All The Wonders: The Children's Book Podcast
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