Tag Archives: children’s literature

Chris Van Allsburg

Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with Chris Van Allsburg, author/illustrator of 19 books for children and illustrator of three more. Mr. Van Allsburg came to Ann Arbor recently to promote the newest Jumanji film, which had its Michigan premiere as a fundraiser for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice.

They talk about his creative process, the journey from picture book to feature film, and his background as a sculptor, trained first at University of Michigan.

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Erin and Philip Stead

Philip and Erin Stead, Caldecott-winning writer/illustrators of A Sick Day For Amos McGee and the forthcoming Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine talk with guest host Amanda Uhle about writing and illustrating children’s books, working with the ghost of Mark Twain, artistic inspiration, and more.

Philip Stead and Erin Stead

Philip Stead and Erin Stead talk about their picture books, including the Caldecott Medal winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and Erin Stead’s If You Want to See A Whale and Philip Stead’s Hello, My Name Is Ruby, all published by Roaring Brook Press. We talk about being a picture book maker and about designs, conventions and challenges to the form. We also talk about having respect for your audience, and why Phil’s least “successful” book is the one kids love the most.

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photo credit: Nicole Haley

Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm reads from her sequel The Trouble with May Amelia (2011) published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster. We take a look at her book series with her brother Matthew Holm, the wonderful Babymouse: Mad Scientist” and “Squish: Super Amoeba published by Random House. We also talk about how drawing from the spring of family history has influenced her work and about how she grew up as a voracious reader.


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