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Experiencing the World with the Soaring '20s (The Children's Book Podcast #588)

Illustration credit Paola Escobar from Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel and Paola Escobar

It’s my first ever podcast takeover! Let’s get into it! The Soaring ‘20s High Flying Picture Book Debuts feature some really outstanding books by kidlit authors and illustrators debuting in 2020. Today, we’re going to hear a handful of new and debut picture book folks take on the question “What experiences or observations of the world compelled you to write your story?” Long time friend of the show Darshana Khiani and I were first talking about the idea of a podcast takeover back in July of 2019. Today, as we’re all safe inside and adhering to quarantine guidelines, it seems the landscape has temporarily changed. However, readers are still reading. Writers are still writing. And books are finding their way into read alouds and activities and Instagram posts and bedtime. For answers to the question “What experience or observation of the world compelled you to write this story?“ I'm turning today to Darshana Khiani, Mary Wagley Copp, Lindsay Metcalf, Jen Malia, Angela Burke Kunkel, Keith and Larissa Marantz, and Saira Mir.

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