Share this Post 13 authors and illustrators tell us what they find as the most painful thing about the picture book industry. It’s some honest picturebooking therapy. Take a listen …
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.
The leading figure in the popular ‘Doodle’ art style, Jon Burgerman stops by the pod to talk about his debut picture book SPLAT. Flipping through this book will cause a hilarious mess. If you need a bit of a creative recharge … Jon, Splat and this conversation will do the trick.
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. And this story has all of that … but even after several readings I still get a little choked up at the end.
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, booming voice coming from inside Rabbit’s burrow. Rabbit’s friends come to help, but are they any match for a Giant Jumperee?
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, along with his family’s passion for stories. I truly enjoyed having this conversation with Roald Dahl’s grandson. I think you’ll like it too!
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 texture, the importance of wide open days, life as a young immigrant, dancing with the lights off and so much more!
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.
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? What does it mean? We talk with this story’s author, Jonah Winter, about this chilling and powerful picture book.
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.