca Kai Dotlich – We talked, The end.

June 2nd, 2015


Author and poet Rebecca Kai Dotlich stops by to chat about words. Short words, long words, words that ryhme and words that shouldn't.

027: Molly Idle – Art of the Sequel

May 19th, 2015


Author and illustrator Molly Idle is spreading joy and creativity on today's show. We talk about making successful sequels as her third Rex book (SEA …

026: Sanae Ishida – A Little Ninja Girl and A Lot of Japanese Culture

May 6th, 2015


Author and illustrator and all-around-creative-person Sanae Ishida is on the show today. We talk about her new picture book, Little Kunoichi, and how her blog transformed her creative life.

025: Ovi Nedelcu – Bringing an Animation Background to Picture Books

April 18th, 2015


Author and illustrator Ovi Nedelcu stops in to chat about his new book JUST LIKE DADDY and his journey from feature animation to children's books!

024: Picturebooking Panel – Katherine Roy, Will Terry, Airlie Anderson, Fred Koehler & Carter Higgins

April 8th, 2015


Today we talk about success, pain, advice and more with Katherine Roy, Will Terry, Airlie Anderson, Fred Koehler & Carter Higgins.

023: Matt Tavares – Baseball, Apple Pie and Picture Books

March 24th, 2015


Ok so we don't talk about apple pie in this episode but author and illustrator Matt Tavares and I do mention baseball and picture books.

022: Charby Ibrahim – Choosing Yourself Mate

March 10th, 2015


Author and lifestyle guru Charby Ibrahim takes us through his journey into becoming a health coach and then self-publishing a picture book. I'm always looking to improve myself, so I was excited to talk wellness with a …

021: Jason Chin – Using Fiction to tell a Non-Fiction Story

February 24th, 2015


Author-illustrator Jason Chin takes us through his thought process of creating non-fiction picture books like GRAVITY.

020: Dan Santat – The Depth of Great Characters

February 9th, 2015


Author-Illustrator Dan Santat talks about putting everything he has into making stories that stand the test of time.

This is a recommended – best of Picturebooking episode

019: Katherine Roy – The Process of Making a Picture Book

January 28th, 2015


What goes into making a non-fiction picture book? How do you start researching? And how do you balance story, design and information? I sit down with author-illustrator Katherine Roy to discuss in detail the messy …

018: Samuel Valentino – Understanding Folklore Types

January 14th, 2015


Author-Illustrator Samuel Valentino talks about folklore types, making books for an audience of three and the story behind his Moonbeam Award-winning …

017: Best of Picturebooking 2014

December 31st, 2014


Thank you for listening and supporting the Picturebooking Podcast in 2014. This episode is a look back at some of my favorite moments from this past year.

016: Fred Koehler – How One Sketch Can Change Everything

December 12th, 2014


Author-Illustrator Fred Koehler shares how one sketch, drawn in frustration, kick-started his picture book career.

015: Kelly Murphy – Finding Your Artistic Voice

December 2nd, 2014


Illustrator Kelly Murphy talks about her artistic journey, the difference between your voice and your style, and the current mindset of art students.

This is a recommended – best of Picturebooking episode

014: Matthew Winner Has Been Busy

November 18th, 2014


Teacher-librarian Matthew Winner is celebrating his 100th episode of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast. And I’m super excited to be able to share in the #LGBPodcast festivities.

013: Peter Brown – How Mr. Brown Goes Wild

November 3rd, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast we celebrate picture book month by having New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown on the show.

This is a recommended – best of Picturebooking episode

012: Will Terry – Is Now a Good Time to be an Artist?

October 17th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I sit down with children’s book illustrator Will Terry, to talk about the business of being an artist. Will is such a great resource for children’s book illustrators. He has …

011: Carter Higgins Part 2 – Everything You Need for a Treehouse

October 8th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast we have the thrilling conclusion to my chat with Carter Higgins. We'll talk about the acquisition of her first picture book, Everything You Need for a Treehouse (Chronicle …

010: Jesse Klausmeier – Open This Little Book and Play This Little Podcast

September 24th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I have a fun, informative interview with picture book author Jesse Klausmeier. Jesse shares her experience working for Nickelodeon and Dial Books. Along with the process her …

009: Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival

September 7th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Jo Ann Dent and Karin Menzer from the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. This year’s festival takes place October 10-12 and features Kevin Henkes, Denise …

008: Carter Higgins Part 1 – Design of the Picture Book Blog

August 26th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Carter Higgins from the Design of the Picture Book Blog. I got to know Carter by winning one of her book giveaways last year.

007: Henry Cole – Science, Nature & Story

August 11th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Henry Cole, the author-illustrator of Big Bug. Henry took his love of science, nature and …

006: Dani Jones – Becoming More Than an Illustrator

July 28th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Dani Jones, the author-illustrator of the Stan Lee's Kids Universe picture book Monsters Vs. Kittens and the webcomic My Sister the Freak.

005: The advice Airlie Anderson was given to transform her story into an award-winning picture book

July 13th, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Airlie Anderson, the author-illustrator of the award-winning picture book “Momo and Snap are NOT Friends.”

004: Announcing the Picturebooking Theme Park

July 1st, 2014


In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I answer a question that I’ll ask every guest that comes on the show. If time and money where not an …

003: What the phrase “Do what you love” is NOT saying

June 18th, 2014


In this episode of The Picturebooking Podcast I celebrate my first father’s day by giving out some fatherly advice and explaining what the phrase “Do what you love” is NOT saying.

002: What is Picturebooking?

June 4th, 2014


In this episode of The Picturebooking Podcast I explain to my baby daughter what "picturebooking" means to me and why I made up my own term.

001: I want to live a life worthy of this opportunity

May 21st, 2014


In this episode of The Picturebooking Podcast I introduce myself. With my baby daughter by my side we talk about what got me interested in picture books and my purpose for creating

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