A podcast about books for children and young adults, the kid lit industry, and whatever feels important/fun/interesting to Roger and Siân that day.If you'd like, you can reach us through any of the social medias or at email@example.com
Rank #1: Hbook Podcast 2.10 - Series Wrap on Siân.
It's Siân's last week at Horn Book! (tear)Roger and Siân mainly ramble in this episode. There was no plan. You can tell. :) They talk about Siân's new gig with Shelf Awareness, electronic books, the future of publishing, and they display an amazing lack of knowledge on how to protect the environment.While this *is* a wrap on Siân, it doesn't mean the podcast won't continue in some form or another--Roger is interested in keeping the cast going but he's making no promises on when the next episode will air.And from Siân: THANK YOU. Thank you all for listening and being a part of my little love project. I'm going to miss the podcast so very much and I appreciate every second of your time you've lost forever listening to me jabber. A hug to each and every one of you.
Rank #2: Hbook Podcast 2.9 - Special Guest LeUyen Pham.
Posting a little early! Cheers!Siân chats with LeUyen Pham about illustrating (and also authoring) 90 books, a history of animation, and getting lost in the jungle.LeUyen Pham: www.leuyenpham.com/People we talk about Dan Santat: www.dantat.com/DANTAT.COM/DAN_SA…_illustrator.html Molly Idle: idleillustration.com/ Marla Frazee: marlafrazee.com/ Kevin Lewis: thebrownbookshelf.com/2011/02/16/day…6-kevin-lewis/ Mo Willems: www.mowillems.com/Books we talk about Can You Do This, Old Badger? by Eve Bunting Vampirina at the Beach by Anne Marie Pace (www.annemariepace.com/Site/Home.html) The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon and Dean Hale (www.squeetus.com/stage/main.html) Fallingwater by Marc Harshen and Anna Egan Smucker Real Friends by Shannon Hale
The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children's literature. Each episode features an author or illustrator talking about how they create books for young readers.
Rank #1: #2 Raina Telgemeier (S1 E2).
Episode 2 features Raina Telgemeier, the face of graphic novel memoirs.
Rank #2: #97 Adam Gidwitz How Adam Gidwitz Went From Being A Bad Teacher to a Great Author.
Author Adam Gidwitz shares his journey to becoming a published author.
A literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults.
Rank #1: 33. Ask the Agent Live! (kinda) with guest agent Jen Rofé.
It's a Summertime Bonus Episode! ABLA Senior Agent Jen Rofé joins me to answer burning listener questions about queries, submission strategies, working with your agent, and so much more. Plus we talk about glass-blowing and Russian spies. (Obviously!)
Rank #2: 23: Schmagents get a Schmackdown with guest agent Kelly Sonnack.
Guest agent Kelly Sonnack joins me to talk about best practices, agent-wise... and WTH are some bad agents even DOING? Also we answer listener questions, talk about query management, vent on the topic of submission do's and don'ts, and we go in deep about our favorite yearly event, the Big Sur Children's Writers Workshop. Oh and obviously we also talk about the Black Death and how it affects caterpillars, among other scintillating topics. Join us, won't you?
Books Between is a podcast to help teachers, parents, and librarians connect kids between 8 and 12 to books they'll love.
Rank #1: #66 - (Some of the) Best Middle Grade Books of 2018.
Intro Hi everyone! This is Books Between - a podcast for teachers, parents, librarians, and anyone who wants to connect kids between 8-12 to books they’ll love. I’m your host, Corrina Allen - a 5th grade teacher, a mom of two girls, and enjoying my extra reading time over the holiday break and the chance to relax. This is episode #66 and today we are celebrating some of the best middle grade books published in 2018. Main Topic - The Top 20 Middle Grade Books of 2018 I’m a bit of a data nerd, and I have always been into tracking my reading - from my color-coded index card system in high school to my alphabatized Excel Spreadsheet in the early 2000s to now where I do a mix of Goodreads and a bullet journal. So looking back over the last couple of years since I started doing this show, in 2016 I read 60 middle grade books with 31 of those published in 2016. And my top three books of that year were Booked, Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, and The Wild Robot. (You can find that list here.) Last year, I read 79 middle grade with 55 of those published in 2017. A jump I will totally attribute to the intensity of being on the CYBILS committee. And my top three books of 2017 were Posted, Refugee, and Orphan Island and my top three graphic novels last year were Real Friends, Pashmina, and All’s Faire in Middle School. (You can find the full list here.) This year, I read 59 middle grade books with 41 of those released in 2018. Before I start - a quick caveat. Selecting ONLY 25 titles was almost impossible. I enjoyed just about every book I read this year, and I know each one will find it’s reader. So how to choose the top twenty-five? I have two criteria - the writing is immersive (a book I couldn’t put down) and the story has that something special - unique character, an intriguing plot twist, or a thought-provoking theme (a book I can’t forget). And again this year, I decided to separate out the graphic novels so be on the lookout for another best of podcast soon featuring just the middle grade graphic novels. Okay, let’s get to it! Here are my Top 25 middle grade novels of 2018: Granted by John David Anderson From the author of the soon-to-be movie, Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and last year’s amazing Posted is this story about Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets - one of the few remaining fairies entrusted with the job of Granter - a fairy who ventures into the dangerous human world to grant a wish. Ophelia’s increasingly difficult quest to grant a little girl her wish of a purple bike will keep you turning the pages. And her reluctant friendship with the slobbery dog Sam - along with some other hilarious touches like Ophelia’s special song - will make this novel one you won’t forget. Where the Watermelons Grow by debut author Cindy Baldwin This book - better than any I’ve read - captures the heat and the swelter of a scorching-hot drought-ridden summer. Our protagonist, Della, is feeling the weight of that and also the burdon of her mother’s re-emerging schizophrenia. But this novel is also laced with the sweetness of friendship and watermelon and hope and a touch of maybe magical honey. Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison This dual narrative novel is about Lauren and Sierra. The two girls end up living next to each other and becoming friends when Lauren’s neighbors become Sierra’s foster parents. As Lauren starts to become more aware of her priviledge, she comes up with a - shall we say “ill-advised” Robin Hood scheme that quickly starts to spiral out of control. Watching Lauren and Sierra get deeper and deeper and deeper into that pit and wondering how on earth they were going to dig themselves out is what kept me turning those pages. And what makes this book unique and fresh was the strength of the two perspectives - Lauren’s chapters in prose and Sierra’s in verse. The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill Believe. Give. Trust. With those three magical rules passed on to her from her grandmother, Kate tries to grapple with the changes in her life. Divorce, faltering friendship, and her grandmother’s worsening dementia. Along with the typical difficulties of a 12 year old! I loved this book for its blend of beautiful prose and realism. Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya This middle grade coming of age novel tells the story of 8th grader Marcus Vega who ends up traveling to Puerto Rico with his mom and younger brother in search of the father who seemed to abandon them years ago. And yes, his journey is about discovering family, but it’s also about discovering his culture. This book is a beautiful homage to Puerto Rico and a story that captures the experiences of many kids with family connections that represent multiple languages and backgrounds. It reminds me a bit of the graphic novel Crush with a twist of Torrey Maldonado’s Tight. The Frame Up by Wendy McLeod MacKnight This novel was not only unforgettable but it utterly changed the way I experience walking into a musuem forever. And to me - that is the mark of an excellent book. It makes you see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Frame-up is set in a real-life place - the Beaverbrook Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada. And the art director’s son soon discovers that the paintings are…. alive. And they can travel into other paintings - which is completely fascinating when you consider that this museum includes art from different eras. And multiple paintings of the same person. What the author does in this world is spell-binding. But things start to get dicey when suddenly the art director’s son and Mona, a young girl in one of the museum’s prized paintings, find themselves desperately trying to stop both an art heist and a plot to destroy their community forever. Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee This book was a fun mix of humor and history intermixed with realistic depictions of issues that young people are coping with - like body shaming and eating disorders and figuring out that whole friendship thing while staying true to yourself and your values. What made this book stay with me long after that last page was read was the main character, Tally, whose self-confidence and style and body positivity are inspiring. So Done by Paula Chase This upper middle grade coming of age story centers around friends Mila and Tai. The girls have spent the summer apart and as fall starts, it has become more and more clear that their friendship is sputtering out. And yes, part of that is typical things like finding new interests and more focus on boys, but there is this one massive secret hanging over both girls’ heads that threatens to not only destroy that friendship, but could destroy families, too.The slow, shocking reveal of what that secret really IS kept me turning the pages and what made this book stick with me so long afterward are the voices of the characters that are so fresh and unique and real! During the first chapter, I had a huge smile on my face because I was so happy to be reading a book that sounds like some of my students when they are talking to each other - and don’t think any adult is within earshot. Chase has this incredible knack for voice, and I cannot wait to see what other middle grade books she has coming our way! The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson Johnson has expertly woven together multiple storylines across two different eras that are beautifully fused together in the final chapters. The main character, modern-day Candice, discovers a decades old mystery that takes her and the quiet bookworm boy across the street on a quest for a long-lost treasure. But to figure out the clues, they have to delve into some long buried town history that some folks would rather keep hidden. This book is rich with details and touches on topics that are not common in middle grade - like the end of segregation and its impact on black schools and the concept of passing. It’s beautifully written and if you have older middle grade kids who loved The Westing Game and who love mysteries, this is a great book to put in their hands. You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino Alex Gino’s second novel for middle grade readers is a sweet story about Jilly, White and hearing, who befriends a Deaf Black ASL user on a fandom website where they connect over their mutual love of a fantasy series. When Jilly’s new baby sister is born Deaf, she and her parents struggle with which expert advice to follow and everyone makes some missteps along the way. Based on reviews from those in the Deaf community, Gino does seem to get that representation right. To me this book is one to have in your classroom or library because it shows one character’s pathway through learning about incredibly important but tricky topics like white priviledge, racism, micro-agressions, and abelism. And done in a way with warmth and heart. Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez I’ll admit - this one almost got past me! I was at school and had forgotten my book at home. And so on a whim, I picked up this book from my classroom library and promptly forgot that any other book existed and promptly fell for Stella’s sweetness and charm. Stella is a third grader, born in Mexico, but now living in Chicago with her mom and older brother. She’s struggling with being in a different class than her best friend, Jenny, and dealing with the accompanying worries that Jenny might be forming a closer relationship with another girl. Stella is also figuring out where she fits in with her outgoing family since she is more quiet and is working through some speech difficulties. Three things stand out to me about this book - its utter realness, the excellent illustrations sprinkled throughout, and also the fact that this novel intersperses Spanish in the most organic and well-executed way that I’ve ever encountered before. They pop up frequently and naturally, and yet I feel confident that most non-Spanish speaking readers can fairly easily figure out what those words mean from the context. Takedown by Laura Shovan I LOVE books that immerse me in a subculture - like Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl, and the Irish dancing in Kate Messner’s The Seventh Wish. I was fascinated to learn about wrestling moves and the tournament process in this novel. And of course it doesn’t hurt that the two main characters - Mikayla (known as Mickey) and Lev are written so vividly and honestly. Told in alternating point of view chapters, Mickey and Lev are each dealing with their own middle school difficulties of faltering friendships and dicey family dynamics. When they both wind up wrestling for the same elite traveling team, Lev needs to cope with having a new wreslting partner (a girl), and Mickey has to deal with a wrestling culture that isn’t exactly keen to accept her. How these two characters grow and how their stories intertwine have stayed on my mind - months later. Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart Another incredible story from a favorite author of so many of my students. Good Dog is told from the point of view of Brodie - a dog who we meet just after he’s entered the great beyond after his death. And as our sweet, noble Brodie figures out the rules of this new place, and makes some friends, he remembers more of his past life on Earth. And remembers the danger that his boy, Aidan, is still in. And Brodie has to decide whether to move on to that ultimate Forever or if saving his boy from that threat is worth the awful price he’ll have to pay to even attempt helping him. I love this book for so many reasons - but mostly for how it quietly but powerfully connects with Gemeinhardt’s previous novel, The Honest Truth. I don’t want to say more, but…. if you have a kid who has read and loved that book - give them Good Dog right after. Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai This is another novel that snuck up on me and then wouldn’t let go of my heart. For the last couple of years, my 5th graders and I have read Home of the Brave together as the first read aloud. This year I decided to have their book clubs centered around refugee and immigrant stories - with a focus on #ownvoices novels. And Escape from Aleppo was the only book club choice I hadn’t yet read - and so I read along with the kids in that club and followed their reading schedule and joined their discussions. And I completely agree with their assessment - this book is fabulous. It’s about 14-year-old Nadia, who we meet as her family is evacuating their home in Syria in an attempt to flee to Turkey. But in the carnage, Nadia ends up separated from her family and has to make her way through the city of Aleppo in a dangerous effort to reunite with them and to figure out who in the war-torn city she should trust to help her. What stands out to me most is the searing depiction of modern-day war and how much my students saw themselves in Nadia’s flashbacks to pre-Arab Spring Aleppo. Scenes were everything seems stable and Nadia is all about the latest episode of her favorite reality TV singing show and what color she should paint her nails. If you are looking for a companion book to Alan Gratz’s Refugee, this is an excellent choice. And one that will stay with you for a long, long time. Rebound by Kwame Alexander This is the much-awaited prequel to the much-loved and much-awarded, novel-in-verse The Crossover. This book is all about Josh & Jordan’s father - Chuck “Da Man” Bell. But - this is an origin story. So when we first meet him, he is just Charlie - an 80’s kid reeling from a family tragedy and trying to find his way forward and trying to find his smile again. When home becomes tense, he is involuntarily shipped off to his grandparent’s house for the summer where he starts to find that path forward. I loved this book for it’s awesome illustratations and all those great 80s references. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Esteban, Tiago, Holly, Amari, Ashton, Haley - these six kids are brought to an abandoned art room each Friday, left on their own, and allowed to simply talk. And eventually - their stories unfold. Stories of deportation, of harassment, of parent death and incarceration. Of hope and of despair. And by the end of that year, they have formed a bond and a vow to harbor each other. It’s Jacqueline Woodson so you know it’s gorgeously written, but it also speaks to a great need for empathy in our country right now. And I can attest that it’s not just one of those “important” books that kids don’t really like. It was one of the top requested book club selections and currently has a huge waiting list in my room, so I can vouch for it’s kid appeal. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden Okay - this book creeped me the heck out! And it was glorious! This paranormal horror story is about a young girl named Ollie whose mom tragically died last year, and understandably - Ollie is withdrawn and rather raw. One fall day, Ollie disovers this strange book that tells the legend of two local brothers who come under the influence of The Smiling Man - with horrific results. When Ollie takes a field trip to a nearby farm, she and her friends Coco and Brian end up in an other-wordly battle to survive the lure of those mysterious forces. This book is so immersive and atmospheric and has one brilliant twist at the end that has me shuddering just thinking about it! Oh - and if you’re the type of person that isn’t at all freaked out by scarecrows - read this book and that will change. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed There has been sooo much love for this book this year - and if you haven’t yet read it, I will add my voice to all the others telling you…. it’s incredible. This novel is about a young Pakistani girl whose dream is to finish her education and to become a teacher. But when her mother is struggling with depression after having her fifth baby - another girl - Amal ends up staying home to take of the household. And then, to make matters far worse, she ends up insulting a poweful man in her village and be forced into indentured servitude to work off her family’s debt to him. It was this section of the book and Amal’s complicated relationship with man’s family and other servants that was the most compelling to me. Amal Unbound was the middle grade pick for the 2018 Global Read Aloud and is worthy of a spot in any middle grade collection. Blended by Sharon Draper As 2018 came to a close, I started scouring the social media feeds of readers whose taste I rely on to see what books from the previous year I may have missed. And by far the one that I kept bumping into… was Blended. And oh were they right to push me to read it! And...confession time - this is the first Sharon Draper book I have read! You may already know her work from Out of My Mind or Copper Sun. This novel is about an 11-year-old girl - Izzy to her mom but Isabella to her Dad. Her parents are divorced and every week Isabella has to switch - switch households, switch bedrooms, switch backpacks, switch expectations…. and sometimes feels like she has to switch identities. Her father is black and and lives a far more swanky lifestyle now and Isabella’s mother is white and their home definitely has a more casual vibe. I loved this book because I know how many students can relate to Izzy’s frustrations with parental tug-of-war and that awkwardness with people coming into their lives. But this book had so many more themes that will definitely strike a chord with kids today - racial profiling, school threats, micro-agressions, police shootings, and the myriad other things that make up children’s day-to-day experiences. The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden Ahhh - this book! I just…. Okay - plot first. This is the story of Zoey - a seventh-grader whose primary goals in life are to keep her two young siblings quiet and out of the way of her mom’s boyfriend and his father, to scrounge up enough for them to eat, and to stay completely invisible at school. But all of those things become tricky when her teacher pushes her to join the Debate Club after school. This book is about rural poverty, the nuances of the gun debate, domestic vioience… but the way those threads play out are not at all what I had expected - and so much better. This is the novel I wish I had read as a young middle school teacher when I thought that giving an hour’s worth of homework that required colored pencils, a ruler, and internet access was a perfectly acceptable thing to do. Front Desk by Kelly Yang Another stand-out debut! And every time I see another starred review or another reader gush about this book, it just makes me heart a little more happy. Front Desk is about Mia Tang whose family - recent immigrants from China - wind up running a motel under less than ideal circumstances. Mia’s expectations of life in America - juicy burgers, a pet dog, a yard, and big pool - differ A LOT from her true life, which she keeps hidden from her classmates. Her life is tough. But once she starts to harness the power of her writing, Mia starts to realize that even the big injustices in life can start to change. Front Desk was another fall favorite of my students and a perfect book club book. And the last time I checked, it was offered through Scholastic for a great price. The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown When a sequel comes out to a book that you adored - characters who have found a home in your heart - it’s with trepidation that you crack open that cover and start a new journey with them. Oh but thank you Peter Brown because you did not disappoint and in fact…. I may love this story even more than the first. It’s hard to say anything without giving away the first book if you haven’t read it yet. (And if that’s the case - get on that!) But I will say that this sequel has more action, more human interactions, and therefore - more personal connections that kids can latch onto. And it deals with some big moral and ethical questions! It’a a brilliant story with a touch of the Iron Giant, a sprinkle of The Odyssey, and a little dash of The Good Place. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes This is the story of Jermone - a young black boy playing outside his home with a small toy gun. A black boy who gets shot and killed by a police officer in the first pages and whose presence haunts the rest of the pages - and whose story - along with the other boys - haunts me still. And I can see in my classroom the impact it makes on the young kids who read it. There are instantly caught by that first title page - “Dead” - and those first words - “How small I look. Laid out flat, my stomach touching the ground. My right knee bent and my brand-new Nikes stained with blood.” Jerome is the first ghost boy we meet, but later there will be Emmett Till and others who get to tell parts of their stories. This book was both completely immersive and has that quality of staying with you long after you’ve read it. And it’s a rare book that deals honestly with racism and police violence in a way that is age appropriate and clear. And so many people have said, “This is an important book.” It IS - but don’t get it just because of that - get it and read it with kids because it’s an excellent book. Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo This is, I believe, the first sequel that Kate DiCamillo has ever written. And if this is the quality of a DiCamillo sequel then I hope she writes a TON more - because this book ripped me apart and put me back together again. And I mean that in the best possible way! This book is the follow-up to Raymie Nightingale and focuses on Raymie’s quirky friend - Louisiana Elefante. Lousiana’s grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night, piles her into the car, and is off to face her reckoning with the curse that has hung over their family’s head. Well, they end up in a Georgia Motel run by a cranky lady - where Louisiana has to take on more than anyone her age should have to. But also learns a lot about grace and the goodness of humankind as well. Raymie Nightingale was a book I liked pretty well, but nothing compared to this. It’s like this story sat in a rock tumbler until all the extra grit fell away and this sparkling gem emerged at the end. Tight by Torrey Maldonado This book was fast-paced, fresh, and had such a…. bite to it! It’s the story of 6th grader, Bryan, who loves comics, who loves drawing superheroes, and who loves his mother and a life of no drama. His dad brings enough of that into their life. Money in their family is… tight. So he worries about that and worries about being perceived as “soft” - not tough enough. But then his parents, sort of... set him up with a friend - this neighborhood kid named Mike. And at first, Bryan resists. He gets weird vibe from this kid. But then the boys bond over comics and Netflix shows and spend more and more time together. They’re tight. But that friendship turns toxic when Mike starts luring Bryan into skipping school, hopping the turnstiles in the subway...and worse. Tight is an exceptional books - raw and real. If you have kids who like Jason Reynold’s Ghost and who liked the Miles Morales Spiderman - this is the book for them! Alright - those are my top 25 middle grades books of 2018. Now - I want to hear from YOU! What were your favorite reads of the last year and which ones should I make sure to read in the year ahead? Closing Alright, that wraps up our show this week! If you have a question about how to connect kids between 8-12 to books they’ll love or a suggestion about a topic we should cover, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Twitter/Instagram at the handle @Books_Between. Books Between is a proud member of the Lady Pod Squad and the Education Podcast Network. This network features podcasts for educators, created by educators. For more great content visit edupodcastnetwork.com Thank you so much for joining me this week. You can get an outline of interviews and a full transcript of all the other parts of our show at MGBookVillage.org. And, if you are liking the show, please leave us some love on iTunes or Stitcher so others can discover us as well. Thanks and see you soon! Bye!
Rank #2: #30 - Classroom Book-A-Day w/ Jillian Heise.
Intro Hi everyone and welcome to Books Between - a podcast for teachers, parents, librarians, and anyone who wants to help connect kids between 8-12 to books they’ll love. I am Corrina Allen - a 5th grade teacher, a mom of two, and spending some rainy summer days with my gals playing Blokus and Canasta and Mario Kart and dreaming of the beach…. This is Episode #30 and today I am sharing with you a conversation with Jillian Heise about Classroom Book A Day. We chat about all the wonderful things that can happen when you read one picture book a day to your class. And yes - even upper elementary AND middle school kids! I had considered holding on to this episode a little longer, but realized that lots of you start school in August and would want to start planning things. If you’re like me, you need some time to mull things over and see how everything’s going to fit together. So before we get started, I want to let you know a couple things up front. First, at the end of the conversation we mention some resources where you can find out lots more information about #ClassroomBookADay - especially Jillian’s main post about it from her website where she so generously shares her slideshows. And the #ClassroomBookADay Facebook Group. I joined that last month and the community there has been extraordinarily helpful. So - if you are interested, I’ll see you there. And I’ll post links to those right in our show notes and on the All the Wonders site. Second - Jillian talks about A LOT of incredible books today and I know that, like me, you’re going to get excited about them and want to jot down all the titles! But - I’ve got your back. Every single title mentioned is posted and linked right in the show notes. Okay - let’s dive in! Main Topic - Interview with Jillian Heise Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got inspired to start the #ClassroomBookaDay. #ClassroomBookaDay is about making time each day in your classroom to read a picture book. What do you see as the benefit of focusing more on picture books? I’ve seen these incredible displays of teachers’ #ClassroomBookaDay reading where they post a cover of each book on grid on a bulletin board. How do you display the #ClassroomBookADay in your school? How do you see the display of the books as an important of aspect of #ClassroomBookADay? How do you make time to read one picture book every day? What is your routine like for reading the books with your students? What about folks who don’t have their own classroom - librarians, literacy coaches, administrators? 180+ days is a lot to fill! How do you choose titles? What are some of your favorite books for the first week or so of school? Where can people go to get more information? Aside from picture books, what have you been reading lately that you’ve liked? Closing Alright - that wraps up our show this week. If you have a question or an idea about a topic we should cover, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at email@example.com or connect on Twitter/Instagram at the handle @Books_Between. Thank you so much for joining me this week. You can find an outline of interviews and a full transcript of all the other parts of our show along with all of our previous episodes at AlltheWonders.com. And, if you like what you hear and value the podcast, please leave a quick review or rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks again and see you soon! Bye! Episode Links: Heise Reads & Recommends: www.heisereads.com BALB Literacy Consulting: www.balblit.com Facebook #classroombookaday group: www.facebook.com/groups/classroombookaday Slideshare with Previous Presentations: www.slideshare.net/mrsheise Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/heisereads #classroombookaday Origin Story & Updates: http://heisewrites.blogspot.com/2014/09/180-bookaday-read-alouds.html Nerdy Book Club Post - https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/classroombookaday-the-power-of-shared-picture-book-stories-by-jillian-heise/ PIcture Books Discussed on the Show: To the Sea (Cale Atkinson) I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen) Mr Tiger Goes Wild (Peter Brown) Explorers of the Wild (Cale Atkinson) Pardon Me (Daniel Miyares) That Neighbor Kid (Daniel Miyares) Float (Daniel Miyares) That Is My Dream (Daniel Miyares) Barnacle is Bored (Jonathan Fenske) Poor Little Guy (Elanna Allen) A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals (Lucy Ruth Cummins) Sam and Dave Dig A Hole (Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) Creepy Carrots (Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown) The Monster’s Monster (Patrick McDonnell) Blizzard (John Rocco) Each Kindness (Jacqueline Woodson & E.B. Lewis) The Invisible Boy (Trudy Ludwig & Patrice Barton) 14 Cows for America (Carmen Agra Deedy: Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah & Thomas Gonzaalez) Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Maira Kalman) The Little Chapel That Stood (A.B. Curtiss & Mirto Golino) My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not.) (Peter Brown) Wild About Us (Karen Beaumont & Janet Stevens) My Friend Maggie (Hannah E. Harrison) Happy Dreamer (Peter H. Reynolds) A Tiger Tail (Mike Boldt) Strictly No Elephants (Lisa Mantchev & Taeeun Yoo) Be a Friend (Salina Yoon) Let Me Finish (Minh Lè) School’s First Day of School (Adam Rex & Christian Robinson) How To Read a Story (Kate Messner) Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale (Josh Funk & Rodolfo Montalvo) Beautiful (Stacy McAnulty & Joanne Lew-Vriethoff) Where Oliver Fits (Cale Atkinson) Blue Sky, White Stars (Kadir Nelson & Sarvinder Naberhaus) They All Saw a Cat (Brendan Wenzel) The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors (Drew Daywalt & Adam Rex) Penguin Problems (Jory John & Lane Smith) Not Quite Narwhal (Jessie Sima) Jabari Jumps (Gaia Cornwall) Dad and the Dinosaur (Gennifer Choldenko & Dan Santat) I Like, I Don’t Like (Ale Ale & Anne Baccelliere) MIddle Grade Books Discussed: Patina (Jason Reynolds) Miles Morales: Spider Man (Jason Reynolds) Wishtree (Katherine Applegate) The Gauntlet (Karuna Riazi) Fergus & Zeke (Kate Messner & Heather Ross) Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker (Shelley Johannes) The Bad Guys (Aaron Blabey) YA Books Discussed: War Cross (Marie Lu) Legend (Marie Lu) In a Perfect World - Trish Doller The Names They Gave Us (Emery Lord) Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds) All American Boys (Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely) The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
Conversations between Publishers Weekly editors and authors of new fiction and nonfiction books.
Rank #1: PW LitCast: A Conversation with Martine Bailey.
PW LitCast talks with author Martine Bailey about her newest historical mystery, 'The Almanack,' set in 1752 England, which integrates the role that almanacs played at the time, into a tricky whodunit plot.
Rank #2: PW LitCast: A Conversation with Agus Morales.
Journalist Agus Morales tells PW LitCast about his book 'We Are Not Refugees' (Imagine), and his ten-year-long process of visiting many countries to hear the stories of displaced people.
When it comes to books, nobody has better access to the authors, publishers and others who make them happen than Publishers Weekly. With PW Insider, you share in that unparalleled access directly. New episodes every Friday.
Rank #1: PW Insider 7: The Best Books of 2018.
A round table of 'PW' reviews editors discuss the best books of 2018. Read the full list of the best books of the year as chosen by 'PW' editors at publishersweekly.com/bestbooks
Rank #2: PW Radio 86: Diane Ackerman.
Author Diane Ackerman discusses her powerful new book, 'The Human Age.' PW children's reviews editor John Sellers highlights some under-the-radar kids' books for fall.
Learn about children’s books from the people who make them with in-depth interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators for people who believe that art and literature can have a profoundly positive impact on a kid’s life.Picturebooking is here to serve those who want to understand what it takes to create these stories. And engaging with Picturebooking will help you get inspired, feel connected and take action toward making a difference through picture books.
Rank #1: 084: Picturebooking Pain.
13 authors and illustrators tell us what they find as the most painful thing about the picture book industry. It’s some honest picturebooking therapy. Take a listen and I’m sure you’ll be inspired to continue creating despite the struggles.
Rank #2: 052: Elise Parsley – A Piano, a Beach and a Little Girl with Big Ideas.
Author-illustrator Elise Parsley stops by to chat about her latest book in the "Magnolia Says Don't" series, title IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T!
a collection of essays and interviews about the trails and tribulation of women in kidlit.
Rank #1: An Open Letter to Well-Meaning White Women, Conversation with Laura Jimenez.
Laura Jimenez and Grace Lin talk about Laura's essay, "An Open Letter to Well-Meaning White Women" and much more.
Rank #2: Part2 of Interview with Victoria Stapleton, Executive Director of School and Library Marketing.
Grace shares Part 2 of the interview with Victoria Stapleton, the executive director of school and library marketing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (which is the main publisher of her books). This is part 2 of the interview.
Candlewick Press Presents is a new podcast about the storytellers behind your favorite children’s books!
Rank #1: Candlewick Press Presents: Annette LeBlanc Cate.
Annette LeBlanc Cate, author and illustrator of The Magic Rabbit and Look Up!, talks to Candlewick Press about what it was like to work on an award-winning cartoon on Comedy Central and her fascination with birds, and she practices her seagull impression. She also almost aces our birdcall quiz.
Rank #2: Candlewick Press Presents: Aaron Becker.
Aaron Becker, award-winning author and illustrator of the wordless picture books Journey, Quest, and Return, talks to Candlewick Press about destiny, Star Wars, the Caldecott Medal, and finding inspiration in the works of Chris Van Allsburg. Journey into Aaron Becker’s world of childlike wonder to find out why he tells stories.
Scholastic's podcast about the joy and power of reading, the books we publish for children and young adults, and the authors, editors, and stories behind them. We’ll explore topics important to parents, educators, and the reader in all of us.
Rank #1: The Power of World Read Aloud Day.
World Read Aloud Day is annual celebration that encourages kids, parents, and educators everywhere to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud. On today’s episode, we’ll be talking with two literacy experts, Pam Allyn and Lester Laminack about the many benefits of reading aloud. Plus, you’ll hear exciting read alouds from authors like, Dav Pilkey, Carmen Agra Deedy, and Peter Reynolds. Don’t forget to read aloud on February 5! Special thanks: Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin Associate Produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press
Rank #2: Scholastic Employees Share Their Holiday Traditions.
Happy holidays from all of us in the Scholastic Family! On this episode, we asked our employees to share their fondest holiday memories. You'll hear about Christmas read-alouds, a Chanukah grab bag, and even a fashion show on Eid al-Fitr. Guests: Kevin Kirschner: Nephew of host Suzanne McCabe Mark Seidenfeld: Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Talia Seidenfeld: Assistant Editor Patti Vaughan: Convention Manager, Corporate Conventions Raisa Masood: Internal Communications Coordinator Amanda Erbe: Scholastic Kid Reporter Special thanks: Hosted by Suzanne McCabe Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin Associate produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
Two sisters, one in L.A. and one in NYC, both move to the Chicago area and start a podcast. The premise? Picture books and are they really that great? Join Kate and Fuse 8 (Betsy Bird) as they track down a picture book "classic" each episode and try to determine if it deserves to remain in the canon of children's literature.Profile image by Andrea Tsurumi
Rank #1: Episode 88 - Pete the Cat.
Kate gave Betsy a challenge to go out and find a picture book that the two of them hadn't read. And in the end . . . Betsy completely and utterly failed to do honor the request. She decided to do Pete instead. So it goes.With this entry, Kate makes a VERY strong case for why this book missed an opportunity involving the color wheel. Kate also points out that the actual moral of this story is, "Watch where you step." Meanwhile, Betsy gets to riff on James Dean the actor (if he were ever to make a picture book), Kate tells Betsy that hedgehogs are super smelly (who knew?), and the two dive deep into Pete's confusing lineage. Show Notes:Here is Eric Litwin's interview with Line Up the Books: https://www.lineupthebooks.com/an-interview-with-ny-times-bestselling-author-and-former-special-ed-teacher-eric-litwin-2/How do you sing this song? Here's how Litwin would do it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUubMSfIs-UHere’s the Pete the Cat website in case you want to check out all those Pete videos: http://www.petethecatbooks.com/And here’s the Pete the Cat television show. You know you’re curious. Behold the trailer. Is it just us or is it really painful to watch anytime you see Pete’s mouth? Plus we miss the messiness of the original art here. Seems like a lost opportunity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5w1F-_SDlsFor the full Show Notes please visit: http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2019/05/28/fuse-8-n-kate-pete-the-cat-i-love-my-white-shoes-by-james-dean/
Rank #2: Episode 46 - Frog and Toad Are Friends.
The name of the game here is A Break From Brats. Betsy wanted to get Kate out of the realm of bratty children's book protagonists, so she thought the world's greatest friendship pair was the way to go. But before we get to that, the sisters do a rundown of the best and worst picture books they've ever looked at. As for the rest of the show, Kate writes down morals for every story in this book, and her interpretations aren't entirely canon. For Betsy's part, she gets to wax loquacious on her horizontal pupil theory of children's literature. Could you ask for anything more?Show Notes:- The Eric Carle exhibit was turned into a catalog, available for purchase. You can find Seeking a State of Grace: The Art of Arnold Lobel at the Eric Carle Museum's bookstore: https://shop.carlemuseum.org/seeking-state-grace-art-arnold-lobel- We just want to say with sadness that apparently with the publication of The Merry Spinster, The Toast no longer hosts Daniel Ortberg's magnificent Children's Books Made Horrific. So we weren't able to provided a link here. Life is disappointment.- Couldn't find an ideal video of it, but here's the original Broadway recording of the Toad looks funny in a bathing suit song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FetfyMbGnXo- This isn't an ideal recording, but this singer is the strongest Snail we were able to find on YouTube, so in it goes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpuoog92e2Q- As is mentioned, this book came in at #15 on the Top 100 poll: http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2012/06/15/top-100-picture-books-15-frog-and-toad-are-friends-by-arnold-lobel/-The Aaron Zenz version of Frog & Toad is, by far, superior to almost all others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=mq8Hz8Xv_z0-Still, we harbor affection for this delightful French-ish version of The List: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvNLKeaeQ7w- Read the full Source Notes here: http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2018/06/11/fuse-8-n-kate-frog-and-toad-are-friends-by-arnold-lobel
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Rank #1: KidLit RADIO: LOUISE LOVES ART Read Out Loud.
Louise loves art — drawing, creating, and displaying. Art is everything to her. Art is also her little brother. Art loves Louise and everything she does. Art loves Louise so much he decides to make his own art just for her. Unfortunately, Art’s art is made out of Louise’s masterpiece! A playful ode to the limitless curiosity and creativity of children and the boundless love siblings share. Join author/illustrator Kelly Light and Rocco Staino for this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, as Kelly reads her first ever picture book, LOUISE LOVES ART.ABOUT THE BOOKLouise Loves Art Written and illustrated by Kelly Light Published by Balzer + BrayMeet Louise. Louise loves art more than anything. It’s her imagination on the outside. She is determined to create a masterpiece—her pièce de résistance! Louise also loves Art, her little brother. This is their story. Louise Loves Art is a celebration of the brilliant artist who resides in all of us.Watch Kelly’s Read Out Loud Episode! CONNECT WITH KELLY LIGHT Website Facebook Goodreads Instagram TwitterCONNECT WITH KidLit TV Facebook Page Facebook Group Instagram Newsletter Pinterest Twitter YouTubeRead Out Loud Host: Rocco Staino Executive Producer: Julie GribbleThe post KidLit RADIO: LOUISE LOVES ART Read Out Loud appeared first on KidLit TV.
Rank #2: KidLit RADIO: CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE Read Out Loud.
Even at the height of summer, we can’t help but think, “All seasons of the year are nice, for eating chicken soup with rice.” On this podcast edition of Read Out Loud, join our own Rocco Staino for a romp through Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book, CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE. ABOUT THE BOOK Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak Published by HarperTrophy Collected in this charming book are twelve lilting rhymes and illustrations for the twelve months of the year, with chicken soup as their universal theme. Although the book starts in the middle of winter — presumably the best time for chicken soup — a case is made for the presence of chicken soup in every season. Even at the peak of the sultry summer: In August / it will be so hot / I will become / a cooking pot / cooking soup of course / Why not? / Cooking once / cooking twice / cooking chicken soup / with rice. In this tiny volume, first published in 1962, the inimitable Maurice Sendak demonstrates his famous ear for language, rhythm, and wordplay and anticipates the strengths of his later children’s classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Likewise, his illustrations here in Chicken Soup with Rice are, as always, playful and witty. Each rhyme is introduced with a decorative bar, framing the name of each month like a calendar. And by the “year’s end,” readers are convinced that all seasons / of the year / are nice / for eating / chicken soup / with rice! An excellent read-aloud, demonstrating the progression of the year, seasons, and the power of poetry. Watch the Read Out Loud Episode! CONNECT WITH ROCCO STAINO Instagram | TwitterCONNECT WITH KidLit TV Facebook Group | Facebook Page | Instagram | Newsletter | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTubeRead Out Loud Executive Producer: Julie GribbleThe post KidLit RADIO: CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE Read Out Loud appeared first on KidLit TV.
Your Guide To The Growing World Of Kidlit and Children's Book Publishing
Rank #1: Indie Vs Traditional Publishing with ‘Part Of My Heart’ Author Mike Sundy :: Stories Unbound #16.
For Children’s Book creators, it has never been easier to Self-Publish… But is Independent Publishing the best way? In today’s episode, Mike Sundy, former Pixar crew member and best-selling Children’s Book author talks about: Do you really need a big publisher? How to market your own independent Children’s Book. “Hybrid Publishing” and why you might want to try it. How Mike’s IT background influenced his career. The pros and cons of Self-Publishing. Listen to ‘Stories Unbound’ Episode 16: http://traffic.libsyn.com/oatley/SU016_MikeSundy.mp3 [download the mp3] [subscribe in iTunes] Do You Want To Make Children’s Books? The Stories Unbound team is cooking up something new here at The Oatley Academy. …something special, made just for children’s book creators. Join the early notification list to get sneak peeks and a special price when we launch… Awesome Links: Mike Sundy Legbug Jonathan Sundy Sansu Dan Holland Lissa Rovetch Music by Ryan Keith and Wes Cepin Helpful Resources: The Talent Code by Dan Coyle (Shawna’s Amazon Affiliate Link) Kindle Direct Publishing- Kids CreateSpace Book Creator What Do You Think? Today Mike gave us an in-depth overview of the benefits of Self-Publishing high quality Children’s Books. What did you learn about Indie-Publishing that you didn’t know before? Tell us about it in the comments below! The post Indie Vs Traditional Publishing with ‘Part Of My Heart’ Author Mike Sundy :: Stories Unbound #16 appeared first on The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling. CommentsWhoop whoop! Thanks for the amazing resource! 😀 It gave me ... by NeruFor those of you who want a more in-depth look at the process ... by Mike SundyThanks, Neru! Yes, 15 years is a long time. But I love it so ... by Mike SundyTalk about a consummate collborator and alliterator. I listened ... by NeruThanks for taking the time to reply Mike. I really connect with ... by Luke FlanaganPlus 5 more...
Rank #2: Building Your Kidlit Career: Agents :: Stories Unbound #15.
Literary Agents and Artist Representatives can often open doors for Authors and Illustrators in the Children’s Book Industry… But is having an Agent essential for building your career? In today’s episode, publishing experts Giuseppe Castellano (Art Director: Penguin Random House), Julie Olson (Author/Illustrator: Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea) and Russ Cox (Author/Illustrator: Far Away Friends) share insights on: What makes a good Agent? How to find the right Agent for you. The difference between Literary Agents and Artist Representatives. Why you need to know the business of illustration, no matter what. What to do when things don’t work out between you and your Agent. Listen to ‘Stories Unbound’ Episode 15: http://traffic.libsyn.com/oatley/SU015_Agents.mp3 [download the mp3] [subscribe in iTunes] Do You Want To Make Children’s Books? The Stories Unbound team is cooking up something new here at The Oatley Academy. …something special, made just for children’s book creators. Join the early notification list to get sneak peeks and a special price when we launch… Awesome Links: The Illustration Department Julie Olson Russ Cox Music by Ryan Keith and Wes Cepin Helpful Resources: The Book: The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children (SCBWI) Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Market 2017 (Shawna’s Amazon Affiliate Link) Query Tracker Publishers Weekly What Do You Think? Today we had an in-depth view of an Agent’s role in the Children’s Book Industry. What is something you learned about Agents that you didn’t know before? Tell us about it in the comments below! The post Building Your Kidlit Career: Agents :: Stories Unbound #15 appeared first on The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling. CommentsWonderful advice. I appreciate the differentiating between ... by Chris PerryThis podcast was SO SO helpful! Thank you for having three ... by Annie RuygtHi Shawna! Thank you for answer me It is so nice to heard ... by Micsy VargasThank you Shawna! Its been hard finding agents that work with ... by Melissa PetersonHi Miscy! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the Episode! Yeah, ... by Shawna TenneyPlus 5 more...
Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of publishing, now including all genres––not just children's books. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Indie books? Non-fiction? Or are you already published and want to hear how to make your book trailer? Maybe you're a librarian or teacher doing an author study or just a fan of kidlit and want to listen to booksellers, editors, authors and other experts in the field talk about the craft and business of publishing, both of children's literature and beyond.Writer entrepreneur, illustrator, book marketing expert, and author Katie Davis is the host of this funny and informative show meant to help anyone with an interest in publishing, book marketing, video marketing, general book publishing and children's literature. Since 2010, there have been regular contributors and reviewers, as well as hundreds of interviews with anyone Katie believes will help her listeners in their quest to succeed in their business.Katie Davis' traditionally published books have sold over 820,000 copies which led to her writing a self-published marketing guide for writers, debuting at #1 on Amazon. Katie teaches writers how to create videos, she coaches other writers in their marketing efforts and presents at schools, conferences, and fundraising galas internationally. She's an NSA member and on the advisory board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity.
Rank #1: 5 Young Adults Writers Talk About Writing & Books & Bad Boys Part 1.
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Rank #2: BBAB 241 : What’s So Great About the 500 Word Picture Book?.
Brain Burps About Books Podcast #241 What’s So Great About the 500 Word Picture Book? An Interview with Laura Backes Announcements Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more. I'm hosting a FREE webinar to give you a sneak peek of Get Your First 1,000 Followers! You can ask me anything you want and I'll be doing LIVE website critiques. Pick the time that works best for you: For Thursday, 9/10 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, click here: www.katiedavis.com/thursday For Friday, 9/11 at 12pm ET/9am PT, click here: www.katiedavis.com/friday Listener Questions Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions and fears: How do I reach my target audience of 12-16 year olds? How do I start my platform when I'm not photogenic and I write under a pseudonym? I'm afraid of not having time to keep up with everything. It's hard to start when I put everyone else's needs before my own. Plus, a shout-out to my newest listener, Jackie! This week's guest is Laura Backes! Laura Backes has been publishing Children's Book Insider, The Children's Writing Monthly for 25 years. Along with its companion membership site, The Children's Writing Knowledge Base (www.CBIClubhouse.com). CBI is the largest source of information for aspiring and published children's book writers in the world. Along with her husband Jon Bard, Laura has co-created numerous instructional webinars, videos, courses and books for writers, and is a frequent speaker at writing conferences. Laura & I talk about Picture Book Summit - There are a few spots left. Register at www.picturebooksummit.com. How she became an editor. What it's like to write a rejection letter. Why she prefers being an editor to being an agent. How to not be a "hack" in your writing. Innate talent vs. Developed talent. Why age is an advantage in your writing. What's the deal with 500 word picture books? How picture book readers are more sophisticated today than in the past. The best way to write a great book. How you can join us at the Picture Book Summit PJ Party!
Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!
Rank #1: Lists for Writers | Writing for Children 124.
LISTS YOU SHOULD KEEP Have you ever seen one of those journals where the pages have dots instead of lines? It’s called a bullet journal. If your desk has a tendency to become a bunny nest of paper scraps with lists on them, this could be a great idea for you. All of the lists are things you want to be reminded of. Sorting through your nest of lists could be the first step in creating valuable writer lists. Let's talk about the kinds of list that writers can use. First month is FREE for the Writers' Block! Go to writingforchildren.com/writersblock use code WBPOD18
Rank #2: Top 3 Submission Tips | Writing for Children 086.
TOP 3 SUBMISSION TIPS In this episode, I interview author and 12 x 12 founder Julie Hedlund. Along with Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie co-created the Complete Guide to Picture Book Submissions. With experience on both sides of the submissions desk, they know what makes a query stand out—in any genre. Julie Hedlund is an award-winning picture book author, 21st century publishing expert and founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge. Since 2012, 12 x 12 has encouraged thousands of picture book writers to get their stories out of their heads and onto the page. Julie is a frequent speaker at writing retreats and conferences. Her picture book credits include My Love For You is the Sun and A Troop is a Group of Monkeys. She developed The Complete Picture Book Submissions System with Emma Walton Hamilton and is one of the founders of Picture Book Summit, a yearly online conference for picture book writers from around the world. Julie also developed content for our new Writers' Block membership! Check out how the Writers' Block can help you achieve your writing goals this year. Click here! What's your question? Tell us and we'll answer your writing questions on the podcast. Go to this link and leave your question: http://www.writingforchildren.com/speak. NEW Expanded Critique Service We've just expanded the IFW Critique Service! You can now get a full critique of your manuscript whether it's a picture book, middle grade chapter book, YA, Memoir, Fantasy, or Adult Fiction. It's time to make your story the best it can be before you send it to that perfect agent or publisher. Go to https://www.instituteforwriters.com/critique-service/