6 Podcasts For Children’s Authors
I’m a runner. Not one of those hardcore type runners, who race and all that. I am someone who puddles along country lanes, oxygynating myself. And to be honest, one of the main reasons I run is so I have an excuse to listen to podcasts.
Podcasts are my NUMBER ONE FAVOURITE THING to come out of the digital era. There is so much to learn out there! My only problem is having too much good listening material.
I confess, though, that I am a little selective in my listening tastes, and tend to spend my running / podcast time with stuff about children’s books. I know. Very predictable. But it’s a constant flow of inspiration and information, and I guess, being the very professional author that I am (*coughs*), I should be absorbing what I can, when I can.
If you are interested in writing for children, or have a general love of children’s books, or maybe just love writing, I can recommend the following podcasts.
The Children’s Book Podcast, with Matthew Winner
American teacher/librarian/children’s book advocate Matthew Winner interviews children’s authors and illustrators with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. I am impressed by how much Matthew can draw out of the bookmaking process, and think his interviews do incredible justice to the magic that is wrapped in a children’s book. I never leave an interview from this series without a new idea, or at least some new insight into how books are made.
The Yarn Podcast
The Yarn podcast, an American School Library Journal production, hosted by Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, is another wonderful series of interviews with children’s book creators. Travis and Colby invite people like Kate DiCamillo, Mo Willems and Jon Klassen to chat about how their books were made, the challenges they faced, and what they discovered. The interviews are bite-sized, but impart so much wisdom about the creative process.
The Garret Podcast
The Australian and US book markets are pretty different, so I like balancing things out with The Garret, recently recommended by my friend Tristan Bancks. Nic Brasch interviews Australian writers from all genres and disciplines, and among them are highly acclaimed children’s authors like Andy Griffiths, John Marsden and Isobel Carmody. The interviews are rich, lengthly and honest.
So You Want To Be A Writer Podcast
One of my weekly go-tos is the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, presented by Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo for the Australian Writers Centre. Like the Garret, this podcast is not just for children’s authors. Allison is A.L. Tait, a bestselling author for children, and many of the interviewed authors are children’s authors, so there’s plenty there. Val and Al share wonderful tips and blog posts about the writing process, and becoming a professional author. This is also an excellent source of industry news.
One More Page Podcast
One More Page is Australia’s answer to the Children’s Book Podcast with Matthew Winner. Liz Ledden, Kate Simpson and Nat Amoore interview authors and illustrators, chat about publishing and share their tips and recommendations. Heaps of great local material here!
Books Between Podcast
Hosted by middle grade teacher, Corrina Allen, Books Between focuses on books for 8-12 year-olds. Since middle grade literature makes up the bulk of my personal reading material, I am endlessly inspired by Corrina’s joyful recommendations and interviews. This podcast makes you appreciate how many good books are out there. The only downside is my To Be Read pile is now immense, and my book buying budget is definitely blown!
Do you love writing or reading children’s books? Do you have any great podcasts to add to this list?