Seeing a hopeful, human world through children's literature. Hosted by authors Kelly J. Baptist, Jack Cheng, Patrick Flores-Scott, and Heather Shumaker – your book smitten crew. We cover the whole range of kidlit, from picture books to middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as writing, reading, and publishing. This season: We’re writing picture books!
Interview with Darnell Johnson
Illustrator, animator, and storyteller Darnell Johnson joins us to talk about making art for picture books. We dive into his career and process, handling feedback and criticism, and serving the visions we have for our books and ourselves.
Story Questions and Answers
We continue work on our picture book manuscripts by revisiting the concept of story questions from our "Building Frames for Story Houses" episode. We identify the questions in our own stories, and see what answers might come up.
Interview with Yuyi Morales
Award-winning author and artist Yuyi Morales joins us from her home in Mexico to talk about discovering the public library as an adult, about encouragement and discouragement, and about the exchange of storytelling that happens between author and reader – particularly the importance of seeing and being seen as children, writers, and artists.
Writing Rough Drafts
The crew shares their feelings (and even a few snippets) from their BookSmitten Challenge picture book rough drafts.
Interview with Ann Whitford Paul
Ann Whitford Paul's "Writing Picture Books" is a significant inspiration for this season's BookSmitten Challenge, and this week the team is honored to have her join the podcast for a conversation about the writing process.
Building Frames for Story Houses
The BookSmitten crew discusses our homework for the week—writing a story question for our mentor text, considering what themes the books explored. If our picture books are houses, then the story questions are the foundation around which we’ll build our frames when we write our first drafts.
Upbeat perspective on young people and reading
Episodes are wide ranging, presenting a variety of approaches to writing for children and teens, societal pressures and opportunities, and what & how children grow with books. Lots of good references to specific books with a little bit about why they're good or important. Episodes are all free-standing; you can listen in any order. They vary from 25 to 45 minutes long. Delightful to listen to these authors.
Fabulous team of children’s book lovers!
Hi! As a youth librarian, I love hearing your perspectives and insights about children’s books. Each of you brings a special vantage point, and I just loved the most recent episode about own voices books. I will be looking for Kelly’s books right away:)
Nice conversation about writing and a great theme song