Learn about children’s books from the people who make them with in-depth interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators for people who believe that art and literature can have a profoundly positive impact on a kid’s life.
Picturebooking is here to serve those who want to understand what it takes to create these stories. And engaging with Picturebooking will help you get inspired, feel connected and take action toward making a difference through picture books.
Malcolm Mitchell – To Succeed, You Must Read
Host Valerie Bolling chats with Super Bowl Champion, author & CEO of Share the Magic Foundation, Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell shares his passion for books and youth literacy in this inspiring episode.
Plus, a conversation around feeling like an impostor even after success. And an open discussion about how we teach our kids and the resources we provide schools.
Stacy McAnulty – Blood! Not Just a Vampire Drink
Host and today's book illustrator Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author Stacy McAnulty about the picture book Blood! Not Just a Vampire Drink. This hilarious non-fiction picture book features two vampires and a 100% blood-free smoothie shop.
Today's talk is a rare picturebooking episode featuring a chat between the author and the illustrator! They talk about the vital ingredient needed for a young reader to pick up any book, fiction or non-fiction. And what the correct ratio is between facts and jokes on each spread.
Kristin Wauson – Mr. Thatcher's House
Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author-illustrator Kristin Wauson about the picture book Mr. Thatcher's House. This story is about a rabbit working to build the perfect house, but it never seems like home.
Plus, how to use lighting to help tell your story. And why you should stop trying to make your digital drawing look traditional. Is the solution next to your sketchbook? Finally, we'll examine some fears and hopes of a first-time author-illustrator.
Janet Sumner Johnson – Braver than Brave
Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author Janet Sumner Johnson about the picture book Braver Than Brave. This story is about a girl named Wanda finding the confidence to be her own kind of brave.
Plus, How Chris Evans inspired the social media campaign for today's book. And you will learn the main difference between a successful writer and one who is not. No "chicken exit" for this episode! Enjoy.
Blythe Russo – Sloth Sleeps Over
Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with author-illustrator Blythe Russo about the picture book Sloth Sleeps Over. This heartwarming friendship story is about Sloth's first sleepover. She thinks sleepovers are all about sleeping, but her friend wants to stay up all night!
Plus, you've heard past guests talk about leaving space in their writing for the illustrations, today book was created by doing the opposite. And then what does it mean to have a tight, polished dummy book? We'll give you the answers. Also, we'll get into why a hybrid traditional/digital illustration process provides Blythe with the best of both worlds?
Rebecca Gardyn Levington – Brainstorm!
Nick Patton chats with author Rebecca Gardyn Levington about the picture book, Brainstorm!, illustrated by Kate Kronreif. Brainstorm! depicts the creativity inside us through a shower of funny phrases, a whirlwind of adjectives and verbs and a downpour of enormous ideas.
Plus, why you should start your creative project for yourself but finish for an audience. And then we ask, what's a word bank, and how can you use it when creating your stories? Also, what should you be doing before bed to help solve your story's problems? All that and more in today's picturebooking episode.
Pre-order a signed and personalized copy of Brainstorm! at RebeccaGardynLevington.com.
Pleas keep making this podcast!
This was exactly what I was looking for!
Mix’s passion for picture books saturated these insightful interviews.
Phew, I’m officially caught up. I have now listened to all of Nick’s Picturebooking podcasts to date, and not only have I heard some really enlightening interviews, but I’ve also gotten to follow along on Nick’s struggles with becoming the kind of picturebooker he longs to be. Through his example, I know I’m not alone on this work/life/art balancing act that aspiring picturebookers must perform. And the interviews he gets out of these creators are just the thing to stoke the fire of creative passion in each of us. I’ve also found it fascinating how much he’s grown as an interviewer. He now asks some of the most deeply insightful and personal questions of any podcast, because this is a passionately personal quest he’s on. Simply put, he wants to unlock the secrets to all aspects of making a great Picturebooking, one interview at a time. Hopefully he’s getting the same inspiration out of them as they are giving the rest of us, because I want them to continue doing this for a long time. Thanks for sharing everything with us Nick, it’s much appreciated, and good luck.
One of the best!
I have listened to many of the children’s book and picture book podcasts available and this is my very favorite. Nick is engaging, asks interesting questions, and selects excellent authors and illustrators to speak to. I look forward to this every week. A must subscribe for anyone who loves picture books or wants to creat picture books themselves.