Podcast interviews with authors
Listen to in-depth interviews about the joys and struggles of children’s book authors.
Find your favorite picture book author below.
David Bowles – My Two Border Towns
Author David Bowles shares his life on the U.S.-Mexico border, and he translated that experience into his picture book debut, MY TWO BORDER TOWNS. This story, illustrated by Erika Meza, follows a boy and his father visiting the family, friends and community found on the other side.
Anitra Rowe Schulte – Dancing with Daddy
Author Anitra Rowe Schulte shares her journey into picture books and how she found the right story for her character. Today’s featured book, DANCING WITH DADDY, is about the excitement of a first father-daughter dance told from the point of view of a character with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.
Bianca Schulze – Don’t Wake the Dragon
Author Bianca Schulze shares her journey into the world of picture books and her debut picture book, DON’T WAKE THE DRAGON. This interactive bedtime story features a sound-asleep dragon who hopefully will not wake up!
Arielle Hobbs – Sully the Raccoon
Author Arielle Hobbs shares her mission to see a society that embraces us, all of us, as we are. Today’s featured book, SULLY THE RACCOON, is based on Hobbs’ son Sullivan (Sully).
Dave Eggers – Faraway Things
Author Dave Eggers shares his passion for helping kids reach their full potential. Today’s featured book, FARAWAY THINGS, is about a boy and his sword and how giving away something precious leads to an even more important discovery.
Shelli R. Johannes – Theo Thesaurus
Children’s book author Shelli R. Johannes shares her creative wisdom and talks about her Loves Science series and the new picture book THEO THESAURUS.
Leda Schubert – Nathan’s Song
Today’s guest is children’s book author Leda Schubert.
In the interview, Leda discusses writing, awe of picture books, and family. Today’s featured book, NATHAN’S SONG, is a positive portrayal of the Jewish immigrant experience in the early 1900s, based on Leda’s grandfather.
Kathleen Krull – Walking toward Peace
Today’s guest children’s book author Kathleen Krull passed away on January 15 following a brief illness. We recorded this talk on January 13. Today’s show also includes a picturebooking message by author Hilary Robinson.
Kate Hoefler – nothing in common
In the interview, Kate helps us find common ground by examining the phrase “nothing in common.” Today’s featured book, with that same phrase, NOTHING IN COMMON, is a thoughtful, compassionate story that has the power to bring us together.
Jon-Erik Lappano – Maggie’s Treasure
Children’s book author Jon-Erik Lappano tells us why nurturing a sense of wonder in kids is essential. Today’s featured book, MAGGIE’S TREASURE, is about a child who turns her passion for collecting into a pleasure for her community.
Mac Barnett – Jack, Santa and a Polar Bear in Snow
New York Times-bestselling author Mac Barnett talks about making things (like books) with his friends (like Greg Pizzoli and Shawn Harris) for kids. Today’s featured books are JACK AND SANTA by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli and A POLAR BEAR IN SNOW by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris.
Kate Messner – The Next President
Children’s book author Kate Messner discusses THE NEXT PRESIDENT: THE UNEXPECTED BEGINNINGS AND UNWRITTEN FUTURE OF AMERICA’S PRESIDENTS.
Simran Jeet Singh – Fauja Singh Keeps Going
Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who regularly speaks on issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.
FAUJA SINGH KEEPS GOING is the true story about the man who broke world records to become the first one-hundred-year-old to run a marathon. The book shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to the Sikh community’s positive representation.
Josh Funk – Short & Sweet
Josh Funk is the children’s book author behind several successful book series, including Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, How to Code, It’s NOT a Fairy Tale and Patience & Fortitude.
Valerie Bolling is an author and educator who wants children of all backgrounds to see themselves in stories.
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is an educator, anti-racism activist, and children’s book author. Her stories feature young Black Muslim protagonists.
Claire Annette Noland
Claire Annette Noland is an author, children’s librarian, and reading specialist. She is has written easy readers, board books, and picture books for young children.
Ian Lendler is a journalist and award-winning author of picture books, non-fiction, and graphic novels.
Danielle Dufayet is a picture book author who teaches English and public speaking/self-empowerment classes. She is also an artist who works in stained glass and oil, along with acrylic paint.
Helena Ku Rhee
Helena Ku Rhee’s picturebooking podcast interview featuring THE PAPER KINGDOM. Ku Rhee is an author based in Los Angeles. She draws story ideas from her travels as well as her childhood. THE PAPER KINGDOM (illustrated by Pascal Campion) is a story based off of a difficult time made magical by her parents.
Annie Barrows – John Marco & Iggy picturebooking 138 | author episode | hosted by Nick Patton | March 4, 2020 Picturebooking Newsletter Apple Podcast ReviewsAnnie Barrows | author Annie Barrows is a New York Times bestselling author, best known for the Ivy...
Author of nonfiction and historical fiction | Featured book: IT TO ABIGAIL
Four-year-old picture book author of a New York Times bestseller
Anika Aldamuy Denise writes stories that tickle her funny bone, tug her heartstrings, feed her curiosity, and celebrate her bicultural Puerto Rican-Italian heritage.
Chelsea Clinton is the picture book author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.
Zanni Louise is an Australian author whose been twice listed in the CBCA Notables, and her picture book Archie and the Bear was selected for the prestigious international children’s catalogue: The White Ravens.
Tim McCanna has been an actor, musician, musical theatre writer, graphic designer and dad. Now, he is combining all those experiences into being a writer for children.
Ruth Spiro is the author of the best-selling Baby Loves Science series. She speaks regularly at STEM and early-childhood conferences across the country.
Weyant & Gehl
Author Laura Gehl and the illustrated Christopher Weyant talk about their book My Pillow Keeps Moving.
Patrick Wensink is a bestselling author of five books for grownups and now he shifts gears into children’s literature with his picture book GO GO GORILLAS, illustrated by Nate Wragg.
Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including DUDE!, Creepy Pair of Underwear, Caveboy Dave, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Creepy Carrots.
Julia Donaldson is a writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children’s Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man.
L.J.R. Kelly is the grandson of Roald Dahl and a picture book author. He studied at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and at Dartmouth College in the United States.
Jonah Winter is the award-winning author of non-fiction picture books including New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Diego and Here Comes the Garbage Barge!, and the highly acclaimed Frida and Dizzy.