Picture•book•ing - interviews with authors and illustrators

Picture•book•ing - interviews with authors and illustrators

Learn about children’s books from the people who make them with in-depth interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators for people who believe that art and literature can have a profoundly positive impact on a kid’s life. Picturebooking is here to serve those who want to understand what it takes to create these stories. And engaging with Picturebooking will help you get inspired, feel connected and take action toward making a difference through picture books.


November 15, 2023 37 mins

Welcome to the end of Picturebooking's fall episodes. We will be taking a break for a while, but before we go, we would like to leave you with some helpful creative advice and an excellent list of books to check out the next time you visit the library. Enjoy!

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Author and educator NoNieqa Ramos talks about her picture book Best Believe: The Tres Hermanas, a Sisterhood for the Common Good, illustrated by Nicole Medina—a story written in rhythmic verse that portrays three inspiring changemakers, Evelina Antonetty, Lillian López, and Elba Cabrera.

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October 18, 2023 35 mins

Award-winning author-illustrator Lane Smith talks about his picture book Stickler Loves the World—a story that reminds us to appreciate the everyday wonders we often ignore.

Your host for this episode is Nick Patton.


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October 11, 2023 55 mins

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison talks about her picture book Big—a story that traces a child's journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal.

Your host for this episode is Shawna J. C. Tenney.


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October 4, 2023 56 mins

Author-illustrator Bob Shea talks about his picture book Chez Bob—a hilarious story about a restaurant for birds found on an alligator's NOSE!

Your host for this episode is Shawna J. C. Tenney.


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September 27, 2023 61 mins

Acclaimed author Minh Lê talks about his picture book Real to Me, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa—a story about two best friends (one of whom is imaginary) who are inseparable until the day when one of them unexpectedly disappears.

Then Lê tells us about his graphic novel,<...

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September 20, 2023 37 mins

Author-illustrator Leah Hayes talks about her picture book I Touched the Sun—a wondrous story about a young boy's journey to meet the Sun.

Your host for this episode is Nick Patton.



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September 13, 2023 43 mins

Author Kari Lavelle talks about her picture book Butt or Face?—a delightfully cheeky challenge: examine a close-up photo of an animal, and then guess whether you're looking at the top or the...um...bottom.

Your host for this episode is Nadia Salomon.

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September 6, 2023 15 mins

After a summer away from your feed, today is a new start to the picturebooking podcast. Here is a sneak peek at our fall season of episodes! Enjoy.

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May 31, 2023 52 mins

Features host Shawna J.C. Tenney, the award-winning author-illustrator Ed Vere, and his latest book, "The Artist."

Podcast Website: https://picturebooking.com/
Feature Book Affiliate Link: https://bookshop.org/a/14436/9780525580874
Guest Website: http://www.edvere.com/
Host Website: https://www.shawnajctenney.com/

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Host Nick Patton chats with author Elizabeth Partridge and illustrator Lauren Tamaki about their 2023 Sibert Medal-winning picture book, “Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration.”

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Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Becky Scharnhorst about her latest picture book, HOW TO GET YOUR OCTOPUS TO SCHOOL, a sweet, silly back-to-school story about an octopus who would rather play hide-and-seek than give school a chance.

During their conversation, Becky talks about using the octopus's real-life characteristics to develop her character. Plus, they discuss pursuing dreams and goals while dealing with anxiety. And why ...

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Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald about his latest author-illustrator picture book, THE NOISE INSIDE BOYS, a personal story that explores the complex emotions experienced during a day at the beach.

During their convers...

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Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Meera Sriram about her latest picture book, GARDEN IN MY HANDS, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat, a story celebrating the custom of applying henna through a mother and daughter who share family memories.

During their conversation, Meera explains why she prefers to write for a picture book audience and how she believes she is a better writer when she doesn't write every day. 

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April 26, 2023 47 mins

Host Nick Patton chats with Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Lauren Castillo about her latest picture book; THIS IS A STORY by John Schu, a love letter to libraries and librarians.

They discuss how John's sparse text allowed Lauren to add her illustrated storyline about a family's trip to the library and a librarian's ability to connect readers with books they'll love.

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Host Nick Patton chats with award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford about the picture book YOU ARE MY PRIDE, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, a powerful story written in the voice of Mother Africa, reminding us of our timeless bond.

They discuss how to approach writing from such a unique perspective, the stunning illustrations E.B. Lewis created, and how teaching has impacted Carole's writing.

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April 12, 2023 50 mins

Host Nick Patton chats with author Jan Lower about the picture book The Brilliant Calculator—the fascinating story of America’s first female electrical engineer and her groundbreaking invention helped electrify America.

Plus, they discuss determination and the need to fulf...

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April 5, 2023 54 mins

Host Nadia Salomon chats with illustrator Nadia Fisher about two picture books, DADDY DRESSED ME, by Michael Gardner & Ava Gardner, and DADDY & ME, SIDE BY SIDE, by Pierce Freelon. 

They talk in-depth about the process of illustrating children’s books and Nadia’s journey as a self-taught illustrator.

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March 29, 2023 69 mins

In this episode, host Nadia Salomon has a fascinating conversation with author Norene Paulson about her latest book, “Nila’s Perfect Coat.” As a former teacher, Norene has a gift for crafting stories that tackle social and emotional topics in a relatable way for kids of all ages.

In “Nila’s Perfect Coat,” Norene tells the story of a young girl who learns an important lesson about the difference between wanting and needing. The book...

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March 22, 2023 42 mins

In this episode, host Nick Patton interviews author Baptiste Paul about his latest book “Climb On!”.

Baptiste is a Caribbean-born author passionate about sharing stories that reflect the experiences of marginalized communities. His latest book, “Climb On!”, celebrates Black joy in nature and encourages readers to explore and appreciate the natural world around them.

In this interview, Baptiste shares how he pursued his passion for ...

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