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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.

    Derrick Barnes (2020)

    Derrick Barnes (2020)

    Derrick Barnes (@Author_DDB) shares I AM EVERY GOOD THING and We're joined by my 4th and 5th grade podcast cohosts. CROWN: AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT was received widely with praise and fanfare and awards and state book lists and my students, as well, were fully enamored with the story of the confidence carried along with a fresh haircut. So when there was an opportunity to speak with Derrick about I AM EVERY GOOD THING, his next book with longtime friend and illustrator Gordon C. James, I thought bringing on my students would be extra special. Derrick talks about the importance to see each other through the same lens, but also recognize our differences in the process. He reminded my students that we define who we are. He left a mark both in this book and in our conversation that will endure and resonate with my readers and with me for a long time. We’re so excited for you to hear this conversation, too.
    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.

    • 37 min
    Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (2020)

    Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (2020)

    Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (@jtbigelow) shares YOUR NAME IS A SONG and my 4th and 5th grade podcast students join as cohosts! Jamilah’s newest picture book is illustrated by Luisa Uribe, and Luisa’s art absolutely dances all across the pages to help bring this story to life. The girl who leads our story is upset after her teacher and classmates struggle to pronounce her name. As they walk home, the girl’s mom shares that her name is a song, and that names can stretch out like love songs, they can come from your chest and your heart, they can be fire, or strong like a storm. For any child who has ever felt, for any reason, ashamed or embarrassed by their name, Jamilah’s story sings through the noise and the anger and the hurt to offer comfort. We had so much fun with this interview and we hope you’ll enjoy it as well.
    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)
    Libro.fm
    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 38 min
    Sonja K. Solter

    Sonja K. Solter

    Sonja K. Solter (@SolterK) shares WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT I KNOW. Tori, our young protagonist, tells us her story, beginning with why she does not want anything to do with uncle Andy. But it’s those around Tori whose job it is to believe her, and that does not come easily at first. Sonja’s book is as much about being a survivor as it is about believing the victim. It is about sexual assault, but it’s also about the ripples traveling outward from trauma. It is a story I read, was challenged by, and returned to several times, and it’s a story I think belongs in your awareness and on your bookshelves as well.
    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)
    Libro.fm
    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 39 min
    Seamus Kirst

    Seamus Kirst

    Seamus Kirst (@SeamusKirst) shares PAPA, DADDY, & RILEY, which is illustrated by Devon Holzwarth. This book, I think, speaks to a question many of our kids ask themselves: “Is my family right? Is this how families are supposed to look?” That question is one no child should ever have to ask, but it can come up as kids form their understanding of the world. We compare. We learn. We try to figure out what’s right, what’s wrong, and what is just different from our own experience. In the case of this story, a classmate questions Riley, who is dropped off at school by her two dads. The classmate wants to know who is Riley’s mom. And the way Riley is confronted causes in her a lot of internal questioning.  “But the thing that makes a family a family, as Riley’s Daddy reminds, “is…” an answer I’ll make you wait to hear. And it will be worth it!
    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)
    Libro.fm
    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 36 min
    Danielle Dufayet

    Danielle Dufayet

    Danielle Dufayet (@DanielleDufayet) shares YOU ARE YOUR STRONG and FANTASTIC YOU!. I first connected with YOU ARE YOUR STRONG, Danielle’s debut picture book, when I was moved by the way her text gave space for readers to acknowledge their feelings. Using language that affirms difficult or confusing feelings and exploring where we find our strength or what pulls strength out was, to be frank, an approach I found quite disarming as I read. It was as if I hadn’t realized what feelings I was holding onto and encountering YOU ARE YOUR STRONG held up a mirror to what emotions I was afraid to face. Her next book, FANTASTIC YOU!, similarly spoke the words I knew I needed to hear as a child, and I needed to hear even now as an educator and a parent and a person walking in the world. Naturally, Danielle and I spend time in this conversation exploring that very idea of self-acknowledging hurt or pain or sadness and self-regulating in order to love and care for yourself and others. I hope you, too, find strength in these words and in this conversation.
    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)
    Libro.fm
    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 36 min
    Anastasia Higginbotham

    Anastasia Higginbotham

    Anastasia Higginbotham (@AHigginBooks) shares NOT MY IDEA: A BOOK ABOUT WHITENESS. Anastasia’s Ordinary Terrible Things book series has taken on the topics of divorce, death, and sex using straightforward language and respecting the reader with each page. Her most recent entry in the series is called NOT MY IDEA: A BOOK ABOUT WHITENESS and it has been one of my most-talked about books ever since a colleague shared it with me at the beginning of this school year. Anastasia talks at length about the work that went into creating this book, laying the art from found materials, handwriting the text, and crafting the story around her own experience of processing racial injustice and White supremacy. It’s an absolutely exceptional book and one that provides the necessary space and language for confronting Whiteness and working against the historic and ongoing oppression of Black men, women, and children.
    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)
    Libro.fm
    And to the generous support from our Patrons.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

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Listen, laugh, learn

Insightful, creative, and grounded in respect for both creators and young readers, this thoughtfully curated series is a constant delight.

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Okay 😕

This podcast is not quite for kids I think because there is a little bit to much talking and the backround music is kind of annoying.

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