Friday, July 3, 2015

David Biedrzycki (#LGBpodcast Ep. 165)

David Biedrzycki (@artofdavid), author illustrator most recently of Breaking News: Bear Alert, published by Charlesbridge (@charlesbridge), stop by to talk about selling homemade comics for a quarter, getting kids on your side at the very beginning of any author visit, and a couple of pairs-turned-media darlings.

Episode Notes
David Biedrzycki's homepage
Five Questions with Kids Comics Authors blog tour
Dragons Beware! video promos
Purchase David Biedrzycki's books from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible.

Forthcoming Breaking News book named with help
from  the students of Ducketts Lane Elementary

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Top 10 Reasons We Love Librarians

Michael Arndt is the author of Cat Says Meow: and other animalopoeia (Chronicle Books), a picture book featuring illustrations where animals look the same as they sound. It's a pretty brilliant book (I first mentioned it here), but what's more is some of the other cool stuff Michael has cooking. 

Check out this info graphic he created for the 2015 SSL/NYLA Spring Conference on the Top 10 Reasons Why We (the public) Love Librarians. Michael shares, "The whole idea as you can imagine is exposure for libraries and letting as many people know what authors have known for years, just how awesome and integral you [librarians] are." I think it will make you smile.

Please feel welcome to share this infographic with friends, colleagues, in public spaces, and in the places where the message needs most to be heard. 

Contact Michael Arndt at or visit for more information. Keep up with Michael's work through these social media sources:

★ “One of those rare picture books with something for everyone to enjoy.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A winning blend of typography and zoology.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hopelessly clever.”—Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Collection Specialist

“A beautifully crafted and truly stellar book that no library should miss.”—School Library Journal

“A triumph in graphic design.”—Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gwendal Le Bec (#LGBpodcast Ep. 164)

Gewndal Le Bec, illustrator and author most recently of Danny, published by Flying Eye Books (@FlyingEyeBooks), stops by to talk about the collaborative process of writing a book with his brother, writing in French with a lisp, and how the crocodile in Danny didn't mean to eat the dentist.

Episode Notes
Gwendal Le Bec's homepage
News of the Times

Friday, June 26, 2015

Kidlit.TV with Julie Gribble and Rocco Staino (#LGBpodcast Ep. 163)

Julie Gribble (@JulieGribbleNYC) and Rocco Staino (@RoccoA), founders of Kidlit.TV (@nymediaworks), stop by to talk about the journey so far of their online resource to children's literatures, developing a show in the vein of Inside the Actor's Studio meets The Tonight Show, and picking up dance moves from Tim Federle.

Episode Notes
Kidlit.TV homepage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Travel Buddies for Family Reading

It's summer break and the Winner family is gearing up for vacation and we're bringing along some of our best pals to make sure our bedtimes away from home are as home-like as possible.

Booklight? Check.

Pengiun stuffed animal friend? At the ready.

Book pals? Sounding off!

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt and Matthew Forsythe
This book is the an exceptional read aloud, especially for bedtime. Monkeys are set loose in the book and, just as things are getting way out of hand, a plan is hatched. The energy and anticipation of what will come next is enough to wear any young one out, and the satisfying ending eases you into a place of restfulness. This one will probably be read every single night. And throughout the day.

The World of Mamoko in the Time of Dragons by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
This wordless story has more characters and interwoven plot lines than Game of Thrones, and that's a very good thing when it comes to bedtime favorites. Choose a character and tell his or her story aloud as you follow the character through the day and throughout the day's adventures. My son never seems to pick the same character to start out, but always ends up switching over to his favorites by the end. I'm talking about you, kind witch looking for those strange mushrooms!

George by Alex Gino
My wife and I are both reading this book, but we're reading it separately. It started out that way because I couldn't wait another moment to start reading this story of a boy who identifies as a girl and wants nothing more in the world than to be cast in the lead role of Charlotte in her's school's production of Charlotte's Web. Read this story of a transgender youth feels immediately like you're sharing in something very special. Something that not everyone will understand or agree with or find the same value there in, but one that's important because of the way it challenges us to think about others through the lens of diversity. The subject matter is actually very personal to me and it's one that I hope finds a home with just the right readers, both young and old, as I think it's a very important story to tell. My wife and I read this book almost as a book club with one another, discussing the story daily throughout different points of our day when George was on our minds. I've found myself reading excerpts aloud to friends and I'm hoping to do the same over vacation with some of our extended family members.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Now here's a book we've actually been saving just so that we could read it aloud together. My wife and I read aloud The One and Only Ivan, Katherine's Newbery-winning story of a gorilla who lived out most of his life in a shopping mall, and the moment the advanced copy arrived on our doorstep we knew it would be something worth setting time aside to enjoy aloud as a family. There's an imaginary cat. There's a family on the verge of losing everything. And there's a boy in need of a friend. I think we'll be quick to fall in love with this one.

No matter what books you invite along on your travel plans this summer, I hope you'll consider sharing them with all of us.

This post was shared alongside promotion of the National Parent-Teacher Association's PTA Family Reading Challenge Blog Party. Learn more about the PTA Family Reading Challenge at

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