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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!

Review of the Day – Rosie the Riveter: The Legacy of an American Icon by Sarah Dvojack

How do you write a bio of someone who was never actually alive? An impressive bio of a symbol that retains her importance even today.

I Get to Interview Elizabeth Warren!!! . . . There May Also Be a Book Involved in Some Way.

I get to interview Senator Warren! From the moment I first laid eyes on her on The Daily Show back in 2009 I thought she was the bee’s knees. She has a new picture book out called Pinkie Promises out right now, and I get to ask her a couple questions about it.

My Parents Won’t Stop Talking! A Tillie Walden and Emma Hunsinger Interview Joint

“We actually got a note to tone down the teeth.” Hijinks ensue when I interview my new favorite funny picture book creators. If you read one interview this year, read this one with Emma Hunsinger and Tillie Walden.

Newbery/Caldecott 2022: Fall Prediction Edition

Now that fall has fallen, I’m looking through the Newbery and Caldecott contenders, trying to see into the heads of the committees and figure out what they’ll pick!

Introducing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2021 List!

Today, I am delighted to present to you Evanston Public Library’s 100 Great Books for Kids list of 2021. Are your favorites here? Better check it out and see.

A Giant Interview with T.A. Barron (see what I did there?)

“Certainly, definitely, absolutely!” T.A. Barron joins us today to discuss the latest in his Merlin saga, GIANT!

I Eat Poop. Now That I Have Your Attention, an Interview…

How do you walk a fine line with a picture book story about a dung beetle? Mark Pett delves into the decisions and choices he made with his latest book I EAT POOP.

There’s Room for Everyone In This Interview with Naaz Khan

Yesterday the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast talked about the upcoming picture book ROOM FOR EVERYONE. Today, I have an interview with the author.

Baby Changing Station: An Interview with Dan Santat and Rhett Miller

You last saw rock star Rhett Miller when he paired with Dan on No More Poems! Now they’re back together on a new 2022 title that involves quite the Faustian deal.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Witch Next Door by Norman Bridwell

Alas for Kate, we are doing a THIRD witch and broom-related picture book in a row. I’m in a witch rut! I can only do witches!!

Review of the Day: Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters selected by Dan Sasuweh Jones (Ponca Nation), ill. Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva Nation)

Got a fear of living dolls, skin-sucking babies, or otters? Don’t worry. You will now.

Nothing a Few Chickens Can’t Fix: Adam Rex and Adam Rubin on Gladys the Magic Chicken

Everything you want to know (and more!) about chickens and prognostication. Two picture book legends join together to give us one of the silliest new books on record.

Of Equity and Engines: The Bob McKinnon Interview That Could

What does The Little Engine That Could have to do with current conversations with children about equity? The latest book by Bob McKinnon provides that answer. Meanwhile I’m just happy that this interview lets me reference the Quad City DJ’s.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg

“If this really is the ghost of the broom, I hope it hacks the men to pieces!” We’re discussing another Chris Van Allsburg Halloween title and this one has a real creep factor AND heart as well.