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LATEST GUESTS

Marla Frazee – The Farmer and the Circus

Marla Frazee – The Farmer and the Circus

Two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee talks about how making picture books help her through life’s challenges. Today’s featured book is her conclusion to the farmer trilogy, THE FARMER AND THE CIRCUS.

Paddy Donnelly – The Vanishing Lake

Paddy Donnelly – The Vanishing Lake

Today’s featured guest is children’s book author and illustrator Paddy Donelly. We also have a picturebooking message from author Elsa Anderson.

Leda Schubert – Nathan’s Song

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

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

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

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

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.

Nicola Killen – The Little Kitten

Nicola Killen – The Little Kitten

Nicola Killen received an MA in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and since then, she has been working on her books, including THE LITTLE REINDEER. 

Kate Messner – The Next President

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.

Sophie Blackall – If You Come To Earth

Sophie Blackall – If You Come To Earth

Two-time Caldecott winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall discusses IF YOU COME TO EARTH, a glorious guide to our home planet and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other.

Gaia Cornwall – Jabari Tries

Gaia Cornwall – Jabari Tries

Picture book author-illustrator Gaia Cornwall discusses JABARI TRIES.

Gaia Cornwall is an author-illustrator whose debut picture book, JABARI JUMPS, won several awards, including a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book.

JABARI TRIES is a book about the struggles of making and inventing. Jabari transforms his frustration into perseverance with the help of his family.

Simran Jeet Singh – Fauja Singh Keeps Going

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 – 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

Valerie Bolling

Valerie Bolling is an author and educator who wants children of all backgrounds to see themselves in stories.

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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

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

Ian Lendler

Ian Lendler is a journalist and award-winning author of picture books, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is a picture book author and illustrator. He won a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña. LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET also won the Newbery Medal.

Danielle Dufayet

Danielle Dufayet

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.

Chris Eliopoulos

Chris Eliopoulos

Christopher Eliopoulos is an author-illustrator who began his career as a letterer for Marvel. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series of picture book biographies. Eliopoulos has worked on thousands of stories in comics, picture books and now television.

Helena Ku Rhee

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

Annie Barrows

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...

Vanessa Roeder

Vanessa Roeder

Vanessa Roeder’s picturebooking podcast interview featuring THE BOX TURTLE. Roeder is a self-made artist turned author-illustrator, who finds inspiration and so much more in her Girllustrators, a close group of fellow children’s book creators. THE BOX TURTLE: A story about self-acceptance filled with heart and humor as a little turtle searches for his perfect shell.

Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock

Author of nonfiction and historical fiction | Featured book: IT TO ABIGAIL

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Renowned lettering artist and New York Times Bestseller | Featured book: TOMORROW I’LL BE KIND

Rob Polivka

Rob Polivka

Author, illustrator and cartoonist | Featured book: A DREAM OF FLIGHT: ALBERTO SANTOS-DUMONT’S RACE AROUND THE EIFFEL TOWER

Grant Snider

Grant Snider

orthodontist, author and artist of comics and picture books. Featured Books: WHAT COLOR IS NIGHT; QUIET POWER: THE SECRET STRENGTHS OF INTROVERTS

Parker Curry

Parker Curry

Four-year-old picture book author of a New York Times bestseller

Adam Rex

Adam Rex

author-illustrator
New York Times bestseller
Featured Book: WHY?

Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan

author-illustrators
Newbery Honoree
Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer
Coretta Scott King Award winner

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers

OLIVER JEFFERS is an artist, storyteller, father, cartographer and part-time explorer. His work encompasses many forms, from picture books to portraiture, using a variety of media.

Anika Denise

Anika Denise

Anika Aldamuy Denise writes stories that tickle her funny bone, tug her heartstrings, feed her curiosity, and celebrate her bicultural Puerto Rican-Italian heritage.

John Rocco

John Rocco

John Rocco is a Caldecott Honor winner who has made stories using all different mediums (including art directing for the film Shrek, and designing rides for Epcot).

Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler is an author and illustrator whose debut picture book MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS was an NYT bestseller.

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton

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.

LK James

LK James

LK James is an author, illustrator and designer living in Atlanta, GA. The Full House and The Empty House is her first children’s book.

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson is an author and illustrator whose work I started noticing during the launch of Giraffes Ruin Everything in 2016. I find his illustrations energetic, fun and always serving the story. And I find Chris to be the same.

J.R. Krause

J.R. Krause

J.R. Krause is an award-winning animator of The Simpsons and Futurama. His other published picture books are Poco Loco and Happy Birthday, Poco Loco.

Zanni Louise

Zanni Louise

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

Tim McCanna

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

Ruth Spiro

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.

Michael Rex

Michael Rex

Michael Rex is the creator of over thirty books for children, including the number one bestseller Goodnight Goon and the Fangbone! series.