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The Scourge of Skyward Knitting Needles: Gettin’ Finicky With the Fiber Arts!

If I care too much about the placement of knitting needles in children’s books, would you call me “knit-picky”? Or would you simply kill me for that terrible pun? Today I celebrate the people who draw with care, and sob over those that don’t.

31 Days, 31 Lists Returns!

It’s almost time for my annual contribution to capitalism. Thaaaaaat’s right! December comes tomorrow and that marks the start of my 31 Days, 31 Lists sequence!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, ill. Barbara Cooney

If you’d like to hear two daughters ribbing their mom, this is the podcast episode for YOU! Our mother joins us today to discuss Donald Hall’s Caldecott winner.

When I Wake Up: An Interview with Seth Fishman and Jessixa Bagley

There are possibilities galore in this latest offering from Fishman & Bagley. I talk to the creators of WHEN I WAKE UP about their influences and their work.

Excuse Me While I Interview These Guys. Charles R. Smith Jr. and Edel Rodriguez Discuss SONG FOR JIMI

The psychedelic 60s never looked so good. I talk with creators Charles R. Smith Jr. and Edel Rodriguez about their joint work on the latest Jimi Hendrix biography.

No One Is Born Wise. An African Proverbs Interview with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Nelda LaTeef

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” I indulge in a deep dive interview with the creators behind the best book of proverbs published for children in years.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney

Peak Pinkney! After his recent death, I wanted to do a book with Kate that paid homage to Jerry Pinkney. What better than a look at his longstanding love of fairy tales?

Review of the Day: While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown

Waka T. Brown fills her latest book with all the pathos, yearning, frustrations, and humor you might find in a middle grade novel. The important difference? It’s all true. It’s all real. It’s all enthralling.

What’s Red and Green and Blue and White All Over? An Interview with Lee Wind and Paul O. Zelinsky, Of Course!

It’s Jewish. It’s Christian. And it’s created by the singular team of Lee Wind and Paul O. Zelinsky. We’re talking with this dynamic duo about their latest title RED AND GREEN AND BLUE AND WHITE.

A Bright Star Interview with Yuyi Morales Herself

Inventive? Original? Unique? Horrendously accomplished? That’s basically the CV of Yuyi Morales. And now, today, I get to ask her questions about her latest book, Bright Star.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Curious George Takes a Job by H.A. and Margret Rey

More questions are raised than answered in this latest episode of Fuse 8 n’ Kate and that’s okay. We return to the world of Curious George with all its peculiarities.

Review of the Day: Little Witch Hazel, A Year in the Forest by Phoebe Wahl

A throwback. A sign of picture books to come. In the end, it’s just one of the best books of the year. Here’s hoping there’s more Little Witch Hazel in our future.

From Out of My Mind to Out of My Heart: An Interview with Sharon Draper

Out of My Mind is as popular as ever and now, in 2021, we’re finally seeing a sequel. Out of My Heart just came out yesterday and is the official continuation of Melody’s story. I interview Sharon Draper about the continuation.

I’ll Post This Interview When Pigs Fly: A Talk with Rob Harrell

Rob Harrell’s a busy man. Wink came out last year, Monster on the Hill’s a movie, and now I’m interviewing him about his newest comic When Pigs Fly. Slow down, Rob! You’re making the rest of us look bad!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Bill and Pete by Tomie dePaola

“Best friends slash he’s an appliance.” Today author Ian Lendler joins us for a discussion of one of Tomie dePaola’s lesser known titles. If you like juicy butts and David Lynch-esque dream sequences, you are in luck!