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Picture•book•ing - interviews with authors and illustrators

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.


The end
Welcome to the end of Picturebooking's fall episodes. We will be taking a break for a while, but before we go, we would like to leave you with some helpful creative advice and an excellent list of books to check out the next time you visit the library. Enjoy!
37:54 11/15/23
NoNieqa Ramos – Best Believe
Author and educator NoNieqa Ramos talks about her picture book Best Believe: The Tres Hermanas, a Sisterhood for the Common Good, illustrated by Nicole Medina—a story written in rhythmic verse that portrays three inspiring changemakers, Evelina Antonetty, Lillian López, and Elba Cabrera. Your host for this episode is Nadia Salomon.
41:03 10/25/23
Lane Smith – Stickler Loves the World
Award-winning author-illustrator Lane Smith talks about his picture book Stickler Loves the World—a story that reminds us to appreciate the everyday wonders we often ignore. Your host for this episode is Nick Patton.
35:19 10/18/23
Vashti Harrison – Big
Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison talks about her picture book Big—a story that traces a child's journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. Your host for this episode is Shawna J. C. Tenney.
55:42 10/11/23
Bob Shea – Chez Bob
Author-illustrator Bob Shea talks about his picture book Chez Bob—a hilarious story about a restaurant for birds found on an alligator's NOSE! Your host for this episode is Shawna J. C. Tenney.  
56:11 10/4/23
Minh Lê – Real to Me
Acclaimed author Minh Lê talks about his picture book Real to Me, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa—a story about two best friends (one of whom is imaginary) who are inseparable until the day when one of them unexpectedly disappears. Then Lê tells us about his graphic novel, Enlighten Me, illustrated by Chan Chau. Your host for this episode is Nadia Salomon.
61:20 9/27/23
Leah Hayes – I Touched the Sun
Author-illustrator Leah Hayes talks about her picture book I Touched the Sun—a wondrous story about a young boy's journey to meet the Sun. Your host for this episode is Nick Patton.
37:36 9/20/23
Kari Lavelle – Butt or Face
Author Kari Lavelle talks about her picture book Butt or Face?—a delightfully cheeky challenge: examine a close-up photo of an animal, and then guess whether you're looking at the top or Your host for this episode is Nadia Salomon.
43:47 9/13/23
Picture•book•ing - A new start
After a summer away from your feed, today is a new start to the picturebooking podcast. Here is a sneak peek at our fall season of episodes! Enjoy.
15:12 9/6/23
Ed Vere – The Artist
Features host Shawna J.C. Tenney, the award-winning author-illustrator Ed Vere, and his latest book, "The Artist." Podcast Website: Feature Book Affiliate Link: Guest Website: Host Website:
52:39 5/31/23
Elizabeth Partridge and Lauren Tamaki – Seen and Unseen
Host Nick Patton chats with author Elizabeth Partridge and illustrator Lauren Tamaki about their 2023 Sibert Medal-winning picture book, “Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration.”
50:58 5/24/23
Becky Scharnhorst – How to Get Your Octopus to School
Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Becky Scharnhorst about her latest picture book, HOW TO GET YOUR OCTOPUS TO SCHOOL, a sweet, silly back-to-school story about an octopus who would rather play hide-and-seek than give school a chance. During their conversation, Becky talks about using the octopus's real-life characteristics to develop her character. Plus, they discuss pursuing dreams and goals while dealing with anxiety. And why you should open that drawer of old manuscripts every once in a while.  Podcast Website: Feature Book Affiliate Link: Guest Website:
51:31 5/17/23
Pete Oswald – The Noise Inside Boys
Host Shawna J.C. Tenney chats with #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald about his latest author-illustrator picture book, THE NOISE INSIDE BOYS, a personal story that explores the complex emotions experienced during a day at the beach. During their conversation, Pete explains how he found inspiration for this book from Mr. Rodgers and why watercolors were the perfect medium to tell a story about emotions.
33:52 5/10/23
Meera Sriram – Garden In My Hands
Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Meera Sriram about her latest picture book, GARDEN IN MY HANDS, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat, a story celebrating the custom of applying henna through a mother and daughter who share family memories. During their conversation, Meera explains why she prefers to write for a picture book audience and how she believes she is a better writer when she doesn't write every day. 
59:06 5/3/23
Lauren Castillo – This is a Story
Host Nick Patton chats with Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Lauren Castillo about her latest picture book; THIS IS A STORY by John Schu, a love letter to libraries and librarians. They discuss how John's sparse text allowed Lauren to add her illustrated storyline about a family's trip to the library and a librarian's ability to connect readers with books they'll love.
47:01 4/26/23
Carole Boston Weatherford – You Are My Pride
Host Nick Patton chats with award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford about the picture book YOU ARE MY PRIDE, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, a powerful story written in the voice of Mother Africa, reminding us of our timeless bond. They discuss how to approach writing from such a unique perspective, the stunning illustrations E.B. Lewis created, and how teaching has impacted Carole's writing.
31:22 4/19/23
Jan Lower – The Brilliant Calculator
Host Nick Patton chats with author Jan Lower about the picture book The Brilliant Calculator—the fascinating story of America’s first female electrical engineer and her groundbreaking invention helped electrify America. Plus, they discuss determination and the need to fulfill our ambitions. Astra Publishing House is today’s episode sponsor.
50:01 4/12/23
Nadia Fisher – Illustrating Daddy
Host Nadia Salomon chats with illustrator Nadia Fisher about two picture books, DADDY DRESSED ME, by Michael Gardner & Ava Gardner, and DADDY & ME, SIDE BY SIDE, by Pierce Freelon.  They talk in-depth about the process of illustrating children’s books and Nadia’s journey as a self-taught illustrator.
54:31 4/5/23
Norene Paulson – Nila's Perfect Coat
In this episode, host Nadia Salomon has a fascinating conversation with author Norene Paulson about her latest book, “Nila’s Perfect Coat.” As a former teacher, Norene has a gift for crafting stories that tackle social and emotional topics in a relatable way for kids of all ages. In “Nila’s Perfect Coat,” Norene tells the story of a young girl who learns an important lesson about the difference between wanting and needing. The book aims to normalize thrift store shopping for children who might feel embarrassed about second-hand items while highlighting the importance of helping others in need. Through the episode, Norene shares her journey to becoming a published children’s book author, which took thirty years of persistence and patience. She also discusses the inspiration behind her latest project and her partnership with the non-profit organization One Warm Coat to provide coats for underprivileged children. Listeners will be inspired by Norene’s passion for creating meaningful stories that make a difference in the world. They’ll also gain valuable insights into the creative process behind “Nila’s Perfect Coat” and learn how the book can help children develop empathy and understanding for others. Overall, this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast is a must-listen for anyone who loves children’s books, storytelling, and making a positive impact in the world.
69:40 3/29/23
Baptiste Paul – Climb On!
In this episode, host Nick Patton interviews author Baptiste Paul about his latest book “Climb On!”. Baptiste is a Caribbean-born author passionate about sharing stories that reflect the experiences of marginalized communities. His latest book, “Climb On!”, celebrates Black joy in nature and encourages readers to explore and appreciate the natural world around them. In this interview, Baptiste shares how he pursued his passion for writing despite challenges and offers advice to aspiring authors facing similar obstacles. He also discusses the inspiration behind “Climb On!” and the process of working with his publisher and illustrator to add multiple layers of storytelling to the book. Baptiste and Nick delve into the importance of representation in children’s literature and how “Climb On!” can serve as a tool for educators and parents to introduce children to diverse perspectives and experiences. Join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking conversation about the power of picture books to shape our understanding of the world around us. Listen now to this latest episode of the Picturebooking Podcast.
42:21 3/22/23
Jacob Grant – No Fair
Host Nick Patton chats with author-illustrator Jacob Grant about the picture book No Fair—a big-hearted story about fairness and the relationship between a father and his son. These library guys talk about the magic of books, fairness in life, Iggy Pop, and being a dad. Plus, they discuss the joys of transitioning from a love of picture books pre-kids to experiencing them with your children.
27:19 3/15/23
Chris Barton – Moving Forward
Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Chris Barton about the picture books MOVING FORWARD, illustrated by Steffi Walthall, and GLITTER EVERYWHERE, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat.  They talk about change and how change is never about one person but a team. And that it happens slower than you might want. So it's essential to take the long view of the work we need to do to be the society we deserve. Plus, why you need to understand your subject deeply to explain it simply.
50:02 3/8/23
Jane Smith – Naked Butt
Host Nick Patton chats with author-illustrator Jane Smith about the picture book Naked Butt Busts Out! Learn about this hilarious tale about being yourself and get inspired to metaphorically strip yourself bare and say, "Hey, world, here I am, this is me, and I'm doing this awesome thing." Win a copy of Jane's new book, "Naked Butt Busts Out," by subscribing to the picturebooking newsletter at Today's show is sponsored by our picturebooking partner, Jane Smith.
08:50 3/1/23
Maya Fidawi - Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar
Host Nick Patton chats with illustrator Maya Fidawi about the picture book Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar, written by Mojdeh Hassani and Samira Iravani.  Learn about the intense, beautiful Iranian culture through this fun, playful picture book that takes a symbol that could separate and shows how that same symbol can bring us together. Plus, the importance of making something beautiful in the middle of challenging circumstances.
41:31 2/22/23
Stuart Hausmann – Linus
Host Nick Patton chats with author-illustrator Stuart Hausmann about the picture book Linus. A book about being yourself and inspiring change in others. Hausmann talks about how a fine art career morphed into picture books through the library. Plus, how collaborative is making a picture book? And how do you balance a creative life with your day job?
28:11 2/15/23
Doug Salati – Caldecott Medal for Hot Dog
Host Nick Patton chats with award-winning author-illustrator Doug Salati about his picture book and winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal, HOT DOG.  They talk about drawing inspiration from your life and why picture books offer an opportunity to tell a different type of story. Plus, how elements like color and the use of wordless spreads helped tell this award-winning story. 
55:09 2/8/23
Angela Dalton – To Boldly Go
Host Nadia Salomon chats with author Angela Dalton about the picture book TO BOLDLY GO, illustrated by Lauren Semmer. When you think of Star Trek, do you think about civil rights? After reading today's featured book, you will. Plus how a fictional character can have a real-world impact. And then a frank conversation about what it means to launch your Harper Collins published book during the Union Workers' strike.
25:15 2/1/23
Jeanne Willis – Hom
Host Nick Patton chats with award-winning author Jeanne Willis about the picture book Hom illustrated by Paddy Donnelly. What would you do for a friend? And what price would you pay to protect someone you love? Plus, have you ever wondered what happened to that kid in school who lied all the time? Maybe they became a writer? And speaking of writers, do you know why working as a copywriter is excellent training for picture book writing?
42:49 1/25/23
Ratha Tep - World's Greatest
Host Nick Patton chats with author Ratha Tep about the picture book Wally the World's Greatest Piano-Playing Wombat, illustrated by Camilla Pintonato.  They discuss what healthy competition means. And the mindset that is needed to turn competition into a positive, beneficial experience. You have to listen to the world's greatest picturebooking podcast episode ever!
46:38 1/11/23
Charise Mericle Harper – I Cannot Draw A Horse
Host Nick Patton chats with award-winning author-illustrator Charise Mericle Harper about the picture book I Cannot Draw A Horse. For being a book about a skateboard-riding, horse-obsessed cat, this title is practically non-fiction. Plus, a discussion about what you need – to do what you think you can't. Then, you'll learn why taking away your options can open up your creativity.
35:15 12/28/22