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Feb 24, 2019

J.R. Krause – Dragon Night

Struggles, successes and a journey to find a story and a picture book voice. J.R. Krause is this episode’s guest. We dive deep into his creative process and what he learned from animation that served him well in picture books.

This episode’s feature book is Dragon Night. A visually stunning picture book about a boy...


Oct 10, 2018

Michael Rex stops by the pod to chat about his new picture book EAT PETE!

EAT PETE is a hilarious story about Pete’s playdate with a hungry monster.

Michael talks about how he makes his humorous picture books and what they mean to him and to his audience. We go from the silliness of this book to Star Wars and beyond....


Sep 26, 2018

Caldecott Medalist, Sophie Blackall stops by the pod to talk about two of my daughter’s favorite children book characters … Ivy and Bean. Sophie is one of the most interesting artists working. Her books and her art move me and continue to bring my family closer together.

Sophie is a special person and this...


Sep 12, 2018

Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and the Theodor Geisel Honor for “Ling and Ting.”

Her latest book “A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR” is a picture book that celebrates the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Grace’s American...


Jul 4, 2018

Liz Reed and I talk about finishing projects and finding success in your work.

For the record I don’t think my daughter is going to let me give away my copy of Liz and Jimmy Reed’s newest picture book “Sweet Success.” It’s a story about an ice cream cone who loves projects. My daughter loves projects and she...