Picturebooking

Picturebooking

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.

Episodes

October 6, 2021 63 min

After this episode originally aired A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR was named a Caldecott Honor book. 

Rebroadcast from Sept. 12, 2018: Grace Lin, 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.”

This episode's featured book, “A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR” is a picture book that celebrates the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival a...

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Rebroadcast from Sept. 12, 2016: 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 art project.

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Rebroadcast from Jan. 27, 2016: Antoinette Portis stops by to chat about her amazing picture books, including WAIT, NOT A BOX and BEST FRINTS.

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Rebroadcast from Nov. 5, 2014: Author-illustrator Peter Brown shares his creative thought process along with some of his author-illustrator picture books, including Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and My Teacher is a Monster! No I'm Not.

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August 11, 2021 55 min

Author David Bowles shares his life on the U.S.-Mexico border, and he translated that experience into his picture book debut, MY TWO BORDER TOWNS. This story, illustrated by Erika Meza, follows a boy and his father visiting the family, friends and community found on the other side.

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/lists/summer-2021-picturebooking-list

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Author Anitra Rowe Schulte shares her journey into picture books and how she found the right story for her character. Today's featured book, DANCING WITH DADDY, is about the excitement of a first father-daughter dance told from the point of view of a character with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/lists/summer-2021-picturebooking-list

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Today's show includes an interview with children's book author Bianca Schulze and a picturebooking message by illustrator Ashley Belote.

In the interview, Bianca shares her journey into the world of picture books and her debut picture book, DON'T WAKE THE DRAGON. This interactive bedtime story features a sound-asleep dragon who hopefully will not wake up!

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/list...

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June 30, 2021 61 min

Author-illustrator Sean Rubin shares his thoughts about trauma and resilience. Today’s featured book, THIS VERY TREE, is a profoundly moving story told from the point of view of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on September 11.

Books featured on the show this summer: https://bookshop.org/lists/summer-2021-picturebooking-list

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June 16, 2021 26 min

Author Arielle Hobbs shares her mission to see a society that embraces us, all of us, as we are. Today’s featured book, SULLY THE RACCOON, is based on Hobbs’ son Sullivan (Sully). Told from the perspective of Sully’s big brother, this book shares the family’s humorous tale of embracing Sully’s intellectual disability after he began wearing a raccoon costume.

SULLY THE RACCOON: https://www.amazon.com/Sully-Raccoon-Arielle-Hobbs/dp/B...

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June 2, 2021 52 min

Author Dave Eggers shares his passion for helping kids reach their full potential. Today's featured book, FARAWAY THINGS, is about a boy and his sword and how giving away something precious leads to an even more important discovery.

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/lists/spring-2021-picturebooking-list

Become an email subscriber to enter the monthly book giveaway: https://picturebooking.com/email

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Children's book author Shelli R. Johannes shares her creative wisdom and talks about her Loves Science series and the new picture book THEO THESAURUS. Today's featured book is about Theo, the dinosaur who loves big words!

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/lists/spring-2021-picturebooking-list

Become an email subscriber to enter the monthly book giveaway: https://picturebooking.com/email

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Two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee talks about how making picture books help her through life's challenges. Today's featured book is her conclusion to the farmer trilogy, THE FARMER AND THE CIRCUS.

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/lists/spring-2021-picturebooking-list

Become an email subscriber: https://picturebooking.com/email

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April 21, 2021 57 min

Today's featured guest is children's book author and illustrator Paddy Donelly. We also have a picturebooking message from author Elsa Anderson about her new book; THE LITTLE MANDARIN REACHES THE STARS.

In the interview with Paddy, we discuss stories that combine and blur fiction and non-fiction. Today's featured book, THE VANISHING LAKE, is about a young girl's determination, a granddad's wisdom, and the unbeli...

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Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author-illustrator Jon Klassen shares deadpan humor in his latest book, THE ROCK FROM THE SKY.

Today's show also features THE DOG'S GARDENER and THE HAPPINESS OF A DOG WITH A BALL IN ITS MOUTH.

Picturebooking Episode Page: https://picturebooking.com/jon-klassen-the-rock-from-the-sky

Books featured on the show this spring: https://bookshop.org/lists/spring-2021-picturebooking-list

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Children's book author-illustrator Annelouise Mahoney shares her journey and debut picture book, JULIUS AND MACY: A VERY BRAVE NIGHT. Today's featured book is an enchanting woodland tale about bravery and friendship.

Books featured on the show this winter: https://picturebooking.com/winter21

Become an email subscriber to enter the monthly book giveaway: https://picturebooking.com/email

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March 10, 2021 39 min

Today’s guest is children’s book author Leda Schubert.

In the interview, Leda discusses writing, awe of picture books, and family. Today’s featured book, NATHAN’S SONG, is a positive portrayal of the Jewish immigrant experience in the early 1900s, based on Leda’s grandfather.

Books featured on the show this winter: https://bookshop.org/lists/winter-2021-picturebooking-list

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February 24, 2021 27 min

Today's guest children's book author Kathleen Krull passed away on January 15 following a brief illness. We recorded this talk on January 13. Here is her publisher's weekly obituary: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/85350-obituary-kathleen-krull.html

Today's show also includes a picturebooking message by author Hilary Robinson.

In the interview, Kathleen shares her pa...

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February 10, 2021 68 min

Today's show includes an interview with children's book illustrator Kaylani Juanita and picturebooking messages by authors Ruth Spiro and Ruth Forman. 
 In the interview, Kaylani discusses racism and children's literature. Today's featured book, A HOUSE FOR EVERY BIRD, is about a young artist whose drawings rebel against her when she tries to put her sketched birds in houses that match how they look, but not how the...

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January 27, 2021 43 min

Today's guests include an interview with children's book author Kate Hoefler and a picturebooking message by author Katherine Picarde. 
 In the interview, Kate helps us find common ground by examining the phrase "nothing in common." Today's featured book, with that same phrase, NOTHING IN COMMON, is a thoughtful, compassionate story that has the power to bring us together.

Books featured on the show this winter:...

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January 13, 2021 40 min

Children's book illustrator Cátia Chien shows us that something beautiful can come from creative struggle. Today's featured book, THE BEAR AND THE MOON is a picture book that follows what happens when the gift of a balloon floats into a bear's life.

Books featured on the show this winter: https://bookshop.org/lists/winter-2021-picturebooking-list

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