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Frané Lessac

The Children's Book Podcast

Release Date: 01/21/2020

Natasha Yim - Luna's Yum Yum Dim Sum show art Natasha Yim - Luna's Yum Yum Dim Sum

The Children's Book Podcast

Natasha Yim shares LUNA’s YUM YUM DIM SUM, a new picture book written by Natasha and illustrated by Violet Kim. Natasha talks about being invited to submit a story for the Storytelling Math series for Charlesbridge, which includes titles by Grace Lin, Sara Levine, and Ana Crespo. She started with an idea to set the story in a Chinese restaurant and asked herself the question, “Is being equitable the same as being fair?” The result was a fun and engaging sibling story over how to fairly divide portions when “fair” looks different from person to person. You can access even more...

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Jackie Azúa Kramer and Cindy Derby -  The Boy and the Gorilla show art Jackie Azúa Kramer and Cindy Derby - The Boy and the Gorilla

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Jackie Azua Kramer and Cindy Derby share THE BOY AND THE GORILLA, a book about a difficult topic, and one handled with great grace and care. It’s a story that addresses the “800 pound gorilla in the room” while walking the reader down a path to healing. You have no doubt faced grief in your life, listener. This story invites us to start with answers and find the questions. You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting . Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our . Support us on Patreon...

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Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin - The Passover Guest show art Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin - The Passover Guest

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Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin share THE PASSOVER GUEST, a new picture book that takes place in Depression-era DC and follows a young girl named Muriel home from the Tidal Basin to her parent’s empty table side on the evening of Passover. On her way home Muriel meets a strange magician who encourages her to hurry home. What miracle awaits for her and her family causes Muriel to run out and seek the rabbi in order to ask if they could proceed with the astonishing meal. The book is beautifully illustrated and a reminder that Passover is for everyone. You can access even more information about this...

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Yesenia Moises - Stella's Stellar Hair show art Yesenia Moises - Stella's Stellar Hair

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Yesenia Moises shares STELLA’s STELLAR HAIR, her debut picture book as both author and illustrator. There has been a surge of wonderful picture books featuring Black girls and boys and centering on hair thanks, in part, to the natural hair movement. Yesenia takes the topic interplanetary with, in her words, “big hair and bright colors”. The story is inspired by Yesenia’s own hair journey and centers on Stella, a young girl preparing for the Big Star Little Gala who visits her aunts on each of the different planets in order to try out their suggestions for how she should style her hair....

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Lamar Giles - The Legendary Alston Boys Adventures show art Lamar Giles - The Legendary Alston Boys Adventures

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Lamar Giles shares the LEGENDARY ALSTON BOYS ADVENTURES and THE LAST MIRROR ON THE LEFT, the most recent book in the series. I connected hard with the Alston Boys and am all-in for every page turn with Otto and Sheed and the memorable cast of characters that seem to threaten the very existence of time itself at every turn. Each book passes at breakneck speed and the stories, akin to what would happen if The Hardy Boys series crashed into The Phantom Tollbooth, remind readers that the small things you do can have a big affect on your future. You can access even more information about this book...

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Michelle Meadows and Ebony Glenn - Flying High show art Michelle Meadows and Ebony Glenn - Flying High

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Michelle Meadows and Ebony Glenn share FLYING HIGH: THE STORY OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPION SIMONE BILES. Michelle’s skill at crafting detailed and engaging biographies for the very young in rhythmic, rhyming text is perfectly paired with Ebony’s caring touch in bringing important individuals and their lives to life on the page. Michelle talks in our conversation about the music of language and how Simone Biles was, as Michelle puts it, an individual whom you could not help but look at as she took to the mats. Simone’s is a story of family love, facing obstacles, and facing hardships. There’s...

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Cathy Camper - Ten Ways to Hear Snow show art Cathy Camper - Ten Ways to Hear Snow

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Cathy Camper shares TEN WAYS TO HEAR SNOW, her debut picture book illustrated by Kenard Pak. A child named Lina heads out across a newly snow-laden neighborhood to visit her grandmother at an assisted living home and notes the sounds of snow along the way. Lina prepares grape leaves with her grandmother, as is a tradition and bond in their relationship, but her grandmother is also losing her eyesight, and so the child wants to make sure she collects as much of the snow through memory or experience as she can. Cathy’s best known for her LOWRIDERS graphic novel series. In her debut picture...

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Victoria Bond - Zora & Me: The Summoner show art Victoria Bond - Zora & Me: The Summoner

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Victoria Bond shares ZORA & ME: THE SUMMONER, the 3rd and final book in the ZORA & ME trilogy, co-authored by T.R. Simon and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. Victoria shares about starting with children at their beginnings because, as she puts it, there’s “no better time to meet a reader than at the very beginning.” The books in the ZORA & ME series center on the imagined childhood of Harlem Renaissance luminary Zora Neal Hurston, author of THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD. Each of the novels takes place in Eatonville, FL, one of the first all-black incorporated towns in...

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Meg Medina - Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away  show art Meg Medina - Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away

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Meg Medina shares EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez. Meg has written many, many beautiful books, but this latest picture book is one that really moved me in a way I wasn’t prepared for. In EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY we meet two friends making the very most of their last playdate together. It’s every bit as wonderful as you could imagine, beautifully rendered in illustrations by Sonia Sanchez. The pang of falling in best friend love only to have to say goodbye is a feeling I hope not many of you have had to suffer, but it is one told with poetic honesty in the...

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KA Holt - BenBee and the Teacher Griefer show art KA Holt - BenBee and the Teacher Griefer

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KA Holt shares BENBEE AND THE TEACHER GRIEFER. KA’s first book in the KIDS UNDER THE STAIRS series introduces readers to Ben B., Ben Y., Javier, and Jordan, four children forced to take a summer school class in order to improve their scores on the state assessment. It’s a story about learning how to exist together and also one about learning how not to censor yourself. KA pours a lot of heart into this story in order to bring us close to a group of kids who, in my opinion, don’t get seen often enough in schools. As you might guess, I saw a lot of my students in this book, their...

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Frané Lessac (@franelessac) shares UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS and UNDER THE MILKY WAY. Frané has made many beautiful books, but it was Traci Sorell’s debut picture book, WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA, in 2018 that really made me sit up and pay attention. Today Frané brings two picture books about the stars, both sharing a U.S. publication date. Frané tours the northern skies over our United States in UNDER THE MILKY WAY, highlighting different activities and occurrences that happen beneath the stars. In UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS she turns to the southern skies and a series of stars that point to True South. There are tiny turtles scrambling down the beach, shooting stars, clouds of bats, Nations coming together, and even a staircase of gold, and they are all visible beneath our skies. It’s enough to make anyone want to get out a night and experience all that’s going on in the world.

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