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Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima (The Children's Book Podcast #457)

August 21, 2018



Christian Trimmer (@MisterTrimmer) and Jessie Sima (@JessieSima) are the author and illustrator, respectively, of SNOW PONY AND THE SEVEN MINIATURE PONIES, a new picture book inspired by the Snow White story, but with twists and humor and scrapbooking and magnificent hair braids. We also talk about Jessie's HARRIET GETS CARRIED AWAY and Christian's TEDDY'S FAVORITE TOY, two additional picture book releases that push back on gendering and celebrate books for all readers. These are narratives that shine a light for our readers and open up their worlds just a little more with each turn of the page.




Sweet Snow Pony is loved by all for her beautiful coat as white as snow and her mane as black as ebony. Children come to her farm from all over just to have her braid their hair and teach them line dancing.


But not everyone loves Snow Pony. Jealous Queenie hatches an evil plan to make Snow Pony run away from the stable by planting a trail of apples into the woods and before long Snow Pony is lost! Full of delicious apples but all alone in the woods, Snow Pony stumbles upon the home of seven miniature ponies. The mini-ponies couldn’t be cuter, especially with Snow Pony’s braids, but they don’t have quite the same moves as the kids back on the farm.


Will her new friends help her find her way home? Or will the evil Queenie get her way?






Christian Trimmer is a children's book author and editor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. If you'd like to learn more about him, his writing, and the books he edits, click on the tabs above or the following links.


Christian appeared on Sprout TV's Sunny Side Up to hang with Emily and Chica during story time.


He contributed posts to the Children's Book Council Diversity Blog, one about reading to build empathy called "Read More! End LGBTQ Bullying!" and another about being biracial entitled "What Are You?"


He chatted with the Children's Book Council Early Career Committee back in 2013. Read the full interview here.


Learn more about Christian Trimmer at


And purchase any one of Christian's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.

Jessie Sima grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey and now lives and works just outside New York City.


She is the author & illustrator of Not Quite Narwhal, Harriet Gets Carried Away, and Love, Z, and the illustrator of Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies, written by Christian Trimmer.


Learn more about Jessie Sima at


And purchase any one of Jessie's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.






*This post contains affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will support the costs of maintaining the podcast, webcomic, and other materials associated with this site. 





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