The Numberlys

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    Jul 11
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    Jul 14
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Writing for Children in the 21st Century

The NumberlysI think there has never been a more exciting time to write for children. Start with an intriguing story, and you can end up with many forms.  For our first guest today, William Joyce, the forms include short animated films and digital apps.  And yet, the picture book itself is still the backbone of the multi-media experience.

Joyce, co-founder of Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA,  is an Academy Award Winner, Emmy Award Winner and his illustrations have appeared on numerous New Yorker covers. Among others, he created the conceptual characters for Disney/Pixar's feature films Toy Story  and A Bug's Life.

William Joyce won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore (Best Animated Short Film) and he has received three Emmys for Rolie Polie Olie, an animated series based on his series of children's books that airs on the Disney Channel. His second television series, George Shrinks, airs daily on PBS stations. His current project is a book that my four-year old grandson was totally captivated by - The Numberlys.  

The last part of our show is a rebroadcast of an Kathy Brodskyinterview with children's writer Kathy Brodsky, whom Monica met while on vacation several years ago.  Her self-published, award-winning children's picture books feature beautiful artwork and she has some unique ways to involve her readers! 

Listen in to Writers' Voices this week to learn more about writing for children in the 21st century!