All The Wonders: The Children's Book Podcast


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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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).

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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.


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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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)


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