Ep. 56: Jean Van’t Hul Of The Artful Parent

This week I’m excited to chat with Jean Van’t Hul, The Artful Parent. I find Jean’s books and blog so inspiring in terms of embracing art and creativity with my kids. If you’re looking for simple ways to bring art into your childrens’ lives and break up long days at home, this episode is for you!

Jean Van’t Hul helps parents, caregivers and teachers share art with the kids in their lives through her blog, The Artful Parent, her books, art classes, online courses and the Kids Art Club. A graduate of Wellesley college with a major in art history and studio art, she worked in various art and nonprofit fields before having kids and becoming passionate about children’s creativity. Jean is the author of the Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life With Art and Creativity and The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays With Crafts and Recipes. She lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. 

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Artful Parent 

The Artful Year

97 Orchard

Visit Jean’s blog The Artful Parent for more inspiration!

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 55: Anne Bogel, Author of Don’t Overthink It

This week I’m delighted to welcome author, podcaster, blogger, and book whisperer extraordinaire, Anne Bogel, back to the podcast.

Anne’s new book, Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, is a timely and practical guide to taming some of the anxiety and stress swirling around our minds.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Don’t Overthink It

Recipe for Persuasion

Evvie Drake Starts Over

The Unhoneymooners

Things You Save In A Fire

Royal Holiday

Party of Two

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

The Summer Before the War

The Gown

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

84 Charing Cross Road

Lovely War

The Jane Austen Society

 

Visit Anne’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and in particular get ready for her wonderful annual summer reading guide, coming soon! Anne also has two podcasts for bookworms, What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 54: Children’s Book Author- Illustrator, Matt Tavares

This week I’m delighted to welcome award winning children’s book author-illustrator, Matt Tavares to the podcast. His picture books include Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, Red and Lulu, Dasher and many more. His latest book is called Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin, written by Michael J. Rosen.

 

**Note: this episode was recorded ahead of time, before the COVID-19 situation changed dramatically.**

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To find out more about Matt Tavares you can visit https://www.matttavares.com

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Ben of All Trades

Lady Liberty

Dasher

Red and Lulu

Zachary’s Ball

New Kid

Save the Cat

The Secrets of Story Matt Bird

Making Comics Scott Cloud

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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 53: Bobbie Pyron, Author of Stay

This week my guest is Bobbie Pyron, who’s new middle grade book Stay was called “Timely, important, and truly beautiful” by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate. 

Bobbie has worked in libraries and bookstores in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah and has been active in local animal rescue work for many years. She’s also the author of A Pup Called Trouble, A Dog’s Way Home, and Lucky Strike, among others. Bobbie lives in Ashville, NC, with her husband, Todd, and their dog, Sherlock.

**Note: this episode was recorded last month, before the COVID-19 situation changed dramatically. I know it can be jarring to hear a conversation from “Before”. But now more than ever, this is a book and a topic worthy of attention.**

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To find out more about Bobbie Pyron you can visit https://www.bobbiepyron.com

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Stay

My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People And Their Animals 

Invisible Nation: Homeless Families In America

Don’t Overthink It

Casey the Utterly Impossible Horse

Season of Ponies

Pippi Longstocking

Olive Again

Look Both Ways

Long Way Down

The Dutch House

This Is Happiness

 

Additional Information from Bobbie:

“The organization I volunteered with in Salt Lake City is no longer, but there’s a new one that’s doing the same thing: Street Dawg Crew of Utah. The national organization I mentioned is Pets of the Homeless 

STAY was supposed to have an Author’s Note at the end:

·      The most recent (2017) national estimate of people experiencing homelessness in America is 553,742

·      Approximately 34% live in place not meant for human habitation such as parks, abandoned buildings, cars, under bridges.

·      35% of people experiencing homelessness are families with children.

·      2.5 million children will experience homelessness this year in America.

·      About 10-15% of people experiencing homelessness have a pet.

·      Less than 1% of shelters allow pets.
Here are some other organizations that help folks experiencing homelessness:

·      PETS OF THE HOMELESS   petsofthehomeless.org

·      THE STREET DOG COALITION    thestreetdogcoalition.org

·      NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS    endhomelessness.org

·      THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

 

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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 52: Cheryl Klein, Editorial Director at Lee & Low Books

This week, I’m delighted to welcome Cheryl Klein to the podcast to discuss all things books and reading.

Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books. She is also the author of two adult books, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults and Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, and three picture books, Wings, Thunder Trucks, and A Year of Everyday Wonders. Prior to her work at Lee & Low, Cheryl spent sixteen years at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she published a wide array of acclaimed titles and served as the continuity editor for the last two books of the Harry Potter series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York

**Note: this episode was recorded several weeks ago. The world seems to be a very different place now and I know it can be jarring not to hear mention of the current COVID-19 pandemic. But hopefully this offers some much needed distraction.**

 

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To find out more about Cheryl Klein you can visit CherylKlein.com.

And browse Lee and Low titles at www.leeandlow.com.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

Wings

A Year of Everyday Wonders

Thunder Trucks

Harry Potter

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm 

Midsummer’s Mayhem

Seven Golden Rings

Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

Doggies

Will Giraffe Laugh? and series

The List of Things That Will Not Change

Ninth House

Crooked Kingdom

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 51: Hena Khan On More to the Story

This week I’m joined by children’s book author Hena Khan. Her latest middle grade novel, More to the Story, has been called a love letter to Little Women.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

More to the Story

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Under My Hijab

It’s Ramadan, Curious George

Little Women

Amina’s Voice

The Night Diary

Other Words from Home

The Vanderbeekers

The Lost Girl

 

To find out more about Hena Khan visit HanaKhan.com

 

Hena also has a new picture book out now called Like the Moon Loves the Sky:

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In a starred review Publisher’s Weekly calls Like the Moon Loves the Sky “a peaceful incantation. a view of a childhood focused not just on well-being, but on hope-to ‘count all your blessings’ and ‘find wonder’-as well.”

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 50: Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Grace Lin

It’s the 50th episode of A Bookish Home! This week I’m joined by a special guest, award winning children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin.

Grace’s latest picture book is called A Big Bed for Little Snow and her new middle grade novel is Mulan: Before the Sword.

 

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

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A Big Bed for Little Snow

 

bigmooncake
A Big Mooncake for Little Star

 

mulan
Mulan: Before the Sword

 

wherethemountain
Where The Mountain Meets the Moon

 

uglyvegetables
The Ugly Vegetables

 

dimsum
Dim Sum for Everyone

 

blueberriesforsal
Blueberries for Sal

 

snowyday
The Snowy Day

 

kiteflying
Kite Flying

 

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Anne of Green Gables

 

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Little Women

 

stargazing
Stargazing

 

cilla
Cilla Lee Jenkins
sam
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
journey
Journey

To find out more about Grace Lin you can visit GraceLinBlog.com.

 

Tune into Grace Lin’s podcasts:

bookfriendsforver

Book Friends Forever

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Kidlit Women

kidsaskauthors

Kids Ask Authors

If you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a moment to subscribe. If you could also take a moment to rate and review A Bookish Home on iTunes to help people find the show, I’d be so grateful.

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Ep. 49: Author Kate Bolick Discusses March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women

This week, I’m delighted to welcome author Kate Bolick to the podcast. 

Kate Bolick is the author of the bestselling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own. Today we’re discussing her wonderful essay on Meg in March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women.

Kate Bolick

If you can’t stop thinking about the new Greta Gerwig adaptation, I would highly recommend picking up this collection. Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado and Jane Smiley also share thought-provoking essays on Jo, Beth and Amy. A must read for Alcott fans!

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

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March Sisters

 

LWimageLittle Women

 

megjo

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy:

The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

 

roomofonesown

A Room of One’s Own

 

dearestfriend

Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams

 

thick

Thick

autobiographyofredAutobiography of Red

 

wakesiren

Wake Siren

 

toni

The Source of Self-Regard

equivalents

The Equivalents

To find out more about Kate Bolick visit her website www.katebolick.com.

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Ep. 48: Thomas Taylor, Author of the Legend of Eerie-On-Sea Series

This week, I’m chatting with Thomas Taylor, author of Malamander, the first book in the new middle-grade series, Legends of Eerie-On-Sea.

School Library Journal calls Malamander a “A crowd-pleasing fantasy.’ and notes “Colorful characters, palpable atmosphere, close calls and some deliberately unanswered questions…will hook readers on this new British series and leave them eager for more.” Hand this book to the Harry Potter and Mysterious Benedict Society fans in your life and watch them devour it!

 

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

To find out more about Thomas Taylor visit his website thomastaylor-author.com.

 

 

 

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Malamander
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneCover by Thomas Taylor

 

hobbit
The Hobbit

 

theterror
The Terror
sherlock
Sherlock Holmes
secretcommonwealth
The Secret Commonwealth

 

landofroar
The Land of Roar

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 47: Heather Bell Adams, Author of Maranatha Road

This week, I’m sharing a conversation with Heather Bell Adams, author of Maranatha Road and a forthcoming novel, The Good Luck Stone (coming July 2020).

Southern Literary Review calls Maranatha Road “[A]n exquisite story with characters so real they could step off the pages into your living room” and says Sadie Caswell is “reminiscent of Olive Kitteridge, the titular character that earned a Pulitzer for Elizabeth Strout. The portrait Adams draws of Sadie is just as fine and unforgettable.” This is a novel to slow down and savor.

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

maranatha
Maranatha Road
goodluckstone
The Good Luck Stone
aoogcover
Anne of Green Gables
emilyofnewmoon
Emily of New Moon
egyptgame
The Egypt Game

 

Bloodroot
Blood Root
long man
Long Man
perennials
Perennials
winterloon
Winter Loon
dearlybeloved
The Dearly Beloved
bookoflongings
The Book of Longings

To find out more about Heather Bell Adams visit her website heatherbelladams.com.

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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