Rank #1: 5 Years of The Children's Book Podcast
5 years. 450 episodes. What started as "What it...?" has grown in time to be an unmistakable presence in the children's literature community. How we got there, in large part, is because of listeners like you! And where we're going on the road ahead is just as exciting as where we've been. Thanks for being on this journey together with us.
Jun 30 2018
Rank #2: Steven Malk
Steven Malk (@stevenmalk), literary agent at Writers House, stops by the podcast to answer your questions and to talk communication, giving back to things that inspire you, and how to identify the mark of a good book.
Jan 24 2017
Rank #3: Philip C. Stead
Philip C. Stead, author illustrator of Samson in the Snow, stops by the podcast to talk about being a natural worrier, using various materials to express the whole rainbow of what snow can be, and what time means to a creative person.
Dec 12 2016
Rank #4: Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander (@kwamealexander), author most recently of Surf's Up, illustrated by Daniel Miyares (@danielmiyares), and winner of the 2015 Newbery Award for The Crossover, stops by the podcast to talk about the economy of words, the spiritual journey through the white space left on the page, and the joy and power of reading.
Jan 12 2016
Rank #5: Christian Robinson (2019)
Christian Robinson makes his author-illustrator debut with ANOTHER, a wordless picture book exploring the literal experience of seeing yourself in a book and of others seeing themselves in the same book. Christian talks about relying on his strengths and owning that we all have blind spots. He also shares how his art is driven by his thoughts on helping as many kids as possible see themselves in his work. You can access even more information about this book and its author and illustrator by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/podcast.
Mar 19 2019
Rank #6: Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka (@Jon_Scieszka), editor of Guys Reads: Terrifying Tales, which is published by Walden Pond Press (@WaldenPondPress), and other of a ton of bestselling books including The Stinky Cheese Man, Knucklehead, and the Frank Einstein series, stops by the podcast to talk about storytelling with a purpose, appreciating the ways that kids are intelligent, and how giving readers choice in what they read is a huge thing.
Oct 23 2015
Rank #7: Marla Frazee
Marla Frazee (@MarlaFrazee), author illustrator most recently of The Bossier Baby and illustrator of Is Mommy?, written by Victoria Chang, stops by the podcast to talk about channeling her inner 5-year-old, words taking over, and giving kids a place where there's comfort.
Nov 11 2016
Rank #8: Aaron Becker
Aaron Becker (@storybreathing), author-illustrator of Return, his final book in the Journey trilogy, stops by the podcast to talk about the power and limits of the imagination, his parable for growing up, and how a parent can be saved by their own kid.
Aug 08 2016
Rank #9: Mac Barnett and Adam Rex
Mac Barnett (@macbarnett) and Adam Rex (@MrAdamRex), author and illustrator of How This Book Was Made, stop by the podcast to talk about Mac's interest in form and the picture book as a live performance, as well as the value Adam sees in taking time to make distance from your work in progress in order to reach a final illustration that feels, to the reader, inevitable.
Sep 13 2016
Rank #10: Rowboat Watkins (2019)
Rowboat Watkins shares MOST MARSHMALLOWS, a story about things that most marshmallows do, like celebrating birthdays and going to school. Things that most marshmallows do not do, like dreaming. And the rarely discussed things that some few marshmallows secretly know. I love how Rowboat created the art for this story and I cannot wait to try it with my students. But I also love how he makes room for his readers to dream of all the things they might accomplish, no matter who might tell them otherwise. You can access even more information about this book and its author and illustrator by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/podcast.
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Jun 18 2019
Rank #11: Kate DiCamillo and the Collaborative Summer Library Program
Kate DiCamillo, author Raymie Nightingale and the 2016 National Summer Reading Champion, stops by the podcast to talk about reasons to read this summer, some titles from her recommended reading list, and her habit of always making other people read books.
Jun 03 2016
Rank #12: Jane Yolen (2018)
Jane Yolen is the beloved and prolific author of over 365 books for children and teens, including this year's releases of A BEAR SAT ON MY PORCH TODAY, MAPPING THE BONES, and MEET ME AT THE WELL. To celebrate such a milestone publication year, Jane and daughter Heidi have kicked off #Yolen365, a daily celebration and book pairing of each title in Jane's catalog to a calendar holiday, festivity, or fun fact. Our conversation includes stories that span of Jane's experiences in publishing that span her career so far. Rest assured, we were in no shortage of things to talk about in laughs and wonder, reflection and celebration.
Feb 27 2018
Rank #13: Dan Santat (2017)
Dan Santat (@dsantat), author illustrator most recently of After The Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again), stops by the podcast to talk about overcoming obstacles, an obsession with negative space, and a story synonymous with falling.
Oct 06 2017
Rank #14: Christopher Silas Neal
Christopher Silas Neal (@csneal), debut author/illustrator of Everyone..., stops by the podcast to talk about a big philosophy captured in a few words, the universality of feelings, and making space for the sadness along with the happiness.
May 27 2016
Rank #15: Kelly DiPucchio and Greg Pizzoli
Aug 23 2016
Rank #16: Lucy Ruth Cummins
Lucy Ruth Cummins (@lucyruth), author-illustrator of A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals, stops by the podcast to talk about knowing when to stop, playing it close to your chest, and the essential role of predators when make-believe playing as animals.
Jul 08 2016
Rank #17: Raina Telgemeier
Feb 03 2017
Rank #18: Keith Negley (2019)
Keith Negley (@keithnegley) is the author/illustrator of MARY WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS. The story follows a young Mary Edwards Walker, determined to swap the confining, uncomfortable dress expected of her and other girls and women for a more sensible pair of pants. Keith shares that the idea grew from media coverage of transgender individuals being restricted access to bathrooms, as well as a podcast episode of The Memory Palace regarding the norm-defying life of Mary Walker. All in all it is a story of a woman who, even as a girl, enjoyed the opportunity to prove someone wrong by enacting change in her surroundings. You can access even more information about this book and its author illustrator by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/podcast.
Jan 08 2019
Rank #19: Julie Falatko and Tim Miller
Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko) and Tim Miller (@TimMiller), author and illustrator respectively of Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), stop by the podcast to talk about belligerent main characters, the biggest riddle in creating their debut picture book, and answers arrived through countless mistakes.
Feb 02 2016
Rank #20: Hannah Barnaby
Hannah Barnaby (@HannahRBarnaby), author of Bad Guy and Garcia and Colette Go Exploring, stops by the podcast to talk about linking words with emotion, exploring being bad in a safe place, and the weight of responsibility.
Aug 01 2017