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Sep 21, 2022

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...


Sep 7, 2022

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...


Aug 24, 2022

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...


Aug 10, 2022

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...


Jul 27, 2022

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...