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This podcast gets you interviews with top authors and illustrators. It's informative and also helps listeners get to know the authors better.

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This podcast gets you interviews with top authors and illustrators. It's informative and also helps listeners get to know the authors better.
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Rank #1: KidLit RADIO: PEG + CAT: THE PENGUIN PROBLEM Read Out Loud

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The Animal Winter Games are swinging into gear at the South Pole, but there is one minor issue: the Penguins keep crashing into everything! It’s “snow” problem — Peg and Cat are there to save the day! Find out how as Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson read PEG + CAT: THE PENGUIN PROBLEM on this podcast episode of Read Out Loud.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Peg + Cat The Penguin Problem
Written by Jennifer Oxley & Billy Aronson

Peg and Cat are at the South Pole preparing to watch the ski race at the Animal Winter Games. Suddenly they spy the Penguins zooming downhill. CRASH! The Penguins keep slamming into things So they all try again, with Peg shouting directions each time they come to a hurdle. “Go over Go under Go in between ” But the Penguins still have no clue, because they don t know what over, under, and in between mean. Luckily, Cat points out some directional arrows to follow!
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Executive Producer: Julie Gribble

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Aug 07 2018

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Rank #2: KidLit RADIO: THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS Read Out Loud

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A. Wolf gets a bad wrap. He’s not so big and bag — AND he can explain about that three little pig situation — if you just give him a chance. On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud Jon Scieszka reads THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. Don’t miss it or we will huff and we will puff and we will….

ABOUT THE BOOK


The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Written by Jon Scieszka, illustrations by Lane Smith
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf – but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. With over two million copies sold, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs remains as funny and irreverent as the inventive minds of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

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Jul 16 2018

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Rank #3: KidLit RADIO: TAKE ME OUT OF THE BATHTUB AND OTHER SILLY DILLY SONGS Read Out Loud

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WARNING! Super-silliness ahead! On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, song & comedy writer Alan Katz turns some old favourites into zany earworms (like Stinky, Stinky Diaper Change!). Your kids won’t be able to resist as he sings poems from TAKE ME OUT OF THE BATHTUB AND OTHER SILLY DILLY SONGS!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs (Illustrated by David Catrow), Remember…  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”? Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire Alan Katz has turned those and other old favorites on their ears and created new nonsense songs kids will love. With zany, spirited pictures by illustrator and cartoonist David Catrow, this kooky collection guarantees laughs and plenty of silly dillyness for kids everywhere!

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Aug 22 2018

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Rank #4: KidLit RADIO: BEAR SNORES ON Read Out Loud

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As a winter storm rages outside, deep in his warm cave, Bear sleeps soundly. Little forest creatures discover the cozy cave and begin to make themselves at home, building a fire, popping corn and brewing tea. Bear seems to be able to sleep through nearly anything — but what will happen if he wakes? Find out on this podcast episode of Read Out Loud as Karma Wilson reads her book, BEAR SNORES ON.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Bear Snores On
 (Illustrated by Jane Chapman) – One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests — all of them having a party without him.

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Jul 12 2018

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Rank #5: KidLit Podcast: The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems

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Podcast Ep 21 | The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems

Tune into this week’s episode of KidLit Podcast to learn all about The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems!

StoryMakers host Rocco Staino caught up with Mo Willems at the preview for The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, a retrospective of Willems’ work at the New-York Historical Society. The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems exhibit contains many pieces that show Willems’ process as he created some of kid lit’s most memorable characters. He hopes children create their own art after they leave the museum. The author and illustrator briefly discussed The Thank You Book, the 25th and last book in the Elephant and Piggie series.

Mo Willems has had a huge impact on the lives of children. As a television writer for Sesame Street he garnered six Emmys. His witty one-liners inspired children to quote characters from Codename: Kids Next Door amongst other familiar cartoons. In 2003 his first picture book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, was published and since then it’s been a stream of accolades; three Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Medals, five Geisel Honors, and a place in the Picture Book Hall of Fame.

Willems’ surly pigeon, the mismatched pair of Elephant and Piggie, and everyone’s favorite Knuffle Bunny are a few of the characters visitors will get to see evolve via the exhibit.

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems exhibition brings together original art, sketches, and inspirational drawings from Willem’s most popular series, plus stand-alone classics such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster and That is NOT a Good Idea!. It displays the efforts behind the effortlessness, the seriousness behind the silliness, and the desire, as Willems says, “to think of my audience, not for my audience.” His ability to crisply weave together life lessons and humor creates artful volumes that speak to all, regardless of size.

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems is open now, until September 25, 2016. Click here for ticket information, directions, and more.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art organized the exhibition, which is supported by Disney Publishing Worldwide.

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ABOUT THE THANK YOU BOOK


The Thank You Book

Written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion, 2016)

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone … someone important.

ABOUT MO WILLEMS

#1 New York Times Bestseller Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for PBS’ Sesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. During his nine seasons at Sesame Street, Mo also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon’s The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City.

While serving as head writer for Cartoon Network’s #1 rated show, Codename: Kids Next Door, Mo began writing and drawing books for children. His debut effort, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! became a New York Times Bestseller and was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale was awarded a Caldecott Honor. The sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity garnered Mo his third Caldecott Honor in 2008.

In addition to picture books, Mo created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of “Easy Readers”, which were awarded the Theodor Suess Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009 and  Geisel Honors in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. For older audiences he has published an illustrated memoir of his year-long trip around the world in 1990-91 entitled You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons and Don’t Pigeonhole Me!, a collection of 20 years of his annual sketchbooks. His books have been translated into over 20 languages.

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ABOUT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs are one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

The New-York Historical Society’s museum is the oldest in New York City and predates the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly seventy years.

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WATCH MO WILLEM’S STORYMAKERS ON LOCATION EPISODE HERE!

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Apr 07 2016

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Rank #6: KidLit Podcast: Soman Chainani

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Podcast Ep 16 | Soman Chainani 

KidLit TV had a “happily ever after” at Symphony Space’s Thalia Book Club Camp, where we met and interviewed Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil. The Thalia Book Club Camp is a four-week creative program for young readers and writers aged 9–13. Enthusiastic campers are able to interact with their favorite children’s book authors and illustrators, take part in literary discussions, and go on book-related field trips around New York City.

Watch Soman’s interview to gain lots of great insights, including:

  • Why he believes women make irresistible villains
  • His favorite villain
  • His three year “sprint” of writing
  • The importance of making your characters honest

Soman Chainani and The School for Good and Evil
The campers could barely stay in their seats as Soman entered the room; they were extremely excited to see one of their favorite authors. One camper had a stack of Soman’s books at the ready. Soman started the discussion by telling the kids about his book. He explained how classic fairy tales and Disney movies — many with whom the children are familiar — inspired The School for Good and Evil.

“I often rooted for the villains in the story growing up, because I thought they were the more interesting characters.” — Soman Chainani

Soman’s team put together brilliant trailers for each book. Below is the trailer for the first book. The trailers for the second book and the third book are also some of the best we’ve ever seen.

The School for Good and Evil is a New York Times bestseller. It takes you on an epic journey to a stunning new world, where happily ever after is told from a different perspective. Sophie, a glass slipper wearing, supposed good-doer believes she’s a shoe-in (no pun intended) for a spot at the School for Good. She hopes to join the ranks of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. On the other hand Agatha who sports a grimace, dark locks, and pale white skin — she has a black cat, to boot — seems to be the stereotypical “perfect fit” for the School for Evil.

As fate would have it the girls’ fortunes are reversed. Sophie is dumped in the School for Evil. The girl who believed she was destined to attend the School for Good is forced to take courses including Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training. Agatha is brought to the School for Good, where handsome princes and fair maidens are spotted in every direction … flaunting their perfection. You have to read The School for Good and Evil, to find out what happens to Agatha and Sophie.

Soman Chainani’s Presentation
Soman asked the campers about their favorite books and said, “Favorite means you have to had read it more than twice!” With answers ranging from Harry Potter to Percy Jackson, the KidLit TV team was awed by how passionate these young readers were about books.

Soman told us about the many times he watched Disney movies with his brothers, when he was young, and how he became obsessed with fairy tales. When he attended college he’d long since left fairy tales behind, but he ended up stuck in a course which exposed the dark origins of modern fairy tales. He realized the classic tales told by authors such as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm were much more wicked than the Disney films they inspired.

“Disney princesses and princes get rewarded for making bad decisions and have a happy ever after. Good is clearly good and bad is devilishly bad. There is no grey scale.” — Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil explores the grayness of good and evil. Soman hopes to teach readers, young and old, that they cannot be fooled by appearances and “goodness” or “evil”.

Soman Chainani giving a presentation about ‘The School for Good and Evil’

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Feb 26 2016

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Rank #7: KidLit RADIO: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD Read Out Loud

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On this kidlit podcast episode of Read Out Loud, Rocco reads THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD!

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ABOUT THE BOOK
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper, illustrated by Loren Long
Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.
Now the great Loren Long (OTIS; OF THEE I SING) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child.

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Oct 08 2018

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Rank #8: KidLit RADIO: LOST AND FOUND CAT: THE TRUE STORY OF KUNKUSH’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY Read Out Loud

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Hear the amazing, true story behind LOST AND FOUND CAT: THE TRUE STORY OF KUNKUSH’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, as told by photojournalist and author, Doug Kuntz. Learn about the refugee family who would do anything to find the pet cat they carried from Iraq to Greece while fleeing the war. A moving podcast episode of Read Out Loud.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.

But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.

A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them with the cat they love so much. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens—Kunkush’s family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.

This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush’s family.

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Aug 16 2018

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Rank #9: KidLit Podcast with Peter H. Reynolds

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Podcast Ep. 32 | Peter H. Reynolds

International Dot Day can be celebrated every day, anywhere in the world. Over 7 million people participated in 2016’s International Dot Day and the numbers are still growing strong! On today’s KidLit Podcast episode StoryMakers host Rocco Staino talks with Peter H. Reynolds, whose book The Dot was the inspiration behind International Dot Day. You’ll also meet the fun and creative characters in his “Creatrilogy” that includes The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color. How did you make your mark this year for International Dot Day?

WATCH PETER H. REYNOLDS’ STORYMAKERS EPISODE HERE!

ALL ABOUT Peter’s CREATRILOGY

The Dot
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by Candlewick Press

Vashti is not an artist. She jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There,” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.

Ish
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by Candlewick Press

Ramon loves to draw and It makes him happy but, in one split second everything changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon’s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just “right.”

Sky Color
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by Candlewick Press

Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint?

MORE Books by Peter!
The Water Princess

Written by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. Gie Gie cannot bring the water to her kingdom. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect water.  And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

Going Places
Written by Paul A. Reynolds, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

It’s time for this year’s Going Places contest! Time to build a go-cart enter the race and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit and starts to build their go-cart! Everyone but Maya. Who said it “had” to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only “one” way to cross the finish line?

ALL ABOUT PETER H. REYNOLDS

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children. In addition to his Creatrilogy The Dot, Ish,  and Sky Color he is the author-illustrator of Rose’s Garden, The North Star, and So Few of Me. Peter H. Reynolds helps inspire children find their creative side and dream big through his art and writing!

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ALL ABOUT FABLEVISION

FableVision Studios is a multi-media production studio that  develops an array of  media that inspire, teaches, and move people to action! FableVision is dedicated to helping ALL learners reach and discover their true potential.

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ALL ABOUT BLUE BUNNY BOOKS and TOYS

Blue Bunny Books and Toys is the perfect place to stop by and experience creativity with your family and friends. Shop for some of your favorite books, join story time every Monday and Tuesday and take part in all kinds of creative activities and events, all at Blue Bunny Books and Toys.

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Sep 26 2016

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Rank #10: KidLit RADIO: LOVE YOU, HUG YOU, READ TO YOU Read Out Loud

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Something you might not know about author, Tish Rabe, is that she trained as an opera singer! She often sings for her family, and on this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, we are lucky enough to have her to sing for us. Relax and listen as she brings the words of her book, LOVE YOU, HUG YOU, READ TO YOU, to life through song.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Love You, Hug You, Read to You!
Written by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Frank Enderby
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, Board Books

There are three things I’ll always do … love you, hug you, read to you. The simple promise of togetherness offered in this board book is enhanced by interactive prompts throughout, encouraging parents to engage with their child while reading. Studies show that asking questions, like the ones in this book, helps children learn to read faster than if they just listen to a story. Love and literacy are gifts we can give to our children every day Also available as bilingual (Spanish and English) edition entitled ¡Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo!


Te amo, te Abrazo, leo contigo!/Love You, Hug You, Read to You!
Written by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Frank Enderby
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, Board Books

¡Te amo, te Abrazo, Leo Contigo!/Love You, Hug You, Read to You! is a bi-lingual book written in both Spanish and English. Studies have shown that asking children’s questions about what’s happening in a book helps them learn to read faster than if they just sit and listen to a story so this book features interactive questions in both languages. It also offers the opportunity for Spanish speakers to learn English and English speakers to learn Spanish!

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Jul 14 2018

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Rank #11: KidLit Podcast: Tim Federle

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Podcast Ep3: Tim Federle

KidLit TV’s Rocco Staino interviews author Tim Federle. In this podcast Tim talks about his kid lit mentors, the joy of hearing from his readers, and talks about his book Better Nate Than Ever. Stay tuned at the end because there’s a tap dancing surprise!

Better Nate Than Ever  A “New York Times” Notable Book of the Year, a “Publishers’ Weekly” Best Book of the Year, and a “Slate” Favorite Book of the Year. A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for “E.T.: The Musical.”

Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for “seeing” a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for “E.T.: The Musical,” and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.
Tim Federle’s “hilarious and heartwarming debut novel” (“Publishers Weekly”) is full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing up–because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.

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Tommy Can’t Stop!  Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can’t keep up But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy. This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels “Better Nate Than Ever “and its sequel “Five, Six, Seven, Nate!”, which were named best books of the year by the “New York Times” and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and called one of the best new middle grade series by “School Library Journal”. “The Great American Whatever “was inspired by an accident near Tim’s high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever. It is his first novel for young adults. Connect with the author on Instagram and Twitter at @TimFederle, and at TimFederle.com.

ABOUT TIM:
TIM FEDERLE GREW UP IN SAN FRANCISCO and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway.

His debut novel for kids,  Better Nate Than Ever — described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post — was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2013 and a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, and Slate.com.

The sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, was named a Best Book of 2014 by both the American Booksellers Association and Amazon (and is now available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book editions).

Tommy Can’t StopTim’s brand new debut picture book from Disney, with illustrator Mark Fearinghas been selected as a Spring 2015 Indie Next independent booksellers’ choice, and is out now.

Tim is also the author of the literary cocktail recipe book Tequila Mockingbird, which was voted the #1 Cookbook of 2013 on Goodreads (and was a clue on Jeopardy). His cocktail recipe guide for new parents, Hickory Daiquiri Dock, has been called “More fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie” by the Tampa Bay Times.

Profiles of Tim can be read in The New York TimesAtlantic MagazineTIME Magazine for KidsEntertainment Weeklyand CNN — and his press kit can be accessed here.

(You can also send him a note.)

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Nov 13 2015

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Rank #12: KidLit Podcast: Princeton Children’s Book Festival

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Podcast Ep1: StoryMakers On Location at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival

KidLit TV’s Rocco Staino interviews authors, illustrators and other children’s literacy experts at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival 2015. In this podcast you’ll hear interviews with kid lit luminaries such as:

…And so many other fabulous authors and illustrators!

A big thank you to Princeton Children’s Book Festival for putting on such an amazing event!

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Nov 05 2015

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Rank #13: Storynory: THE GOLDEN GOOSE

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Let’s read together with our friends at Storynory and draw the Golden Goose on Storynory Art with Lori! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G24wqbdIMD0&feature=youtu.be   What if your parents called you a "dummy" all your life? What would you do? The Golden Goose is a tale of a young boy who ca

What if your parents called you a “dummy” all your life? What would you do? The Golden Goose is a tale of a young boy who can’t be that much of a dummy, because he found a golden goose and made the most significant people of the local town look like fools. His secret? He had a kind heart.

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The Golden Goose
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Once upon a time, there lived a woodcutter and his wife, who had three sons. The eldest two were strong and tall, and their mother and father were always telling them how handsome and clever they were – but the youngest son was, to tell you the truth, just a bit simple in the head. He wasn’t very tall, and he wasn’t very strong, and his family thought he was good for nothing. They hardly ever called him by his real name, but instead they gave him a cruel nickname. They called him Dummy, because they said he was stupid.

One day the eldest son wanted to go to the forest to cut wood. The mother praised him for being such a useful boy, and before he set out she gave him some of her best fruit cake for his lunch, and a bottle of wine to wash it down. While the boy was walking through the forest, he met a little grey old man who said to him: “Do give me a little piece of your cake and a swig of your wine. I’m so terribly hungry and thirsty.”

And the eldest son replied: “Be off with you, you filthy old beggar.”

The little grey old man went away, but not without taking his revenge. He put a curse on the boy, so that when he started to cut a tree down, his axe slipped and went into his leg. The boy limped home to his mother who washed his wound and bandaged him.

The next day, the second eldest son went out to the forest to cut wood. Before he set out, his mother praised him for being such a useful boy, but especially asked him to be careful with the axe, so as not to have a nasty accident like his brother. The boy promised not to be careless, and his mother gave him some of her best sponge cake for his lunch, and a bottle of wine to wash it down.

It happened that as the boy was walking through the woods, he came across the same little grey old man. The man said to him: “Do please share your sponge cake and your wine with me, for I am so terribly weak with hunger and thirst.”

The boy said: “Be off with you, you lazy old scoundrel. If you want to eat, you’d better work.”

The little grey old man went away, but not without taking his revenge. Not long after, when the boy was cutting down a tree, his axe flew out of his hand and hit him on the head. He crawled home to his mother who bandaged up his wound and asked him why he had not kept his promise to be more careful.

For the rest of the week, the two eldest sons were both lying in bed recovering from their wounds. The father said to the third and youngest son: “Get on your feet, you lazy Dummy. Why are you sitting around doing nothing, when both brothers are hurt and unable to work? Get out to the forest and cut some wood – if you’re not too stupid to do that.”

The mother laughed at him and said: “It’s more than likely that Dummy will cut his own head off – but it won’t be much of a loss to anyone.” Before he left she gave him some cake that she had burned almost to a crust in the oven, and a bottle of sour beer to wash it down.

As the youngest boy was going through the woods, he met the same little grey old man who had crossed the path of his brothers. The man said to him: “Do please share some of your cake and beer with me. I am so terribly hungry and thirsty, and I fear that if I don’t have something to eat and drink soon, I will surely die”

The young boy replied: “Old man, I will gladly share with you what I have – but the cake is burnt and the beer is sour.”

“Never mind that,” said the man. “I am grateful for what you can give me.”

The boy and the little grey old man sat down and shared the cake and the beer. After they had finished their lunch, the man said: “Since you have a good heart, and have shared what you have with me, I will give you a reward. You see that old tree over there. Cut it down with your axe and you will find something of value inside its hollow trunk.”

So when the little grey old man had left, the young boy, whose parents called him “Dummy”, took his axe and cut down the hollow tree just as he had been told. Inside he found a goose – but this was no ordinary bird, for its feathers were made of gold.

The boy realised that he was in luck, and thought to himself: “Why should I go home now and suffer the insults of my parents and brothers? They will take this valuable bird from me, and I shall have nothing.” So the boy decided to run away from home. He put the golden goose under his arm and set out for the town. Then he went to the inn, intending to stay there. He stood at the bar and asked the innkeeper if he would accept a golden feather as payment for his board and lodgings. When the innkeeper saw the golden goose, he readily agreed.

After the boy had gone to bed he said to his three daughters: “That young boy whose parents call Dummy is staying up in our guest room. But he can’t be as simple in the head as they say – for he’s got a valuable bird with him – a goose with feathers made of gold.”

The eldest daughter thought to herself: “Well fancy that; feathers made of gold. I’ll pluck one or maybe more of those for myself.”

After the clock struck midnight, she sneaked into the boy’s room, and saw that he was asleep with his arm around the golden goose. She crept up and tried to pluck a feather, but the feather wouldn’t budge, and when she tried to take her hand away, she found that she was stuck to it. She couldn’t move, and she couldn’t cry out for fear of waking the boy. She had to stay where she was – on her knees by the bed, with her hand on the feather.

After the clock struck one in the morning, the second sister came in the room, planning to take one feather or more for herself. In the dark she didn’t see her sister, but as soon as she touched her back, she found that her hand was stuck fast to her, and she had to stay where she was, not moving and not making a sound.

After the clock struck two in the morning, the third sister came in. The other two shouted: “Stay back!” But it was too late – she reached out hoping to steal a feather and found that her hand was stuck to the middle sister.

The boy and the goose slept soundly through all of this. In the morning the boy got up, paid his bill with a golden feather, and left the inn with the goose under his arm. The sisters had no choice but to follow on behind him. What a pretty procession they made!

Along the way they met the bishop: “What a sight!” He exclaimed. “It’s hardly right for three young women to follow a boy around like that!”

As the girls went past he tapped the youngest on the shoulder. In doing so he found that he was stuck to her and had to follow.

Further up the road they met a police sergeant. The bishop called out to him: “Sergeant. Help me get free from this young woman’s shoulder. I’m stuck to her and people are bound to start all kinds of gossip about it!”

The police sergeant tried to pull the bishop free, but in doing so he found that both his hands were stuck to his waist, and he had to follow along with the procession.

At the top of the road they met the mayor. “What’s this town coming to?” Cried the mayor. “The bishop and the police sergeant are following three young girls who are following a young boy; all holding on to each other in a most unseemly fashion. Have they gone mad?”

As he spoke, he tried to pull the police sergeant and the bishop away – but in doing so he found that he was stuck to both of them, and had to follow on.

The boy led the little line of the townspeople along up the road, and at the top of the hill they passed the King’s palace. Now the King’s daughter was very beautiful, but she had the saddest face in the whole wide world. She had never laughed and not once even smiled. The King was so troubled by the young princess’ unhappiness, that he had made a special law: Whosoever could make her laugh and smile would win her hand in marriage.

But the truth was that nothing very funny ever happened inside the royal palace. All the King’s servants and advisers were far too high and mighty to understand what would make a young girl laugh – or indeed to allow anything amusing to happen at all.

As the boy, known as Dummy, went past the palace, he still held the golden goose under his arm; and he was followed by the innkeeper’s three daughters, the bishop, the police sergeant, and the mayor. The princess looked out and saw the important people in their uniforms being tugged along behind three girls and a boy with a goose. She thought that it was the first thing she had seen in her life that was truly funny. She burst out laughing and ran, still giggling, to her father to tell him all about what she had seen. When the King looked out of his window and saw the procession, he couldn’t help laughing himself. He sent for his guards and told them to bring the boy and his followers directly to him. When the boy entered the King’s chamber, with the followers behind him; the mayor, the bishop and the policeman all called out angrily that he should pay for his crime with his head. The king, still laughing, said that on the contrary – he would be rewarded with the hand in marriage of his daughter, the princess.

For an entire week after that, the innkeeper’s three daughters, the bishop, the policeman, and the mayor were all stuck to the golden goose and to one another. While they were stuck, all the townspeople and the whole court laughed and laughed at them. The boy whose family called him Dummy married the princess and inherited the kingdom. He lived with his beautiful wife and they had six happy smiling children, and the palace was often filled with laughter.

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Nov 03 2017

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Rank #14: KidLit RADIO: A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG Read Out Loud

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On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, join author, Emily Jenkins as she introduces us to A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG. As she reads, the words of the book, like the two friends, tumble and tangle into a tongue-twist of fun!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG
Written by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Chris Appelhans

When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

ABOUT EMILY

Emily Jenkins, who sometimes uses the pen name E. Lockhart, is an American writer of children’s picture books, young-adult novels, and adult fiction. She is known best for the Ruby Oliver quartet (which begins with The Boyfriend List), The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and We Were Liars

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Jan 06 2019

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Rank #15: Storynory: THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA

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Let’s read together with our friends at Storynory and draw the Lion from ANDROCLES AND THE LION on Storynory Art with Lori! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOWlyyAjLhY This classic story by Hans Christian Andersen reveals the the one and only test whether or not a girl is a true princess. Does she h

This classic story by Hans Christian Andersen reveals the the one and only test whether or not a girl is a true princess. Does she have what it takes?

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There was, once upon a time, a prince who wanted to marry a princess, but she must be a true princess. So he travelled through the whole world to find one, but there was always something against each. There were plenty of princesses, but he could not find out if they were true princesses. In every case there was some little defect, which showed the genuine article was not yet found. So he came home again in very low spirits, for he had wanted very much to have a true princess. One night there was a dreadful storm; it thundered and lightened, and the rain streamed down in torrents. It was fearful! There was a knocking heard at the palace gate, and the old king went to open it.

There stood a princess outside the gate; but oh! What a sad plight she was in from the rain and the storm! The water was running down from her hair and her dress into the points of her shoes and out at the heels again. Yet she said she was a true princess.

“Well, we shall soon find that out!” Thought the old queen. But she said nothing, and went into the sleeping room, took off all the bedclothes, and laid a pea on the bottom of the bed. Then she put twenty mattresses on top of the pea, and twenty eiderdown quilts on the top of the mattresses. This was the bed in which the princess was to sleep.

The next morning she was asked how she had slept.

“Oh, very badly!” Said the princess. “I scarcely closed my eyes all night! I am sure I don’t know what was in the bed. I laid on something so hard that my whole body is black and blue. It was dreadful!”

Now they perceived that she was a true princess, because she had felt the pea through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eiderdown quilts. No one but a true princess could be so sensitive.

So the prince married her, for now he knew that at last he had gotten hold of a true princess. The pea was put into the Royal Museum, where it is still to be seen, if no one has stolen it. Now this is a true story.

So Bertie says that’s how you tell a real princess. Sadie says she would never sit on a pea, but still Bertie won’t say that she’s a real princess and now she’s in a bit of a huff. I’m sure she will cheer up soon because she likes Bertie really.

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Dec 20 2017

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Rank #16: KidLit RADIO: NONFICTION MINUTE STEM and the Sky

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KidLit RADIO and iNK Think Tank’s NONFICTION MINUTE!

Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: STEM and the SKY

Luke Skywatcher by Alexandra Siy
How Did Building Bikes Help the Wright Brothers Invent the Airplane by Mary Kay Carson
Flying Into the Eye of a Storm by Vicki Cobb

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May 29 2019

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Rank #17: KidLit Podcast: Nick Bruel

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Podcast Ep 22 | Nick Bruel

Gather up your friends, family and pets and get ready to jump into this kid lit adventure! Author/illustrator Nick Bruel and special guest Bad Kitty are on StoryMakers! What kind of mischief will Bad Kitty get into this time? Be sure to tune into this episode of KidLit Podcast to find out!

You can also learn more about Nick Bruel and Bad Kitty on our show Field Trip! at the  Princeton Book Festival and Carle Honors! And you can watch KidLit TV’s Bad Kitty short, here.

ABOUT BOOKS

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
Written and illustrated by Nick Bruel
Published by Roaring Brook Press

When Kitty is happy and healthy, everything is perfect. She jumps around, eats everything in sight, and has the energy to keep slobbering puppies in their place. But when she’s sick, all she can do is lie in her bed. Looks like it’s time for this sick kitty to go…to the vet. When Kitty’s family finally manages to get their clawing, angry pet into the doctor’s office, it’s a wild adventure for Kitty, who has to get the most dreaded thing of all…a shot. Once the shot is administered, Kitty is cast into an ingenious dream within a dream sequence in which she has to make right by Puppy or risk being shut out of PussyCat heaven forever. This ninth installment of the popular Bad Kitty series from Nick Bruel is chock-full of brilliant supporting characters and, of course, the crankiest bad kitty you’ve ever seen.

ABOUT NICK BRUEL

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing! and the Bad Kitty books, among others. He is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

WATCH NICK BRUEL’S STORYMAKERS EPISODE HERE!

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Apr 14 2016

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Rank #18: KidLit RADIO: WHEN THE COUSINS CAME Read Out Loud

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Sometimes when we are really excited about something that is going to happen, we picture it in our minds beforehand — what a birthday party will be like, what might be under the Christmas tree, or even how a visit with our favourite people might go. Sometimes what ends up happening isn’t quite how we imagined it!

In this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, join author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki as she reads WHEN THE COUSINS CAME, a book about difference, adversity, and how we deal with things when they don’t quite meet our expectations.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

WHEN THE COUSINS CAME
by Katie Yamasaki

Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They’re going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything’s wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don’t want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their “best cousin” Lila! This sensitive story about insecurity, hosting, and friendship reminds children that negative thoughts and anxiety over exclusion don’t always translate to reality.

ABOUT KATIE

Yamasaki’s mural work has enabled her to travel widely, creating visual dialogues among diverse communities. From schools to prisons, housing occupations to hospitals, Yamasaki sees her art as a vehicle for dialogue, a tool for building platforms for communication. Yamasaki has painted over 80 murals around the world. Another major focus of Yamasaki’s work is storytelling. She has published 3 books: Honda, The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars (Lee and Low, 2007); Lifelines, the Black Book of Proverbs (Broadway Books/Random House, 2009), and Fish for Jimmy, her first book as both author and illustrator (Holiday House, 2013). Yamasaki also has two additional books in the works as author/illustrator, “When the Cousins Came,” (Holiday House, est. 2017) and the biography of her architect grandfather, Minoru Yamasaki, “YAMA,” (Lee & Low, est. 2017). Yamasaki earned BA at Earlham College and her MFA in the Illustration as Visual Essay program from the School of Visual Arts in 2003, where she is currently a member of the faculty.Yamasaki comes from a huge, diverse family, that is full of (among many other things), artists and teachers.

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Jan 09 2019

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Rank #19: KidLit RADIO: MAMA’S BELLY Read Out Loud

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On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, we join author, Kate Hosford, as she reads her beauty of a book, MAMA’S BELLY. Set in a safe world of fairy lights, cable knit jumpers, and woodsy wholesomeness, MAMA’S BELLY explores questions older siblings may have about what life will be like once the new baby comes. The best answer the book gives to ease the minds of young readers is that Mama always has enough love for everyone.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

MAMA’S BELLY
Written by Kate Hosford;illustrated by Abigail Halpin

As a curious little girl awaits the arrival of her baby sister, she asks Mama many questions: “Will she have freckles?” “Will I have to share my blanket?” She helps Mama and Dad prepare to meet her little sister, singing her songs and knitting her a new blanket. But the most important part of getting ready is taking care of Mama. When Mama can’t see her toes, she counts to make sure there’s still ten. When Mama’s tired, she draws her a picture and gives her hugs. An honest and gentle exploration of the excitement and anxiety kids feel when welcoming a new family member, Mama’s Belly is ultimately a celebration of motherly (and daughterly) love and a soothing story for older siblings that even with the spotlight on a new baby, there is always enough love for everyone

ABOUT Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford graduated from Amherst College in 1988 with a degree in English and Philosophy. Before becoming an author, she worked as an elementary school teacher, a social worker, and an illustrator. In 2011 she received her MFA in Writing for children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her books are Big Bouffant, Big Birthday, Infinity and Me, Feeding the Flying Fanellis and Other Poems from a Circus Chef, and How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea. All of these are published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner publishing. Her book Mama’s Belly is coming out with Abrams on April 15th.

ABOUT ABRAMS BOOKS

Founded in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company continues to publish critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture; children’s books ranging from young adult fiction to picture books to board books. ABRAMS creates and distributes brilliantly designed visual books with the highest production values under the following imprints: Abrams; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Press; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Abrams Appleseed; and a gift and stationery line, Abrams Noterie. ABRAMS also distributes books published by The Vendome Press, V&A Publishing, Tate Publishing, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 5 ContinentsEditions, SelfMadeHero, The Museum of Modern Art, Cameron + Company, Getty Publications, and others.

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Jan 08 2019

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Rank #20: KidLit RADIO: FREDDY THE FROGCASTER AND THE HUGE HURRICANE Read Out Loud

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a weather person? Meteorologist, Janice Dean created the “Freddy the Frogcaster” series to explain the science of weather to children. On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, join Janice as she reads FREDDY THE FROGCASTER AND THE HUGE HURRICANE only on KidLit Radio.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Huge Hurricane, Freddy the Frogcaster is tracking the weather at Frog News Network when he realizes a huge hurricane is coming Can the town of Lilypad prepare for the storm in time? Can Freddy report the weather on TV “and” make sure his family and friends are safe? Fox News Meteorologist Janice Dean “The Weather Machine” continues her beloved Freddy the Frogcaster series in this whirlwind adventure that will leave readers with lasting real-life advice on how to prepare for hurricane season.

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Aug 23 2018

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KidLit RADIO: StoryMakers with Brian Biggs

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Listen up as Rocco and Brian Biggs, creator of Tinyville Town, chat about the eighth book in that series, AT THE FIREHOUSE, on this podcast episode of StoryMakers. Brian tells us how, when writing the book, he toured a real firehouse. Listen to find out what goes on behind the scenes when firefighters aren’t battling blazes!

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ABOUT the Book

IN TINYVILLE TOWN: AT THE FIREHOUSE, join Dexter and Firefighter Charlie on a guided tour of the Tinyville Town firehouse. See where the firefighters store their gear, where they eat and rest, and find out what happens when the alarm rings!

ABOUT Brian Biggs

Brian was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1968, and lived there until he was eleven years old. As a kid, Brian drew things, painted things, built things, and generally made stuff up all the time. This is a picture of Brian at around three years old, after having built a tall thing out of blocks.

ABOUT ABRAMS BOOKS

ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line include Library Mouse; Rosie Revere, Engineer; I Am Yoga; Animalia; Babar’s Museum of Art; Separate Is Never Equal; Maritcha; and 365 Penguins.

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Oct 09 2019

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KidLit RADIO: GAME CHANGERS Read Out Loud

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Listen up as award-winning author, Lesa Cline-Ransome reads GAME CHANGERS: THE STORY OF VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS on this podcast episode of Read Out Loud. Lesa tells the greatest story in tennis — the story of two sisters from humble beginnings who devoted their lives to changing the sport forever and becoming the best players the game has ever seen — together.

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GAME CHANGERS: THE STORY OF VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS
by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome
Venus and Serena Williams. Two peas in a pod. Best friends. Sisters.
Six days a week they awoke before the sun came up to practice their serves and returns, to learn to run faster and hit harder. They were unstoppable. At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match. Three years later, it was Serena’s turn. It wasn’t easy. Some tennis fans cheered for these two fresh faces, while those who were unhappy to see two black girls competing in a nearly all-white sport booed and taunted them. But they didn’t let it stop them.
With vibrant mixed media art, nonfiction superstars Lesa Cline-Ransome and Coretta Scott King Honor winner James E. Ransome share the inspirational story of two tennis legends who were fierce competitors on the courts, but close sisters above all.

ABOUT Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the writer of many picture books. Her picture book biography titles include Satchel Paige, Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist, Young Pele, Soccer’s First Star, Helen Keller, The World in Her Heart, Before There was Mozart and Words Set me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Other titles are Quilt Alphabet, Quilt Counting and her newest is Light in the Darkness, A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret. Originally from Malden, Massachusetts, Lesa has worked as a proofreader, fashion copywriter, publicist, teacher in the New York City Schools, and taught writing for adults. She has a B.F.A. in Merchandising and Management from Pratt Institute and an M.A. in Education from N.Y.U. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York and with her husband and frequent collaborator, illustrator James Ransome, four children and St. Bernard, Nola.

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Oct 06 2019

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KidLit RADIO: StoryMakers with Duncan Tonatiuh

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On this KidLit RADIO podcast, Rocco & award-winning author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh chat about Duncan’s unique illustration style which is inspired by Pre-Columbian art and about how his stories honor the past, but are relevant to children now, like his new book SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY: JOSÉ DE LA LUZ SÁENZ AND THE GREAT WAR.

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ABOUT THE BOOKS

SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY: JOSÉ DE LA LUZ SÁENZ AND THE GREAT WAR
José de la Luz Sáenz (1888–1953)—or Luz—believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican heritage. When World War I broke out, Luz volunteered to join the fight. Because of his ability to quickly learn languages, he became part of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, despite his hard work and intellect, Luz often didn’t receive credit for his contributions. Upon his return to the US, he joined other Mexican-Americans whom he had met in the army to fight for equality. His contribution, along with others, ultimately led to the creation of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which is the oldest Latino civil rights organization. Soldier for Equality is based in part on Luz’s diary during the war. It includes a biography of Luz’s later years, an author’s note, a timeline, a bibliography, and an index.

UNDOCUMENTED is the story of immigrant workers who have come to the United States without papers. Every day, these men and women join the workforce and contribute positively to society. The story is told via the ancient Mixtec codex—accordion fold—format. Juan grew up in Mexico working in the fields to help provide for his family. Struggling for money, Juan crosses over into the United States and becomes an undocumented worker, living in a poor neighborhood, working hard to survive. Though he is able to get a job as a busboy at a restaurant, he is severely undercompensated—he receives less than half of the minimum wage! Risking his boss reporting him to the authorities for not having proper resident papers, Juan risks everything and stands up for himself and the rest of the community.

ABOUT Duncan

Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is the author-illustrator of The Princess and the Warrior, Funny Bones, Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours and Dear Primo. He is the illustrator of Esquivel! and Salsa. His books have received multiple accolades, among them the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal, The Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award, The Américas Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.
Duncan Tonatiuh is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. His artwork is inspired by Pre-Columbian art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, especially children, nowadays.

ABOUT ABRAMS BOOKS

ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line include Library Mouse; Rosie Revere, Engineer; I Am Yoga; Animalia; Babar’s Museum of Art; Separate Is Never Equal; Maritcha; and 365 Penguins.

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Sep 09 2019

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KidLit RADIO: Read Out Loud THE CRAYON MAN

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Before the invention of Crayola crayons, most children could only draw in black or white! In this episode of Read Out Loud on KidLit RADIO, author Natascha Biebow reads the colorful, true story of inventor Edwin Binney, THE CRAYON MAN!

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ABOUT the Book

Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world’s most beloved toys. A perfect fit among favorites like The Day the Crayons Quit and Balloons Over Broadway.
Purple mountains’ majesty, mauvelous, jungle green, razzmatazz…what child doesn’t love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn’t always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn’t really even draw in color.

Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world’s most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR! Natascha Biebow (author) Steven Salerno (Illustrator)

ABOUT Natascha Biebow

I don’t go anywhere without a book (or usually books), in my purse, in my backpack, tucked in the crook of my arm – IN CASE. Here’s a secret: my greatest fear is being stranded somewhere without a book . . .I was the kind of child who read everything – my dad’s newspaper, the cereal box, the signs on the street.
I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I went to the American school. The kids who went there were from all over the world!
Most of the books I owned when I was growing up were sent to me for birthdays and Christmases by my grandmother, Granelly, who lived in England. These were treasures that I read up in the bougainvillea tree, where I had a secret perch and no one would disturb me for hours. I woke up early, and read until my family finally got out of bed. I made my mom read The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen over and over again – it made me cry, it was so beautiful. I loved Judy Blume’s Fudge series, Julie of the Wolves, the Narnia books and lots of horse books, including Black Beauty and Misty of Chincoteague. Now, I love to read picture books with my son (and the dog!).

ABOUT Steven Salerno

New York City-based illustrator, children’s book author/illustrator, and character designer, Steven Salerno creates striking illustrations for a wide range of editorial and advertising clients. His style flexes between the graphically simple and whimsical, to more realistic, richly textured images, with some having a retro feel. Over his long independent graphics career, he has created thousands of published illustrations for a list of nearly 600 clients for use in print & web advertising, magazines, newspapers, product packaging, picture books, corporate publications, and retail graphics.

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Sep 08 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NONFICTION MINUTE | CLIMATE CHANGE: Here’s Some Evidence

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KidLit RADIO and iNK Think Tank’s NONFICTION MINUTE!

Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: CLIMATE CHANGE: Here’s Some Evidence

Climate change is in the air, the sea, and the minds of scientists. What is it really about? How urgent is the problem?
Can it be stabilized? Read more and find out!

Climate Change: The Facts and the Consequences by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Hopping Ahead of Climate Change by Sneed B. Collard, III

The Earth’s Emergency Heat Valve: The Hurricane by Vicki Cobb

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Aug 26 2019

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KidLit RADIO: What Becomes a Classic? CORDUROY

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Leonard Marcus is back with a new podcast episode of What Becomes a Classic? This time he’s heading to the Museum of the City of New York to meet with Morgen Stevens-Garmon, curator of A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of CORDUROY! Morgen shows us some of Don Freeman’s amazing artwork and offers insight into the way his time in New York City forever shaped his work and storytelling.

Watch this episode of What Becomes a Classic?

About the Book

Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.

About Leonard

Leonard’s pathfinding writings and exhibitions have earned him acclaim as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on children’s books and the people who create them. He is the author of more than 20 award-winning biographies, histories, interview collections, and inside looks at the making of children’s literature’s enduring classics. His reviews and commentary have been featured in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, The Horn Book, and on numerous radio and television programs including Good Morning America, All Things Considered, PBS NewsHour, BBC Radio 4, CBC As It Happens, Beijing Television, and Radio New Zealand, among others.

From The Museum of the City of NY:
A CITY FOR CORDUROY: DON FREEMAN’S NEW YORK
Best known today as the creator of the lovable teddy bear Corduroy, Don Freeman (1908–1978) spent over 20 years depicting New York City and its residents before becoming a children’s book author. He moved to New York from California in 1928—just shy of his 20th birthday—with little more than a few sketching supplies and a trumpet. Soon he was using his income from trumpet gigs to fund his studies at the famous Art Students League. Freeman sketched everything he saw, wherever he was. His eye was profoundly democratic, embracing the varied characters and street life of New York. He was also a lifelong lover of the stage, and his theater sketches launched his illustration career when his first drawing was published in the New York Herald Tribune’s drama section on October 14, 1928. After the Depression hit, Freeman found work as an artist for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. He created his own magazine, Newsstand, to serve as a more personal outlet for his drawings and lithographs of the city. In 1951 Freeman published his first children’s book, co-authored with his wife and fellow artist, Lydia Cooley. Freeman would go on to author and illustrate nearly 40 books for children, including the groundbreaking Corduroy. A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York documents the artist’s love for his adopted home. Focused on moments of quiet and clamor, drama and humor, Don Freeman illustrated the humanity of the great metropolis—a big place where even a small, stuffed bear can find a friend.

CITY LIFE
When he first arrived in New York in 1928, Don Freeman eked out a living playing trumpet at night and took classes at the Art Students League during the day. At the League, he studied under famed Ashcan School artist John Sloan, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. He also took his first class on lithography and immediately fell in love with the printing process. Freeman found that “the lithographic medium fitted my temperament to a T-square… it set me to work translating into prints all the random sketches I had gathered about town.” His prints and illustrations were published in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Life magazine.
Freeman was an enthusiastic observer of life in his adopted city. The human drama of New York—its dense streets packed with people—enthralled him, and he wandered the city filling his sketchbooks with what he saw. Every person, no matter their race, age, or economic status, was essential to the beauty of New York. He believed that “Being part of this seething, turbulent, fabulous family [of New Yorkers] was a privilege that brought with it a living proof… that all people could live together if they but would.” Freeman’s paintings, drawings, watercolors, and lithographs capture the city’s still, isolated moments as well as its energy and chaos.

STAGE LIFE
Don Freeman came to New York to study art, but he could not escape the lure of another early love: the theater. Fascinated by the drama and spectacle of the New York stage, the penniless young artist turned into “a Broadway beachcomber,” searching the sidewalks and lobbies of theaters for ticket stubs that he could use to gain entry during intermission. One night, with the help of a popsicle seller who catered to the chorus during intermission, he slipped backstage. From this special vantage point, he set about capturing moments that were hidden from the audience’s view, revealing the methods behind theater’s magic and the backstage workers who made it possible. After Freeman sold his first theater caricature to the New York Herald Tribune for its Sunday drama section, his drawings started appearing in the New York World, Theatre Magazine, and other publications. He also found work illustrating theatrical posters and programs. “It was almost unbelievable to me that such a privilege could also be a way of earning a living,” he remarked, “seeing the plays and being paid for it at the same time.” Freeman carried his passion for the stage into his later career as a children’s book author. His books Pet of the Met (1953) and Hattie the Backstage Bat (1970) are set in the much-loved spaces he knew so well.

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Aug 22 2019

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KidLit RADIO: BEE CALM Read Out Loud

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On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, author Frank Sileo reads from BEE CALM!

Brain buzzing? Too busy to bee still? Join Dr. Frank Sileo for Read Out Loud as he shares BEE CALM, an introduction to yoga for kids. So, “Find a quiet place. Do a pose. Take a deep breath and see how it goes!”

Watch Frank read BEE CALM!

ABOUT the Book

by Dr. Frank Sileo, illustrated by Clair Keay
In this companion book to Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation, Bentley Bee loves to fly around and visit his friends in the garden. One day, he notices all of them in unusual poses. What could it bee?
Bentley’s friends teach him several beginning yoga poses including Mountain, Chair, Airplane, Cobra, and more. Readers will love to follow Bentley and try the poses themselves as he gets buzzing all about yoga in this kid-friendly introduction. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with suggestions for introducing children to yoga, and instructions for the poses in the story.

ABOUT Dr. Frank

Dr. Sileo is an award-winning author and an active public speaker. His academic and professional career has included broad-based experiences and accomplishments. Dr. Sileo has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Frank J. Sileo is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement, LLC located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in psychology from Fordham University in New York City. He received his Master of Science degree from Fordham University and his Bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

ABOUT Clair

I live in an old market town in Essex called Rayleigh, I work from my small studio at home. Most of my work has been for children’s book publishers in both the UK and the USA but I am spending more time these days on my own projects such as Sherbet Lane.Away from my paintbrushes, you can find me pottering in my garden, taking long rambles in the countryside or shouting my support for The Arsenal from my seat at the Emirates!

ABOUT Magination Press

In 1987, Magination Press® was created out of a desire to publish innovative books that would help children deal with the many challenges and problems they face as they grow up. Written for ages 4 through 18, these books deal with topics ranging from the everyday — starting school, shyness, normal fears, and a new baby in the house — to more serious problems, such as divorce, attention deficit disorder, depression, serious injury or illness, autism, trauma, death, and much more.
Most of our books are written by mental health professionals or those who work closely with them and with children. Our books help children understand their feelings, provide information about the topic or situation, and offer extensive practical coping strategies. A comprehensive Note to Parents is usually included to help guide parents, therapists, social workers, and teachers in using the book. Magination books are not preachy or didactic: They feature sensitive, lively, sometimes humorous writing, along with exquisite, evocative illustrations. They are a pleasure to look at and to read.

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Aug 18 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NOAH NOASAURUS Read Out Loud

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On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, author Elaine Kiely Kearns reads from her debut book, NOAH NOASAURUS!

Watch Elaine’s READ OUT LOUD!

About the Book

Noah Noasaurus woke up feeling very No. No to brushing his teeth. No to eating breakfast. And definitely No to playing with his little brother. Things only get worse when Noah goes for a walk and relentlessly cheerful Toby Rex, Brian Brontosaurus, and Ava Ceratops follow him. Together, the group starts a bona fide dino parade that even Noah can’t resist. This lighthearted, whimsical story will have readers laughing along at Noah and his friends—as well as at their own bad moods.

About Elaine

Elaine Kiely Kearns writes picture books and middle-grade stories. Armed with a master’s degree in education, she also scours the internet for golden nuggets of information about children’s writing for the website she founded, KidLit411.com. Her debut picture book NOAH NOASAURUS (Albert Whitman) illustrated by Colin Jack will hit bookshelves this spring, 2019. She lives in New York with her husband, two beautiful daughters and a menagerie of animals. Find her online at elainekielykearns.com

About Colin

Colin Jack has illustrated several books for children, including Dragons from Mars, the Galaxy Zack series, 7 Days of Awesome, and If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur. He also works as a story artist and character designer at DreamWorks Studios. He lives in California with his wife and two kids.

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Aug 11 2019

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KIDLIT RADIO: Frank Sileo StoryMakers

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Breathe calm into your family’s life. Learn about meditation and yogic breathing with Dr. Frank Sileo, child psychologist and author of BEE CALM: THE BUZZ ON YOGA, on this episode of KidLit RADIO!

Watch Dr. Frank on STORYMAKERS!

ABOUT the Book

by Dr. Frank Sileo, illustrated by Clair Keay
In this companion book to Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation, Bentley Bee loves to fly around and visit his friends in the garden. One day, he notices all of them in unusual poses. What could it bee?
Bentley’s friends teach him several beginning yoga poses including Mountain, Chair, Airplane, Cobra, and more. Readers will love to follow Bentley and try the poses themselves as he gets buzzing all about yoga in this kid-friendly introduction. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with suggestions for introducing children to yoga, and instructions for the poses in the story.

ABOUT Dr. Frank

Dr. Sileo is an award-winning author and an active public speaker. His academic and professional career has included broad-based experiences and accomplishments. Dr. Sileo has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Frank J. Sileo is a New Jersey licensed psychologist dr frank and is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement, LLC located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in psychology from Fordham University in New York City. He received his Master of Science degree from Fordham University and his Bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

ABOUT Clair

I live in an old market town in Essex called Rayleigh, I work from my small studio at home. Most of my work has been for children’s book publishers in both the UK and the USA but I am spending more time these days on my own projects such as Sherbet Lane.Away from my paintbrushes, you can find me pottering in my garden, taking long rambles in the countryside or shouting my support for The Arsenal from my seat at the Emirates!

ABOUT Magination Press

In 1987, Magination Press® was created out of a desire to publish innovative books that would help children deal with the many challenges and problems they face as they grow up. Written for ages 4 through 18, these books deal with topics ranging from the everyday — starting school, shyness, normal fears, and a new baby in the house — to more serious problems, such as divorce, attention deficit disorder, depression, serious injury or illness, autism, trauma, death, and much more.
Most of our books are written by mental health professionals or those who work closely with them and with children. Our books help children understand their feelings, provide information about the topic or situation, and offer extensive practical coping strategies. A comprehensive Note to Parents is usually included to help guide parents, therapists, social workers, and teachers in using the book. Magination books are not preachy or didactic: They feature sensitive, lively, sometimes humorous writing, along with exquisite, evocative illustrations. They are a pleasure to look at and to read.

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Jul 29 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NONFICTION MINUTE STEM and the Sky

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KidLit RADIO and iNK Think Tank’s NONFICTION MINUTE!

Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: STEM and the SKY

Luke Skywatcher by Alexandra Siy
How Did Building Bikes Help the Wright Brothers Invent the Airplane by Mary Kay Carson
Flying Into the Eye of a Storm by Vicki Cobb

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May 29 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NONFICTION MINUTE Building Great Things!

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Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: Building Great Things

Jan Adkins, iNK’s Explainer General introduces:
How to Interview a Historic Building by Andrea Warren
The Artist who Hated Straight Lines by Roxie Munro
Proof Positive: Ballyhoo Confirms the Safety of the Brooklyn Bridge by Jan Adkins

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May 08 2019

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KIDLIT RADIO: Alane Adams StoryMakers

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Watch Alane on STORYMAKERS! Author of THE LEGENDS OF ORKNEY series and the new picture book, THE CIRCUS THEIF, Alane Adams brings the wonderful and fantastic to this podcast episode of StoryMakers! Join Alane and Rocco as they talk magic, Norse mythology, witch folklore, and 1920's circus culture! A

Author of THE LEGENDS OF ORKNEY series and the new picture book, THE CIRCUS THEIF, Alane Adams brings the wonderful and fantastic to this podcast episode of StoryMakers! Join Alane and Rocco as they talk magic, Norse mythology, witch folklore, and 1920’s circus culture! Alane also shares her insight into the habits that make great writers. Young wordsmiths take note!

Watch Alane’s READ OUT LOUD

ABOUT Alane

I grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. For college, I attended the University of Southern California where I wanted to be an English major, but my family convinced me to become an accountant so I could help run a family business. I spent the next few decades trying to get back to writing instead of balancing budgets. After leaving the family business in 2008, I started a foundation focusing on global poverty issues, particularly their effect on children. I pursued a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and took several field visits with UNICEF, visiting schools around the world. After seeing the importance of education and literacy in the battle to end extreme poverty, I began to shift the focus of my foundation to improving and supporting literacy efforts. In 2009 I was invited to teach a course on social entrepreneurship at Chapman University and joined the full-time faculty for the next five years. Along the way, my passion for literacy and children came together when my 12-year-old son Alex challenged me to write a book he could read. I began writing the Legends of Orkney book series and haven’t stopped writing since that day. My picture book The Coal Thief is based on stories from my father’s life growing up in Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. I have a new picture book titled The Circus Thief that is available now, and the first book in a spinoff of the Legends of Orkney series, The Blue Witch, is also available now.

Having been an avid reader my entire life, books based on mythology have always fascinated me the most. I think it’s the idea of magic and the unlimited potential behind the surreal. Building an entirely new world like the fantastical realm of Orkney in my series has been a wonderful challenge. When I think of stories that don’t involve some element of magic it feels dry and boring. I love characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. There are so many wonderful writers out there that entertain children and adults alike, but my all-time favorite book is River God by Wilbur Smith because it tells such a powerful story of life in ancient Egypt and you can’t help but be swept back to that time and place.

When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with my three boys who are my greatest joy. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoyed writing them for you.

To learn more about my foundation visit: www.riseupfoundation.org.

– Alane Adams

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Apr 24 2019

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KidLit RADIO: THE CIRCUS THIEF Read Out Loud

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Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up for a podcast episode of Read Out Loud! Prepare to be transported on an adventure of Big Top proportions! Join Alane Adams for THE CIRCUS THIEF a story of thrills and chills — but most importantly a story where kindness saves the day.

Watch Alane’s READ OUT LOUD

Watch Alane on STORYMAKERS!

ABOUT Alane

I grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. For college, I attended the University of Southern California where I wanted to be an English major, but my family convinced me to become an accountant so I could help run a family business. I spent the next few decades trying to get back to writing instead of balancing budgets. After leaving the family business in 2008, I started a foundation focusing on global poverty issues, particularly their effect on children. I pursued a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and took several field visits with UNICEF, visiting schools around the world. After seeing the importance of education and literacy in the battle to end extreme poverty, I began to shift the focus of my foundation to improving and supporting literacy efforts. In 2009 I was invited to teach a course on social entrepreneurship at Chapman University and joined the full-time faculty for the next five years. Along the way, my passion for literacy and children came together when my 12-year-old son Alex challenged me to write a book he could read. I began writing the Legends of Orkney book series and haven’t stopped writing since that day. My picture book The Coal Thief is based on stories from my father’s life growing up in Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. I have a new picture book titled The Circus Thief that is available now, and the first book in a spinoff of the Legends of Orkney series, The Blue Witch, is also available now.

Having been an avid reader my entire life, books based on mythology have always fascinated me the most. I think it’s the idea of magic and the unlimited potential behind the surreal. Building an entirely new world like the fantastical realm of Orkney in my series has been a wonderful challenge. When I think of stories that don’t involve some element of magic it feels dry and boring. I love characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. There are so many wonderful writers out there that entertain children and adults alike, but my all-time favorite book is River God by Wilbur Smith because it tells such a powerful story of life in ancient Egypt and you can’t help but be swept back to that time and place.

When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with my three boys who are my greatest joy. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoyed writing them for you.

To learn more about my foundation visit: www.riseupfoundation.org.

– Alane Adams

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Apr 22 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NONFICTION MINUTE Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Jan Adkins, iNK’s Explainer General introduces:
Susanna Reich—History Happens Everywhere
Amy Nathan—Caterpillars to the Rescue
Vicki Cobb—Marie Curie: An Elite Player in the Science Game
Roxie Munro—Mary Kingsley

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Mar 26 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NONFICTION MINUTE Food You Might Not Want to Eat!

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Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: Food You Might Not Want to Eat

Jan Adkins, iNK’s Explainer General introduces Jim Whiting’s “Hard Crackers in Hard Times,” Sara Albee’s “Something’s Rotten in Rome,”
and Vicki Cobb’s, “Some Painful Truth”

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Mar 18 2019

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KidLit RADIO: CHICKS RULE! Read Out Loud

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Who run the world?! CHICKS! On this kid lit podcast episode of Read Out Loud, join author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen for CHICKS RULE!, a book you might just want to chant instead of read! When one chick runs into injustice — NO CHICKS ALLOWED!! — she raises a feathered rebellion! Chicks of all colors and talents band together and march finding, in the end, the best way to to make things happen is to do it for themselves and do it together! So, whether you are a cool chick, nerdy chick, quiet chick or wordy chick, say it loud and say it proud, CHICKS RULE!

Watch Sudipta’s Read Out Loud here!:

ABOUT THE BOOK

All in step with wing in wing . . . Chicks can conquer anything! Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.

ABOUT Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen never thought she’d grow up to be a writer. As a child, she thought of being a doctor (but she’s afraid of blood), a lawyer (but she doesn’t like losing arguments), a carpenter (but she’s too clumsy), a model (but she likes eating too much), a presidential candidate (but she had a dissolute youth), a UN ambassador (the argument losing thing again)… almost everything but a writer. Using her science background as a springboard, Sudipta began writing nonfiction for children, including Championship Science Fair Projects, Last Minute Science Fair Projects, AIDS, and Autism. She branched out into other nonfiction, including biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jane Goodall, and altogether, Sudipta has written 18 non-fiction books for kids. Sudipta visits schools to share her stories and experience and teaches writing to children and adults. She lives in New Jersey with her family and an imaginary pony named Penny.

ABOUT Renée Kurilla

Renée is a children’s illustrator who loves drawing nature, animals, and working on projects that require a little bit of research. Before transitioning to a full-time freelance career, she was a lead artist at FableVision Studios for nearly 10 years. Her work there has contributed to multiple honors, including the graphic novel ZEBRAFISH (2008), a Junior Library Guild selection, and the Ranger Rick’s Tree House App for the National Wildlife Federation, which won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award! She currently lives just south of Boston with her illustrator husband Keith Zoo, their fluffy orange cat Timmy, and daughter Zoey.

ABOUT ABRAMS BOOKS

ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line include Library Mouse; Rosie Revere, Engineer; I Am Yoga; Animalia; Babar’s Museum of Art; Separate Is Never Equal; Maritcha; and 365 Penguins.


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Feb 24 2019

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KidLit RADIO: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen StoryMakers

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We’re sitting down with author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen writer of CHICKS RULE! for a special episode of StoryMakers touching on the Girl Power messages in this — to borrow a phrase from Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Grammy Awards — “who run the world” book.

Watch Sudipta’s StoryMakers episode HERE!

ABOUT THE BOOK

All in step with wing in wing . . . Chicks can conquer anything! Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.

ABOUT Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen never thought she’d grow up to be a writer. As a child, she thought of being a doctor (but she’s afraid of blood), a lawyer (but she doesn’t like losing arguments), a carpenter (but she’s too clumsy), a model (but she likes eating too much), a presidential candidate (but she had a dissolute youth), a UN ambassador (the argument losing thing again)… almost everything but a writer. Using her science background as a springboard, Sudipta began writing nonfiction for children, including Championship Science Fair Projects, Last Minute Science Fair Projects, AIDS, and Autism. She branched out into other nonfiction, including biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jane Goodall, and altogether, Sudipta has written 18 non-fiction books for kids. Sudipta visits schools to share her stories and experience and teaches writing to children and adults. She lives in New Jersey with her family and an imaginary pony named Penny.

ABOUT Renée Kurilla

Renée is a children’s illustrator who loves drawing nature, animals, and working on projects that require a little bit of research. Before transitioning to a full-time freelance career, she was a lead artist at FableVision Studios for nearly 10 years. Her work there has contributed to multiple honors, including the graphic novel ZEBRAFISH (2008), a Junior Library Guild selection, and the Ranger Rick’s Tree House App for the National Wildlife Federation, which won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award! She currently lives just south of Boston with her illustrator husband Keith Zoo, their fluffy orange cat Timmy, and daughter Zoey.

ABOUT ABRAMS BOOKS

ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line include Library Mouse; Rosie Revere, Engineer; I Am Yoga; Animalia; Babar’s Museum of Art; Separate Is Never Equal; Maritcha; and 365 Penguins.

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Executive Producer: Julie Gribble 

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Feb 20 2019

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KidLit RADIO: Fighting and Singing for Social Justice

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Celebrate Black History month with
KidLit RADIO and iNK Think Tank’s NONFICTION MINUTE!

Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: Fighting and Singing for Social Justice


We’re launching another iNK Think Tank podcast to celebrate Black History Month!
Jan Adkins, iNK’s Explainer General introduces:
THE MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT by Jim Whiting
CAUGHT! BY Doreen Rappaport
WE SHALL OVERCOME: THE POWER OF A SONG by Amy Nathan

Why Is February Black History Month?
Edmonia’s Statues
Bessie Coleman

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Title: Fighting and Singing for Social Justice
Duration: 10:44
Copyright ©2019, iNK Think Tank, Inc.

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Feb 18 2019

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KidLit RADIO: February Is Black History Month!

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Celebrate Black History month with
KidLit RADIO and iNK Think Tank’s NONFICTION MINUTE!

Nonfiction Minute Podcasts: Compelling True Stories in the Author’s Own Voice


iNK Think Tank launches this first podcast to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month!
Jan Adkins, iNK’s Explainer General, introduces three Nonfiction Minutes by authors
Janus Adams, Cheryl Harness, and Roxie Munro.

Why Is February Black History Month?
Edmonia’s Statues
Bessie Coleman

Episode
Title:  It’s the Beginning of Black History Month
Duration: 9:55
Copyright ©2019, iNK Think Tank, Inc.

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Feb 04 2019

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KidLit RADIO: NO PEACOCKS! Read Out Loud

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In this episode of KidLit RADIO, listen to Robin Newman read NO PEACOCKS!

If sunflower seeds were all you were allowed to eat for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, you might get fed up too! On this episode of Read Out Loud join author Robin Newman as she tells the story of Phil, Jim, and Harry — three peacocks on a mission for mac ‘n cheese — in NO PEACOCKS!

Watch Robin Read NO PEACOCKS!

Here’s a treat for you: The NO PEACOCKS! activity guide!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Every day, Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. But one day, they decide they’re sick of them. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese
But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!” So they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But how are they going to sneak into the school’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ‘n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help from the students, and mission mac ‘n cheese is a go! Will the peacocks finally get their mac ‘n cheese? Or will their cover be blown, forcing them to fly the coop?
Inspired by the real-life beloved, celebrity birds living on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and brought to the page in bold, bright style, No Peacocks! is a hilarious romp and a perfect read-aloud.

ABOUT ROBIN

Raised in New York and Paris, Robin is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She’s been a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Writing Project’s Writers Council, and the Bank Street Writers Lab. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English Cocker Spaniels.

ABOUT CHRIS

I am an illustrator and concept artist currently working in games and animation. I have an idea, I draw it, rinse and repeat.

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Jan 27 2019

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This podcast gets you interviews with top authors and illustrators. It's informative and also helps listeners get to know the authors better.