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Jessica Hische – Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind
Jan 8 • 54 min
is a renowned lettering artist and New York Times bestselling author-illustrator. Her latest picture book TOMORROW I’LL BE KIND is a follow-up to her 2018 hit TOMORROW I’LL BE BRAVE. : Hische brings to life another series of inspirational…
In the News
Dec 25, 2019 • 5 min
One of the fun opportunities that came around this year was a local news story featuring Picturebooking. I thought I’d share the interview and let you know that I’m super grateful for all the love you have shown our guests and the show this year.
Rob Polivka – A Dream of Flight
Dec 11, 2019 • 37 min
Author, illustrator and cartoonist talks about his non-fiction picture book . A Dream of Flight is a dynamic biography of Alberto Santos-Dumont, an inventor who risked everything to reach the skies. Polivka is the illustrator of and co-author A…
Grant Snider – What Color Is Night?
Nov 27, 2019 • 43 min
Author, illustrator, cartoonist and orthodontist returns to the podcast to talk about his first picture book . This is a beautiful debut picture book that explores the wonders—and colors—of nighttime. Grant Snider’s work has appeared…
Parker & Jessica Curry – Parker Looks Up
Nov 13, 2019 • 26 min
Four-year-old Parker Curry had a moment that went viral. Today’s featured book, , is the story of that moment and that day. We love this book for its here-and-now reality. And how you can truly have a life-altering moment in the middle of an ordinary…
Adam Rex - Why?
Oct 30, 2019 • 34 min
Are you familiar with the universal tendency of young children to always ask WHY? This laugh-out-loud picture book features a small child taking on a big loud bully with one simple question. Adam Rex is a New York Times bestselling…
Love Letter
Oct 16, 2019 • 14 min
Fall in love with this endearing picture book that illustrates how a little bit of heart goes a long way to making the world a better place. * An Indie Next List Pick * by illustrated by Thank you for listening to the show today.
Ashley Bryan – Infinite Hope
Oct 2, 2019 • 20 min
Renowned artist, storyteller and writer Ashley Bryan introduces his new book: INFINITE HOPE: A BLACK ARTIST’S JOURNEY FROM WORLD WAR II TO PEACE. is the first African-American creator ever to both write and illustrate a book for children….
Oliver Jeffers – The Fate of Fausto
Sep 18, 2019 • 28 min
A powerful new fable from the world-renowned artist and picture book phenomenon Oliver Jeffers is a poignant tale about a man who acts upon his self-proclaimed domination of all he can see. is an artist, storyteller, father, cartographer and…
Not Quite Snow White
Jul 10, 2019 • 12 min
An inspiring picture book featuring, Tameika, a dynamic character who belongs on the stage. This story highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika…
Bunny in the Middle
Jul 3, 2019 • 15 min
A joyful picture book celebrates middle children and sibling love. This book is created by the husband and wife team of Anika Aldamuy Denise (author) and Christopher Denise (illustrator). This podcast is made possible through the…
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Jun 26, 2019 • 29 min
An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature. Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy…
Author Anika Aldamuy Denise
Jun 19, 2019 • 21 min
Today we get to know and celebrate the children’s book author . Anika and I talk about how she became a picture book author, and how curiosity fuels her creativity. This podcast is made possible through the generosity of our . Thank you. To become a…
Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins
Jun 12, 2019 • 13 min
This book presents the story of a remarkable pioneer, who was the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, in a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. is a lyrical picture book biography told by…
Illustrator Ebony Glenn
Jun 5, 2019 • 23 min
Today we’ll get to know and celebrate children’s book illustrator . An Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery. A passion for the arts, great storytelling, and advocating for more diverse narratives in…
John Rocco – Camp Tiger
May 19, 2019 • 47 min
Using light and color to help tell a story. Challenging your illustrations with new tools and techniques. And being thankful for the people who make the children’s book industry so special. is the episode guest. This week’s featured book is , a…
Ella Okstad – Expert Unicorn Illustrator
May 5, 2019 • 46 min
Dancing between thin lines, thick lines and no lines! Illustrating emotions and energy with simple shapes. And designing characters that you can’t help loving. is this episodes guest. This week’s featured book is , a brilliantly funny picture…
Eliza Wheeler – Living in Your Illustrations
Apr 21, 2019 • 70 min
How to develop scenes that make the worlds and characters you create feel so true? What kinds of opportunities or challenges come with a successful book? And the long winding process of creating that next story. is this episodes guest. We dive deep…
Holly Hatam – Illustrating Joy
Apr 7, 2019 • 38 min
Having lots of different interest helps make your art stronger. Why you should always stay uncomfortable. And how to master self confidence. is this episodes guest. We dive deep into these topics and much more. This week’s feature picture book is ,…
Chelsea Clinton – Don’t Let Them Disappear
Apr 2, 2019 • 21 min
Why some of our favorite animals are in danger of becoming extinct and what kids, families and humanity can do to save them. is today’s guest. The picture book is , illustrated by . This book invites readers to learn about endangered animals, how…
LK James – Embracing Differences
Mar 24, 2019 • 47 min
What does a world that embraces differences look like? How can working on a story change your perspective? And why it’s more important for children to learn how to ask questions than learn what’s right and wrong. is this episode’s guest. We…
Chris Robertson – Where Do “Paws” Go?
Mar 10, 2019 • 56 min
The craziest path into a picture book career and why you shouldn’t try this at home … or anywhere else. is this episode’s guest. We dive deep into his career path and the books he loves to create. This week’s feature book is the new board…
J.R. Krause – Dragon Night
Feb 24, 2019 • 53 min
Struggles, successes and a journey to find a story and a picture book voice. is this episode’s guest. We dive deep into his creative process and what he learned from animation that served him well in picture books. This episode’s feature book is …
Zanni Louise – Archie and the Bear
Dec 5, 2018 • 48 min
What happens when you giving yourself the space for magic? Well, if you are you get to author an amazing picture book called (illustrated by ). We dive deep into this book and I enjoyed getting to know Zanni’s thoughts on imagination and how to…
Tim McCanna – 4 Books in 1 Year
Nov 21, 2018 • 61 min
Picture book author stops by the pod to chat about his four books that came out this year (, , & SO MANY SOUNDS). We get to all these stories but we also talk about musical theatre, graphic design, finding picture books and a new passion. Plus…
Ruth Spiro – Science Babies, Maker Movements & First Pets
Nov 7, 2018 • 47 min
returns to the podcast to talk about her latest books and a Maker picture book titled . We talk about failing forward, first pets, science babies and how she was introduced to the maker movement. P.S. If you are a check out the bonus talk with Ruth.
Joe Bluhm – Finding the next artistic challenge
Oct 24, 2018 • 78 min
is a storytelling artist who has spent his career putting himself in environments that allow him to grow as a creator. He has worked with the story legend William Joyce (), the hockey star Zachary Hyman () and a picturebooking favorite Alison McGhee ().
Michael Rex – Eat Pete!
Oct 10, 2018 • 54 min
stops by the pod to chat about his new picture book EAT PETE is a hilarious story about Pete’s playdate with a hungry monster. Michael talks about how he makes his humorous picture books and what they mean to him and to his audience. We go from the…
Sophie Blackall – Ivy + Bean
Sep 26, 2018 • 58 min
Caldecott Medalist, stops by the pod to talk about two of my daughter’s favorite children book characters … . Sophie is one of the most interesting artists working. Her books and her art move me and continue to bring my family closer together….
Grace Lin – American Artist
Sep 12, 2018 • 62 min
, a NY Times bestselling author/illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and the Theodor Geisel Honor for “Ling and Ting.” Her latest book “” is a picture book that celebrates the Chinese Mid-Autumn…
Stevie Lewis – Artist will Travel
Aug 29, 2018 • 50 min
Libraries, minimalism, art and travel … how can you not love the life Stevie Lewis is living! We talk about her latest book LOST IN THE LIBRARY written by Josh Funk, her transition to a traveling lifestyle and finding fulfillment. LOST IN THE…
Liz Reed - Sweet Success
Jul 4, 2018 • 53 min
Liz Reed and I talk about finishing projects and finding success in your work. For the record I don’t think my daughter is going to let me give away my copy of Liz and Jimmy Reed’s newest picture book “.” It’s a story about an ice cream cone…
Cale Atkinson - Growing Creativity
Jun 20, 2018 • 56 min
Cale Atkinson and I talk about how he pushes himself to grow as an artist. His latest book comes directly from his personal work to improve himself as an illustrator. Cale is an illustrator and animator living lakeside with his family in Kelowna,…
Joe Sutphin – Becoming an Illustrator
Jun 6, 2018 • 66 min
Joe Sutphin and I talk about his path to becoming a children’s book illustrator whose work has been compared to Garth Williams. You’ve seen Joe’s art in the NY Times Bestselling novel by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, by Sheila Grau and …
100: Why Are Picture Books Important
May 23, 2018 • 43 min
32 authors and illustrators come back on the show to answer the question … Why picture books are important? Juniper Bates, Amy June Bates, Josh Funk, Catia Chien, Alice Kuipers, Rowboat Watkins, Elise Parsley, Jon Burgerman, Ruth Spiro, Dan Santat,…
099: Mentors and Moms
May 9, 2018 • 26 min
It’s the moments that we all remember … The day someone sees something in us that we do not yet. The day someone pushes us to be better … to work harder … to ask more of ourselves and our life. Mentors play a huge role in any successful book,…
098: Ovi Nedelcu - One Gray Mouse
Apr 25, 2018 • 50 min
Ovi Nedelcu’s “One Gray Mouse” is a journey. A journey from doubt to hope. This book is about the belief that life can change for the better. Ovi and I dived into topics like napping, the hero’s journey and actionable tips to become a better…
097: Books by Brunelle, Sheneman, Higgins, Hoffman, Sima & Thompkins-Bigelow
Apr 11, 2018 • 28 min
A collection of some of my favorite new books: By Lynn Brunelle By Drew Sheneman By Carter Higgins, Emily Hughes (Illustrator) By Paul J. Hoffman, Nick Patton (Illustrator) By Jessie Sima By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)…
096: Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates – The Big Umbrella
Apr 1, 2018 • 63 min
and her middle school daughter, Juniper Bates, have created something very special in their picture book . Kirkus Reviews wrote that it is a subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the ‘other. Booklist calls it…
095: Picturebooking With You
Mar 1, 2018 • 25 min
If you’re a listener of the show I’m interested in asking you two big questions: 1. Who are you? 2. Is picturebooking important to you?
094: Weyant & Gehl – My Podcast Keeps Moving
Feb 1, 2018 • 57 min
This is Picturebooking’s last post at All The Wonders. For future episodes go to . Today we have two separate interviews with the creators of the picture book . This funny and sweet story is about a man who tries to buy a pillow and ends up with a new…
093: Pace, Zenz & Hendra – Picturebooking Friendship
Jan 1, 2018 • 64 min
Books that have a friendship theme. First, Sue Hendra introduces us to NORMAN THE SLUG WITH THE SILLY SHELL. Norman longs to be a snail-if only he could find a shell! This slug goes to hilarious lengths to fit in. Next, Anne Marie Pace shares her…
092: Christmas Books – Sherri Duskey Rinker, Nicola Killen & Betsy Cordes
Dec 1, 2017 • 54 min
I love story time during the holidays and today we have three books to add to your holiday collection. First takes us on a child’s magic journey that starts when she wakes to hear the jingling of bells in . Then we learn about . This book was…
091: Elissa Brent Weissman & Friends – Our Story Begins
Nov 1, 2017 • 34 min
26 award winning authors and illustrators share things they wrote and drew as kids in the inspirational book, OUR STORY BEGINS. Editor Elissa Brent Weissman stops by the pod to introduce the collection with cameos by Chris Grabenstein, Grace Lin,…
090: Katherine Roy – How to Be an Elephant, or an Artist, or a Parent
Oct 4, 2017 • 52 min
Author and illustrator Katherine Roy stops by the pod to talk about her latest non-fiction picture book HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT. Somehow the conversation ties in these amazing animals, her book about them and the balance of parenthood and artistic…
089: Patrick Wensink – Go Go Gorillas
Sep 20, 2017 • 28 min
Bestselling author of five books for grownups, Patrick Wensink shifts gears into children’s literature with his picture book GO GO GORILLAS (Illustrated by Nate Wragg). We talk about why his career transitioned from writing for adults to writing for…
088: Steven Weinberg – Lumberjacking
Sep 6, 2017 • 51 min
Author, illustrator and new dad Steven Weinberg stops by the pod to talk about his new picture book FRED & THE LUMBERJACK. We chat about children, chainsaws, lonely dream dens and living in the Catskills.
087: Bruce Handy – Wild Things
Aug 23, 2017 • 66 min
Bruce Handy has made a book for us, and I can’t recommend it enough! WILD THINGS: THE JOY OF READING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AS AN ADULT is a treasure. His publisher calls this book a love letter to the greatest children’s books, and I concur.
086: Aaron Reynolds – The Underwear Episode
Aug 9, 2017 • 46 min
Aaron Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of CREEPY CARROTS, NERDY BIRDY, PRESIDENT SQUID and CARNIVORES stops by the pod to chat about his latest collaboration with Peter Brown … CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR. This is the pod’s first underwear episode…
085: Mike & Jonathan Sundy – Indie Brothers
Jul 26, 2017 • 71 min
Mike & Jonathan Sundy stop by the pod to chat about their PANCHO BANDITO SERIES, self-publishing children’s picture books and transitioning from traditional jobs to self-employed creatives. I learned a lot from this conversation and I hope you do too.
084: Picturebooking Pain
Jul 12, 2017 • 33 min
13 authors and illustrators tell us what they find as the most painful thing about the picture book industry.
083: Dan Santat – Unedited
Jun 28, 2017 • 71 min
Dan Santat returns to the pod to chat about RODZILLA, his latest picture book written by Rob Sanders. And he opens up about the inspiration for AFTER THE FALL: HOW HUMPTY DUMPTY GOT BACK UP AGAIN.
082: Jon Burgerman – Splat
Jun 14, 2017 • 37 min
The leading figure in the popular ‘Doodle’ art style, Jon Burgerman stops by the pod to talk about his debut picture book SPLAT.
081: Rowboat Watkins – Pete With No Pants
May 31, 2017 • 58 min
Maurice Sendak fellow, author-illustrator Rowboat Watkins stops by the pod to talk about his latest book PETE WITH NO PANTS. This book really surprised me. I was ready for silly … I was ready for fun … I was ready to laugh.
080: Julia Donaldson – Who is the Giant Jumperee?
May 17, 2017 • 23 min
Internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson stops by the pod to talk about her latest book THE GIANT JUMPEREE brought to life by award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury. This cozy read-aloud centers around a mysterious,
079: L.J.R. Kelly – Sometimes It’s Storks
May 3, 2017 • 32 min
L.J.R. Kelly is the author of SOMETIMES IT’S STORKS, illustrated by the Brothers Hilts. Babies arrive by different means and this book covers some of the quirkiest. Kelly shares some of his family’s baby delivery tales,
078: Catia Chien – Things to Do
Apr 10, 2017 • 59 min
Catia Chien is the illustrator of THINGS TO DO. This amazingly beautiful book combines Elaine Magliaro’s poems and Catia’s art to bring to life the small moments and secret joys of a child’s day. Catia and I chat about how she paints with light and
077: David Ezra Stein – Ice Boy
Mar 29, 2017 • 31 min
David Ezra Stein is the author-illustrator of ICE BOY. His previous book include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and INTERRUPTING CHICKEN, a Caldecott Honor Book.
076: Jonah Winter – The Secret Project
Mar 20, 2017 • 26 min
Today’s featured picture book is about the atomic bomb. What I find fascinating about this book is the words you will not read. Atomic Bomb, Manhattan Project, WWII, Japan and Germany never appear. So what are you left with? What do you see?
075: Gilbert Ford – The Marvelous Things That Come From Nonfiction Picture Books
Mar 8, 2017 • 38 min
Gilbert Ford is the author-illustrator of THE MARVELOUS THING THAT CAME FROM A SPRING. Along with being the illustrator of SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR and MR. FERRIS AND HIS WHEEL.
074: Ruth Spiro – My Babies Love Quarks!
Feb 22, 2017 • 37 min
Ruth Spiro is the author of the BABY LOVES SCIENCE series. We discuss the first two books in the series, BABY LOVES AEROSPACE ENGINEERING and BABY LOVES QUARKS!
073: Vanessa Brantley-Newton – Just Do You!
Feb 8, 2017 • 62 min
Vanessa Brantley Newton is most recently the illustrator of THE YOUNGEST MARCHER: THE STORY OF AUDREY FAYE HENDRICKS, A YOUNG CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST and MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM. Talking about these two very different books with Vanessa gives this episode…
072: Zachariah OHora – How to Eat a Book
Jan 25, 2017 • 45 min
Zachariah OHora is the author-illustrator behind the hilarious picture book THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY. This story has donuts, adult napping, misuse of a stapler, Wu-Tang references and eating books … I could go on … but why don’t you just listen to t
071: Corey R. Tabor – Playing in a dark, dark cave
Jan 11, 2017 • 41 min
Corey R. Tabor is the illustrator behind the beautiful and imaginative picture book A DARK, DARK CAVE. This story has suspense, exploration and a fun twist. On today’s show, Corey talks about making the art for this book,
070: Top 5 Picturebooking Interviews of 2016
Dec 28, 2016 • 49 min
This episode features a countdown of the top-5 most listened to picturebooking interviews of 2016. Plus I announce my favorite book featured on the show this year.
069: Chris Haughton – Goodnight Everyone
Dec 14, 2016 • 51 min
Ideas are funny things. They don’t always grow in a straight line and rightfully so. Sometime I think the most important thing you can do to help an idea grow is to listen … and to let it change. Today’s author Chris Haughton had an idea that grew i
068: Jake Parker – Good Things Come to Those Who Create
Nov 30, 2016 • 38 min
On the show today we have Jake Parker and his debut picture book LITTLE BOT & SPARROW. Jake has worked in comics, concept art, illustration and animation. He started the popular drawing challenge Inktober and co-founded the illustration education websi…
067: Evan Turk – The Storyteller
Nov 14, 2016 • 36 min
Author and illustrator Evan Turk shares all the wonders of his picture book THE STORYTELLER with us. The text in this book transforms the reader into a traditional storyteller. The art transforms the story into an explosion of culture and imagination.
066: Melissa Sweet – Some Writer: The Story of E. B. White
Nov 2, 2016 • 37 min
Getting to know the author of CHARLOTTE’S WEB through Melissa Sweet‘s book SOME WRITER: THE STORY OF E. B. WHITE was such a treasure. The art, the words and the design of this book give you an in depth biography of a man and a writer.
065: Nate Wragg – Monsters, Trucks, Ninjas and Telling a Visual Story
Oct 19, 2016 • 46 min
Today’s featured book is a Halloween special … MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Denise and illustrated by Nate Wragg. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that such a perfect picture book idea hasn’t been done. I’m thankful Anika and Nate where the two that ma
064: Tom Booth – The Character Design of 100 Historical Figures
Oct 5, 2016 • 50 min
Tom Booth is the character designer and illustrator behind WHO WINS?: 100 HISTORICAL FIGURES GO HEAD-TO-HEAD. I’ve learned more about history from playing with this interactive book than I thought was possible.
063: Mike Lowery – Talks Like a Pirate
Sep 19, 2016 • 46 min
Mike Lowery is known for his ability to talk like a pirate. So he was the perfect guest to have on during TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY. Mike also wrote and illustrated THE PURSUIT OF THE PESKY PIZZA PIRATE.
062: Rafael López – How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
Sep 12, 2016 • 35 min
Rafael López is the illustrator and inspiration for the picture book MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD. There is so much to love about Rafael’s true story, and the picture book that captured the spirit of this neighborhood a
061: Alexis Braud – An Artist’s Parade
Sep 7, 2016 • 47 min
Alexis Braud is the author and illustrator of PARADE. This is a book that celebrates the Louisiana culture of parading but what drew me into it was the notion of starting. Just getting yourself out there and starting something without much fanfare.
060: Josh Funk – Dear Josh, You Rock
Aug 24, 2016 • 57 min
Josh Funk hasn’t played fantasy football in years, and we in the children’s book world are so thankful. To fill the void left by fantasy, Josh began writing for children. Three books later Josh and I finally get to sit down and have a Picturebooking c
059: Mike Boldt – A Tiger Tale
Aug 10, 2016 • 51 min
Today’s show features Mike Boldt, the author and illustrator of A TIGER TALE (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School).
058: Grant Snider – Quiet Power
Jul 27, 2016 • 34 min
Today’s show features Grant Snider, the illustrator of Susan Cain’s book QUIET POWER: THE SECRET STRENGTHS OF INTROVERTS for kids and teens. Susan’s books and ideas have helped me understand myself and I’m so thrilled to get to talk about them her
057: Claire Lordon – Pizza Party
Jul 13, 2016 • 23 min
Today’s show features Claire Lordon and her book LORENZO THE PIZZA-LOVING LOBSTER. You’ll discover the inspiration behind Lorenzo. How the story changed from first draft to picture book. And we’ll swap some food stories.
056: Maria Carluccio – The ABC’s of What We Wear
Jun 29, 2016 • 40 min
Today’s show features Maria Carluccio and her book D IS FOR DRESS-UP. You’ll learn how Maria made the art for this gorgeous picture book. How she developed the concept and why she loves collaborating. Plus we overshare with a couple stories about pers
055: Superhero Graphic Picture Books – Jason Kirschner & Ethan Bryan
Jun 15, 2016 • 54 min
Two authors, two superhero graphic picture book and one fun podcast!
054: Jon Chad – Pushing the Limits of Science, Comics & Storytelling
Jun 1, 2016 • 47 min
How far can one push the medium of comics and picture books? And what can we learn from unorthodox books? Jon Chad and his Leo Geo books are on the show today!
053: Greg Pizzoli – Did You Hear That?
May 18, 2016 • 59 min
Greg Pizzoli creates some of my favorite picture books and his latest story GOOD NIGHT OWL is no exception.
052: Elise Parsley – A Piano, a Beach and a Little Girl with Big Ideas
May 4, 2016 • 61 min
Author-illustrator Elise Parsley stops by to chat about her latest book in the “Magnolia Says Don’t” series, title IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON’T!
051: Alison McGhee – A Tattoo Story
Apr 20, 2016 • 49 min
Alison McGhee stops by to talk about her latest picture book, TELL ME A TATTOO STORY. The inspiration behind this book will melt your heart.
050: Joseph Kuefler – Inspiration Beyond Picture Books
Apr 6, 2016 • 60 min
Joseph Kuefler is the creator of BEYOND THE POND, a story about the ordinary being transformed into something not-so-ordinary.
049: Alice Kuipers – The Power and Importance of Imagination
Mar 23, 2016 • 43 min
Alice Kuipers is the author of VIOLET AND VICTOR WRITE THE MOST FABULOUS FAIRY TALE. This book is an inspiring invitation for kids and families to create.
048: Tips to Break Into the Children’s Book Industry
Mar 9, 2016 • 50 min
Advice for amateur storytellers looking to become professional
047: Why Read?
Feb 24, 2016 • 25 min
Since today, Feb. 24, 2016, is World Read Aloud Day (and my birthday) I thought we’d throw a reading party. So why is reading is important? I asked that question to some picture book people and here are their answers …
046: Charles Santoso – Creating, Always
Feb 10, 2016 • 72 min
Charles Santoso brings stories to live with a variety of classic picture book illustration styles. In this episode we talk about how his work feels more like art directing than traditional illustrating.
045: Antoinette Portis – Listen and Wait
Jan 27, 2016 • 72 min
Antoinette Portis stops by to chat about her amazing picture books, including WAIT, NOT A BOX and BEST FRINTS.
044: Toni Yuly – Warming up for a Cat Nap
Jan 13, 2016 • 51 min
Toni Yuly is on the show today to practice talking about her new book CAT NAP! I asked Toni to come on today’s episode a couple days ago and as fate would have it she had an interview lined up for Karen Santhanam’s Storybook Spotlight Podcast.
043: Best of 2015 – Celebrating a Great year of Picturebooking
Dec 30, 2015 • 43 min
Let’s have a little fun to close out the year. This episode features a countdown of the top-5 most listened to picturebooking episodes of 2015.
042: Noah Klocek – Cloud Gazing
Dec 16, 2015 • 49 min
Noah Klocek is the creator of the picture book CLOUD COUNTRY, a Pixar Animated Studio Artist Showcase. Noah teamed up with Bonny Becker and Disney-Hyperion to make this world come to life.
041: Ryan T. Higgins – The Journey from Indie to Disney
Dec 2, 2015 • 80 min
Ryan T. Higgins, is my hero! Ok, that might be a little over the top, but I love his book MOTHER BRUCE and I love the path his career is taking.
040: Christopher Denise – The Mindset of a Visual Communicator
Nov 18, 2015 • 56 min
Christopher Denise’s illustrations are stunning. Some are warm and tender. Some are breathtaking and epic. All are crafted with care.
039: Chris Barton – Nutcracker, Reconstruction & Living a Curious Life
Nov 4, 2015 • 72 min
Chris Barton is an author, but a more descriptive title might be that he is a curious storyteller. His book span ballet, reconstruction, sharks, trains and cheat codes.
038: Victoria Jamieson – Roller Girl
Oct 21, 2015 • 45 min
Victoria Jamieson is the author and illustrator of Roller Girl, a graphic novel about a twelve year old girl and her new found love of roller derby!
037: Sheboygan Children Book Festival – A World of Wonders
Oct 7, 2015 • 41 min
Wisconsin’s only free children’s book festival returns to the Bookworm Gardens, Mead Public Library and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. on Oct. 9-11.
036: Don Tate – Slavery, Poetry & Stories
Sep 23, 2015 • 45 min
Don Tate is the author and illustrator of POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON. This picture book is about a slave’s story. But it’s unlike any slave story I’ve ever been exposed too.
035: Ben Clanton – Simple and Extraordinary
Sep 9, 2015 • 53 min
Ben Clanton is the author and illustrator of the new picture book SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. Ben uses simple words and simple pictures to make extraordinary stories.
034: Julie Danielson – Listen Before Breakfast
Aug 26, 2015 • 54 min
Julie Danielson is a children’s literature blogger who focuses on illustration and picture books. Her blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is such a wonderful resource for children’s literature.
033: Tara Lazar – I Thought This was a Picture Book Idea Episode
Aug 12, 2015 • 61 min
Tara Lazar is a picture book author and creator of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). This talk is less about PiBoIdMo and more about Tara, her books and her journey.
032: Ashley Spires – The Maker Movement in a Picture Book
Jul 29, 2015 • 51 min
Ashley Spires is an author-illustrator whose recent book, THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING has unknowingly tapped into the maker culture.
031: Miranda Paul – The Long Journey of Story-making
Jul 15, 2015 • 51 min
Miranda Paul is an author of two amazing new non-fiction picture books (ONE PLASTIC BAG and WATER IS WATER). She is also doing some amazing work for children’s literature through SCBWI, RateYourStory.org and We Need Diverse Books.
030: Gary Karton – Hate Reading … You’re Not Alone
Jul 1, 2015 • 42 min
Gary Karton is an author who has struggled his entire life with reading. How would someone who hated reading as a child end up being a writer? And what type of book would an author write if they wanted to appeal to a person who hates reading?
029: Chris Ayers – Healing & Drawing Together
Jun 17, 2015 • 55 min
Chris Ayers is the creator of the Daily Zoo; A personal daily drawing challenge that he has been doing for the past decade.
028: Rebecca Kai Dotlich – We talked, The end.
Jun 3, 2015 • 59 min
Author and poet Rebecca Kai Dotlich stops by to chat about words. Short words, long words, words that ryhme and words that shouldn’t.
027: Molly Idle – Art of the Sequel
May 20, 2015 • 56 min
Author and illustrator Molly Idle is spreading joy and creativity on today’s show. We talk about making successful sequels as her third Rex book (SEA REX) comes out this month.
026: Sanae Ishida – A Little Ninja Girl and A Lot of Japanese Culture
May 6, 2015 • 53 min
Author and illustrator and all-around-creative-person Sanae Ishida is on the show today. We talk about her new picture book, Little Kunoichi, and how her blog transformed her creative life.
025: Ovi Nedelcu – Bringing an Animation Background to Picture Books
Apr 22, 2015 • 51 min
Author and illustrator Ovi Nedelcu stops in to chat about his new book JUST LIKE DADDY and his journey from feature animation to children’s books!
024: Picturebooking Panel – Katherine Roy, Will Terry, Airlie Anderson, Fred Koehler & Carter Higgins
Apr 8, 2015 • 31 min
Today we talk about success, pain, advice and more with Katherine Roy, Will Terry, Airlie Anderson, Fred Koehler & Carter Higgins.
023: Matt Tavares – Baseball, Apple Pie and Picture Books
Mar 25, 2015 • 61 min
Ok so we don’t talk about apple pie in this episode but author and illustrator Matt Tavares and I do mention baseball and picture books.
022: Charby Ibrahim – Choosing Yourself Mate
Mar 11, 2015 • 59 min
Author and lifestyle guru Charby Ibrahim takes us through his journey into becoming a health coach and then self-publishing a picture book. I’m always looking to improve myself, so I was excited to talk wellness with a lifestyle coach.
021: Jason Chin – Using Fiction to tell a Non-Fiction Story
Feb 25, 2015 • 51 min
Author-illustrator Jason Chin takes us through his thought process of creating non-fiction picture books like GRAVITY.
020: Dan Santat – The Depth of Great Characters
Feb 11, 2015 • 73 min
Author-Illustrator Dan Santat talks about putting everything he has into making stories that stand the test of time.
019: Katherine Roy – The Process of Making a Picture Book
Jan 28, 2015 • 61 min
What goes into making a non-fiction picture book? How do you start researching? And how do you balance story, design and information? I sit down with author-illustrator Katherine Roy to discuss in detail the messy process of telling a great story.
018: Samuel Valentino – Understanding Folklore Types
Jan 14, 2015 • 33 min
Author-Illustrator Samuel Valentino talks about folklore types, making books for an audience of three and the story behind his Moonbeam Award-winning chapter book The Silver Rings.
017: Best of Picturebooking 2014
Dec 31, 2014 • 64 min
Thank you for listening and supporting the Picturebooking Podcast in 2014. This episode is a look back at some of my favorite moments from this past year.
016: Fred Koehler – How One Sketch Can Change Everything
Dec 17, 2014 • 35 min
Author-Illustrator Fred Koehler shares how one sketch, drawn in frustration, kick-started his picture book career.
015: Kelly Murphy – Finding Your Artistic Voice
Dec 3, 2014 • 50 min
Illustrator Kelly Murphy talks about her artistic journey, the difference between your voice and your style, and the current mindset of art students.
014: Matthew Winner Has Been Busy
Nov 19, 2014 • 49 min
Teacher-librarian Matthew Winner is celebrating his 100th episode of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast. And I’m super excited to be able to share in the #LGBPodcast festivities.
013: Peter Brown – How Mr. Brown Goes Wild
Nov 5, 2014 • 35 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast we celebrate picture book month by having New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown on the show.
012: Will Terry – Is Now a Good Time to be an Artist?
Oct 22, 2014 • 59 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I sit down with children’s book illustrator Will Terry, to talk about the business of being an artist. Will is such a great resource for children’s book illustrators.
011: Carter Higgins Part 2 – Everything You Need for a Treehouse
Oct 8, 2014 • 34 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast we have the thrilling conclusion to my chat with Carter Higgins. We’ll talk about the acquisition of her first picture book, Everything You Need for a Treehouse (Chronicle Books, 2017)!
010: Jesse Klausmeier – Open This Little Book and Play This Little Podcast
Sep 24, 2014 • 48 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I have a fun, informative interview with picture book author Jesse Klausmeier. Jesse shares her experience working for Nickelodeon and Dial Books. Along with the process her Chronicle team went through to c…
009: Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
Sep 10, 2014 • 31 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Jo Ann Dent and Karin Menzer from the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. This year’s festival takes place October 10-12 and features Kevin Henkes, Denise Fleming, Peter Brown,
008: Carter Higgins Part 1 – Design of the Picture Book Blog
Aug 26, 2014 • 32 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Carter Higgins from the Design of the Picture Book Blog. I got to know Carter by winning one of her book giveaways last year.
007: Henry Cole – Science, Nature & Story
Aug 13, 2014 • 34 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Henry Cole, the author-illustrator of Big Bug. Henry took his love of science, nature and teaching and applied them to the craft of illustrating children’s books.
006: Dani Jones – Becoming More Than an Illustrator
Jul 30, 2014 • 30 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Dani Jones, the author-illustrator of the Stan Lee’s Kids Universe picture book Monsters Vs. Kittens and the webcomic My Sister the Freak.
005: The advice Airlie Anderson was given to transform her story into an award-winning picture book
Jul 16, 2014 • 28 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Airlie Anderson, the author-illustrator of the award-winning picture book “Momo and Snap are NOT Friends.”
004: Announcing the Picturebooking Theme Park
Jul 2, 2014 • 8 min
In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I answer a question that I’ll ask every guest that comes on the show. If time and money where not an issue and I could make anything I wanted, what would I create?
003: What the phrase “Do what you love” is NOT saying
Jun 18, 2014 • 13 min
In this episode of The Picturebooking Podcast I celebrate my first father’s day by giving out some fatherly advice and explaining what the phrase “Do what you love” is NOT saying.
002: What is Picturebooking?
Jun 4, 2014 • 17 min
In this episode of The Picturebooking Podcast I explain to my baby daughter what “picturebooking” means to me and why I made up my own term.
001: I want to live a life worthy of this opportunity
May 21, 2014 • 16 min
In this episode of The Picturebooking Podcast I introduce myself. With my baby daughter by my side we talk about what got me interested in picture books and my purpose for creating picturebooking.com.