I have been looking forward to this interview for awhile. You are going to love meeting Trudy Ludwig who is the author of many children's books including The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Own McPhee and her newest book Brave Every Day. She says that her focus when she writes is to help kids connect with each other in kinder and more caring ways. She is definitely good at that. You will learn what profession she had before she was compelled to start writing children's books. You will learn about her concept of bibliotherapy. Trudy is a treasure trove of social and emotional wisdom. I learned so much from her and I can't wait for you to learn, too. She also shares insights about how her newest book Brave Every Day came to be. I know you will enjoy this episode as much as I did. Click HERE to listen to this week's episode.


Ways to connect with Trudy: Website, Twitter, Instagram


Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.
The invisible Boy
Quite Please, Owen McPhee
Brave Every Day
Calling the Wind
Counting By 7s


Open The Magic,






@ramonarecommends {instagram}
Ramonarecommends.com
Magic Wear Shop


This week you will love meeting the dynamic author/illustrator duo of Ella Schwartz and Dow Phumiruk. They both share about their careers before working on picture books and how their love of reading grew more slowly because of their family's immigrant background. You will learn the background story about Her Name was Mary Katherine: The Only Woman Whose Name is on the Declaration of Independence. You will enjoy learning about the special relationship that an author and illustrator have when working on a book together. They also were able to share about their upcoming books and projects. I know you will enjoy getting to know these two special people.  Click HERE to listen to this week's episode.
Ways to connect with Ella: Website, Twitter and Dow: Instagram, Website, Twitter
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You are going to love getting to know Kirsten Larson who used to work for NASA and came to be a picture book author when she realized how much she and her children loved the nonfiction section of the library. She shares how she likes to focus her writing on strong women in history. She shares her research process of using both primary and secondary sources. She discusses the idea that reading a picture book involves both the reading of words and the reading of pictures and how that brings meaning and Confetti Moments to readers. She shares the story of her latest book A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything which chronicles the creation and evolution of Wonder Woman and inspires readers to see themselves as heroes of their own story. Kirsten is such a gift to the nonfiction picture book community. Click here to listen to this week's episode. 



This week you are going to love getting to meet former elementary school teacher Tami Charles who is the author of All Because You Matter. We talk about who she was as a reader growing up and who inspired her to become a picture book author. We really connect over our thoughts on the importance of picture books. She shares some of the authors she looks up to as a writer and the influence they had on her students. We also discuss her growth as a writer and her habits of writing. You will learn all about her book All Because You Matter and where the story came from. We also discuss the author/illustrator relationship and how that influences the outcome of a book. Tami is a treat and you are going to love this episode. Click here to listen to this week's episode. 

Ways to connect with Tami: Website, Instagram, Twitter

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I am so excited about this week's episode. I am happy to introduce you to Lisa Robinson the author of The Sweetest Scoop which is the biography of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. She shares about her amazing upbringing with parents who were in the Peace Corp. You will be fascinated to learn all the places she has lived. She is currently a practicing child psychiatrist, mom and author. She has a beautiful take on the importance of picture books and their impact on social-emotional learning. Lisa shares the story behind The Sweetest Scoop: Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Revolution in addition to all of her family's favorite ice cream flavors. You will learn about the other books she has written as well as what books she has coming in the near future. You will see that she loves to learn about strong women in history. Lastly, you have to find out the very unique hobby that Lisa and her daughter's share. I did not expect it! Click here to enjoy this yummy episode!

Ways to connect with Lisa: Instagram, Twitter, or her website


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This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Margaret Greanias—a busy mom of three and a picture book author. She shares how someone with an MBA found themselves as a picture book author. We talked about our favorite genres of books and how books that show different cultures are so important. We also shared our love of reading and book conferences. You get to hear about her newest book Amah Faraway and the memories that inspired it. Margaret shares about where her ideas come from for her stories and how they develop. She has such a kind and easygoing manor and was a joy to interview. Click here to listen to this week's episode. 

Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.
Amah Faraway
Maximillian Villainous
I Don't Care
The Book of Mistakes

You can contact her for author visits at her website or you can connect with her on Instagram or Twitter

Open The Magic,









Today is a special treat- It is my birthday and believe it or not, it is also my guest Shelley Johannes’ birthday! Can’t believe it. She is the author and illustrator of the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series and the More Than Sunny picture book. She was originally an architectural designer and never imagined that she could be an author and illustrator, too. She discusses the special combination of words and images that picture books offer and how it is a unique reading experience with magical results. She shares the inspiration for her picture book and where she gets her ideas for writing. You will love learning about her creative process. I was inspired by her carefree approach to life. Please connect with Shelley on Instagram and Twitter and reach our for an author visit! Click here to listen to this week's special episode.

Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
More than Sunny
This Joy!
The Upside Down Hat
A Story is to Share
Fraidy Zoo
The Vanderbeekers Series

Open The Magic,
Courtney Hinshaw
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@ramonarecommends {instagram}
Ramonarecommends.com
Magic Wear Shop


This week I had the pleasure of talking to Charlotte Offsay, the author of A Grandma's Magic. Charlotte talks about her move from the corporate world to her dream job as a picture book writer. She talks about the importance of picture books and the influence her love of reading had on her job today. You will also learn the inspiration for her newly released book called A Grandma's Magic. It was a joy to get to know Charlotte. Be sure to connect with her on her website or Instagram or Twitter. Click HERE to listen to this week's episode. 

Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.
A Grandma's Magic
How to Return a Monster
The Big Beach Cleanup
First Notes of Spring

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@ramonarecommends {instagram}
Ramonarecommends.com
Magic Wear Shop





This week you will have the pleasure of meeting Scott Rothman. He is a former screenplay writer turned picture book author. He talks about his early love of reading and the picture book he wrote when he was only 12 years old. He discusses the camaraderie of the picture book community and some of his proudest moments as an author. There may be a few rabbit trails where we discuss our favorite sports teams, how we like our hamburgers, and left-handed people. Scott has a natural humor and easy-going personality that makes him a joy to get to know. This is such an entertaining and informative episode! Click here to listen to this week's episode. 

Be sure to connect with Scott through Instagram, Twitter or his website.

Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.



This week I got to speak with Benson Shum who works for Disney Animation on some movies you have definitely heard of. That is his day job, at night he spends time writing and illustrating picture books. We talk about his journey to becoming a picture book author and how he gets the ideas for his books. Benson has a unique outlook on how stories should be told. He also talks about living up to others’ expectations and being okay with the choices that you make and how your family influences who you are. Benson gives us a sneak peak of what he is currently working on. It was a gift to chat with such a naturally creative person. I hope you enjoy our conversation. Click


HERE
to listen to this week's episode. 

Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.

Ways to connect with Benson: @bshum79 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok) and bensonshum.com










You are in for a treat this week as I introduce you to the remarkable Giles Andreae, author of the ever-popular Giraffes Can’t Dance and many more titles. Giles lives in the UK, and we had to get creative to coordinate our schedules in order to find an ideal time to chat in spite of the time zone differences. Giles is not only a picture book author but also an illustrator and cartoonist and songwriter. Giles shares his journey to becoming a picture book author, some of his upcoming projects and why picture books are such a gift to people of all ages. You need to listen to find out what his next book is called and his thoughts on the impact that Social and Emotional Learning books have on people today. You can connect with Giles @giles_andreae on Instagram. Click here to listen to this week's episode. 


Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click to purchase.
Giraffes Can’t Dance
Free to Be Elephant Me
Be Brave, Little Penguin
Brave Dave
The Pig of Happiness

Open The Magic,
Courtney Hinshaw
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@ramonarecommends {instagram}
Ramonarecommends.com
Magic Wear Shop


On this week's episode, I am so pleased to introduce you to Beth Anderson who is a 20+ year veteran ESL teacher turned biography and historical fiction picture book writer. Beth shares her process when researching for her amazing biographies. She says she is on a treasure hunt for details to make her books accurate and engaging. Her biographies are unique because she has found such interesting historical figures as her focus. This is an inspiring conversation that I am sure you are going to love. You can connect with Beth on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @bandersonwriter and through her website bethandersonwriter.com 







This week you get to hear the genius behind The Pumphrey Brothers book-making process. Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey are authors of the books The Old Truck and The Old Boat and the upcoming Somewhere in the Bayou. You will enjoy hearing the brothers recall their journey to becoming collaborative picture books authors/illustrators. They also talk about the connection between their reading lives as children and their current professional work. You can connect with them through their individual Instagram accounts (linked in their names above) or their shared website: thepumphreybrothers.com. You will be happy to know that they do both virtual and in-person school visits. It was a joy to get to know these men, and I hope you enjoy our chat, too. Click here to listen to this episode.

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I cannot tell you what an honor it was to do this week’s episode. I am proud to introduce you to Andrea Wang, who is the 2022 Newbery Honor Book Award recipient and the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature recipient for the book Watercress (this book also won the Caldecott medal). She shares the story behind this semi-autobiographical book that has received such acclaim. You will learn more details about the story and its impact on the literary world and those who have read it. A special moment is when she recounts the day that she learned about winning the Newbery Honor. Andrea also shares such wisdom about her life as an author which was a second career for her. Her wish is that listeners or readers who might have felt “othered” will find hope and connection to her story. Her love of reading and picture books is contagious— this is a special episode. I hope you enjoy getting to know Andrea better.

Click HERE to listen to this week's episode.


Below you will find the Amazon affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode. Just click the title to purchase.


Watercress

Luli and the Language of Tea 

The Sweetest Scoop 

Lift 


Ways to connect with Andrea:

andreaywang.com (website)

@andreaywang (Twitter)

@andreawhywang (Instagram)

andreawangbooks@gmail.com (for author visits)


@ramonarecommends (Instagram)

ramonarecommends.com

Magic Wear Shop




Click here for the last episode in my Book Love series. I am happy to introduce you to Melissa Perisco. She is a Pre-K through 5th grade Library Media Specialist who you can find at In Our Library on Instagram. We talk about her journey to becoming a librarian and her favorite books that give her a Confetti Moment. She shares about the personal impact of picture books that focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Melissa models vulnerability that will inspire you. This is a very moving episode that will speak to your heart and make you want to grab your favorite picture book for comfort. Thank you for listening to this very special episode.
Below are Amazon affiliate links for the books and authors listed in this week's episode. 
High 5 Habit:Take Control of your Life with One Simple Habit
Ann Martin-author page
Josh Funk-author page
Jory John-author page
Bob Shea-author page

Open The Magic,
Courtney Hinshaw
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@ramonarecommends (Instagram)




Confetti Moments

Episode 70: Rosie D'Urso from Library Mom Books

Welcome back to another episode in our Book Love series. This week you have the treat of meeting Rosie D'Urso of Library Mom Books. She is a former collegiate lacrosse player turned librarian. Rosie is the ultimate Book Enthusiast. We have an amazing conversation about the power of teachers, the hope that books provide and how a confetti moment can change a kid’s life. Rosie also shares some of her librarian expertise with regards to family library visits and all the amazing things that libraries provide to communities. You will also learn some of her favorite books and authors and her favorite flavor of ice cream. You can find all her amazing resources on her website librarymom.com Click here to enjoy this inspiring episode!
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Today, we continue with the Book Love series. I am happy to introduce you to Eliana Bishop of the Bookstagram: Kid Lit is Magic. She is in the corporate world but loves picture books as much as I do. You will learn about how becoming a mom grew her true love of reading, and she found that picture books helped her to connect with her son and others in the Instagram world. We talked a lot about the value of having books that reflect your community and culture. She shares what books have really given her a sense of belonging and have allowed her to share some of her heritage and culture with your son. I know that you will enjoy getting to know Eliana. 
The following books are mentioned in today's episode. Please use the Amazon affiliate link to buy books. 

Open The Magic,
Courtney Hinshaw
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I am so excited about this month's podcasts. I have invited some of my bookful friends to chat with me about the picture books that we love. Get your pens and wish lists ready because we are going to be talk about all our favorites and you are going to want to add some of them to your shelves. 
In today's episode, I am happy to introduce you to Aimee Smith— a former second grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She loves discovering “secret covers” which is what is sometimes hiding behind the book jacket of a picture book. Aimee runs the Instagram account “Keepabookout” where she shares book recommendations and her special “bookies.” (sugar cookies with illustrations from books) You might be surprised to learn about her favorite holiday for picture books. And we even digress to discuss our favorite Ted Lasso characters. We had so much fun chatting about our mutual love of picture books. Enjoy!
Below you will find the books mentioned in this week's episode. You can click on my Amazon affiliate link to purchase the books. 
Confetti Moments Dan Santat- Mental Health Episode





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