Series: The Children's Book Podcas‪t‬

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.

Monique Gray Smith and Nicole Neidhardt – When We Are Kind

Monique Gray Smith and Nicole Neidhardt share . This book is a beautiful rumination on what it feels like when we are kind and when someone or something is kind to us. Monique talks about kindness as a salve and the relationality and connection we…

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Shane W. Evans – My Friend!

Shane W. Evans shares shares , his latest picture book with his best pal Taye Diggs. This book has such terrific rhythmic language, made only greater by Shane’s beautiful and evocative color blocking throughout the art. One of my most favorite…

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Lulu Delacre – Luci Soars

Lulu Delacre shares . Lulu and I have been talking about recording a podcast for a long while now, but I’ve got to say that LUCI SOARS was the very perfect book to bring us together. This beautiful picture book about a girl without a shadow speaks…

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David Levithan – The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother)

David Levithan shares . It’s David’s middle grade debut and the premise rests on what it means to tell your truth and what it means for someone to believe you. Aiden disappears and is missing for six days before suddenly being discovered in the…

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The 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

Today’s episode is produced in partnership with the Association of Jewish Libraries as we celebrate the winners of the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award, recognizing outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish…

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Nikki Grimes – Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Nikki Grimes, poet author and longtime friend of the podcast, shares . Nikki’s new book showcases poems from the Harlem Renaissance written by Black women. Each poem is then followed by a Golden Shovel poem written by Nikki in response to the…

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Vincent X. Kirsch – From Archie to Zack

Vincent X. Kirsch shares FROM ARCHIE TO ZACK. I feel the need to be completely frank with you here. There are so many wonderful picture books out there and so many great stories of boys crushing on girls and girls crushing on boys. Some flirt with…

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Peter Sís – Nicky & Vera

Peter Sís shares NICKY & VERA: The Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued. Peter has had a storied career in children’s literature with many, many beloved books on many, many library shelves throughout the world. But today…

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Anastasia Higginbotham – What You Don’t Know

Anastasia Higginbotham shares WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW: A Story of Liberated Childhood. It wasn’t that long ago that Anastasia joined me on the podcast to talk about NOT MY IDEA: A Book About Whiteness. Anastasia gets right to the heart of…

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Natasha Yim – Luna’s Yum Yum Dim Sum

Natasha Yim shares LUNA’s YUM YUM DIM SUM, a new picture book written by Natasha and illustrated by Violet Kim. Natasha talks about being invited to submit a story for the Storytelling Math series for Charlesbridge, which includes titles by Grace…

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