All The Wonders: The Children's Book Podcast

Rich Wallace (@RWallaceBooks) and Sandra Neil Wallace (@SandraNWallace), authors of Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights, stop by the podcast to talk about breaking through to the humanity in all of us, the hope that there will always be people who help, and how one person can change history.

Direct download: ATW_Sandra_and_Rich_Wallace.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

Mrs. P (@MrsPstorytime), founder of Mrs. P's Magic Storytime, stops by the podcast to talk about her annual "Be A Famous Writer' contest, the first rule of comedy, and how the need to be perfect stops us from writing.

Direct download: ATW_Mrs._P.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

Kelly DiPucchio (@kellydipucchio) and Greg Pizzoli (@gregpizzoli), author and illustrator of Dragon Was Terrible, stop by the podcast to talk about making kids livid while reading aloud, a story beginning to tell itself, and being surprised by the voice that comes out while writing a first draft. 

Direct download: ATW_Kelly_DiPucchio_and_Greg_Pizzoli.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Aaron Zenz (@AaronZenz), author-illustrator of Monsters Go Night-Night, stops by the podcast to talk about a guessing game, the idea that the world is too open, and getting kids to pick the wrong choice.

Direct download: ATW_Aaron_Zenz.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Ellen Potter (@Ellenpotter), author of The Sea Pony, the third book in her Piper Green and the Fairy Tree chapter book series, stops by the podcast to talk about free-range kids, the gnome tree, and approaching the book's plot as a puzzle.

Direct download: ATW_Ellen_Potter.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

Laura Murray (@LauraMurrayBook), author of The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo, stops by the podcast to talk about needing a creative outlet, going on the hunt for literary devices, and not getting anywhere if we're not persistent. 

Direct download: ATW_Laura_Murray.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Aaron Becker (@storybreathing), author-illustrator of Return, his final book in the Journey trilogy, stops by the podcast to talk about the power and limits of the imagination, his parable for growing up, and how a parent can be saved by their own kid.

Direct download: ATW_Aaron_Becker.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Lin Oliver (@linoliver), SCWBI cofounder and author most recently of the Fantastic Frame series, stops by the podcast to talk about loving a painting from the inside out, measuring success by how you feel, and having kids that are not at all interested in trips to the art museum.

Direct download: ATW_Lin_Oliver.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

Michael Slack (@michaelslackart), illustrator of Pirasaurs, written by Josh Funk, stops by the podcast to talk about being inspired by the "Convoy" trucker song, find the characters of your story and realizing them, and that point in his drawing career when he erased the tail of his monkey drawing and instinctually drew a pick-up truck instead.

Direct download: ATW_Michael_Slack.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

Randy Cecil, author-illustrator of Lucy, stops by the podcast to talk about a little lost dog named Lucy, breaking a story into acts and scenes, and requiring so much to tell so little.

Direct download: ATW_Randy_Cecil.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Deborah Marcero (@deborahmarcero), author-illustrator of Ursa's Light, stops by the podcast to talk about attending nErDcamp, failure and how having a big dream is always good, and assuring that every detail points to the story moving forward. 

Direct download: ATW_Deborah_Marcero.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

Beth Kephart (@BethKephart), author of This is the Story of You, stops by the podcast to talk about the choreography of sentences, the willingness to wait within the complex, and the unconquerable urge to write.

Direct download: ATW_Beth_Kephart.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

Evan Turk (@evanturkart), author-illustrator of The Storyteller, stops by the podcast to talk about the thousand-year-old tradition, what happens in the moment when you aren't drawing, and capturing life as it happens.

Direct download: ATW_Evan_Turk.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

Lucy Ruth Cummins (@lucyruth), author-illustrator of A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals, stops by the podcast to talk about knowing when to stop, playing it close to your chest, and the essential role of predators when make-believe playing as animals.

Direct download: ATW_Lucy_Ruth_Cummins.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Esme Shapiro (@EsmeShapiro), author-illustrator of Ooko, stops by the podcast to talk about creating art intuitively, the many rebirths of her protagonist fox, and feeling connected to what she's doing.

Direct download: ATW_Esme_Shapiro.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Minh Le (@bottomshelfbks) and Isabel Roxas (@studioroxas), author and illustrator respectively of Let Me Finish!, stop by the podcast to talk about writing yourself into a corner, putting an idea out into the world to fail, and how much the interplay between text and illustration makes or breaks the book.

Direct download: ATW_Minh_Le_and_Isabel_Roxas.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

John David Anderson (@anderson_author), author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day, stops by the podcast to talk about trying to find the hero of the story, the shared narrative that exists among any group of friends, and the presence of Obi Wan Kenobi teachers.

Direct download: ATW_John_David_Anderson.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm EDT

Kelly Light (@KellyLight), author/illustrator of Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship, the sequel to 2014's Louise Loves Art, stops by the podcast to talk about drawing from her imagination, what happens when a teacher really notices and supports, and having similar interests, but seeing things differently.

Direct download: ATW_Kelly_Light.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

Lisa Brown (@lisabrowndraws), author/illustrator of The Airport Book, stops by the podcast to talk about text thievery, gender parity, and matching people to their luggage.

Direct download: ATW_Lisa_Brown.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

Jerzy Drozd (@Jerzy), creator of Boulder and Fleet, stops by the podcast to talk about practical ways to be a good person, why kids need to be reading comics now more than ever, and a cartoonist's greatest allies.

Direct download: ATW_Jerzy_Drozd_-_6_6_16_10.11_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Kate DiCamillo, author Raymie Nightingale and the 2016 National Summer Reading Champion, stops by the podcast to talk about reasons to read this summer, some titles from her recommended reading list, and her habit of always making other people read books.

Direct download: ATW_Kate_DiCamillo_CSLP.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Scott McCormick (@I_am_Mr_Pants) and R.H. Lazzell, author and illustrator team behind Mr. Pants: Camping Catastrophe and other books in the Mr. Pants series, stop by the podcast to talk about breaking convention, kids who never read, and how to remain funny.

Direct download: ATW_Scott_McCormick_RH_Lazell.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

Christopher Silas Neal (@csneal), debut author/illustrator of Everyone..., stops by the podcast to talk about a big philosophy captured in a few words, the universality of feelings, and making space for the sadness along with the happiness.

Direct download: ATW_Chris_Silas_Neal.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Brianne Farley (@briannefarley), author/illustrator of Secret Tree Fort, stops by the podcast to talk about reading in trees, finding the story's voice, and the universality of tree forts.

Direct download: ATW_Brianne_Farley.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

David Lubar (@davidlubar), author most recently of Character, Driven, stops by the podcast to talk about his metafictional experiment, pulling from many of the most demeaning times of his life, and turning to his main character whenever he ran into a problem with writing his story.

Direct download: ATW_David_Lubar.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Suzanne Kaufman (@lilmonkeydraws), illustrator of Samanthasaurus Rex, written by B. B. Mandell, stops by the podcast to talk about brain over brawn, the sadness that comes from finishing a book, and visiting the morgue of poses.

Direct download: ATW_Suzanne_Kaufman.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

John Patrick Green (@johngreenart), author/illustrator of Hippopotamister, stops by the podcast to talk about making comics, figuring out the beats, and the fact that being good or bad at something is not what defines you.

Direct download: ATW_John_Patrick_Green.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

Julia Denos (@JuliaDraw), author/illustrator of Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color, stops by the podcast to talk about trusting the materials, listening to the story, and asking herself, "What is a color tamer?"

Direct download: ATW_Julia_Denos.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Cale Atkinson (@2dCale), author/illustrator of Explorers of the Wild, stops by the podcast to talk about the scarier parts of the woods, breaking his habits, and two different characters with the same voice.

Direct download: ATW_Cale_Atkinson.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm EDT

Andy Griffiths (@AndyGbooks), author of the 52-Story Treehouse, the newest book in the 13-Story Treehouse series illustrated by Terry Denton, stops by the podcast to talk about the world's most dangerous treehouse, confidently trying to fix a problem, and understanding that every word for an emergent reader costs effort.

Direct download: ATW_Andy_Griffiths.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Molly Idle (@MollyIdle), author illustrator most recently of Flora and the Peacocks, and Caldecott honor winner for Flora and the Flamingo, returns to the podcast to talk about wanting to be liked best, exploring the dynamic that happens when you have more than one friend, and struggles to maintain balance.

Direct download: ATW_Molly_Idle.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Sergio Ruzzier (@SergioRuzzier), author/illustrator of This Is Not a Picture Book, stops by the podcast to talk about things that cannot be named, words that shake you, and making something that has the potential to stay forever.

Direct download: ATW_Sergio_Ruzzier.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Pseudonymous Bosch (@isthisPBosch), author most recently of Bad Luck, the newest book in the Bad Magic series, stops by the podcast to talk about constantly writing for a new audience, the weight of responsibility, and how he started writing for one particular girl.

Direct download: ATW_Psuedonymous_Bosch.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT

Kate DiCamillo, two-time Newbery-winning author most recently of Raymie Nightingale, stops by the podcast to talk about her time as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, how you can't write anything without revealing yourself, and likening writing a story to trying to get a wild animal to eat out of your hand.

Direct download: ATW_Kate_DiCamillo_New.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Dan Santat (@dsantat), author illustrator of Are We There Yet? and Beekle, which won the Caldecott medal in 2015, returns to the podcast to talk about enduring every minute of a road trip, parents doing the best they can, and his son's complete lack of patience.

Direct download: ATW_Dan_Santat.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

Blake Hamilton (@BlakeHamilton), filmmaker, writer, and, most important to this episode, co-founder of All The Wonders, stops by the podcast to talk about making barriers, conceptualizing a home for readers and books, the moment when he "finally found his way home".

Direct download: ATW_Blake_Hamilton.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Peter Brown (@itspeterbrown), author/illustrator of The Curious GardenChildren Make Terrible Pets, and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, and now debut middle grade author of The Wild Robot, stops by the podcast to talk about paying attention to wording and phrasing, telling the story as efficiently as possible, and certain subjects you can't avoid.

Direct download: LGB_Peter_Brown.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

Faith Erin Hicks (@FaithErinHicks), author/cartoonist of The Nameless City, stops by the podcast to talk about drawing like a kid, unstable ground, and putting the readers in the shoes of the characters.

Direct download: LGB_Faith_Erin_Hicks.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

Steve Light (@SteveLight), author illustrator of Swap!, stops by the podcast to talk about the greatest joy, using items in unconventional ways, and feeding clues to the reader by way of a monkey.

Direct download: LGB_Steve_Light_edit_3_28.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Karen Rivers (@karenrivers), author of The Girl in the Well is Me, stops by the podcast to talk about casual cruelty, feeling anxiety start at an early age, and her metaphor for popularity.

Direct download: LGB_Karen_Rivers.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

Philip C. Stead, author illustrator most recently of Ideas Are All Around, stops by the podcast to talk about how he views inspiration, accidental bungling grace, and the beauty in the way polaroids look just a little bit off.

Direct download: LGB_Philip_Stead_-_3_10_16_8.24_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Tony Cliff (@TangoCharlie), cartoonist behind Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling, the newest book in the Delilah Dirk graphic novel series, stops by the podcast to talk about controlling the flow of the story, starting small, and comics being a good solution to a problem that film couldn't accomplish.

Direct download: LGB_Tony_Cliff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Aaron Reynolds (@areynoldsbooks) and Sara Varon (@saravaron1), author and illustrator respectively of President Squid, stop by the podcast to talk about taking inspiration from a 5-year-old, the importance of having confidence in your brand when you're a squid, and main characters committed to putting in 110%.

Direct download: LGB_Aaron_Reynolds_Sara_Varon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

Fred Koehler (@superfredd), author illustrator of Super Jumbo, stops by the podcast to talk about striving to create a character that embodies every child everywhere, a perdiod of time where he was redrawing his entire portfolio from one writing conference to the next, and the important understanding that kids have to make mistakes.

Direct download: LGB_Fred_Koehler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

JJ Austrian (@JJAustrian) and Mike Curato (@MikeCurato), the author and illustrator respectively of Worm Loves Worm, stop by the podcast to talk about Pants-of-the-Month, having conversations with children through children's books, and the impact of two worms falling in love.

Direct download: LGB_JJ_Austrian_and_Mike_Curato.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Keith Negley (@keithnegley), author illustrator of Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too), stops by the podcast to talk about mixed-up emotions, picking five colors and sticking to them, and the memory of not wanting his son to see him cry.

Direct download: LGB_Keith_Negley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Hannah Barnaby (@HannahRBarnaby), author of Some of the Parts and Wonder Show, stops by the podcast to talk about having a good sense of humor, trusting the author, and the realization that sometimes what you think you needed is what you needed at all.

Direct download: LGB_Hannah_Barnaby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Sara Varon (@saravaron1), cartoonist of Sweaterweather: & Other Short Stories, stops by the podcast to talk about signs of being on the right track, her love for stationary, and her trip to the Fumetto Comic Festival. 

Direct download: LGB_Sara_Varon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Charise Harper (@ChariseHarper) and Anna Raff (@annaraffNYC), author and illustrator respectively of A Big Surprise for Little Card, stop by the podcast to talk about a rainbow of books, thinking with pictures, and the fact that when you come to a song in a book, you have to sing.

Direct download: LGB_Charise_Harper_and_Anna_Raff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

James Kennedy (@iamjameskennedy), author of The Order of Odd Fish and founder of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival (@90secondnewbery), stops by the podcast to talk about the stink of worthiness, blood-thirsty monsters, and the most frequently adapted Newbery winner.

Direct download: LGB_James_Kennedy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko) and Tim Miller (@TimMiller), author and illustrator respectively of Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), stop by the podcast to talk about belligerent main characters, the biggest riddle in creating their debut picture book, and answers arrived through countless mistakes.

Direct download: LGB_Julie_Falatko_and_Tim_Miller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Daniel Miyares (@danielmiyares), author illustrator of Float and illustrator most recently of Surf's Up, stops by the podcast to talk about the third dimension of picture book making, a willingness to let kids discover, and scanning art before you ruin it.

Direct download: LGB_Daniel_Miyares.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

Jess Keating (@Jess_Keating), author of Pink is for Blobfish and How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied, stops by the podcast to talk about toning down the voiceyness, using all 88 keys to show everything you love about life, and to share a concept reveal of her upcoming Monsters of the Natural World.

Direct download: LGB_Jess_Keating.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

Sara O'Leary (@saraoleary), author of This is Sadie, which is illustrated by Julie Morstad, stops by the podcast to talk about creating a fondness to the voice of the narrator, one certain Max, and leaving room within a character to see yourself

Direct download: LGB_Sara_OLeary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Madelyn Rosenburg (@madrosenberg), author of How to Behave at a Dog Show and Nanny X Returns, stops by the podcast to talk about the sweet spot of talking to kids, pushing the reset button a lot, and how her stories are helping her fiure out what kind of person she wants to be. 

Direct download: LGB_Madelyn_Rosenberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

Leslea Newman (@lesleanewman), author of Heather Has Two Mommies and, most recently, of Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, along with Marcus Ewert (@MarcusEwert), author of 10,000 Dresses and, most recently, Mummy Cat, stops by the podcast to talk about books with LGBT themes, the lineage of the poetic, prophetic voice, respecting the power of the words, and the only cat to ever have an obituary in the New York Times.

 

Direct download: LGB_Leslea_and_Marcus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

Fred Bowen (@FredBowenBooks), author most recently of Out of Bounds, stops by the podcast to talk about dealing with disappointment, the best place for kids to learn to lose, and how sometimes you try your best and it still doesn't work out for you.

 

Direct download: LGB_Fred_Bowen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am EDT

Kwame Alexander (@kwamealexander), author most recently of Surf's Up, illustrated by Daniel Miyares (@danielmiyares), and winner of the 2015 Newbery Award for The Crossover, stops by the podcast to talk about the economy of words, the spiritual journey through the white space left on the page, and the joy and power of reading.

 

Direct download: LGB_Kwame_Alexander.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

Andy Rash (@iotacons), author illustrator of Archie The Daredevil Penguin stops by the podcast to talk about the truth hidden within a joke, how we're always hardest on ourselves, and that sometimes you can trust your friends. 

 

Direct download: LGB__Andy_Rash.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Salina Yoon (@SalinaYoon), author illustrator of Be A Friend, stops by the podcast to talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve, her childhood struggle with reading and writing in English when Korean was the only language spoken at home, and a focus on the universality of art.

 

Direct download: LGB_Salina_Yoon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

Michelle Schusterman, author of Dead Air: The Kat Sinclair Files (Book #1), stops by the podcast to talk about writing a gritty, urban Nancy Drew story, being a skeptic, and how's there's a logical explanation to most things that spook people.

Direct download: LGB_Michelle_Schusterman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

Kristen Kittscher (@KKittscher), author of The Tiara on the Terrace, stops by the podcast to talk about creating a surreal world perfectionism gone awry, and how nothing that anyone writes is void of self.

 

Direct download: LGB_Kristen_Kittscher.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

Penny Parker Klostermann (@pklostermann), author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, illustrated by Ben Mantle (@BenMMantle) stops by the podcast to talk about writing books about things being eaten, finding online writing challenges, and not letting the rhyme rule the book.

 

Direct download: LGB_Penny_Klosterman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

Carson Ellis (@cfellis), author illustrator of Home, stops by the podcast to talk about making something more than an art book, starting with what she likes to draw, and creating a story she's been thinking her whole life.

 

Direct download: LGB_Carson_Ellis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

Lori Degman (@LoriDegman), author of Cock-a-Doodle Oops!, stops by the podcast to talk about a rooster who needs a vacation, the way books should read like music, and liking to make people laugh. 

 

Direct download: LGB_Lori_Degman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

Ben Claton (@Clantoons), author illustrator of Something Extraordinary, stops by the podcast to talk about the feel of traditional medium, crafting good re-read alouds, and a question about the color orange. 

 

Direct download: LGB_Ben_Clanton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Brightly co-founder Christine McNamara (@ReadBrightly) stops by the podcast to talk about making books part of what people are doing rather than taking away from anything else.

 

Direct download: LGB_Brightly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

Zack Giallongo (@Zackules), cartoonist of Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Romeo & Juliet, stops by the podcast to talk about snowmen versus talking rocks, contributing to the Ewoks mythology, and the Galaxy of Super Adventure! 

 

Direct download: LGB_Zack_Giallongo_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Michael Arndt (@animalopoeia), author of Cat Says Meow, stops by the podcast to talk about starting with a circle and some nondescript blobs, letting the letters create an animal, and the fact that letters are just shapes.

 

Direct download: LGB_Michael_Arndt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

Gus Gordon (@IllustratorGus), author of Herman and Rosie, stops by the podcast to talk about ideas starting at the sketch stage, drawings that ask lots of questions, and two characters that need to find one another.

 

Direct download: LGB_Gus_Gordon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Ellen Fischer, author of If an Elephant Went to School, stops by the podcast to talk about getting into a good writing group, editing to make a story stronger, and asking "what if?"

Direct download: LGB_Ellen_Fischer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

Kris Remenar (@RemenarReads) and Matt Faulkner (@MattFaulkner1), author and illustrator of Groundhog's Dilemma, stop by the podcast to talk about treating the process like a business partnership, a writer who can write to the child in us all, and how the best revenge is living well.

 

Direct download: LGB_Kris_Remenar_and_Matt_Faulkner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45pm EDT

Steve Malk (@stevenmalk), literary agent at Writers House, returns to the podcast to talk about connections on a deeper level, the surreal feeling of seeing books on a bookstore shelf that you helped get published, and 20 years of representing talented folks working in children's literature.

 

Direct download: LGB_Steve_Malk_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

Grace Lin (@pacylin), author of Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and Dim Sum for Everyone, stops by the podcast to talk about seeing herself in books, sharing stories from her childhood, and the final book in her outstanding easy reader series.

 

Direct download: LGB_Grace_Lin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

David Fulk (@DavidFulkWrites), author of Raising Rufus, stops by the podcast to talk about discovering your inner hero, exploring in the woods, and planners and pantsers.

Direct download: LGB_David_Fulk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

Adam Lehrhaupt (@Lehrhaupt) and Matthew Forsythe (@mattforsythe), author and illustrator respectively behind Please, Open This Book!, stop by the podcast to talk about keeping everything in tact and in the service of the story, leaving white space in the writing, and thinking of books sonically.

 

Direct download: LGB_Adam_Lehrhaupt_and_Matt_Forsythe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Alexis Frederick-Frost (@afrederickfrost), contributing cartoonist to Gryphons Aren't So Great, the newest story in the Adventures in Cartooning series, stops by the podcast to talk about bonding over ping pong, how it takes a stronger writer to write a shorter story, and empowering kids to tell their stories through simple pictures.

Direct download: LGB_Adam_Rubin_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

Sophy Henn (@sophyhenn), author illustrator of Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps, and Where Bear?, stops by the podcast to talk about instinctive writing, letting the characters tell you the story, and those days you get up and it's just wrong.

Direct download: LGB_Sophy_Henn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Adam Rubin (@Rubingo), New York Times bestselling author of Dragons Love TacosThose Darn Squirrels, and most recently of Robo-Sauce, all illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (@DanielSalmieri), stops by the podcast to talk about writing what you like, feelings of being a person in a position of authority doomed to screw stuff up. and how this is definitely not a presentation about monkeys.

 

Direct download: LGB_Adam_Rubin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Sigmund Brouwer (@BrouwerSigmund), author most recently of Unleashed, published by Orca Book publishers (@orcabook) and one of three books in the Retribution trilogy, stops by the podcast to talk about great stories connecting like great songs, lettering the story dictate the characters, and how a book is just a delivery system for stories.

 

Direct download: LGB_Sigmund_Brouwer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Ginee Seo, children's publishing director at Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks, @ChronicleKids), stops by the podcast to talk about constant magic around every corner, missing train stops on account of reading, and making books that matter.

 

Direct download: LGB_Ginee_Seo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

Matt Phelan (@MattPhelanDraws), illustrator of Marilyn's Monster, which is written by Michelle Knudsen (@michelleknudsen) and published by Candlewick Press (@Candlewick), stops by the podcast to talk about studying theater, the parallels between drawing and playing an instrument, and the one scene in any book that's the real reason for doing it.

 

Direct download: LGB_Matt_Phelan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

Philip Stead and Erin Stead, author and illustrator respectively of Lenny & Lucy, which is published by Roaring Brook Press (@MacKidsBooks), stop by the podcast to talk about infusing work with sincerity, living by the "don't say mean things" motto, and trying to create content just as relevant now as the day it was published.

 

Direct download: LGB_Phil_and_Erin_Stead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

Jon Scieszka (@Jon_Scieszka), editor of Guys Reads: Terrifying Tales, which is published by Walden Pond Press (@WaldenPondPress), and other of a ton of bestselling books including The Stinky Cheese ManKnucklehead, and the Frank Einstein series, stops by the podcast to talk about storytelling with a purpose, appreciating the ways that kids are intelligent, and how giving readers choice in what they read is a huge thing.

 

Direct download: LGB_Jon_Scieszka.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

Lou Anders (@LouAnders), author of Nightborn; Thrones and Bones (Book 2), which is published by Crown Books for Young Readers (@randomhousekids), stops by the podcast to talk about creating an accessible, appropriate, and modern secondary world fantasy, the epic task of world-planning, and creating games to play with readers.

 

Direct download: LGB_Lou_Anders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

Julie Sternberg (@SternbergJulie), author of Secrets Out!; The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine (Book 2), which is published by Boyds Mills Press (@boydsmillspress), stops by the podcast to talk about incorporating podcasts into the general school curriculum, what results when you book's structure is fighting with the format, and the happiest time in her childhood.

 

Direct download: LGB_Julie_Sternberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

K.A. Holt (@karianneholt), author of House Arrest, which is published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleKids, @ChronicleBooks), returns to the podcast to talk about writing out of order, pulling all the story threads apart, and accepting help doesn't mean you're accepting weakness.

 

Direct download: LGB_KA_Holt_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

Lizi Boyd, author illustrator of Big Bear, Little Chair, which is published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleKids, @ChronicleBooks), returns to the podcast to talk about unexpected opposites, the way a good editor knows how to mine the good stuff out of you and your work, and the value of acknowledging you just need to "go and draw sheep."

 

Direct download: LGB_Lizi_Boyd_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Mike Curato (@MikeCurato), author illustrator of Little Elliot, Big Family, which is published by Henry Holt and Company (@HenryHolt, @MacKidsBooks),  returns to the podcast to talk about setting a story in a time predating modern technology, seeing your character come to life with the help of Merrymakers (@merrymakersinc), and celebrating the family that you have and the families that you make.

 

Direct download: LGB_Mike_Curato_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Alison Oliver, illustrator of the Babylit (@babylitbooks) board book series written by Jennifer Adams (@BabyLitJen) and published by Gibbs Smith Books (@GibbsSmithBooks),  stops by to talk about the way a parent can bring even more to the story, the highest compliment a book illustrator can receive, and the greatest character ever (Take a guess! You know you want to!).

 

Direct download: LGB_Alison_Oliver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Josh Funk (@joshfunkbooks), debut picture book author of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, published by Serling Children's Books (@SterlingKids), stops by to talk about culinary chaos, emoting food, and creating story ideas by asking "what do I want to see illustrated?"

 

Direct download: LGB_Josh_Funk_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Joel Grayson (@BOWJoel), beloved bookseller at NYC's renowned Books of Wonder (@BooksofWonder), stops by to talk about who determines if it's a "boy book" or a "girl book", the two kinds of people who work in children's bookstores, and doing whatever it takes to get you to the story.

 

Direct download: LGB_Joel_Grayson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

Rubin Pingk (@RubinPingk), debut picture book author illustrator of Samurai Santa, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (@SimonKIDS), stops by to talk about creating a book trailer, the hinderance of having everything at your fingertips, and how storytelling can be like a magic trick.

 

Direct download: LGB_Rubin_Pingk_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

Katherine Applegate (@kaaauthor), author most recently of Crenshaw, published by Feiwell and Friends (@FeiwelFriends), and recipient of the Newbery Award in 2013 for The One and Only Ivan, stops by to talk about considering sound more than plot, a sophisticated and charming way to deal with things, and finding just the right word.

Direct download: LGB_Katherine_Applegate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

Ed Vere (@ed_vere), author illustrator most recently of Max the Brave, which is published by Sourcebooks (@SBKSLibrary), stops by to talk about storytelling with a jazz trio, a stubborn and tenacious cat, and how it's all in the eyes.

 

Direct download: LGB_Ed_Vere.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@StudioJJK), author illustrator most recently of It's Tough To Lose Your Balloon, which is published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (@AAKnopf @MacKidsBooks), stops by to talk about writing a self-help book for young readers, giving a positive twist to awful things, and how a beloved Peanuts character made his way into the new Comics Squad collection.

 

Direct download: LGB_Jarrett_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Emily Arrow (@HelloEmilyArrow), the talented singer songerwriter behind The Dot Song and many other amazing song adaptations of picture books, stops by to talk about finding the melody in her favorite picture books, feeling happiest when people are singing along, and how her life experiences led her to performing storytimes for young children. 

 

Direct download: LGB_Emily_Arrow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

John Hendrix, illustrator most recently of McToad Mows Tiny Island, written by Tom Angleberger (@OrigamiYoda) and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (@abramskids), stops by to talk about thinking of himself as a design-a-strator, creater a charactor that's way bigger than explained, and the third thing that comes from working together. 

 

Direct download: LGB_John_Hendrix.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

Loren Long (@lorenlong), author illustrator most recently of Little Tree, published by Philomel Books (@PhilomelBooks), stops by to talk about a simple story about a simple tree, finding a safe harbor in picture books, and letting go.

Direct download: LGB_Loren_Long_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Don Tate (@Devas_T), author illustrator of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, published by Peachtree Publishers (@peachtreepub), stops by to talk about the first African American to be published in the South, seeing the world with big-headed people, and the history of the SuperSoaker.

Direct download: LGB_Don_Tate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Eric Wight (@Eric_Wight), illustrator most recently of Everyone Loves Bacon, written by Kelly DiPucchio (@kellydipucchio) and published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (@fsgbooks), stops by to talk about candied pickles, the six hours until agent Steven Malk said "yes", and how being able to draw is like learning another language. 

Direct download: LGB_Eric_Wight.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

 

More books. More reviews. More friends. It’s the Best Books Ever, with special guests Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko) and Carter Higgins (@CarterHiggins), here on the Let’s Get Busy podcast!

Direct download: Best_Books_Ever_8_25_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

Christian Robinson, illustrator most recently of Leo: a Ghost Story, written by Mac Barnett (@macbarnett) and published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks), stops by to talk about stories meant to be told visually, challenging himself and his art by limiting resources, and his influence from illustrators from a different time in picture books. 

Direct download: LGB_Christian_Robinson_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

Mac Barnett (@macbarnett), author most recently of Leo: a Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks), stops by to talk about ghosts versus imaginary friends, intense connections, and how the lived experience of being a kid is different from just being a kid.

Direct download: LGB_Mac_Barnett_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

Paula Willey of Unadulterated, the popular kidlit blog of children's book reviews for grown ups, stops by to talk about KidLitCon (@KidLitCon), a bloggers conference for people who write and talk about kidlit.

 

Direct download: LGB_KidlitCon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad

Laurel Snyder (@LaurelSnyder) and Julie Morstad, the author and illustrator of Swan: the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks, @ChronicleKids), stop by to talk about revising out as much as you can, an obsession with Anna Pavlova, and helping your childhood self to finish writing the story.

Direct download: LGB_Laurel_and_Julie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

Colby Sharp (@ColbySharp) and Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes), stop by to reveal The Yarn, an all new podcast they've created to illuminate the process and the people behind getting a book to publication. The inaugural season features Sunny Side Up, a new graphic novel from Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm published by Scholastic Graphix (@GraphixBooks).

Direct download: LGB_The_Yarn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Jay Hosler (@Jay_Hosler), author and illustrator of Last of the Sandwalkers, published by First Second (@01FirstSecond), stops by to talk about finding the tedium we can endure, a tale of prolonged stupidity (or obliviousness), and trying to capture the joy of Snoopy dancing.

 

Direct download: LGB_Jay_Hosler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Kate Messner (@KateMessner), author Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree, published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleKids@ChronicleBooks) and illustrated by Simona Mulazzani, stops by to talk about assigning herself a research project as a kid, messing around as part of the writing process, and the details you would never find if you didn't go there.

Direct download: LGB_Kate_Messner_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - August 9, 2015

Five excellent picture books reviewed, including a monster who runs for president and a monster who turns out to be not such a monster after all.

Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak, Illustrations by Wendy Grieb (Mighty Media Kids)

One Day on Our Blue Planet ...in the Savannah by Ella Bailey (Flying Eye Books)

How to Behave at a Dog Show by Madelyn Rosenberg; Illustrated by Heather Ross (Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins Publishers)

If an Elephant Went to School by Ellen Fischer; Illustrations by Laura Wood (Mighty Media Kids)

Max the Brave by Ed Vere (Sourcebooks)

Direct download: BBETW_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Phil Bildner (@PhilBildner) and John Parra, author and illustrator of Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans, published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleKids@ChronicleBooks), stop by to talk about the 10th anniversary of the worst man-made disaster in New Orleans' history, conducting visual research, and toxic gumbo.

Direct download: LGB_Phil_Bildner_John_Parra.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

Lynne Jonell

Lynne Jonell, author most recently of The Sign of the Cat, published by Henry Holt and Company (@HenryHolt, @MacKidsBooks), stops by to talk about a special 3rd grade teacher, a green piece of paper with a curved line, and learning to serve your story and cut your ego.

Direct download: LGB_Lynne_Jonell_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - August 2, 2015

Five outstanding picture books reviewed.

Pool by Jihyeon Lee (Chronicle Books)

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets by Charlotte Voake  (Candlewick Press)

Peanut Butter and Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale by Joe McGee; pictures by Charles Santoso (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories by Rebecca Kai Dotlich; illustrated by Fred Koehler (Boyds Mills Press)

 

Direct download: BBETW_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

Jennifer Gray Olson

Jennifer Gray Olson (@jgrayolson), author and illustrator of Ninja Bunny, published by Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf), stops by to talk about abounding confidence, her mental commute to work, and how one day ninja bunny just sort of showed up in her sketchbook.

Direct download: LGB_Jennifer_Gray_Olson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Adam Rex

Adam Rex (@MrAdamRex), author and illustrator of Smek for President, published by Disney Hyperion (@DisneyHyperion) and sequel to the best-selling The True Meaning of Smek Day, stops by to talk about writing as he goes, his massive project for which no one was paying him and no one knew about, and the standard of bad kickball playing.

Direct download: LGB_Adam_Rex.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - July 26, 2015

Five exceptional graphic novels reviewed.

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale (Amulet Books)

Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy (First Second)

- Dragons Beware! written by Jorge Aguirre, art by Rafael Rosado  (First Second)

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Scholastic Graphix)

The Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler (First Second)

Direct download: BBETW_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12am EDT

Russ Cox

Russ Cox (@smilingotis), author and illustrator of Faraway Friends, published by Sky Pony Press (@skyhorsepub), stops by to talk about playing outside, always learning, and knowing when "it's just not the right person for me."

 

Direct download: LGB_Russ_Cox.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown

Marcus Ewert (@MarcusEwert) and Lisa Brown (@lisabrowndraws), author and illustrator of Mummy Cat, published by Clarion Books (@HMHKids), stop by to talk about writing with ideograms, how Yale is a good word for capricorns, and doing something you aren't supposed to do.

Direct download: LGB_Marcus_Ewert_and_Lisa_Brown_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - July 19, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Welcome to the Neighborwood by Shawn Sheehy (Candlewick Press)

- The Cow Tripped Over the Moon: a nursery rhyme emergency by Jeane Willis, illustrated by joel Stewart (Candlewick Press)

Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan (Nosy Crow)

Hungry Roscoe by David J. Plant (Flying Eye Books)

Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Matt Phelan (Candlewick Press)

 

Direct download: BBETW_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Jory John

Jory John (@joryjohn), author most recently of I Will Chomp You!, illustrated by Bob Shea (@bobshea) and published by Random House (@randomhousekids), stops by to talk about solving problems in a really nice way, complimentary characters, and stop sign food.

Direct download: LGB_Jory_John.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Louise Borden

Louise Borden (@LouiseBorden), author most recently of Kindergarten Luck, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout and published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks), stops by to talk about the sounds of words, writers as witnesses to a historical event, and the great things going on at Nerd Camp.

Direct download: LGB_Louise_Borden.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - July 12, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

The Fly by Petr Horacek

Sophie's Animal Parade by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Katia Wish

Sock Monkey Takes a Bath by Cece Bell

The Big Princess by Taro Miura

Migloo's Day by William Bee

Direct download: BBETW_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger (@Kody_Keplinger), author most recently of Lying Out Loud, published by Scholastic Press (@Scholastic), stops by to talk about being a cautious pessimest, the difference between writing responsibly and writing honestly, and the universal feeling of insecurity.

 

Direct download: LGB_Kody_Keplinger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares (@tavaresbooks), author illustrator most recently of Growing Up Pedro, published by Candlewick Press (@Candlewick), stops by to talk about pacing by pages, being a Redsox fan, and his crash course in making picture books.

Direct download: LGB_Matt_Tavares.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

David Biedrzycki

David Biedrzycki (@artofdavid), author illustrator most recently of Breaking News: Bear Alert, published by Charlesbridge (@charlesbridge), stops by to talk about selling homemade comics for a quarter, getting kids on your side at the very beginning of any author visit, and a couple of pairs-turned-media darlings.

Direct download: LGB_David_Biedryzcki.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Best Books Ever (Summer 2015)

Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) joins me to talk about our favorite books of 2015 so far in this all new segment of the Let's Get Busy podcast.

Direct download: Best_Books_Ever_June_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

Gwendal Le Bec

Gewndal Le Bec, illustrator and author most recently of Danny, published by Flying Eye Books (@FlyingEyeBooks), stops by to talk about the collaborative process of writing a book with his brother, writing in French with a lisp, and how the crocodile in Danny didn't mean to eat the dentist.

Direct download: LGB_Gwendal_Le_Bec.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Kidlit.TV with Julie Gribble and Rocco Staino

Julie Gribble (@JulieGribbleNYC) and Rocco Staino (@RoccoA), founders of Kidlit.TV (@nymediaworks), stop by to talk about the journey so far of their online resource to children's literatures, developing a show in the vein of Inside the Actor's Studio meets The Tonight Show, and picking up dance moves from Tim Federle.

 

Direct download: LGB_Kidlit_TV.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17am EDT

Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre

Rafael Rosado (@rafael_rosado1) and Jorge Aguirre (@jorgeagu), creators of Dragons Beware!, published by First Second (@01FirstSecond), stop by to talk about building a graphic novel with the start of a paragraph, the miusplaced confidence of their lead character, and how during the creative process it's sometimes best to admit, "we're not thinking about the audience".

 

Direct download: LGB_Dragons_Beware.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - June 21, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Monty's Magnificent Mane by Gemma O'Neill

So Cozy by Lerryn Korda

Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London; illustrated by Matthew Trueman

Danny by Yann & Gwendal Le Bec

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Direct download: BBETW_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi, author most recently of Game Seven, published by Viking (@VikingChildrens), stops by to talk about teaching incarcerated youth on Rikers Island, faking it by listening, and El Fuego, the greatest Cuban baseball player of all time.

Direct download: LGB_Paul_Volponi_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson (@2dCale), author illustrator of To The Sea, published by Disney Hyperion (DisneyHyperion), stops by to talk about big and chunky and strange and overcomplicated manuscripts, what it means to be seen by another, and a subtle detail in his debut picture book reflected in the eyes.

Direct download: LGB_Cale_Atkinson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - June 14, 2015

Five (plus) books reviewed in five (plus) minutes.

- Ruffer's Birthday Party by Soon-jae Shin; illustrated by Min-jung Kim

A Day at Grandma's by Mi-ae Lee; illustrated by Yang-sook Choi

"Could You Lift Up Your Bottom?" by Hee-jung Chang; illustrated by Sung-hwa Chung

The Flying Birds by Eun-sun Han; illustrated by Ju-kyoung Kim

Math at the Art Museum by Group Majoongmul; illustrated by Yun-ju Kim

Who Eats First? by Ae-hae Yoon; illustrated by Hae-won Yang

Direct download: BBETW_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

Julie Paschkis

Julie Paschkis (@jpaschkis), author illustrator of P. Zonka Lays an Egg, published by Peachtree Publishers (@PeachtreePub), stops by to talk about her sister's egg decorating party, the imprint a special library bag made on her as a young reader, and feeding the creativity in every way possible.

Direct download: LGB_Julie_Paschkis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Ovi Nedelcu

Ovi Nedelcu (@OviOvined), author illustrator of Just Like Daddy, published by POW! Kids Books (@POWkidsbooks), stops by to talk about being a visual storyteller, giving yourself permission to not be in love with the dialogue, and losing arts supplies to the dog and kids.

Direct download: LGB_Ovi_Nedelcu.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

Steven Malk

Steven Malk (@StevenMalk), literary agent at Writers House, stops by to talk about the way every single decision an author makes has a large or small impact on a career, how his clients all believe making a picture book is *the best* thing in the world, and the reverential feeling he experienced meeting authors at his parent's bookstore when he was young.

Direct download: LGB_Steven_Malk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

Maripat Perkins

Maripat Perkins (@MaripatPerkins), author of Rodeo Red (@PeachtreePub), illustrated by Molly Idle (@MollyIdle), stops by to talk about writing "sturdy" girls, respecting the boundaries of your siblings, and reading Chinese folktales in a Western accent.

Direct download: LGB_Maripat_Perkins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Leslie Bulion

Leslie Bulion (@LeslieBulion), author of Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse (@PeachtreePub), illustrated by Mike Lowery, stops by to talk about the rhythmic language of science, double dactyls, and determining what is the most obvious for of poetry for each part of the body.

Direct download: LGB_Leslie_Bulion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - May 31, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Bird & Diz by Gary Golio; art by Ed Young

Spots In a Box by Helen Ward

- The Death of the Hat: a Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka

- Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

 

Direct download: BBETW_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

Rowboat Watkins (Ep. 154)

Rowboat Watkins, debut picture book author illustrator of Rude Cakes (@ChronicleBooks), stops by to talk about trust, avoiding ego as much as possible, and learning how to be a better listener.

Direct download: LGB_Rowboat_Watkins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Jake Marcionette

Jake Marcionette (@jakemarcionette), author of the Just Jake series (@GrossetPSS), stops by to talk about the newest installment in the Just Jake series, his work as a motivational speaker, and how "a book by a kid, for a kid, and from a kid's perspective" allows him to connect with his readers in a way few can.

Direct download: LGB_Jake_Marcionette.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Play, Memory with Julie Sternberg

Play, Memory is a new podcast started by Julie Sternberg (@SternbergJulie), author of Like Pickle Juice on a Cupcake and The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine series. Julie graciously allowed me to share her debut episode "Secrets within Secrets" with all of you. In her first episode, Julie explores the power of secrets to change us and to inform our actions. Everyone has a secret they're keeping from the world and, most pertinent to the Play, Memory podcast, so does every author. These secrets can reveal the "why" behind our favorite book characters and stories and help us to understand and appreciate them even more deeply. Enjoy the listen!

Direct download: LGB_Play_Memory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51am EDT

Miriam B. Schiffer

Miriam B. Schiffer, author of Stella Brings the Family (@ChronicleKids), illustrated by Holly Clifton Brown (@HollyRCB), stops by to talk about knowing your family is enough, the dilemma that occurs when a child doesn't see him or herself in the commonplace, and feeling liberated knowing the illustrations would share in carrying the story.

Direct download: LGB_Miriam_Schiffer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Karen Rostoker-Gruber

Karen Rostoker-Gruber (@KarenRostokerGr), author most recently of Ferret Fun in the Sun (Two Lions), stops by to talk about author visits, her past life writing adult humor, and her goal to make a pun everyday. 

Direct download: LGB_Karen_Gruber.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (@KosteckiShaw), author illustrator most recently of Luna & Me:  The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about how art can be magic, the life and discovery waiting in a goosepen, and how "you just get it" when you're there among the old growth redwoods.

Direct download: LGB_Jenny_Sue_Kostecki-Shaw.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Erin Hagar

Erin Hagar (@HagarErin), author of Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures (@duopress), stops by to talk about investigating CIA records, breaking the norm of "leaving room for the illustrator", and the impact of Julia Child had on the world by writing for the beginning cook.

Direct download: LGB_Erin_Hagar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - May 12, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Faraway Friends by Russ Cox

Toby and the Ice Giants by Joe Lillington

Vincent and the Night by Adele Enersen

The Elephantom by Ross Collins

Where's the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup

Direct download: BBETW_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

Deborah Underwood

Deborah Underwood (@UnderwoodWriter), author most recently of Interstellar Cinderella (@ChronicleKids), illustrated by Meg Hunt (@MegHunt), stops by to talk about being six when she writes, creating sketches to accompany her Here Comes Cat books, and how the thing with writing rhyme is that you kind of get it or you don't.

Direct download: LGB_Debrah_Underwood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley (@MichaelWBuckley), author of Undertow (@HMHKids) as well as the best-selling Sisters Grimm series (@AbramsKids) and NERDS series, stops by to talk about how dreaming of sand castles, facing moralistic decisions alongside your characters, and the notion that some of the best science fiction is about people.

 

Direct download: LGB_Michael_Buckley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - May 3, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Sea Bones by Bob Barner

Her Idea by Rilla

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Red Yellow Blue and a Dash of White, Too! by C. G. Esperanza

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long

Direct download: BBETW_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Jennifer Ann Mann

Jennifer Ann Mann (@JenAnnMann), author of Sunny Sweet Can So Get Lost (@Bloomsbury), the third book in her Sunny Sweet series, stops by to talk about being born sandwiched between geniuses, being siblings for life, and the history and stories one can discover on a walk in the woods.

Direct download: LGB_Jennifer_Mann_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Royden Lepp

Royden Lepp (@Royden Lepp), author of Death of the Rocket Boy (@Archaia), the third and penultimate volume in his Rust graphic novel series, stops by to talk about humanity, writing an open letter to his father, and leaving questions open for good.

Direct download: LGB_Royden_Lepp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - April 25, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

How to Read a Story by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel

This is My Rock by David Lucas

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

Beach House by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Amy June Bates

Just Like Daddy by Ovi Nedelcu

Direct download: BBETW_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

David Ezra Stein

David Ezra Stein, author illustrator most recently of Tad and Dad (@NancyRoseEp @PenguinKids), stops by to talk about being a dad advocate, illustrating with a Crayola marker, and the idea that exploration is dangerous, but the pay off can be high.

Direct download: LGB_David_Ezra_Stein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

Alison Formento

Alison Formento (@AFormento), author of These Rocks Count (@AlbertWhitman), the newest offering in the These Count nature series illustrated by Sarah Snow, stops by to talk about book hangovers, searching for the pith in every story, and the tension of words moving forward and pictures keeping you hooked.

Direct download: LGB_Alison_Formento.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - April 19, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

On My Beach by Sara Gillingham, illustrated by Lorena Siminovich

Hop, Hop Bunny by Betty Ann Schwartz and Lynn Seresin, illustrated by Neiko Ng

Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems about just about everything by Calef Brown

A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi (Star Wars Epic Yarns) by Jack and Holman Wang

Direct download: BBETW_9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Timothy Young

 

Timothy Young (@TimSYoung), author illustrator most recently of The Angry Little Puffin (@SchifferBooks), stops by to talk about creating animations for Pee Wee's playhouse, hiding hundreds of his favorite pictures books into one of his stories, and the amazing way he's connecting with his school visits this year.

Direct download: LGB_Tim_Young.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

Steve Light RETURNS

Steve Light (@SteveLight), author illustrator most recently of Have You Seen My Monster? (@Candlewick), stops by to talk about incorporating the 20 Motessori shapes into his newest book, turning new mistakes into better drawings, and why every illustrator needs a good fountain pen.

Direct download: LGB_Steve_Light_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Best Books Ever (Spring 2015)

 

Carter Higgins (@CarterHiggins) and Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko) join me to talk about our favorite books of 2015 so far in this all new segment of the Let's Get Busy podcast.

Direct download: LGB_Best_Books_Ever_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt, author most recently of Dear Hank Williams (@henryholt, @mackidsbooks), stops by to talk about writing letters to her great grandmother, adding little things in the story to say big things, and how sometimes the pieces all come together when you finally sit down to write.

Direct download: LGB_Kimberly_Willis_Holt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - April 5, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Stanley the Farmer by William Bee

- Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale

Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins, illustrated by Molly Idle

- P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis

- Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Direct download: BBETW_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

Joyce Wan

Joyce Wan (@Wanart), author illustrator most recently of The Whale in My Swimming Pool (@fsgbooks, @mackidsbooks), stops by to talk about cute, chubby, adorable images, creating her first greeting card at age 6, and the Japanese pop culture engrained in her aesthetic.

Direct download: LGB_Joyce_Wan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

Michelle Eastman

Michelle Eastman (@meastmanbooks), author of The Legend of Dust Bunnies: A Fairy's Tale, illustrated by Kevin Richter (@KevinRichter), stops by to talk about investing time in building a presence on social media, finding your way in the world of self-publishing, and how connecting kids with books absolutely can make a difference.

Direct download: LGB_Michelle_Eastman_EDIT.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (@missamykr), author most recently of I Wish You More (@ChronicleBooks), illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (@tlichtenheld), stops by to talk about her love letter to those that she loves, how Amy's a person who likes to make things, and how sometimes "you just have to begin".

 

Direct download: LGB_Amy_Krouse_Rosenthal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - March 29, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Farewell Floppy by Benjamin Chaud

Black and White by Dahlov Ipcar

By Mouse & Frog by Deborah Freedman

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School... by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud

Mr. Pants #2: Slacks, Camera, Action! by Scott McCormick, pictures by R. H. Lazzell

 

Direct download: BBETW_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

Aaron Starmer

Aaron Starmer (@aaronstamer), author of The Whisper (@fsgbooks), the sequel to 2014's The Riverman, stops by to talk about competing narratives, building suspense, and world-building in the fantasy genre.

Direct download: LGB_Aaron_Starmer_EDIT.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Paul Czajak

Paul Czajak (@PCzajak), author of Seaver the Weaver (@MightyPress), which is illustrated by Sean and Ben Hilts (@BrothersHilts), and author of the Monster & Me series, stops by to talk about orb spiders, the slush pile on the shelf, and the problem with connecting with "just one kid".

Direct download: LGB_Paul_Czajak.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

The Brothers Hilts

Sean and Ben Hilts (@BrothersHilts), illustrators of Seaver the Weaver (@MightyPress), written by Paul Czajak (@PCzajak), as well as the critically reviewed The Insomniacs (@PenguinKids), written by Karina Wolf (@wolfandfox), stop by to talk about building visual literacy and art appreciation through picture books, admitting what your collaborator can do better than you (especially when it's your brother), and bringing the rhythm of repetition into the art to accentuate the story. 

Direct download: LGB_Brothers_Hilts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Tina and Carson Kugler

Tina and Carson Kugler (@tinatheatre and @CarsonKugler), creator of the In Mary's Garden (@HMHkids), stop by to talk about "the witch's house", an artist who worked in found and recycled materials long before upcycling become trendy, and not trying to control the whole process.

Direct download: LGB_Tina_Kugler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - March 15, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection Poems by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

The Baseball Player and the Walrus by Ben Loory, illustrated by Alex Latimer

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! by Brenna Malony

Edmund Unravels by Andrew Kolb

Where Bear? by Sophy Henn

Direct download: BBETW_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

James Kochalka

James Kochalka (@GlorkAcademy), creator of the Glorkian Warrior graphic novel series including the newest title, The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie (@01FirstSecond), as well as the Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novel series (@TopShelfComix), stops by to talk about his term as the Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, a sentient backpack that shoots lasers, and how "stupid" is not a big deal.

Direct download: LGB_James_Kochalka.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Greg Pizzoli RETURNS!

Greg Pizzoli (@GregPizzoli), author illustrator of Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower (@PenguinKids) and Templeton Gets His Wish (@DisneyHyperion), stops by to talk about the zine roots of his nonfiction picture book, betraying your character, and talking cons to kids.

Direct download: LGB_Greg_Pizzoli.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

Kate Messner

Kate Messner (@KateMessner), author of the Ranger in Time series (@Scholastic) and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (@ChronicleKids), illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, stops by to talk about her secret wish of time travel, considering golden retreivers throughout time, the "What else?" that makes the illustrations in her new picture book so outstanding, and connecting authors and classrooms through Skype.

Direct download: LGB_Kate_Messner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson, illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street (@Penguinkids) by Matt De La Pena, Gaston (@SimonKids) by Kelly DiPucchio, and Josephine (@ChronicleKids) by Patrcia Hruby Howell, stops by to talk about the art of fun, trusting the process, desigining illustrations to bring himself the most joy.

Direct download: LGB_Christian_Robinson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - March 1, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes.

- Outer Space Bedtime Race by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Brian Won 

Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen and Emmanuelle Walker

Zombie in Love 2+1 by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell

Snoozefest by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

Direct download: BBETW_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell (@CordellMatthew), author illustrator of Wish (@DisneyHyperion) and illustrator of Special Delivery (@MacKidsBooks) by Philip C. Stead, stops by to talk about satisfying two vastly different audiences, throwing lines away if they don't look spontaneous enough, and the immortal work of Fred Rogers.

Direct download: LGB_Matthew_Cordell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

Benji Davies

Benji Davies (@Benji_Davies), author illustrator of The Storm Whale (@MacKidsBooks), stops by to talk about working on short films, how some books are like sitcoms, and using storyboading to find the beats.

Direct download: LGB_Benji_Davies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Kat Yeh

Kat Yeh (@YehFace), author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie (@LBKids), stops by to talk about an idea that took root over NaNoWriMo, the amazing ways friends and the kidlit community celebrate book releases, and not knowing your story is going to end up where it does until you sit down and write it out.

Direct download: LGB_Kat_Yeh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

Chris Giarrusso

Chris Giarrusso (@Chris_Giarrusso), author of The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins (@ AndrewsMcMeel) and three G-Man graphic novels (@ImageComics), stops by to talk about disovering the Peanuts comics anthologies at his school library at an early age, the origins of his kid superhero protagonist, and bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books.

Direct download: LGB_Chris_Giarrusso.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - February 15, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes. 

- The Legend of Dust Bunnies: a fairy's tale by Michelle R. Eastman, illustrated by Kevin Richter

Izzy & Oscar by Allison Estes and Dan Stark, illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: a gamer's alphabet by Chris Barton, illustrated by Joey Spiotto

The Dragon & the Knight: a pop-up misadventure by Robert Sabuda

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Zack Giallongo

Direct download: BBETW_4_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

Dev Petty

Dev Petty (@DevPetty), author of I Don't Want to Be a Frog (@doubledaypub), stops by to talk about bizarre serendipity, her debut picture book forest animal existential crisis, and making sure kids know it's okay to say "I don't know."

Direct download: LGB_Dev_Petty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT

Kelly DiPucchio

Kelly DiPucchio (@kellydipucchio), author of Gaston (@SimonKids), Zombie in Love 2+1, and Crafty Chloe, stops by to talk about a cautionary tale of bacon, an obligation first and foremost to the kids, and her brain's inclination to create ideas from whatever is thrown at her.

Direct download: LGB_Kelly_Dipucchio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

Chris Barton

Chris Barton (@Bartography), author of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (@eerdmansbooks),  Shark vs. Train, and The Day-Glo Brothers, stops by to talk about board book-chewing enthusiasts, the 150th anniversary of the Reconstruction, and looking for moments in a story where the light can shine through. 

Direct download: LGB_Chris_Barton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Linda Mullaly Hunt

Lynda Mullaly Hunt (@LynMullalyHunt), author of Fish in a Tree (@PenguinKids), stops by to talk about the real Mr. Daniels, the power and weight of a smile, and what it means to know that a teacher thinks of you outside of school. 

Direct download: LGB_Lynda_Mullaly_Hunt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

Jen Malone

Jen Malone (@jenmalonewrites), author most recently of At Your Service (@simonschuster), stops by to talk about her love note to New York City, true stories of concierge service, and the Margin Project, an outside-of-the-box book exchange program. 

Direct download: LGB_Jen_Malone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Angelica Banks

Angelica Banks (@AAngelicaBanks), author of Finding Serendipity (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about how two authors develop a unified voice, writing in a caravan, and reaching an audience halfway around the world.

Direct download: LGB_Angelica_Banks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - January 26, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes. 

- Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial by Edel Wignell, illustrated by Mark Jackson

Hansel & Gretel retold by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti

Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests by Sneed B. Collard III

Worst in Show by William Bee, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz

Direct download: BBETW_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

David Huyck

David Huyck (@huyckd), illustrator of If Kids Ruled the World (@PenguinTeen), Nine Words Max (@Tundra Books), and That One Spooky Night, stops by to talk about massaging a manuscript, self-pulishing in comics, and if it's possible to have "original art" from a book where the art was created digitally.

Direct download: LGB_David_Huyck_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (@kimbbbradley), author of The War That Saved My Life (@PenguinTeen), stops by to talk about researching the stories of evacuees, writing a character who is confined and then experiences freedom, and her pretty awesome writer origin story involving Patricia MacLauchlan and Jane Yolen. 

Direct download: LGB_Kimberly_Brubaker_Bradley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

Samantha Berger

Samantha Berger (@BergerBooks), author of Snoozefest (@PenguinKids) and A Crankenstein Valentine (@LittleBrown) stops by to talk about working for Nickelodeon, turning in fully illustrated manuscripts, and celebrating the retreat to sleep.

Direct download: LGB_Samantha_Berger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Steve Antony

Steve Antony (@MrSteveAntony), author of Betty Goes Bananas (@schwartzwade)Please, Mr. Panda (@Scholastic), and The Queen's Hat, stops by to talk about letting his characters tell the story, the humor in temper tantrums, and remembering to say the "magic word".

Direct download: LGB_Steve_Antony.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Cece Bell

Cece Bell (@CeceBellBooks), author of El Deafo (@AbramsKids), the Sock Monkey series, and Rabbit and Robot, stops by to talk about creating an alter ego, being meek, mild, and nonconfrontational, and how when you grow up all of your differences are actually what become your super powers.

Direct download: LGB_Cece_Bell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen (@BurstofBeaden), Caldecott-winning author illustrator of I Want My Hat Back (@Candlewick) and This is Not My Hat, and illustrator of Mac Barnett's Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, stops by to talk about how an audience can detect when you've broken your own rule, illustrations with a job to do, and remembering that day when you needed someone to help you not give up.

Direct download: LGB_Jon_Klassen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - January 4, 2015

Five books reviewed in five minutes. 

- Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Aregui

Wall by Tom Clohosy Cole

Up & Down: a lift-the-flap book by Britta Teckentrup

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Direct download: BBETW_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Michelle Knudsen

Michelle Knudsen (@MichelleKnudsen), author of Evil Librarian (@Candlewick), Library Lion, and a number of excellent books for readers of all ages, stops by to talk about being a library monitor, working as an editorial assistant at Random House, getting her MFA in writing for children, and her not-so secret love for librarians.

Direct download: LGB_Michelle_Knudsen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

Katherine Roy

Katherine Roy (@KRoyStudio), author and illustrator of Neighborhood Sharks (@MacKidsBooks), stops by to talk about being careful about the "edge of your knowledge", being a storyteller in order to engage readers more deeply in nonfiction content, and being all sorts of other things when in a small boat surrounded by the world's deadliest killers.

Direct download: LGB_Katherine_Roy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

The Best Book Ever [this week] - December 28, 2014

Five books reviewed in five minutes. 

- The Memory of an Elephant: an Unforgettable Journey by Sophie Strady, illustrated by Jean-Francois Martin

A Good Home for Max by Junzo Terada

How to Bake a Book by Ella Burfoot

Letters of the West: an ABC Book of the Many Plants, Animals, and Other Curious Features of the West by Michelle E. Walch & John Maddin, illustrated by John Maddin

Tracks Count: a Guide to Counting Animal Prints by Steve Engel, illustrated by Alexander Peterson

Direct download: BBETW_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl, author of One Big Pair of Underwear (@SimonKIDS), stops by to talk about writing for the "n minus 1" math concept, noticing a lack of good Jewish books in children's literature, and the serendipitous timing of vacationing and selling books.

Direct download: LGB_Laura_Gehl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Rebecca Kai Dotlich (@RebeccaKai), author of All Aboard! (@AAKnopf) and What Can a Crane Pick Up?, stops by to talk about rythmic, poetic text, crafting a story's journey from here to there with memorable stops along the way, and helping students to stay curious and wondering through the books they pick up.

Direct download: LGB_Rebecca_Kai_Dotlich.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

Raul the Third

Raul Gonzalez III (@Raulthe3rd), illustrator of Lowriders in Space (@ChronicleKids), stops by to talk about chap books, what he picked up as a child from looking at fan art in Lowriders magazine, and creating art with tools that might be the only art material certain kids have access to.

Direct download: LGB_Raul_Gonzalez_III.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Kristin Levine

Kristin Levine (@KristinSLevine), author of The Paper Cowboy (@PenguinRandom), The Lions of Little Rock, and The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, stops by to talk about being a good revisor, owning that many of us are/were actually bullies, and entering the scene as late as possible so you can get close to the action.

Direct download: LGB_Kristin_Levine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel (@GreggSchigiel), author of PIX and the pen behind some of your favorite Spongebob Comics, stops by to talk about podcasting with his favorite comics heroes and superpals, how early comic favorites can inform the story you want to tell as a cartoonist, and addressing grown-up backwash.

Direct download: LGB_Gregg_Schigiel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm EDT

Lori Alexander

Lori Alexander(@LoriJAlexander), author of the Backhoe Joe (@HarperChildrens), stops by to talk about her debut picture book, the importance of reading everything on the market, playing a role in a school's weeklong celebration of reading.

Direct download: LGB_Lori_Alexander.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski (@SarahMlynowski), author of the Whatever After series (@Scholastic), stops by to talk about changing fairy tales and watching how they play out, her love of the marketing side of being an author, and being a mom on tour.

Direct download: LGB_Sarah_Mlynowski.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

Carter Higgins

Carter Higgins (@CarterHiggins), author of the Design of the Picture Book blog and Everything You Need for a Tree House (@ChronicleKids, 2016), joins me and Kelly Light (@KellyLight), author illustrator of Louise Loves Art, to talk about some stand-out books of 2014.

Direct download: LGB_Carter_Higgins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:01am EDT

Aimee Winner

On this BONUS episode of Let's Get Busy, Aimee Winner (@AimeeLWinner), Matthew's wife, makes a guest appearance to share her perspective on the podcast, talk about our son's bedtime routine, and, in her opinion, what kind of books make for the best bedtime read alouds. 

Direct download: LGB_Aimee_Winner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

David Small

David Small, Caldecott-winning illustrator of Judith St. George's So You Want to be President? and artist behind dozens of beloved picture books, stops by to talk about how "success is a bit of a catastrophe for everyone", how drawing led to remembering his childhood which led to creating Stitches, his graphic novel memoir, and Hallie Durand's Catch That Cookie (@PenguinKids), his latest work of illustration.

Direct download: LGB_David_Small.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

Author Podcast Lunch Bunch at McSpedden Elementary

Nancy Jo Lambert (@NancyJoLambert), teacher librarian at McSpedden Elementary School in Frisco, TX, stops by to talk about her hugely successful author podcast lunch bunches held with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. She also brings with her a set of questions from her students who want to know how and why I started the podcast, how I book guests for the show, and what inspires me.

Direct download: LGB_McSpedden_Elementary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

Lauren Castillo

Lauren Castillo (@StudioCastillo), author and illustrator of The Troublemaker and Nana in the City (@HMHKids), stops by to talk about how the illustrating process changes when you're painting your own story, having her art on display at the Society of Illustrators Original Art show, and breaking down the manuscript into spreads and watching the words disappear.

Direct download: LGB_Lauren_Castillo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds (@GarethHinds),creator of graphic novel adaptations of literary classics, including Beowulf, The Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet, stops by to talk about Macbeth, his newest graphic novel wihich will be released in early 2015 through Candlewick Press (@Candlewick), as well as the the difficult task of abridging literary mainstays, maintaining a painterly sensibility, and taking on The Illiad.

Direct download: LGB_Gareth_Hinds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell (@ScottLava), author illustrator of Hug Machine (@SimonKIDS) and illustrator of East Dragon, West Dragon, Zombie in Love, and If Dogs Run Free, stops by to talk about writing stories with honest voice and sincerity, engaging, how his work in video games helped accustomize him to making frequent and numerous edits, and the many, many things game designers and the kidlit community have in common.

Direct download: LGB_Scott_Campbell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:51pm EDT

Eric Orchard

Eric Orchard (@InkyBat), author illustrator of Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch (@TopShelfComix), stops by to talk about years spent getting to know your characters, expanding Maddy from a mini-comic to a graphic novel series, and the many ways failure can be interesting.

Direct download: LGB_Eric_Orchard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm EDT

Ruth Chan

Ruth Chan (@ohtruth), author illustrator of Where's the Party? (@MacKidsBooks, Spring 2016), stops by to talk about her portraits of the unsure, SCBWI's portfolio showcase, and teaching herself how to draw.

Direct download: LGB_Ruth_Chan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Cathy Camper

Cathy Camper (@cfastwolf), author of Lowriders in Space (@ChronicleKids), stops by to talk about Pitchapalooza, our growing population of Spanish-speaking citizens, and addressing the need for all children to see a representation of themselves in the books they read. 

Direct download: LGB_Cathy_Camper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

Tara Lazar

Tara Lazar (@taralazar), author of The Monstore(@SimonKids) and founder of Picture Book Idea Month (#PiBoIdMo), stops by to talk about  all of the amazing features of this year's PiBoIdMo celebration, the great things that can happen when you focus on capturing picture book ideas over the course of 30 days, and how all you have to do is create just one great idea.

Direct download: LGB_Tara_Lazar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator of Stripes of All TypesFabulous Fishes, and Bring on the Birds (@PeachtreePub), stops by to talk about her background in textile design, muscular verbs, and having a book selected for the PA One Book. 

Direct download: LGB_Susan_Stockdale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Isabel Roxas

Isabel Roxas (@StudioRoxas), illustrator of the The Case of the Missing Donut (@PenguinKids), stops by to talk about Nordic murder mysteries, illustrating the found works of Margaret Wise Brown, and growing up in the Phillipines. 

Direct download: LGB_Isabel_Roxas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

Frank Cammuso

Frank Cammuso (@FrankCamusso), author of the Salem Hyde graphic novel series (@abramskids), stops by to talk about writing political cartoons, creating comics for both kids and parents, and, of course, more dodgeball!

Direct download: LGB_Frank_Cammuso.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

KA Holt

KA Holt (@karianneholt), author of Rhyme Schemer (@ChronicleKids), stops by to talk about found poems, how free verse is like a reduction sauce, and writing poetry without consciously writing poetry.

Direct download: LGB_KA_Holt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Eugene Yelchin

Eugene Yelchin (@EYelchin), author of Arcady's Goal (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about his father's reliance on soccer as a survival tool while under Soviet terror, a main characters who refuses to change while he's being written, and the process of making sense of what you inherited.

 

Direct download: LGB_Eugene_Yelchin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

Deb Pilutti

Deb Pilutti (@dpilutti), author of Ten Rules of Being a Superhero (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about designing toys for young kids, how an idea about super worms became a book about superheros, and the never overstated importance of play.

Direct download: LGB_Deb_Pilutti.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

Dan Yaccarino

Dan Yaccarino (@DanYaccarino1), author of Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom (@FeiwelFriends/@MacKidsBooks), stops by to talk about a pizza chain that's been delivering for hundreds of years, what we experience online as well as in the real world, and putting together a team and being the least talented person in the room.

Direct download: LGB_Dan_Yaccarino.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

Connah Brecon

Connah Brecon (@ConnahBrecon), author of Frank! (@RP_Kids)stops by to talk about spotting wonder and intrigue in everyday moments, the formula for writing books (and how there is no formula), and the big and small stories on which our world is built.

Direct download: LGB_Connah_Brecon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

Molly Idle

Molly Idle (@MollyIdle), author of Flora and the Penguin (@ChronicleKids), sequel to Flora and the Flamingo, a Caldecott honor book, stops by to talk about choreographing a wordless picture book, exploring emotional closeness between her characters, and the joy of intermediate impossibles.

Direct download: LGB_Molly_Idle.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Chris Haughton

 

Chris Haughton (@chrishaughton), author of Shh! We Have a Plan! (@Candlewick), Oh No, George!, and Little Owl Lost, stops by to talk about his recognizable style, transitioning from digital art to more traditional collage. and his work on Hat Monkey, an all new app for young children.

Direct download: LGB_Chris_Haughton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds (@areynoldsbooks), author of Here Comes Destructosaurus! (@ChronicleKids), Creepy Carrots, Carnivores, and many others, stops by to talk about starting out on the stage, parenting as a monster, and what winning a Caldecott honor means for an author.

Direct download: LGB_Aaron_Reynolds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

James Burks

James Burks (@JamesBurksArt), author illustrator of Bird and Squirrel on Ice (@GraphixBooks) book 2 in the Bird and Squirrel graphic novel series, stops by to talk about his path from ComicCon to kidlit, the effect of an animation background on visual storytelling, and creating characters who emote from the page.

 

Direct download: LGB_James_Burks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15am EDT

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett (@MacBarnett), author of Telephone (@ChronicleKids) and other bestsellers including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale ProblemOh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World), Extra YarnBattle Bunny, and the Brixton Brothers series, stops by to talk about how picture book writing is like playwriting, his time on the TEDx stage, and how his time as a summer camp counselor to a group of 4-yr-olds informed his skill at storytelling.

Direct download: LGB_Mac_Barnett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Edith Cohn

Edith Cohn (@EdithCohn), author of Spirit's Key (@MacKidsBooks), stops by to talk about her debut middle grade novel, the stories items hold, and becoming a more confident revisor.

Direct download: LGB_Edith_Cohn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

Kelly Light

Kelly Light (@KellyLight), author of Louise Loves Art (@BalzerandBray), stops by to talk about her outstanding picture book debut, spotting a cartoonist by their style, and always signing your artwork.

Direct download: LGB_Kelly_Light.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Drew Daywalt

Drew Daywalt (@DrewDaywalt), author of The Day the Crayons Quit (@PenguinKids), stops by to talk about encouragement from Jack Gantos, the relationship between hope and fear, and giving voice to found objects.

Direct download: LGB_Drew_Daywalt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Jenny Lussier

Jenny Lussier (@jluss), elementary school teacher librarian in CT, stops by to talk about amazing experiences you can share with students via Skype, celebrating worldwide literacy holidays, and staying student-centered at all costs. 

Direct download: LGB_Jenny_Lussier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Nancy Jo Lambert

Nancy Jo Lambert (@NancyJoLambert), teacher librarian at McSpedden Elementary in Frisco, TX, stops by to talk about opening a new school a school library, aligning the heart of the library with the mission of the school, and being at the table when it comes to opportunities to advocate for the library media program.

Direct download: LGB_Nancy_Jo_Lambert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Mike Curato

Mike Curato (@MikeCurato), author of Little Elliot Big City (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about his long journey alongside his main character, a glimpse behind a successful book tour, and a big win at the SCBWI Winter Conference.

Direct download: LGB_Mike_Curato.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Rilla

Rilla Alexander (@ByRilla), author of The Best Book in the World (@FlyingEyeBooks), stops by to talk about a life of writing stories, seeing herself in Sozi, and creating a meditation on literacy by way of her love letter to books.

Direct download: LGB_Rilla.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

Aaron Becker RETURNS!

Aaron Becker (@storybreathing), author of Quest (@Candlewick), the sequel to Journey, a 2014 Caldecott Honor book, stops by to talk about the mythos within the world of Journey and Quest, the ripples made in the publishing world with his debut picture book, and where this journey will take him for the trilogy's conclusion.

Direct download: LGB_Aaron_Becker_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Sophie Maletsky

Sophie Maletsky (@Soph_World), author of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects (@ZestBooks), stops by to talk about crafting awesome things from duct tape, finding inspiration from every kid you work with, and how making things easy-to-follow is a very complex and drawn out process.

Direct download: LGB_Sophie_Maletsky.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

Lizi Boyd

Lizi Boyd, author of Flashlight (@ChronicleKids) and Inside Outside, stops by to talk about wordless storytelling, coexisting with nature, and leaving things for the reader to discover.

Direct download: LGB_Lizi_Boyd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Kathryn White

Kathryn White (@kathryniwhite), author of Ruby's Baby Brother (@BarefootBooks) and When Will It Snow?, stops by to talk about imaginative play, the importance of rhyme and predictable text for young readers, and hidden details snuck in by illustrators.

Direct download: LGB_Kathryn_White.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

Wild Things! Let's Get Busy with Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson

Betsy Bird (@FuseEight) and Julie Danielson (@SevenImp), authors of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature (@Candlewick), stop by to talk about subversion in children's literature, the late Peter D. Sieruta's irreplaceable contributions to the field, some memorable highlights from the cutting room floor.

Direct download: LGB_Betsy_and_Jules.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick (@yourbuffalo), author of So You Want to be a Rock Star (@BIGPictureBooks), Brothers at Bat, and Screaming at the Ump (@HMHCo), stops by to talk about writing critique partners who are magic, the good stuff in manuscripts that sometimes gets cut, and getting the facts just right.

Direct download: LGB_Audrey_Vernick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

Let's Open an Independent Bookstore!

Beth Panageotou (@epan11), founder of Page's Corner and co-founder of the #virtualbookclub (@vbcbooks), stops by to talk about GreenRow Books (@GreenRowBooks), independent bookstores, and building community around a common story.

Direct download: LGB_Lets_Open_an_Indie_Bookstore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Let's Get Busy with teacher librarian Sherry Gick

Sherry Gick (@LibraryFanatic), teacher librarian in Rossville, IN and author of the Library Fanatic blog, stops by to talk about educational soulmates, building collaborative partnerships within the school building, and adopting a willingness to fail.

Direct download: LGB_Sherry_Gick_RETURNS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Let's Get Busy with the authors behind Simply Messing About

Simply Messing About (@SimplyMessAbout) is a blog about the creative process of making picture books. The creative minds behind Simply Messing About, picture book author illustrators Renee Kurilla (@ReneeKurilla), Tracy Bishop (@TracyBishopArt), Christina Forshay (@ChristinaForshay), and Laura Zarrin (@LauraZarrin) stop by to talk about sketchbooks, Tracy's pen collection, and helping other artists and people in the kidlit community along the path of creating art for children's literature.

Direct download: LGB_Simply_Messing_About.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Scott Magoon

Scott Magoon (@smagoon), author illustrator of Breath (@SimonKids) and illustrator of The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nuthouse (@lbkids), written by Eric Litwin (Pete the Cat), stops by to talk about the work of an art director, creating digital art with kids, and crafting a quiet story.

Direct download: LGB_Scott_Magoon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegadus (@BethanyHegedus), co-author of Grandfather Gandhi (@SimonKids), stops by to talk about not being afraid, building a community from a couple of acres and a barn, and the cornerstones of a nonviolent life.

Direct download: LGB_Bethany_Hegedus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Let's Get Busy Podcast - Sudipta RETURNS!

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (@SudiptaBQ), author of Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! (@AbramsKids) returns to talk about offering your school visit audience something more than your books, the habit of safety nets of getting in the way, and helping empower kids to write.

Direct download: LGB_Sudipta_Returns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale (@MrNathanHale), creator of the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series (@AbramsChronicle), stops by to talk about starting with a manuscript, fact-checking for historical accuracy, and comedy on the page turns.

Direct download: LGB_Nathan_Hale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Mike Boldt

Mike Boldt (@MikeBoldt), author of 123 Versus ABC (@HarperChildrens), stops by to talk about starting with scribbles, reillustrating childrens books, and Canada's beloved kidlit treasure (and ours), Mr. Robert Muncsh.

Direct download: LGB_Mike_Boldt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Arree Chung

Arree Chung (@ArreeChung), author of Ninja! (@HenryHolt), stops by to talk about working for Pixar, becoming a ninja, and the support of friends in making ideas come to life.

Direct download: LGB_Arree_Chung.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier (@JonathanAuxier), author of The Night Gardener (Henry N. Abrams) and Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (Amulet Books), stops by to talk about conquering your own fears through your characters, crazy dares over Skype, and his tell-all "After the Book Deal" blog series.

Direct download: LGB_Jonathan_Auxier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Brian Won

Brian Won (@bwon1), author and illustrator of Hooray for Hat! (A@HMHKids), stops by to talk about paying it forward, his work as a motion graphics designer, and taking inspiration from his kid.

Direct download: LGB_Brian_Won.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with illustrator Evan Turk

Evan Turk (@EvanTurkArt), illustrator of Grandfather Gandhi (Atheneum Books for Young Readers), stops by to talk about his time at Parsons School of Design, A Thousand and One Nights, and how his world experiences have informed his voice as a storyteller.

Direct download: LGB_Evan_Turk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein (@CGrabenstein), author of I Funny, Treasure Hunters, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, stops by to talk about tackling work through games, coauthoring books with James Patterson (@JP_Books), and the excitement of discovering great children's literature as an adult.

Direct download: LGB_Chris_Grabenstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with illustrator Renee Kurilla

Renee Kurilla (@ReneeKurilla), illustrator of the Zebrafish graphic novels (@FableVision) and a number of picture books and series, stops by to talk about working at Fablevision, being part of the #KidLitArt community, and the value of sharing your sketchbook with the world.

Direct download: LGB_Renee_Kurilla.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Megan Jean Sovern.

Megan Jean Sovern (@MeganJeanSovern), author of The Meaning of Maggie (@ChronicleKids), stops by to talk about getting to know your characters, her past life as an advertising copyrighter, and how writing can sometimes feel like cheating.

Direct download: LGB_Megan_Jean_Sovern.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer (@SauerTammi), author of Nugget & FangPrincess in Training, and Me Want Pet, stops by to talk about the "yes" feeling, the value of critque groups, and leaving room for the illustrator.

Direct download: LGB_Tammi_Sauer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with Wandoo Planet

 

Lindsey Hill stops by to talk about Wandoo Planet (@WandooPlanet), the world's first kid-powered interest genome. Evanced Games is on a mission with Wandoo Planet to banish boredom, connect kids with their interests, help readers discover new book loves, and support teachers in the process.

Direct download: LGB_Wandoo_Planet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Matt Faulkner

Matt Faulkner, picture book author and illustrator and author of the all new graphic novel Gaijin: American Prisoner of War (Disney Hyperion), stops by to talk about confronting prejudice through the graphic novel format, learning from history, and, as Matt would say, using art as an anchor and as your wings.

Direct download: LGB_Matt_Faulkner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Kami Kinard

Kami Kinard, author of The Boy Problem (Scholastic Press), talks about wasting no time to write, storytelling through charts, graphs, and doodles, and why nerdy chicks rule.

Direct download: LGB_Kami_Kinard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Children's Literary Salon at NYPL

The Children's Literary Salon - Podcasting Children's Books: Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs

Direct download: LGB_NYPL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon, author of nearly 300 books for children, talks about writing photo essays, StarWalk KidsMedia, and his journey from membership in the Jr. Astronomy Club to beloved science teacher to award-winning author.

Direct download: LGB_Seymour_Simon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols, author of Maple, stops by to talk about reverence in nature, growing a book from a seed, and earning recognition from SCBWI for her portfolio showcase at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference. 

Direct download: LGB_Lori_Nichols.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

Let's Get Busy promo
Direct download: LGB_Promo_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06am EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Steve Light

Steve Light, author of Have You Seen My Dragon?Zephyr Takes Flight, and Trucks Go, stops by to talk about eye-catching line work, working with preschoolers, and taking field trips to an artist's studio.

Direct download: LGB_Steve_Light.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with artist Stephen Powers

Stephen Powers, artist and author of A Love Letter to the City, stops by to talk about using words and paint to reach people and sharing his art with cities around the world.

Direct download: LGB_Stephen_Powers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

Let's get Busy with author illustrator AJ Smith

AJ Smith, author of Even Monsters..., stops by to talk about his debut picture book, building a successful marketing campaign, and his life as an animator.

Direct download: LGB_AJ_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

Path to Peace (Books of Wonder panel)

On Friday, March 21 2014, Books of Wonder celebrated the memory of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi and American Civil Rights leader Malcolm X as they welcomed the creators of two new picture book biographies. Author Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, presented her new biographical picture book about her father's childhood, entitled Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, offering a unique glimpse into the childhood of this charismatic leader and chronicling his journey to strength and self-reliance. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, along with co-author Bethany Hegedus and illustrator Evan Turk, presented Grandfather Gandhi, a new nonfiction picture book which tells Arun Gandhi's remarkably personal story of how his grandfather taught him to channel his anger in a constructive way, using it to "turn the darkness into light."

 

I was invited to moderate the evening panel and was given permission to record the event and share with you all here. Enjoy.

Direct download: LGB_Path_to_Peace_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel and Bill: the Boy Wonder, stops by to talk about crafting storyographies, the research behind his "Girl in the Video" series, the value of reading comics, and what you discover when you ask authors to read online reviews of their own books.

Direct download: LGB_Marc_Tyler_Nobleman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Dan Santat

Dan Santat, reknowned picture book illustrator and author of Sidekicks and the upcoming Beekle, the upcoming picture book about a yet-to-be-imagined friend and his adventures to find his paired human child, talks about meeting Dav Pilkey, contributing to Comics Squad: Recess, and finding time to craft his own stories.

Direct download: LGB_Dan_Santat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Tom Angleberger

Tom Angleberger, author of Crankee DoodleFake Mustache, and the best-selling Origami Yoda series, stops by to talk about a legion of superfolders, his relationship to his constant collaborator, and connecting with kids first.

Direct download: LGB_Tom_Angleberger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with cartoonist Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Drama, and the upcoming Sisters, stops by to talk about her process writing comics, contributing to the upcoming Comics Squad: Recess anthology, and school memories of rainy day monitoring.

Direct download: LGB_Raina_Telgemeier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Katrina Moore

Katrina Moore, author of So Long, Gnop-Jiye, stops by to talk about her mother's immigration from China, helping students realize that they, too, have a story to tell, and nontraditional publishing.

Direct download: LGB_Katrina_Moore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Elizabeth Rose Stanton, author of Henny, stops by to talk about procrastidoodling, envisioning the day-to-day of your characters, and planning a memorable book release party. 

Direct download: LGB_Elizabeth_Rose_Stanton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Aaron Zenz

Aazon Zenz, author of Hiccupotamus, Chuckling Ducklings, and illustrator of the all new Orangutangled, stops by to talk about rhyming and word play, raising a house of readers, and Bookie Woogie, the amazing blog where Aaron's kids take center stage to celebrate literacty and creativity.

Direct download: LGB_Aaron_Zenz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

Allstar Kidlit Kickball Teammate

I'm assembling an Allstar Kidlit Dreamteam Kickball Tournament and I'd like to know who you want on your team. 

It's your turn to share! So, who's it going to be?

Visit LGBpodcast.blogspot.com and share your allstar kidlit teammate in the episode comments.

Direct download: Kickball_Teammate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Deborah Freedman

Deborah Freedman, author of Scribble, Blue Chicken, and The Story of Fish and Snail, stops by to talk about taking inspiration from William Carlos Williams' poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow", her journey from architect to picture book author, and squirting ketchup on her sister's head.

Direct download: LGB_with_author_illustrator_Deborah_Freedman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka

We talk with Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@StudioJJK), author of Punk Farm, the Platypus Police Squad, and the hugely popular Lunch Lady graphic novel series, stops by to talk about building a successful virtual author visit program, speaking on the TEDx stage, and how two words can change the life of a child who dreams of creating stories as a career.

Direct download: 2014-01-20T20_17_39-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Charise Mericle Harper

We talk with Charise Mericle Harper (@ChariseHarper), author of many popular series for kids including Fashion Kitty, Just Grace, and Wedgieman, about story ideas like stars, making comics, and a defining trait she shares with the protagonist of her forthcoming middle grade novel, Dreamer Wisher Liar.

Direct download: 2014-01-13T19_39_47-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with Jennifer LaGarde

Jennifer LaGarde, Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Educator on Loan for the state of North Carolina, and author of the Adventures of Library Girl blog, stops by to talk about meaningful failure, leading from the library, and defending the role of Teacher Librarians from a zombie takeover.

Direct download: 2014-01-06T20_05_16-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Melissa Guion

Melissa Guion, author of Baby Penguins Everywhere! and the all new Baby Penguins Love Their Mama!, talks about illustrating to scale, author/ilustrator hangouts in Brooklyn, and conecting with new readers during author visits.

Direct download: 2013-12-31T08_09_05-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Laurie Keller

We talk with Laurie Keller, author of The Scrambled States of America, Do Unto Otters, and the Arnie the Doughnut books, about what our food thinks about us, why it's all about hte details, and how it only takes one person to get behind your book.

Direct download: 2013-12-23T21_02_44-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Nick Bruel

We chat with Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty, about adapting a picture book into an early reader series, his time at Books of Wonder, and choice encounters with Shel Silverstein.

Direct download: 2013-12-15T20_03_03-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with Unshelved creators Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes

We talk with Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, creators of Unshelved, about life in the public library, their popular web comic, and why it's important to see the humor in every situation.

Direct download: 2013-12-10T09_54_17-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Let's Get Busy teaching math with the Wii.

Meghan Hearn and I talk about engaging learners, gaming in the math classroom, and our new book, Teach Math with the Wii.

Direct download: 2013-12-02T18_32_20-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author M.D. Payne

We talk with M. D. Payne, author of the Monster Juice series, about tempering the gross-out factor, ghostwriting Goosebumps content, and how a well-placed fart can crack up the room.

Direct download: 2013-11-25T17_57_49-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Matt Phelan.

We talk with Matt Phelan, author of Bluffton, Around the World, and Storm in the Barn, about developing great graphic novels by starting with a well-written manuscript, re-imagining the story of Snow White, and Buster Keaton's role in the Golden Age of film.

Direct download: 2013-11-18T17_31_46-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm EDT

LGB with graphic novelist Ben Hatke.

We talk with Ben Hatke, author of Zita the Spacegirl and Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, about space adventures, developing storytelling skills from playing D&D, and cosplay through the eyes of the author.

Direct download: 2013-11-11T22_21_56-08_00.mp3
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Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Bob Shea.

We talk with Bob Shea, author of the best-selling Dinosaur Vs. series and the all new Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, about writing from experience, finding new ways to approach material, and turning jellybeans into lovable characters.

Direct download: 2013-11-04T18_29_04-08_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Colleen AF Venable

We talk with Colleen AF Venable, author of the Pet Shop Private Eye series from Graphic Universe and the Art & Design Editor at First Second, about creating webcomics, writing graphic novels, and letting your sense of humor shine thru your stories.

Direct download: 2013-10-28T17_37_20-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Greg Pizzoli

We talk with author illustrator Greg Pizzoli about the craft of screen printing, creating a memorable postcard, and the art of editing down your words.

Direct download: 2013-10-21T18_58_46-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Zack Giallongo.

We talk with Zack Giallongo, author of Broxo and the all new Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, about creating characters, his love of Elfquest, and his chance to write a story for his dream source material.

Direct download: 2013-10-14T18_02_11-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Let's Get Busy talking crowdsourcing with IncitED.

We talk with Jaime Wood and Peter Lindberg of IncitED, the crowdfunding community for education, and their mission to change the world one classroom at a time.

Direct download: 2013-10-10T17_18_44-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Let's Get Busy talking passion with Nick Provenzano.

Nick Provenzano, named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), stops by to talk about passion, 20-Time, and the Edubros.

Direct download: 2013-10-07T16_33_02-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author and illustrator Zachariah OHora.

We talk with Zachariah OHora, author of No Fits Nilson! and Stop Snoring, Bernard!, about throwing fits, collaborating with kid lit friends, and affirming kids as illustrators and authors.

Direct download: 2013-10-03T20_08_43-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Aaron Becker

We talk with Aaron Becker, author of Journey, his debut picture book about creating wordless picture books, what drew him to writing for children, and the endless worlds explored while creating his new book.

Direct download: 2013-09-30T17_19_02-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Joanne Levy

We talk with Joanne Levy, author of Small Medium at Large, about writing for middle grade girls, helping authors get organized, and her thoughts on the supernatural.

Direct download: 2013-09-26T18_39_13-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

Let's Get Busy playing Evanced Games.

We talk with Lindsey Hill, Reading Engagement Innovator for Evanced Games about why kids are so good at video games and how being a teacher lends itself well to game design.

Direct download: 2013-09-23T18_27_47-07_00.mp3
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Let's Get Busy with author Deborah Hopkinson

We talk with Deborah Hopkinson, author of Into the Firestorm and A Boy Called Dickens, about her brand new novel, The Great Trouble: a Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel.

Direct download: 2013-09-14T20_40_49-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Laurel Snyder

We talk with Laurel Snyder, author of Bigger Than a Bread Box and Penny Dreadful, about growing up in Baltimore, writing books bound in wallpaper samples, and getting into research everyone can love.

Direct download: 2013-09-09T19_11_57-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author and illustrator Leeza Hernandez.

We talk with Leeza Hernandez, author/illustrator of Dog Gone! and illustrator of Eat Your Math Homework and the upcoming Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo, written by John Lithgow, about SCBWI, a life spent doodling, and creating illustrations for a high profile author.

Direct download: 2013-09-05T19_33_22-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

Let's Get Busy talking Genius Hour.

We talk with Chris Kesler and Suzanna Panter about Genius Hour, the incredible capactiy of kids, and rethinking the role of educators in the academic success and support of our students.

Direct download: 2013-09-02T21_10_57-07_00.mp3
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Let's Get Busy with author Bridget Heos

We talk with Bridget Heos, author of Mustache Baby and Stronger than Steel, about her love of research, her work writing nonfiction series, and, of course, bad guy mustaches.

Direct download: 2013-08-26T20_00_28-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Let's Get Busy talking One Book, One School

We talk with Kathy Burnette, middle school teacher librarian of Penn-Harris-Madison Schools in Indiana, about serving on state and national reading committees, building discernment as a reader, and coordinating a One Book, One School program.

Direct download: 2013-08-19T19_18_31-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Adam Lehrhaupt

We talk with Adam Lehrhaupt, author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book, about monkeys, traveling the world with David Copperfield, and his debut picture book.

Direct download: 2013-08-12T21_24_09-07_00.mp3
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Let's Get Busy with author Dave Roman

We talk with Dave Roman, author of Teen Boat! and Astronaut Academy, about growing up with comics, his work as a cartoonist, and the Kids' Comics Revolution.

Direct download: 2013-08-04T14_40_29-07_00.mp3
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Let's Get Busy with author Ame Dyckman

We talk with Ame Dyckman, author of Boy + Bot and the upcoming Tea Party Rules, about friendship stories, honing your picture book writing skills, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and everything in between.

Direct download: 2013-07-29T16_50_10-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Let's Get Busy with author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

We talk with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, author of Hampire, Chicks Run WIld, and Pirate Princess, about picture books, nerdy chicks, and elevating children through compelling stories and complex characters.

Direct download: 2013-07-22T05_17_40-07_00.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

Let's Get Busy talking International Dot Day

We talk with Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian and Technology integrationist in Van Meter, Iowa about International Dot Day, building meaningful connections on Skype, making your mark, and seeing where it takes you.

Direct download: 2013-07-16T12_58_12-07_00.mp3
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Let's Get Busy talking Graphic Novels

We talk with Rebecca Oxley, TL and Tech teacher in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland, and resident graphic novel expert about graphic novels, how they work, why they're loved, and what must-read titles schools shouldn't pass up.

Direct download: 2013-07-09T04_31_28-07_00.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:31am EDT

Let's Get Busy attending ISTE and ALA

We talk with Sherry Gick, teacher librarian in Rossville, Indiana and author of the Library Fanatic blog, about her visits to the ISTE conference in San Antonio, ALA Annual in Chicago, and everything in between.

Direct download: 2013-07-02T08_01_50-07_00.m4a
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