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Hosted by Matthew C. Winner. The Children's Book Podcast features insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from drawing board to bookshelf.

The Children's Book Podcast Matthew C. Winner

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Hosted by Matthew C. Winner. The Children's Book Podcast features insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from drawing board to bookshelf.

    Christopher Paul Curtis - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

    Christopher Paul Curtis - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

    Christopher Paul Curtis shares THE WATSON GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Christopher Paul Curtis is the author of many widely-loved and critically-acclaimed books including BUD, NOT BUDDY (Newbery winner and the Coretta Scott King winner), THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963 (Newbery honor and Coretta Scott King honor), and ELIJAH OF BUXTON (Newbery honor and Coretta Scott King winner). THE WATSON GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963 was Christopher’s debut middle grade novel. Christopher and I hopped on the phone to talk about his time working at the automobile factory in Flint, MI, his choice to write an adult story narrated by a 10-year-old, and the real life experiences that made their way into the book. Plus, if you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Paul Curtis, I think you’re going to feel immediately at home and in good company with Christopher. I personally didn’t want this conversation to end.
     
    You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.
     
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    • 37 min
    Arthur A. Levine - The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

    Arthur A. Levine - The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

    Arthur A. Levine shares THE HANUKKAH MAGIC OF NATE GADOL, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. When Arthur and I last spoke at ALA midwinter 2020 in Philadelphia, it was to launch Levine Querido, the independent publisher bearing his surname. THE HANUKKAH MAGIC OF NATE GADOL is a new picture book that introduces readers to Nate Gadol, a Hanukkah spirit who can make anything last as long as it is needed. It’s an exquisite story told best by Arthur himself, so I won’t waste another moment. A quick note just to say that Arthur was driving while we spoke. You’ll notice it in his audio track and I didn’t want it to catch you off guard.
     
    You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.
     
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    • 34 min
    Jelani Memory and Company - A Kids Book About

    Jelani Memory and Company - A Kids Book About

    Jelani Memory and company share titles from A KIDS BOOK ABOUT. Jelani is the founder of A KIDS BOOK ABOUT, an innovative company bringing difficult conversations to readers through lived experiences and #ownvoices. Taking on such topics as racism, divorce, failure, and belonging, A KIDS BOOK ABOUT is doing something different in the children’s book market and the impact these books are making on readers and reading communities, as I’ve experienced firsthand, is powerful. Today you’ll hear ten different voices representing ten different topics addressed in the A KIDS BOOK ABOUT series, why each author wrote their book, and what advice they would share to their childhood selves if given the chance. We’ll hear about RACISM from Jelani Memory, DIVORCE from Ashley Simpo, BELONGING from Kevin Carroll, EMOTIONS from Nakita Simpson, ADVENTURE from Ben Tertin, FAILURE from Dr. Laymon Hicks, FEMINISM from Emma Mcilroy, DISABILITIES from Kristine Napper, SHAME from Jamie Letourneau, and EMPATHY from Daron K. Roberts. You can browse these and even more titles by visiting A KIDS BOOK ABOUT. 
     
    You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.
     
    Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store.
     
    Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/matthewcwinner
     
    Thank you to this week's sponsors:
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    • 44 min
    Oliver Jeffers - What We'll Build

    Oliver Jeffers - What We'll Build

    Oliver Jeffers shares WHAT WE'LL BUILD. In many ways it is a love letter to his daughter about our future together, in relationship with one another, and all that our collective knowledge and collective experience will do to help move us forward. Oliver notes in our conversation that “all art is reactionary”, and we spend time in this conversation noticing details that appeared and reappeared in his art, what some of those details or characters mean, and what it means to take note of who or what’s around you, whether or not you fully understand why.
     
    You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.
     
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    • 22 min
    Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison - I Got the School Spirit

    Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison - I Got the School Spirit

    Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison share I GOT THE SCHOOL SPIRIT. This book and others in the series star a spirited girl named Miraculous and her luminous ability to bring joy, space, and light into wherever she is. It won’t surprise you to know that Connie and Frank are much the same as their lead character. Truly, I feel blessed just to have spent time in conversation with them. And now that I get to share this conversation with you I am absolutely all smiles. Enjoy in a very big way.
     
    You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.
     
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    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 42 min
    Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright - Twins

    Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright - Twins

    Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright share TWINS, an all new middle grade graphic novel. It’s fair to say that both Varian and Shannon put a lot of themselves into making this comic, but what surprised me most was how much of all of us are in these panels. Twins Maureen and Francine are off to middle school and Fran has had just about enough of always being mistaken for her sister. So she sets out to carve her own path. Unfortunately there’s collateral damage to making such big attempts and it sets the girls as literal opponents in the race for class president. You and your readers are gonna love this one a whole lot!
     
    You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.
     
    Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store.  
    Thank you to this week's sponsor:
    Bookclub (Patreon)
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    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 52 min

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