January 13, 2020
Today I will be interviewing Trevor Swim, the co-author of the children’s book series Adventures with Bodie the English Bulldog. Trevor Swim co-authors this book series with his girlfriend, Katie Thoe. They are known as TnK.
Adventures with Bodie the English Bulldog is a children’s storybook series that is aimed to teach children about each state in the United States of America. As Trevor and Katie travel full time in their RV across the country they are transforming their adventures in each state into a fun engaging educational children’s book written through the eyes of Bodie the English Bulldog. They have been traveling since February 2019, which is almost 1 year!
Bodie is a 5 year-old English Bulldog with a hilarious personality. The books stem from their desire to cherish life adventures and to share them with others.
They share their travels through various social media accounts:
January 2, 2020
Today I will be interviewing Caroline Brewer, author, speaker and literacy activist. Caroline has written 12 books including Darius Daniels: Game On!, which is her middle grade novel. She has written seven books for children, four for adults and has edited five books for students.
Caroline has been a reading teacher and classroom teacher. As an author and consultant she has presented readings, speeches and seminars in several states across the country. She has also visited and presented in Ghana, West Africa to more than 25,000 teachers, children, tutors, parents and librarians. She has a background as an award-winning newspaper journalist and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Learn more about Caroline on her website here.
December 23, 2019
Today I will be interviewing author and tv producer, Karin Hoving. Karin recently published the children’s book, Darcy and Daisy The Christmas Puppy. Karin is also a TV producer whose been on many adventures. Some of those experiences include cuddling with baby chimps, helping excavate dinosaur bones and filming an active volcano. She lives with husband, daughter, two funny cats and her two adorable dogs named Darcy and Daisy.
Check out Karin’s website at darcyanddaisy.com. Also follow her on Instagram at darcyanddaisy.
December 16, 2019
Today I will be interviewing author Mercy Hansen Mize, author of the children's picture book, Samson's Tail. Mercy and her husband adapted Samson from the DAWGS prison program. This program saves dogs from shelters and places them in prisons. Samson’s Tail was inspired by this program and Mercy’s desire to promote and educate others about it’s worthy cause.
As a puppy, Samson spent time on the streets and in shelters when all he ever wanted was a forever family. His life changes in a big way when he enters a prison dog training program and meets his handler, Trevor. Will Trevor help Samson find the love he has always wanted? Listen to the podcast to learn more how Mercy's experience inspired her to write this book!
December 9, 2019
Today I will be interviewing author Misti Rains. Misti Rains is a motivational speaker, spiritual life coach and blogger. Her various life experiences have produced inspirational messages with profound spiritual principles that emphasize forgiveness and love for self and others. She began her career as an elementary school teacher before turning her attention to teaching others how to heal and overcome life’s most defeating moments.
This podcast can help life your spirits and also provide some wonderful parenting tips.
Misti will be talking about her new book, Misti Moments, which was released in November 2019. Check out Misti’s website, http://mistirains.com/
December 5, 2019
Today I will be interviewing author Jennifer Renieris.
Jennifer’s love and appreciation for “aha”moments in her life has inspired her to write children’s stories that celebrate growth and enlightenment. Whether she is on her farm, at home, or exploring nature, teachable moments find their way to her. Young and old, teachable moments help us thrive and flourish, whether they come from our children, parents, friends, or even our pets.
Jennifer has written two pictures books titled, A Buck and a Puck and Hawk Eyes. Check out her website at jlwauthor.com. To learn more about Jennifer, read her interview here.
November 25, 2019
Today I will be interviewing Donna Sager Cowan. Donna Sager Cowan is the author of The Superhero School series. The ideas for the series began with her youngest granddaughter asking about her cat, Ladybug, and why she stayed out all night.
As a grandmother, she enjoys reading and spinning tales for children. Each book in the series encourages positive attributes, acceptance, critical thinking, and inner strength.
November 18, 2019
Today I will be interviewing Adam Wallanta. Adam Wallenta is a publisher, writer, illustrator, editor, teacher, emcee and father. He founded Adam Wallenta Entertainment to help bring new independent creator owned projects to life. Adam has illustrated over fifty children’s books, numerous comics, graphic novels and illustrated album art for Rock n Roll Hall of Fame musicians such as Public Enemy & Lloyd Price among many others.
Check out Adam’s website at punktaco.com
November 11, 2019
Today I will be interviewing John Parra, illustrator, designer and educator. Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, received a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration, received an award from the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Book, and also received Smithsonian Best Book of the Year. John has received many awards and honors including three Pura Belpré Honors for Illustration, two SCBWI Golden Kite Awards for Illustration, and The Christopher Award, among many others.
John was awarded the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Illustration for Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (written by Phil Binder, Chronicle Books); Pura Belpré Honor for Green Is a Chile Pepper (written by Roseanne G. Thong, Chronicle); The Christopher Award for Waiting for the Biblioburro (written by Monica Brown, Random House); and Hey, Wall (written by Susan Verde, Simon & Schuster, 2018) which received a School Library Journal starred review.
New picture books in 2019 include Little Libraries, Big Heroes (written by Miranda Paul, HMH, Sept 2019) and One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers (written by Roseanne G. Thong, Chronicle). John also illustrates for commercial clients including United Airlines, Hitachi, PBS, National Geographic, Virgin Records, Boston Children’s Hospital, El Museo del Barrio, and many others. In 2015, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented his books and artwork. John graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Visit John Parra’s website or follow him on twitter @johnparraart
November 4, 2019
Today I will be interviewing Jaina Thatch, Author of the book series My Super Hero Mind. She is also a Physical Therapist, advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Mom to 4 children. As a mom of boys, Jaina’s world changed when she had her daughter, Isla. When Isla wore Super Hero clothing, Jaina started to see her tenacious spirit, strong will, and determination come to life.
To learn more about Jaina, check out her website here.