Jessica Hische – Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind

picturebooking 134  |  author-illustrator episode  |  hosted by Nick Patton  |  Jan. 8, 2020


0:45 What attracted Jessica to the idea of making picture books

2:41 The bottomless pit of need for children’s books

5:42 Making books that fall flat with your own children

7:33 How therapy and Mr. Rodgers help flush out the concept behind the TOMORROW I’LL BE … books

11:12 How choosing words for the concept dictated this two-book series 

12:50 Why the second book was ten-times harder to both write and illustrate

17:40 Helping a child understand what it means to be a kind generous person

19:54 A visual nod to the love languages

23:10 An idea that haunts you is always a good sign

25:42 Why Tomorrow? Why not be brave and kind now?

32:00 The process behind creating the lettering and art in TOMORROW I’LL BE KIND

37:50 Building procrastination and self-care into your creativity

46:30 How Jessica enriches her life outside of art

49:20 What is next for Jessica

50:45 Jessica’s most meaningful inspiring moments from her picture book life

Jessica Hische

author-illustrator, lettering artist

Jessica Hische is a renowned lettering artist and New York Times bestselling author-illustrator. Her latest picture book TOMORROW I’LL BE KIND is a follow-up to her 2018 hit TOMORROW I’LL BE BRAVE.

Featured Book: Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind

by Jessica Hische, author-illustrator
Children’s Picture Book • Penguin Workshop • Published January 14, 2020

TOMORROW I’LL BE KIND: Hische brings to life another series of inspirational words and scenes with her hand-lettering and illustrations. This uplifting book encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will be grateful, helpful, and kind.

Tomorrow I’ll be everything
I strive to be each day
And even when it’s difficult
I’ll work to find a way.

Books Mentioned in Episode 134

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Nick Patton
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