Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Get Busy podcast Blog+Pod Tour DAY 1: Picturebooking Podcast

Let's Get Busy podcast Blog+Pod Tour DAY 1: The Picturebooking Podcast

Today Nick Pattonillo welcomes me onto his PictureBooking Podcast to talk about the humble beginnings of Let's Get Busy, the books that I can't stop talking about, and why this kidlit community is topnotch across the board. 
Teacher-librarian Matthew Winner is celebrating his 100th episode of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast. And I’m super excited to be able to share in the #LGBPodcast festivities. 
The Let’s Get Busy Podcast is the best children’s book show running today. If you like the this podcast and are looking for more content, you have to listen to Matthew Winner!
AND he made amazing video promo!

Enjoy the listen!

_ M

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds (@GarethHinds), creator of graphic novel adaptations of literary classics, including Beowulf, The Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet, stops by to talk about Macbeth, his newest graphic novel wihich will be released in early 2015 through Candlewick Press (@Candlewick), as well as the the difficult task of abridging literary mainstays, maintaining a painterly sensibility, and taking on The Illiad.

Episode Notes
Gareth Hinds' homepage

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Talking about Graphic Novels on the Idea Box Show.

I'm a guest this week on The Idea Box show, hosted by Mary Morgan Ryan. 

As described, 
We get busy with Matthew Winner, talking about graphic novels in the school library. Tune in for a great conversation about buying and cataloging graphic novels, and encouraging students, parents, and teachers to see their value.
I talk about...

  • why I think graphic novels are some of the most complex and engaging texts a reader can pick up. 
  • founding our state graphic novel award.
  • the graphic novels I think no library should do without (and a number of lists for building a core collection of graphic novels). 
  • helpful resources for making a case for graphic novels and comics when talking to parents and teachers.
It's a great chat. I hope you enjoy!

A direct link to the podcast and video cast can be found HERE. The episode's show notes are archived HERE

Or you could just view and enjoy here:

Thanks again for inviting me on, Mary!

Make sure you check out other episodes of The Idea Box by visiting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Let's Get Busy with author illustrator Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell (@ScottLava), author illustrator of Hug Machine (@SimonKIDS) and illustrator of East Dragon, West Dragon, Zombie in Love, and If Dogs Run Free, stops by to talk about writing stories with honest voice and sincerity, engaging, how his work in video games helped accustomize him to making frequent and numerous edits, and the many, many things game designers and the kidlit community have in common.

Episode Notes
Scott Campbell's homepage
Hickee Alternative Comics

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Let's Get Busy with graphic novelist Eric Orchard

Eric Orchard (@InkyBat), author illustrator of Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch (@TopShelfComix), stops by to talk about years spent getting to know your characters, expanding Maddy from a mini-comic to a graphic novel series, and the many ways failure can be interesting.

Episode Notes
Eric Orchard's homepage
Fox & Duck (webcomic)
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