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Book Chat: Eliza Wheeler on When You Are Brave

All right, folks. You know the drill. First off, you know that I am not a person who goes all goopy and dewy-eyed at picture books I deem “meaningful”. Doesn’t mean some of them don’t appeal to me. I just have a low goop tolerance. You know who doesn’t let goop collect on her a jot, though? Victoria Stapleton over at Little, Brown. And when she’s in conversation with one of her authors or illustrators, it’s worth a listen.

Today we’re getting a conversation between Victoria and the illustrious Eliza Wheeler. And there’s nothing goopy about that.


Many thanks to Victoria, Eliza and Little, Brown for the interview.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Thank you for an informative and fascinating discussion of how the visual artist “sees” portraying emotion and changes in a child’s perception and feelings. I look forward to reading When You Are Brave.