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 30, 2022 5 min

A quick introduction to Shauntay Grant's picture book My Fade Is Fresh, illustrated by Kitt Thomas.

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Host Nick Patton chats with illustrator Brian Biggs about the picture book I Can't Draw by Stephen W. Martin. I Can't Draw is a celebration of drawing and the joy of having fun making art.

Plus, advice on what a parent should do to encourage a kid who shows interest in drawing. And a discussion about how Brian created a book with four different illustration styles and made it all work together.

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A quick introduction to Paddy Donnelly's picture book Dodos Are Not Extinct!

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Host Valerie Bolling chats with author Kelly Starling Lyons about her picture book, My Hands Tell A Story. This book celebrates how hands hold the memories of a meaningful life. 

It's a fun chat about finding your purpose and place. Learn about the benefits of saying Yes to opportunities and writing across genres. Plus, a quick yet essential lesson on how to read picture books.

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Host Shawna J. C. Tenney chats with author-illustrator Ana Aranda about her picture book, Our Day of the Dead Celebration.

It's a fun chat about family, culture and belonging. Ana challenges you to learn about the people you haven't met that shaped the family that you love.

Plus, the process and the smells of making traditional illustrations. Wait, you add food to what? And why?

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Host Valerie Bolling chats with Super Bowl Champion, author & CEO of Share the Magic Foundation, Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell shares his passion for books and youth literacy in this inspiring episode.

Plus, a conversation around feeling like an impostor even after success. And an open discussion about how we teach our kids and the resources we provide schools.

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Host and today's book illustrator Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author Stacy McAnulty about the picture book Blood! Not Just a Vampire Drink. This hilarious non-fiction picture book features two vampires and a 100% blood-free smoothie shop.  

Today's talk is a rare picturebooking episode featuring a chat between the author and the illustrator! They talk about the vital ingredient needed for a young reader to pick up any boo...

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August 24, 2022 36 min

Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author-illustrator Kristin Wauson about the picture book Mr. Thatcher's House. This story is about a rabbit working to build the perfect house, but it never seems like home.  

Plus, how to use lighting to help tell your story. And why you should stop trying to make your digital drawing look traditional. Is the solution next to your sketchbook? Finally, we'll examine some fears and hopes of...

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Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author Janet Sumner Johnson about the picture book Braver Than Brave. This story is about a girl named Wanda finding the confidence to be her own kind of brave.  

Plus, How Chris Evans inspired the social media campaign for today's book. And you will learn the main difference between a successful writer and one who is not. No "chicken exit" for this episode! Enjoy.

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July 27, 2022 48 min

Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author-illustrator Blythe Russo about the picture book Sloth Sleeps Over. This heartwarming friendship story is about Sloth's first sleepover. She thinks sleepovers are all about sleeping, but her friend wants to stay up all night!  

Plus, you've heard past guests talk about leaving space in their writing for the illustrations, today book was created by doing the opposite. And then what do...

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Nick Patton chats with author Rebecca Gardyn Levington about the picture book, Brainstorm!, illustrated by Kate Kronreif. Brainstorm! depicts the creativity inside us through a shower of funny phrases, a whirlwind of adjectives and verbs and a downpour of enormous ideas.

Plus, why you should start your creative project for yourself but finish for an audience. And then we ask, what's a word bank, and how can you use it when crea...

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June 29, 2022 62 min

Host Nick Patton chats with author Troy Wilson about the picture book, Hat Cat, illustrated by Eve Coy. Hat Cat is a profound and tender story about love, loss and trust.

Nick and Troy discuss their first experience with death and the strangeness of devastating news on bright warm days. Days that their world shifted, and yet nothing in the world changed.

This episode is ad-free and uncut. Thank you to the members of the Picturebook...

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June 15, 2022 65 min

Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Jyoti Rajan Gopal about the picture book, American Desi, illustrated by Supriya Kelkar. American Desi is a poetic story that celebrates being bicultural.

On today's show, they discuss straddling multiple worlds and choosing to embrace all their fantastic colors!

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Author, Julio Torres, discusses I Want To Be A Vase, illustrated by Julian Glander. This book features a plunger who wishes to defy his shape and become a vase.

Julio Torres is a comedian, the creator of the HBO special My Favorite Shapes, and has written for Saturday Night Live. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Los Espookys, HBO’s Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror enthusiasts.

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Award-winning podcaster Zibby Owens teams up with New York Times bestselling illustrator Holly Hatam to create the picture book Princess Charming. Zibby and Holly discuss their views on talent and persistence.

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May 4, 2022 65 min

New York Times bestselling author, Mac Barnett, returns to the Picturebooking Podcast to discuss The Great Zapfino, illustrated by Marla Frazee. Mac tells us the inspiration behind the story and why Marla Frazee was the perfect person to bring Zapfino's story to life.

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April 20, 2022 64 min

Guest host Nadia Salomon chats with award-winning poet Van G. Garrett about the picture book, Kicks, illustrated by Reggie Brown. Kicks is an essential read for sneaker fans of all ages.

Nadia and Van discuss the relationship between music and writing in this "Van-tastic" conversation!

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Guest host Nadia Salomon chats with debut author Chelsea Lin Wallace about the picture book, A Home Named Walter, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu. Walter has to heal his broken heart when the family he loves moves away.

This inspiring talk will give you a new perspective on your creative life. Wallace explains why creatives can't and shouldn't try to climb a ladder towards success.

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Guest host Nadia Salomon chats with award-winning author Julie Hedlund about the picture book, Over, Bear! Under, Where?, illustrated by Michael Slack. Over, Bear! Under, Where? is filled with humor, friendship, and punny wordplay. Hedlund is the founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge and brings her insight into the craft of writing to this episode. Enjoy!
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Guest host Nadia Salomon chats with author Anne Wynter about her debut picture book, Everybody in the Red Brick Building, illustrated by Oge Mora. Salomon and Wynter compare their experiences of being debut picture book authors. And in the spirit of today's featured book, Nick Patton edited this show in the middle of the night, holding his month-old baby.

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