Friday, August 28, 2015

Christian Robinson RETURNS! (#LGBpodcast Ep. 182)

Christian Robinson, illustrator most recently of Leo: a Ghost Story, written by Mac Barnett (@macbarnett) and published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks), stops by to talk about stories meant to be told visually, challenging himself and his art by limiting resources, and his influence from illustrators from a different time in picture books.

Episode Notes 
Christian Robinson's homepage
Purchase Christian Robinson's books from your local independent bookstore

Purchase locally whenever possible. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mac Barnett RETURNS (#LGBpodcast Ep. 181)

Mac Barnett (@macbarnett), author most recently of Leo: a Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks), stops by to talk about ghosts versus imaginary friends, intense connections, and how the lived experience of being a kid is different from just being a kid.

Episode Notes 
Mac Barnett's homepage
Purchase Mac Barnett's books from your local independent bookstore

Monday, August 24, 2015

Let's Take a Bow for Leo!

Earlier this month I shared the book trailer for Leo: A Ghost Story, a new picture book from renowned picture book talents Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson.

Tomorrow (Aug. 25th) Leo meets the world, and Chronicle Books is inviting everyone to join in the celebration by wearing a bow tie in honor of the star of this new book.

Need a bow tie? No problem! The good folks at Chronicle have it covered.

Visit Chronicle's blog here for a printable paper bow tie inspired by the beautiful endpapers Christian Robinson created for Leo.

Share a photo of yourself and friends through Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #TakeABowForLeo and you could win a a really snazzy gift including a beautiful made-in-the-USA Knotty Tie Leo bow tie, signed copy of Leo and a teacup, tea and honey so you can enjoy Leo’s favorite snack: mint tea and honey toast!

I've got my clothes laid out for the celebration and I'm hoping you'll join us as well.

A photo posted by mwinne2 (@mwinne2) on

Be sure to use the hashtag #TakeABowForLeo for your chance to win, but, win or lose, rest assured that no matter what you'll be in some friendly company tomorrow.

_ Matthew

PS: Those bow ties from Knotty are really spectacular and it bears repeating that these are all handmade in the USA. If you've got a special literary someone in your life, why not consider a gift of some beautiful, handmade, wearable kidlit art. Click here for more info.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Best Book Ever [this week] - August 23, 2015

Five picture books reviewed, including Don Lupe Posada's calaveras, a peacemaker among the Five Nations, and big job for a tiny island.

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

One Bear Extraordinaire by Jayme McGowan (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Totally Tardy Marty by Erics S. Perl; pictures by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger and John Hendrix (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Friday, August 21, 2015

KidLitCon (#LGBpodcast Ep. 180)

Paula Willey (@pwbalto) of Unadulterated, the popular kidlit blog of children's book reviews for grown ups, stops by to talk about KidLitCon (@KidLitCon), a bloggers conference for people who write and talk about kidlit.
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