Josh Funk: Picturebooking, Episode 60

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick Patton33 Comments

Share this Post

Noah Klocek Cloud Country Picturebooking

Dear Josh, You Rock

Josh Funk hasn’t played fantasy football in years, and we in the children’s book world are so thankful. To fill the void left by fantasy, Josh began writing for children. Three books later Josh and Nick finally get to sit down and have a Picturebooking chat.

They talk inspirational picture books, letter writing, rhyming and Josh’s two newest books, DEAR DRAGON and PIRASAURS!

Make sure to enter to win a Josh Funk signed copy of Dear Dragon below.

Podcast: Play in new window
Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Click to enlarge Nick’s illustration of Josh

Nick's illustration of Josh Funk

Books mentioned in this episode

Dear Dragon
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast
Available Now

Purchase Josh Funk’s books for your reader or readers.

Thank You

Thanks for listening to my chat with Josh Funk! If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or sign up to receive emails of new episodes. If you want to be my best friend in the whole world wide web leave a review for the podcast on iTunes and share this episode. Thanks again for letting me and this podcast into your life.

About the Author

Nick Patton

Facebook Twitter

Hi my name's Nick! And I enjoy stories told with words and images. In 2014 I started the Picturebooking Podcast, where I get to chat with the people behind my favorite stories. I spend my free time writing, drawing, painting and talking picture books. It’s a good life.


  1. Hmmm…I don’t know if you’d consider him a Pen Pal, but many years ago I sponsored a little boy through “Save the Children” and we corresponded 🙂

    That said—Josh, you are one of my favorite KidLit pals online. You’re a very genuine supporter of “All Things KidLit”—a true kindred spirit 🙂 More than anyone at this year’s Princeton Book Festival, I am most looking forward to finally meeting you in person 😀

    From the library I just ordered Iggy Peck: Architect having never read that one. I love The Curious Garden—Peter Brown is amazing! I couldn’t agree more about the caliber of artists in the KidLit, animation and graphic arts fields, David Small also being one of the greats. I agree about The Gardener 😀 Also hadn’t heard of Vunce Upon a Time. Library’s sending that one, too 🙂 Love Mo Willems, Nick, and just heard he’s doing a series with Dan Santat!

    It’s amazing how things go in the SCBWI, too. I had quickly become the A.R.A. in 2012 for NJ. Things differ from Chapter to Chapter and even from regime to regime, so you’re experience will be different than mine was, but regardless—it’s so gratifying helping others in the KidLit community 🙂 Excellent advice on the use of rejection content!

    I can’t tell you how much I love the theme, intended or not, of Dear Dragon. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Great to hear yet another story of how the collaboration of author and illustrator (and editor and agent!) takes a book to another level, and its inspiration through your son 😀 <3 And it IS fun getting actual, physical "snail" mail. It's why I send things when I can 🙂 I had also submitted during that Scholastic window, though with different results.

    Twitter is "the" domain for me, too, Josh, as I think you can tell 🙂 I love your M.O. and your humbleness. It makes enjoying your talent that much more sweet.

    And, Nick, the "FUNK-y" pic of Josh is just fantastic 😀

    GREAT podcast, you guys!!! Thank you 😀 <3 <3 <3

  2. I am a big Josh Funk fan! And I DID have a pen pal. I can’t remember how that came about . . . I assume school. And I can’t remember where she was from, but it was another country. What is even more memorable, though, is that I had a best friend when I was little who moved away when I was about 6 or 7. We corresponded by letter often and I was able to continue visiting her about 1x/yr since our mom’s were friends. We still correspond to this day, but it’s now usually by text or email!

  3. I have never had a pen pal that was not related. I know several people who received pen pals in other countries and they are still penning after 20 years

  4. I had a penpal named Christine from CT in 5th grade. It was an exchange between our 5th grade class in NH & my teacher’s mother’s class in CT. We got to meet on a field trip at a museum at the end of the year. It was a lot of fun.

  5. And I forgot the pen pal part. I used to have a pen pal from France, Dany, and several from other countries. Sadly, I have lost contact with them. One of my college buddies had one from France as well, (the cousin of Dany), and she has kept in touch all these years and they have visited each other! Sigh. Lost opportunities!

Leave a Comment