In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I have a fun, informative interview with picture book author Jesse Klausmeier. Jesse shares her experience working for Nickelodeon and Dial Books. Along with the process her Chronicle team went through to create her picture book Open This Little Book.
Also I should mention that Jesse will be at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival October 10-12, 2014. Come see her along with Kevin Henkes, Denise Fleming, Peter Brown and many more great authors and illustrators.
Scroll down to enter to win a Jesse Klausmeier signed copy of Open This Little Book and an Open This Little Book Poster.
Video Excerpt: The Story behind “Open This Little Book”
Jesse Klausmeier’s debut picture book, Open This Little Book, illustrated by Suzy Lee, was named an Amazon Top Pick for January 2013, received a starred review in Kirkus and earned an honor in the picture book category at the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- How to tap into your 5 year-old self to write an amazing picture book
- Putting together a complex puzzle … the making of Open This Little Book
- Working with a super star team including Suzy Lee, Sarah Gilliam, Victoria Rock and everyone behind the scenes at Chronicle Books
- A childhood filled with books, games and stories surrounded by family
- Jesse is another example of a successful liberal arts education (learn how to learn and you can be anything)
- What Jesse learned from her time with Nickelodeon and Dial Books that helped her as an author
- Advice from a children’s book editor’s point of view
- How to play with books
- Jesse’s Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival schedule
- Educating the world about endometriosis
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Jesse’s website: jesseklausmeier.com
- Jesse’s twitter: @jesseklausmeier
- Suzy Lee’s website: suzyleebooks.com
- Chronicle Books: chroniclebooks.com
- Nickelodeon Animated Studio: nickanimationstudio.com
- Dial Books: penguin.com/meet/publishers/dialbooksforyoungreaders
- UCLA Extension – Children’s Book Classes: uclaextension.edu
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: scbwi.org
- Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival: sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org
- Teaching Books: teachingbooks.net
Books Mentioned in This Episode:
Book Giveaway: Signed copy of Open This Little Book and Poster
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