loader from loading.io

Valerie Bolling - Let's Dance!

The Children's Book Podcast

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Deborah Wiles - Kent State show art Deborah Wiles - Kent State

The Children's Book Podcast

Deborah Wiles () shares KENT STATE. Deborah is known for a great number of outstanding middle grade novels, but her YA debut is one that I believe will fully stop you in your tracks. KENT STATE is a novel in verse or perhaps more accurately a novel in voices about the events on May 4th, 1970 which led to members of the Ohio National Guard opening fire into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students. It is a book about events that took place over 50 years ago, but it is also inseparably a story about what is going on right now. It’s a...

info_outline
Meera Sriram - A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India show art Meera Sriram - A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India

The Children's Book Podcast

Meera Sriram () shares A GIFT FROM AMMA: MARKET DAY IN INDIA, illustrated by Marionna Cabassa. I am always keeping an eye out for books that take the familiar and reshape and reshare in a new way. In this book, we take a color walk alongside our main character, noticing pinks and blacks and reds and all of the other colors of the market. But this isn’t just a walk for the eyes. It’s a walk for all the senses. Readers watch the charcoal black roast sweetcorn and kebabs while hearing the black drums beat and boom. They smell the powdery spice scent of turmeric, yellow like sunshine dust,...

info_outline
Frank Murphy and Kayla Harren - A Girl Like You show art Frank Murphy and Kayla Harren - A Girl Like You

The Children's Book Podcast

Frank Murphy () and Kayla Harren share A GIRL LIKE YOU, co-authored with his wife Carla Murphy. Frank affirms with this sequel to A BOY LIKE YOU why the world needs every kind of kid. Sensitive, outgoing, smart, brave, caring, energetic, creative, and whatever other words that might come to mind as you think of the kids in your life. The first book was written in response to Frank’s observation of all the problems going on in the world, and to how the media continued to blame those problems most often on guns and on boys. We talk a lot about addressing toxic masculinity, but not all...

info_outline
Adam Gidwitz and Emma Otheguy - The Madre de Aguas of Cuba show art Adam Gidwitz and Emma Otheguy - The Madre de Aguas of Cuba

The Children's Book Podcast

Adam Gidwitz () and Emma Otheguy () share THE MADRE de AGUAS OF CUBA, book #5 in the UNICORN RESCUE SOCIETY series, illustrated by Hatem Aly. If you have been following along with this chapter book series, you have no doubt noticed that it’s doing something a little different than the other books out there. Series frontrunner Adam Gidwitz has paired up with a different #ownvoices author for each of the books since the first sequel. The resulting titles have taken readers all around the world to explore region-specific mythical creatures while also exploring the intersection of culture and...

info_outline
Samara Cole Doyon and Kaylani Juanita - Magnificent Homespun Brown show art Samara Cole Doyon and Kaylani Juanita - Magnificent Homespun Brown

The Children's Book Podcast

Samara Cole Doyon () and Kaylani Juanita () share MAGNIFICENT HOMESPUN BROWN. This picture book is so many things and, whether you are reading it the first time or the twenty-first time, there is something new to discover with each new read. This is due in large part to the terrific balance between rich, poetic text and lushly detailed, beautiful illustrations. Samara’s and Kaylani’s combined gifts resulted in a stunning and resonant story that is, itself, a gift to read. It is a celebration of all shades of brown and the faces and families whose deep, secret brown, whose feathery brown,...

info_outline
Rashmi Bismark - Finding Om show art Rashmi Bismark - Finding Om

The Children's Book Podcast

Rashmi Bismark () shares FINDING OM, her debut picture book illustrated by Morgan Huff and published by Mango & Marigold Press. In the story, Anu explores the mantra Om with her much-loved grandfather Appuppa. Rashmi was drawn to writing about the southeast asian experience and reflects on the #ownvoices responsibility in communication through art in a picture book. I found it fascinating to learn about the balance between leaving space for the illustrator in a picture book as an author and the importance of communicating details in order to assure, as an #ownvoices author, an authentic...

info_outline
Farhana Zia - Lali's Feather show art Farhana Zia - Lali's Feather

The Children's Book Podcast

Farhana Zia shares LALI’S FEATHER, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman and published by Peachtree Publishing Company. It’s a story about a girl who finds a feather and sets about trying to find the owner. What she finds instead is a good number of other birds who think their feathers are superior in beauty or sturdiness or usefulness. Of course, none of these opinions are useful for Lali. But what’s more is that Lali is unperturbed by their comments. She seems to be consumed with an irrepressible joy for this small treasure. You can access even more information about this book and its...

info_outline
Kelly Starling Lyons - Going Down Home with Daddy show art Kelly Starling Lyons - Going Down Home with Daddy

The Children's Book Podcast

Kelly Starling Lyons () shares GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY. Kelly is a wonder to me. Her books live in nearly every collection of our school library. Her JADA JONES series is so well-loved, that just mentioning her name in our library had students literally giddy to read her next book. She had not one but two picture books included in our mock Coretta Scott King award last year including GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY, a book illustrated by Daniel Minter for which he was awarded a Caldecott honor. Kelly’s newest book is called TIARA’S HAT PARADE, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell, and it centers on...

info_outline
Mike Curato - Flamer show art Mike Curato - Flamer

The Children's Book Podcast

Mike Curato () shares FLAMER, his YA graphic novel about a boy at scout camp the summer of 1995. This book is a lot of things. It’s a coming-of-age story. It confronts ideas of racism and homophobia. It looks at body image and coming to terms with identity in every sense of the word. It deals with issues of religion and of suicidal ideation. It is a powerful and moving story with a climax that rises like a phoenix from the flames. But we’ll get to all of that in our conversation. You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting . Get a copy of this book...

info_outline
Lynnette Mawhinney - Lulu the One and Only show art Lynnette Mawhinney - Lulu the One and Only

The Children's Book Podcast

Lynnette Mawhinney () shares LULU THE ONE AND ONLY, her debut picture book. There is a lot to be said for the question, “What are you?” It’s a question that dehumanizes the person at which it’s directed, but it also reveals a lot of it’s asker. Lynnette wrote the story as a means of showing real realities for biracial kids. To quote Lynnette,“We constantly want to put people in categories.” This conversation, dear listener, is an attempt to get to the bottom of why that is, to acknowledge the humanity in everyone, and to hold space for courageous conversations that seek to ...

info_outline
 
More Episodes

Valerie Bolling (@valerie_bolling) shares LET'S DANCE! with a team of 5th grade student co-hosts. Valerie’s debut picture book is called LET’S DANCE  and it’s illustrated by Maine Diaz. All told, there are less than 75 words in the main text, but with those selectively chosen verbs and adjectives Valerie leave a lot of space for the illustrator to bring the movement of dance to the page, and that’s exactly what happens. Valerie talks with us about growing up the only child in a house of seven adults. She shares her favorite dance, which is kuku in case you’re curious. And she shares how she’s only responsible for a third of the book (and talks lovingly on the other two thirds that helped to make this book what it is).

You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.

Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store.  

Thank you to this week's sponsor:

Picture Book Summit

Bookclub (Patreon)

Libro.fm

And to the generous support from our Patrons.