All The Wonders: The Children's Book Podcast
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