New Books Network

Eric Bennett, “Noodles’ and Albie’s Birthday Surprise” (Penguin Place, 2016)
It’s the special holiday edition of New Books in Children’s Literature! Today I’m talking with Eric Bennett, a renowned children’s author and penguin wheeler-dealer (you’ll have to listen to the interview…). We’ll be talking about Noodles’ and Albie’s Birthday Surprise (Penguin Place, 2016), the latest in the “Noodles and Albie”... Read More
Steve Sheinkin, “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights” (Roaring Brook, 2014)
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back... Read More
Noel Brown, “The Children’s Film: Genre, Nation and Narrative” (Wallflower Press, 2017)
Noel Brown is a film and television scholar at Liverpool Hope University. His research has focused on Hollywood and British cinema (classical and contemporary), family entertainment, children’s culture and animation. His first three books were published by I.B. Tauris and include, The Hollywood Family Film: from Shirley Temple to Harry... Read More
A Discussion with Leigh Hobbs, Australia’s Children’s Laureate
Though he works across a wide range of artistic mediums Leigh Hobbs is best known for the children’s books he has written and illustrated featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, Mr. Badger, The Freaks in 4F and Mr. Chicken. These funny, irreverent, somewhat anarchic characters have... Read More
Interview with Aksel Koie, CEO of Step in Books
Aksel Koie, CEO of Step In Books, based in Copenhagen and founded in 2014, discusses the design and technology behind his Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award winning app, Mur. This is the second year Step in Books has won this prestigious international prize. Mur is a beautiful, interactive, musical app that... Read More
An Interview with Suzanne Gibbs Taylor of Gibbs Smith: BabyLit
The Gibbs Smith motto is “to enrich and inspire mankind.” Since 1969, the publishing house has become known for creating smart, stylish, sophisticated books. This has included books on architecture and design as well as cooking, holiday and children’s books. Among their most popular series are the BabyLit books, designed... Read More
Linda Ragsdale on “Alphabetter” (Flowerpot Press, 2016) and The Peace Dragon Project
Author, illustrator and international speaker/teacher, Linda Ragsdale talks about her Peace Dragon Tale series of books for children and shares how the powerful skills of View, Voice and Choice can lead children and adults through challenging parts of their lives with a peaceful and productive outcome. A survivor of the... Read More
Discussion with George White, President of Up With Paper/Jumping Jack Press (Bologna Book Fair, 2017)
George White, President and COO of Up With Paper and Jumping Jack Press interviewed following the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, discusses the intricacies of creating pop-up art for greeting cards and for books. Susan Raab is president of Raab Associates, an internationally recognized agency that specializes in marketing literature, products... Read More
Matteo Faglia, “Pop-Up Show: The Magic Inside Books” (Bologna Children’s Book Fair Exhibition, 2017)
Matteo Faglia, discusses the 2017 Bologna Book Fair exhibition, “Pop-up Show: The Magic Inside Books,” which traces some of the important milestones in the story of 3-dimensional, or as they have been called since the 1930s, pop-up books. The exhibition showcases the extensive collection of Artist and Collector Massimo Missiroli.... Read More