Salina Yoon: Let’s Get Busy, Episode 224

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Be A Friend

Salina Yoon (@SalinaYoon), author illustrator of Be A Friend, stops by the podcast to talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve, her childhood struggle with reading and writing in English when Korean was the only language spoken at home, and a focus on the universality of art.

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Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the Let's Get Busy podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner .


  1. This podcast…
    This book…
    These humans…
    You guys take me straight to Kvelltown on the Kvellar Express.


    I am freaking out like I’M the next contestant on the Price Is Right!

    I will take my high kicks and flexibility to the NEXT LEVEL for you girl.
    And I will always sing back-up and chant your name.
    And our team will leave red lipstick marks, as we kiss the competition goodbye.

    You are both amazing.
    Thank you for this, and thank you for BEING.
    (insert multiple hearts here.)

  2. I waited ’til I finally received BE A FRIEND from the library. It took a while because it’s in demand! This is SUCH a beautiful book πŸ˜€ To me, its palette is reminiscent of Loren Long’s gorgeous “Otis” books. I loved getting to know more about you, Salina. I know we all have different tastes and opinions when it comes to things like awards (since we have them), but to me, this is the type book I think of when I think “Caldecott.” No aspect of it is forced to fit the most recent climate of what people expect or demand. It is timeless πŸ˜€

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