Dan Santat’s books have a depth that is rare in children’s literature. It was an honor to talk to him about his craft and his stories.
Last week Dan’s book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, won the Caldecott!
Full disclosure: The fact that Dan is on this week is dumb luck! We recorded this interview a couple weeks ago. I was semi-aware of when the ALA book awards where happening but usually my favorite books don’t get mentioned.
This year they did with Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks winning a Sibert Honor (listen to Katherine’s Picturebooking Talk) and my personal favorite, Beekle taking the Caldecott.
I’m so happy that Beekle will represent this year in picture books. For me this story is about creativity being a two way street. Sometimes the storyteller finds a story but sometimes a story finds a storyteller.
Enjoy this episode; it’s a good one!
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Dan Santat’s Website
- Dan’s Twitter Account
- ALA Youth Media Awards
- Video of the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards
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