100 episodes

A twice monthly interview show where we talk about the children's books we love best. I chat with teachers, librarians, writers and other kid lit enthusiasts about their favorite middle grade novels, picture books and young adult reads.

Dream Gardens: Talking Up the Children's Books We Love Jody Lee Mott

    • Kids & Family
    • 3.7 • 3 Ratings

A twice monthly interview show where we talk about the children's books we love best. I chat with teachers, librarians, writers and other kid lit enthusiasts about their favorite middle grade novels, picture books and young adult reads.

    The Beatryce Prophecy – an interview with Greg Howard

    The Beatryce Prophecy – an interview with Greg Howard

    Podcast #122







    For my one hundred twenty-second Dream Gardens children’s books podcast, I interviewed author Greg Howard about the middle grade novel The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo .







    Greg Howard is the author of such middle grade books as The Whispers and Middle School’s A Drag, You Better Werk!. His latest middle grade book is The Visitors, which was published this past year. You can find more information about Greg at www.greghowardauthor.com.















    Podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please link, share, comment, write a review or subscribe. Let me know what you think.







    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: After this podcast , I am going to be taking a very long hiatus from the Dream Gardens podcast. This is my one hundred and twenty second podcast, and like so many before it, I enjoyed making it and I think it’s worth your time to listen to. However, I’ve also got to the point in this podcast where I need to step back for awhile and think about what I want to do going forward. Maybe it will be this podcast with a few modifications, maybe it will be an entirely different podcast. Or something else. I really don’t know, which is why I need the time to think. I am aiming for September as the month to start again or restart or whatever it is I end doing, but it is by no means a date set in stone. But once I’ve figured out what I want to do, I will let you know.

    Honey I Love, and Other Love Poems – an interview with Alice Faye Duncan

    Honey I Love, and Other Love Poems – an interview with Alice Faye Duncan

    Podcast #121







    For my one hundred twenty-first Dream Gardens children’s books podcast, I interviewed author Alice Faye Duncan about the children’s book of poems Honey I Love, and Other Love Poems written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Diane and Leo Dillon.







    Alice Faye Duncan is author of such books as Just Like a Mama, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop,  and the recent Evicted: The Struggle for the Right to Vote.  She is also author of the picture book Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth, which was released earlier this year. You can find more information about Alice at alicefayeduncan.com.























    Podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please link, share, comment, write a review or subscribe. Let me know what you think. If you are interested in participating in the Dream Gardens podcast, send me a request through my contact page.







    My next podcast will be with author Greg Howard about the middle grade novel The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo. It will be published on May 16, 2022.

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    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – an interview with Mahtab Narsimhan  

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – an interview with Mahtab Narsimhan  

    Podcast #120







    For my one hundred twentieth Dream Gardens children’s books podcast, I interviewed author Mahtab Narsimhan about the classic children’s novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis .







    Mahtab Narsimhan is author of The Tiffin, You and Me Both, and Genie Meanie.  Her latest book is the middle grade novel Valley of the Rats. You can find more information about Mahtab at www.mahtabnarsimhan.com.















    Podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please link, share, comment, write a review or subscribe. Let me know what you think. If you are interested in participating in the Dream Gardens podcast, send me a request through my contact page.







    My next podcast will be with author Alice Faye Duncan about children’s poetry book Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems by Eloise Greenfield. It will be published on May 2, 2022.

    Their Eyes Were Watching God – an interview with Deedee Cummings      

    Their Eyes Were Watching God – an interview with Deedee Cummings      

    Podcast #119







    For my one hundred nineteenth Dream Gardens children’s books podcast, I interviewed author Deedee Cummings about the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston .







    Deedee Cummings is a family therapist, founder of the Louisville Book Festival in Kentucky, and CEO of Make A Way Media. She is also author of several books for children, including the Kayla: A Modern Day Princess series of books. You can find more information about Deedee at deedeecummings.com.















    Podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please link, share, comment, write a review or subscribe. Let me know what you think! If you are interested in participating in the Dream Gardens podcast, send me a request through my contact page.







    My next podcast will be with author Mahtab Narsimhan about the novel The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis . It will be published on April 18, 2022.

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    Bread and Jam for Frances – an interview with Jessica Meserve   

    Bread and Jam for Frances – an interview with Jessica Meserve   

    Podcast #118







    For my one hundred eighteenth Dream Gardens children’s books podcast, I interviewed author and illustrator Jessica Meserve about the picture book Bread and Jam for Frances, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban.







    Jessica is author and illustrator of the picture book What Clara Saw as well as her latest book Beyond the Burrow, which came out in 2021. You can find more information about Jessica at www.jessicameserve.com.















    Podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please link, share, comment, write a review or subscribe. Let me know what you think! If you are interested in participating in the Dream Gardens podcast, send me a request through my contact page.







    My next podcast will be with author Deedee Cummings about the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. It will be published on April 4, 2022.

    • 34 min
    A Story About Afiya – an interview with JaNay Brown-Wood   

    A Story About Afiya – an interview with JaNay Brown-Wood   

    Podcast #117







    For my one hundred seventeenth Dream Gardens children’s books podcast, I interviewed author JaNay Brown-Wood about the picture book A Story About Afiya, written by James Berry and illustrated by Anna Cunha.







    JaNay Brown-Wood is author of such books as Shhh! The Baby’s Asleep, Imani’s Moon, and Amara’s Farm, which is the first of her Where in the Garden series. Her latest book is the second in the Where in the Garden series, Miguel’s Community Garden.  You can find more information about JaNay at www.janaybrownwood.com.















    Podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please link, share, comment, write a review or subscribe. Let me know what you think! If you are interested in participating in the Dream Gardens podcast, send me a request through my contact page.







    My next podcast will be with author and illustrator Jessica Meserve  about the picture book Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban. It will be published on March 21, 2022.

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