Thursday, October 26, 2017

Podcasts for Children's Book Creators ~ by Patricia Toht

In Stephen King's book, ON WRITING, he gives this piece of advice -- 


I agree with this whole-heartedly! But I also find it really helpful to listen to authors and illustrators talk about their work. Something about the interview format allows remarkable insights and wonderful bits of inspiration to pop up among information and advice. And it's just cool to put voices to names!

Lucky for kidlit creators, there are many terrific podcasts about writing for children. 


Perhaps my favorite is ALL THE WONDERS, co-founded by Matthew Winner and Blake Hamilton. The 400th episode will air on November 3. What an accomplishment! Matthew has a way of bringing out memorable moments in his interviews. These recently included Dan Santat explaining his dedication of AFTER THE FALL, Debbie Ridpath Ohi talking about lightning striking, and Marcie Colleen giving a mini-lesson on writing chapter books. Matthew recently selected his Top Ten Picture Book Episodes, which will be accompanying me on my drive to work for the next week or so.


THE YARN is a School Library Journal audio blog by Travis Jonker, an elementary school librarian and Colby Sharp, an elementary school teacher. The episodes run the gamut of children's book creators. Next up in my queue is a recording of a panel of picture book creators from the ALA conference in Chicago this past summer.



THE PORCHLIGHT is a relative newcomer to the scene. It is produced by the Writing Barn, a writers' retreat in Austin, Texas, that hosts workshops and other events. Take a video tour of their space and you'll wish you can move in forever. As of this posting, sixteen episodes cover interviews from a variety of writers and illustrators. One of my fellow debut picture book creators, Jason Gallagher, entertains with the story behind WHOBERT WHOVER in Episode 13.

This past summer, when I knew I would be spending quite a bit of time on the road, I asked the members of KidLit411 for their suggestions of great podcasts. Of course, fellow authors and illustrators came to the rescue with some brilliant suggestions!


Marcie Flinchum Atkins suggested BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS, and it has totally won my heart. Kids take the lead with author interviews, and celebrity guests chime in with readings. They have an impressive list of episodes. Delightful! Dan Gemeinhart (really tall man and wonderful writer) is featured on Episode 33.





Mike Sundy suggested STORIES UNBOUND, a podcast series by Shawna JC Tenney at the Oakley Academy of Visual Storytelling. Many of the episodes feature industry professionals like editors, art directors, agents, book promoters and more. Mike himself is featured in Episode 16, where he talks about indie vs. traditional publishing.



Michelle Cusolito pulled me in by my Anglophile heartstrings with her suggestion of DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE RADIO, with over 40 episodes that discuss a wide variety of children's books. I love keeping in touch with what is going on in kids' books in the UK, and the website lists the books being discussed so I can hunt them down through my local library (hello, interlibrary loan!). I loved Episode 38, "Books to help in troubling times," with its encouragement of empathy.

Fellow kidlit friends had so many suggestions! Here is a list of other podcasts they suggested:

WHY I WRITE 
INDIE KIDLIT PODCAST 
BOOKS BETWEEN
MAGIC LESSONS
LULU AND BEAN
CANDLEWICK PRESS PRESENTS, a month of podcasts from the publisher. For YA, CAST OF WONDERS.
For illustrators, THE ART OF SHOW
For inspiration, 88 CUPS OF TEA

Addictive! HARRY POTTER AND THE SACRED TEXT

For adult ears only, KIDLIT DRINK NIGHT and RACHEL AND SAM READ A STORY. (Hysterical!)

Thank you to everyone who made suggestions. In addition to those listed above, the following folks helped with this list: Katey Howes, Penny Parker Klostermann, Hagit Oron, Sara Gentry, Gaia Cornwall, Rachel Menard, Jennifer Stoner, and Emma Bland Smith. (Please forgive me if I missed your name. Give yourself a shout out in the comments below!)


Happy Listening!





18 comments:

  1. Great idea for a blog post--podcasts! Thanks for making my resource list even bigger!

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    1. You're welcome, Tina! No problem with time zones when you're listening to podcasts.

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  2. What a phenomenal list! Thanks for giving us such great listening inspirations.

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I hope you have a chance to check them out.

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  3. Talk about an incredible resource! Thank you, Patricia, for giving this post!

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    1. Thanks, Anne! We're lucky to have so many kid lit options for podcasts.

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  4. Great post, Patty. I need to get on this train. I don't do enough of this. TY for such a ab list.

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    1. The podcasts are perfect for car travel. I have a bluetooth speaker that I use and it works really well.

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  5. Some favorites and quite a few I haven’t tried yet here. Can’t wait to listen to them all. Thanks, Patty!

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    1. You gave some GREAT suggestions, Katey! Thanks!

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  6. Listening NOW! All the Wonders is nothing short of AMAZING! Thanks for the reminder and introducing new ones I didn't know about!

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    1. Isn't it a treat to listen to, Jilanne? And the interviews reflect a wonderful diversity of people.

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  7. Fabulous, Patty! I need more time in my day to fit in all these awesome podcasts in the weeks ahead - thank you.

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  8. Such a terrific resource! Thank you so much.

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  9. Great bunch of resources - thanks for pulling them all together in one spot.

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  10. I love Fuse 8 n' Kate, the new podcast where kidlit librarian and blogger Betsy Bird introduces her sister Kate to a picture book classic each podcast, and they analyze whether they think it deserves to remain a classic.

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