SMITTEN_0202 Becoming Picture Book Scholars

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Welcome to BookSmitten, a podcast on seeing a human, hopeful world through children’s books! Join authors Kelly J. Baptist, Jack Cheng, Patrick Flores-Scott, and Heather Shumaker as we discuss the writing process and all things children’s lit.

Before writing our own picture books, the BookSmitten crew reflects on the picture books that mean the most to us (and why we love them) on our journey to become picture book scholars.

Mentioned in this episode:
Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
Drawn Together by Minh Lê; Illustrated by Dan Santat
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone; Illustrated by Michael Smollin
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
“Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas; Illustrated by Wallace Tripp
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
The Wump World by Bill Peet
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Night Ones by Patricia Grossman; Illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson; Illustrated by Nikkolas Smith
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Lady and the Tramp
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester; Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Egg Yolks: The latest album by Duck Duck Chicken, our theme song creator
Kelly Jensen: Kelly Jensen is an author and Book Riot contributor covering the recent book challenges across America

Our Books for Children and Young Adults:
Flying Lessons & Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh- Kelly’s short story in this middle grade anthology is “The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn.”
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
The Electric Slide and Kai by Kelly J. Baptist; Illustrated by Darnell Johnson
The Swag is in the Socks by Kelly J. Baptist
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
The Griffins of Castle Cary by Heather Shumaker

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Patrick Flores-Scott:
Heather Shumaker:

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Produced by Josie Schneider and Corey Schneider
Music by Duck Duck Chicken



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Josie is an early childhood educator turned children's librarian from Kansas City, MO. When she's not promoting play and early literacy, she loves to spend time with her family and travel. During her rare moments of free time, you can find Josie curled up with a cat and a good book. Feel free to reach out to her with early literacy questions or ask for book recommendations.


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