Matt Phelan, illustrator of Marilyn’s Monster, which is written by Michelle Knudsen and published by Candlewick Press, stops by the podcast to talk about studying theater, the parallels between drawing and playing an instrument, and the one scene in any book that’s the real reason for doing it.
Philip Stead and Erin Stead, author and illustrator respectively of Lenny & Lucy, which is published by Roaring Brook Press, stop by the podcast to talk about infusing work with sincerity, living by the “don’t say mean things” motto, and trying to create content just as relevant now as the day it was published.
Lou Anders, author of Nightborn; Thrones and Bones Book 2, which is published by Crown Books for Young Readers, stops by the podcast to talk about creating an accessible, appropriate, and modern secondary world fantasy, the epic task of world-planning, and creating games to play with readers.
Julie Sternberg, author of Secrets Out!; The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine (Book 2), which is illustrated by Johanna Wright and published by Boyds Mills Press, stops by the podcast to talk about incorporating podcasts into the general school curriculum, what results when you book’s structure is fighting with the format, and the happiest time in her childhood.
Ed Vere, author illustrator most recently of Max the Brave, which is published by Sourcebooks, stops by to talk about storytelling with a jazz trio, a stubborn and tenacious cat, and how it’s all in the eyes.
K.A. Holt, author of House Arrest, which is published by Chronicle Books, returns to the podcast to talk about writing out of order, pulling all the story threads apart, and accepting help doesn’t mean you’re accepting weakness.
Lizi Boyd, author illustrator of Big Bear, Little Chair, which is published by Chronicle Books, returns to the podcast to talk about unexpected opposites, the way a good editor knows how to mine the good stuff out of you and your work, and the value of acknowledging you just need to “go and draw sheep.”
Mike Curato, author illustrator of Little Elliot, Big Family, which is published by Henry Holt and Company, returns to the podcast to talk about setting a story in a time predating modern technology, seeing your character come to life with the help of Merrymakers, and celebrating the family that you have and the families that you make.