Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Interviews and presentations by picture book illustrators and authors

I have been reading and listening to interviews by picture book authors and illustrators for several months now. Here are some favorite things I've encountered.

The Let's Get Busy Podcast by Matthew Winner
Matthew Winner is a Maryland Elementary School Librarian who interviews picture book authors, illustrators, kidlit notables and everyone in between. Matthew has such a genuine enthusiasm for picture books that the folks he interviews are instantly at ease, which inspires them to talk freely about their work, inspiration and experience. I follow him on Twitter. @MatthewWinner

Watch. Listen. Connect. Blog by Mr. John Schu
John Schu is an Illinois Elementary School Librarian who shares interviews with picture book authors and illustrators of new picture books. He often features, and sometimes debuts short video trailers, which are charming introductions to the up and coming books. I follow him on Twitter. @MrSchuReads

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast a Blog About Books, by Julie Danielson
Julie Danielson blogs about illustrated books, including interviews with amazing illustrators and picture book artists. Here is her list of people she's interviewed.

Picture booking Podcast by author, illustrator Nick Patton features interview with "Picture book people." Nick's own experiences as an illustrator inspires him to ask questions ranging from techniques in producing finished artwork to coming up with story ideas and strategies dealing with publishers.

I've watched two TED talks by picture book authors, which are fun and inspiring:
Mar Barnett

Jarrett Krosoczka
Also the acceptance speeches for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards are among the most inspiring presentations about writing and illustrating books for children that I've enjoyed. Here are two of my favorites:
Jon Klassen 2013 Caldecott Medal
Kate DiCamillo 2014 Newbery Medal
Do you have any recommendations for me?