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Interviews with authors of children's literature about their new books

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Interviews with authors of children's literature about their new books

    Julie Hedlund, "Over, Bear! Under, Where?" (Philomel Books, 2021)

    Julie Hedlund, "Over, Bear! Under, Where?" (Philomel Books, 2021)

    Julie Hedlund and I talked about the trials and tribulations of being an author and how patience and perseverance led her to her recent success, Over, Bear! Under, Wear? (Philomel Books, 2021).
    Over and Under are two friends, and they're enjoying a day at the park. They go on the swings (Over goes over Under) and the seesaw (Under is under Over). They meet a hot-dog dog (who joins them for a hot dog). And then they spot . . . a bear! (Unbearable!) But is he really the overall scary creature they first understand him to be? In this hilariously punny story that will have readers laughing out loud as they pick apart the wordplay, a pair of pals overcome their fears as they discover that friendship underpins all.
    Mel Rosenberg is a professor of microbiology (Tel Aviv University, emeritus) who fell in love with children's books as a small child and now writes his own. He is also the founder of Ourboox, a web platform that allows anyone to create and share awesome flipbooks.
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    • 53 min
    Chana Stiefel Chana, "Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty" (Scholastic Press, 2021)

    Chana Stiefel Chana, "Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty" (Scholastic Press, 2021)

    Chana Stiefel Chana and I talked about her new book Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty (Scholastic Press, 2021). 
    On America's 100th birthday, the people of France built a giant gift! It was one of the largest statues the world had ever seen -- and she weighed as much as 40 elephants! And when she arrived on our shores in 250 pieces, she needed a pedestal to hold her up. Few of America's millionaires were willing to foot the bill.
    Then, Joseph Pulitzer (a poor Hungarian immigrant-cum-newspaper mogul) appealed to his fellow citizens. He invited them to contribute whatever they could, no matter how small an amount, to raise funds to mount this statue. The next day, pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters poured in. Soon, Pulitzer's campaign raised enough money to construct the pedestal. And with the help of everyday Americans (including many thousands of schoolchildren!) the Statue of Liberty rose skyward, torch ablaze, to welcome new immigrants for a life of freedom and opportunity!
    Mel Rosenberg is a professor of microbiology (Tel Aviv University, emeritus) who fell in love with children's books as a small child and now writes his own. He is also the founder of Ourboox, a web platform that allows anyone to create and share awesome flipbooks.
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    • 53 min
    Atara Ofek on What Makes a Children's Book Good

    Atara Ofek on What Makes a Children's Book Good

    Atara Ofek is a leading editor and translator of children's books in Israel. We talked about "what makes a good children's book good?"
    Mel Rosenberg is a professor of microbiology (Tel Aviv University, emeritus) who fell in love with children's books as a small child and now writes his own. He is also the founder of Ourboox, a web platform that allows anyone to create and share awesome flipbooks.
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    • 42 min
    Elaine Kiely Kearns, "Noah Noasaurus" (Albert Whitman and Company, 2019)

    Elaine Kiely Kearns, "Noah Noasaurus" (Albert Whitman and Company, 2019)

    Elaine Kiely Kearns writes picture book and middle grade stories. A former elementary school teacher, she now writes books for children and co-runs the website for writers, KidLit411.com. We discussed her journey as an author, and celebrated her recent book Noah Noasaurus (Albert Whitman and Company, 2019).
    Mel Rosenberg is a professor of microbiology (Tel Aviv University, emeritus) who fell in love with children's books as a small child and now writes his own. He is also the founder of Ourboox, a web platform that allows anyone to create and share awesome flipbooks.
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    • 51 min
    Alayne Kay Christian, "The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed (Blue Whale Press, 2020)

    Alayne Kay Christian, "The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed (Blue Whale Press, 2020)

    Alayne Kay Christian is the content and developmental editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children's book author. We talked about her recent book, The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed and discussed the trials and tribulations of running a publishing house.
    Mel Rosenberg is a professor of microbiology (Tel Aviv University, emeritus) who fell in love with children's books as a small child and now writes his own. He is also the founder of Ourboox, a web platform that allows anyone to create and share awesome flipbooks.
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    • 59 min
    Miri Leshem-Pelly, "Penny And The Plain Piece Of Paper" (Philomel Books, 2020)

    Miri Leshem-Pelly, "Penny And The Plain Piece Of Paper" (Philomel Books, 2020)

    Today I talked to Miri Leshem-Pelly about her book Penny And The Plain Piece Of Paper (Philomel Books, 2020). Penny lives on a plain piece of paper, with just one problem--she's bored. There's nothing to do, no one to talk to, not a single way to keep herself entertained Not one to wallow, Penny makes a decision: it's high time she ventured out into the world and explored other types of paper. But when she's not serious enough for the newspaper, not angular enough for the graph paper, and not repetitive enough for the wrapping paper, Penny doesn't know where she belongs. With some help from the friends she's met along her journey, though, she comes up with the perfect paper plan for herself.
    Mel Rosenberg is a professor of microbiology (Tel Aviv University, emeritus) who fell in love with children's books as a small child and now writes his own. He is also the founder of Ourboox, a web platform that allows anyone to create and share awesome flipbooks.
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    • 47 min

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