All The Wonders: The Children's Book Podcast

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.


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Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.


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Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.


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Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

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.


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Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EST

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.


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Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST


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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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
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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
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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 EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST