All The Wonders: The Children's Book Podcast
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