Writers of Children's Books

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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!

The JugglerCheryl Fusco Johnson speaks with three Iowan children's books creators on this week's Writers' Voices.

First up conversations with the writer and illustrator of "The Juggler"(published by Ice Cube Press). "The Juggler" follows the wiry and tan young farmer, who desperately wants to be a great juggler. Through rhythm, rhymes, and vibrant colors, the book follows the young farmer's quest. Children's author and educator, Jeanette Hopkins provided the words, with artist Stormy Mochal providing the illustrations. Mochal also co-owns Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque.

pumpkin pieThe final conversation is with educator Wendy Cavanaugh. Wendy wrote, illustrated, designed, and self-published the picture book, "Pumpkin in the Sky", to teach people that baking pumpkin pies is a fun, easy activity that children and adults can share. While participating in Princeton University’s Teacher Education Program, she created a French café with fifth and sixth graders and helped them make crepes and éclairs. "Pumpkin in the Sky" contains a pumpkin pie recipe and colorful step-by-step illustrations that encourage young and old chefs to ignore unnecessary taboos about pie baking and to revel in the process and product of their work.  Yum!

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Dori Butler and Michelle Bayuk

Dori ButlerThe Case of the Lost BoyCheryl Fusco Johnson takes the hosting duties this week. Welcoming onto the show children's author Dori Butler and her publicist Michelle Bayuk. Dori has written many children's books and stories. Her book "The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy" won the 2011 Edgar Award. She has also "ghostwritten" ten Sweet Valley Twins and Boxcar Children books.

With 20 years experience in children's publishing, Michelle F. Bayuk has been Director of Marketing at Albert Whitman &  Company since February of 2009.  Previously Michelle was Marketing Director for the Children's Book Council.  She's worked at many publishing houses, including Millbrook Press and Scholastic.

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Children's Book author, Wendy Henrichs - Writers' Voices

I Am Tama, Lucky CatNew author Wendy Henrichs had two children’s Wendy Hendrichsbooks released in 2011.  With pictures by award-winning illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi, "I Am Tama, Lucky Cat" (Peachtree) retells the 17th-century Japanese legend behind the beckoning cat figurines commonly displayed in Japanese shops and restaurants.  Illustrated by accomplished artist John Butler, "When Anju Loved Being an Elephant" (Sleeping Bear Press) reveals how a lonely elephant no longer young enough to work in a circus or reside in a zoo finds friendship at last.  Always an animal lover, Wendy lives in Iowa City with her husband, two sons, two cats, one dog, and whatever stray wildlife manages to slip into their 88-year-old home.

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Kathy Brodsky on "The Winner Is..."

Children's book author, Kathy Brodsky, makes a visit to Writers' Voices this weThe Winner ISek. Her most recent book, "The Winner Is...", tells the humorous story of a dog who tries to be someone else in order to win a contest. Her other books include, "My Bent Tree", "The Inside Story", "Just Sniffing Around" and "Purrsnikitty". Having worked as a psychotherapist for almost 40 years, Kathy has a wealth of material to draw upon for her work.Mission Creek Festival 2011

Joseph Tiefenthaler will also be a guest on this Writers' Voices. He will be discussing the many literary events that are part of the Mission Creek Festival, currently happening in Iowa City. 

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Jacqueline Briggs Martin on "The Chiru of High Tibet"

The Chiru of High TibetThis week's Writers' Voices features Cheryl Fusco Johnson talking with children's book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jacqueline's most recent book is "The Chiru of High Tibet". Her book tells the true story of how a scientist and four mountain men set out to save the antelope-like creature called the chiru. Chirus are sought after for their soft wool, however they cannot survive being sheared. Taking their wool means taking their life. This practice has caused the chirus to be on the brink of extinction.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written many children's books, including the Caldecott Award-winning "Snowflake Bentley", "Good Times on Grandfather Mountain", "Banjo Granny" and more. She currently lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

DTOne Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the firemen.

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Rebecca Janni discusses "Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse"

Every Cowgirl Needs A HorseOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with children's book author, Rebecca Janni. Despite having four young children at home, Rebecca recently sold four books.  Dutton Children’s Books released her first picture book, "Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse", in 2010 and has purchased two sequels, including "Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots", slated for publication in June 2011.  Also slated for publication is Rebecca’s book "Jammy Dance", which was purchased by Farrar Straus & Giroux.  Rebecca currently lives in Des Moines.

Make sure to tune in for this delightful interview!

Lisa Moser

 

Our guest writer tonight is Lisa Moser, who is a wonderful children's book writer who visited her hometown of Fairfield recently and spoke to Mick and I. We will air part of that interview. Check it out tonight at 7pm.

This Tuesday at 8pm, Dick DeAngelis and his son Mickey will introduce the Christmas story of five young cousins who stow away in the world’s most fabulous toy store on Christmas Eve to meet The Real Santa Claus! The broadcast will include an interview with the authors and Ravenna founders, J. J. McLean and Gail Sforza Krebs.

In the new story from Ravenna Writing Studios, five young cousins set out to have Fabulous Toys in New York City, a store known to children everywhere,
but never more popular than at Christmastime, and their not-to-be-missed
Santa’s Workshop (including Santa) -- all to themselves on Christmas Eve. What happens after the parents discover the children are missing – and how the cousins’ wish to meet Santa is granted – are the makings of a heart-warming classic.

Don't miss this Special Holiday Broadcast of One Christmas Eve in New York along with some fun and unique Holiday songs on Sleepytime.