About Susan Raab

NBN Episodes hosted by Susan:

Noel Brown, "The Children's Film: Genre, Nation and Narrative" (Wallflower Press, 2017)

August 19, 2017

The Children's Film

Noel Brown
Hosted by Susan Raab

Noel Brown is a film and television scholar at Liverpool Hope University. His research has focused on Hollywood and British cinema (classical and cont…

A Discussion with Leigh Hobbs, Australia's Children's Laureate

June 21, 2017

A Discussion with Australia's Children's Laureate

Leigh Hobbs
Hosted by Susan Raab

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 hi…

Interview with Aksel Koie, CEO of Step in Books

June 13, 2017

An Interview with Aksel Koie

A Bear Called Mur
Hosted by Susan Raab

Aksel Koie, CEO of Step In Books, based in Copenhagen and founded in 2014, discusses the design and technology behind his Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awar…

An Interview with Suzanne Gibbs Taylor of Gibbs Smith: BabyLit

May 27, 2017


An Interview with Suzanne Gibbs Taylor
Hosted by Susan Raab

The Gibbs Smith motto is "to enrich and inspire mankind." Since 1969, the publishing house has become known for creating smart, stylish, sophisticated…

Linda Ragsdale on "Alphabetter" (Flowerpot Press, 2016) and The Peace Dragon Project

May 25, 2017

Alphabetter and the Peace Dragon Project

Linda Ragsdale
Hosted by Susan Raab

Author, illustrator and international speaker/teacher, Linda Ragsdale talks about her Peace Dragon Tale series of books for children and shares how th…

Discussion with George White, President of Up With Paper/Jumping Jack Press (Bologna Book Fair, 2017)

May 23, 2017

Discussion with George White

Hosted by Susan Raab

George White, President and COO of Up With Paper and Jumping Jack Press interviewed following the Bologna Children's Book Fair, discusses the intricac…

Matteo Faglia, "Pop-Up Show: The Magic Inside Books" (Bologna Children's Book Fair Exhibition, 2017)

May 21, 2017

The Magic Inside Books

Matteo Faglia
Hosted by Susan Raab

Matteo Faglia, discusses the 2017 Bologna Book Fair exhibition, "Pop-up Show: The Magic Inside Books," which traces some of the important milestones i…

Donna Freitas, "The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost" (Oxford UP, 2017)

April 18, 2017

The Happiness Effect

Donna Freitas
Hosted by Susan Raab

In The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (Oxford University Press, 2017), Donna Freitas investi…

Deborah Hopkinson "Steamboat School" (Jump At the Sun, 2016)

February 15, 2017

Steamboat School

Deborah Hopkinson
Hosted by Susan Raab

In Steamboat School (Jump at the Sun, 2016), an historical picture book based on true events, author Deborah Hopkinson recounts the story of Reverend …

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, "Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers" (U Chicago Press, 2016)

January 25, 2017

Growing Each Other Up

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Hosted by Susan Raab

With Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot offers an intimately de…

Melissa Sweet, "Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White" (HMH, 2016)

January 6, 2017

Some Writer!

Melissa Sweet
Hosted by Susan Raab

Readers of all ages know E. B. White's work. Charlotte's Web is the first book many children are read aloud. Elements of Style remains an essential re…

Carroll Pursell, "From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2015)

December 29, 2016

From Playgrounds to PlayStation

Carroll Pursell
Hosted by Susan Raab

Carroll Pursell's From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015) explores how play ref…

Susan Verde, "The Water Princess" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016)

November 29, 2016

The Water Princess

Susan Verde
Hosted by Susan Raab

Supermodel Georgie Badiel grew up in a small village in Burkina Faso where the closest source of water was many miles from home. After launching her s…

Michelle Markel, "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead/Brave Girl" (Balzer + Bray, 2016,2013)

November 3, 2016

Some Girls are Born to Lead

Michelle Markel
Hosted by Susan Raab

Michelle Markel, an award-winning author and former journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, talks about books sh…

Pamela S. Turner, "Crow Smarts/Samurai Rising" (HMH, 2016)

October 28, 2016

Inside the Brain of the World's Smartest Bird

Pamela S. Turner
Hosted by Susan Raab

Award-winning author, Pamela S. Turner discusses two new books, Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the Worlds Smartest Bird (HMH Books for Young Readers…

Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham, "Human Rights in Children's Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of the Law" (Oxford UP, 2016)

October 18, 2016

Human Rights and Children's Literature

Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham
Hosted by Susan Raab

How can children grow to realize their inherent rights and respect the rights of others? In Human Rights in Children's Literature: Imagination and the…

Debbie Levy, "I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark" (Simon and Schuster, 2016)

October 14, 2016

I Dissent

Debbie Levy
Hosted by Susan Raab

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what…

Laura Gehl, "Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating" (FSG, 2016)

September 12, 2016

Peep and Egg

Laura Gehl
Hosted by Susan Raab

Peep cant wait for Halloween to start, but younger Egg has a long list of reasons to wish it would not. In a scene familiar to many families, the pros…

Loki Mulholland, et.al. "She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland" (Shadow Mountain, 2016)

September 8, 2016

She Stood for Freedom

Interview with Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
Hosted by Susan Raab

"Anyone can make a difference. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember you don't have to change the world, just change your…

Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet, "Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Hawaii" (Greenleaf Book Group, 2016)

August 23, 2016

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt

Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet
Hosted by Susan Raab

Exotic, dangerous, exhilarating and extreme--the contradictions that are Hawaii are the challenges adventurer twins, Gannon and Wyatt, must face as th…

Bridgette R. Alexander, "Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery" (Paris 1865 Press, 2016)

August 2, 2016

Southern Gothic

Bridgette R. Alexander
Hosted by Susan Raab

Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery (Paris 1865 Press, 2016) and Sons of Liberty, which will be published in Spring 2017, are the first Celine …