SCBWI Conversations

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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conversations with publishing pros, and award-winning and bestselling writers and illustrators who inform and inspire about the ins and outs of the children's book industry. Find out about the craft and creative process behind young adult novels, picture books, middle grade fiction, graphic novels and nonfiction.

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Surthriving with Dan Santat
3576

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Dan Santat, talks with Theo Baker about surviving the wild, childhood, and his early career, and how those experiences helped him to become the thriving creator he is today. 

Be sure to follow Dan on Instagram at @dsantat, and twitter @dsantat, for all the latest in his world.

For more info about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, please visit SCBWI.org. 
 
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Season 6, episode 6

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Oct 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Libba Bray - Trailer
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#1 New York Times bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning YA author Libba Bray speaks to Theo Baker about her journey to becoming a writer, her embrace of the absurd and surreal, and shares her best writing advice!

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Oct 15, 2021
Rhythms of Memory with Jacqueline Woodson
3305

McCarthur Genius Award winner Jacqueline Woodson talks with Theo Baker about fiction, language, rhythm, inspiration, and so much more.  It's a wide-ranging peek inside the mind of this brilliant and penetrating artist.

Head over to www.jacquelinewoodson.com to learn more about Jacqueline, or follow her on twitter @JackieWoodson or Instagram at @jacqueline_woodson.

For more info about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, please visit SCBWI.org. 
 
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Season 6, episode 5

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Oct 08, 2021
Visions, Revisions, and Decisions with Kate Messner
2935

The prolific, ever-curious, and mega-poly-talented author Kate Messner talks with Theo Baker in depth about the craft of writing, imagination, grinding out early drafts, the joy of revision, and how she always moves forward. 

For all the latest about Kate, please head over to katemessner.com, or follow her on twitter @KateMessner. 

For more info about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, please visit SCBWI.org. 
 
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Season 6, episode 4

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Oct 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Namrata Tripathi
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Namrata Tripathi is VP & Publisher of Kokila, a newly-formed imprint of Penguin Young Readers dedicated to centering stories from the margins. In this two-part interview by Theo Baker, Namrata shares about her career as an editor, the lessons she’s learned on the way, and the vision behind her new imprint.

Part One: Namrata on naming her imprint, her journey as an editor of Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult books, and lessons she’s learned on the way. (29:03)

Part Two: Namrata speaks to the vision behind her new imprint, Kokila. 

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Oct 01, 2021
Crowns, Poems, and Life with Derrick Barnes
3359

NY Times best-selling children's book writer, Derrick Barnes, talks in depth with Theo Baker about his childhood, how he works, fatherhood, and how after years of struggling to make it as  a writer, he made up his mind to "make the Blackest books he could possibly make."

For all the latest about Derrick, please head over to derrickdbarnes.com, or follow him on Instagram at @authorderrickdbarnes and twitter @Author_DDB.

For more info about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, please visit SCBWI.org. 
 
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Season 6, episode 3

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Sep 24, 2021
Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Facts with Jane Yolen
3573

Theo Baker talks to the legendary "Baba Yaga" of children's books, the great Jane Yolen, about poetry, fairy tales, fantasy, the business, and how she got her start as a writer. 

For all the latest about Jane, or simply to marvel at her catalog, visit www.janeyolen.com.

For more info about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, please visit SCBWI.org. 
 
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Season 6, episode 1

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Sep 17, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Namrata Tripathi - Trailer
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Namrata Tripathi is Vice President and Publisher of Kokila, a newly-formed imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Namrata speaks to Theo Baker about her career as an editor, her unique perspective, and the vision behind her new imprint!

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Sep 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations Mac Barnett
3571

NY Times best-selling children's book writer, Mac Barnett, talks with Theo Baker about experimental fiction for kids, how he works, how he procrastinates, and why writing a funny story isn't exactly the same thing as eating dessert. 

For all the latest in Mac's world, please check out his website, www.macbarnett.com, or follow him on Instagram, and enjoy over a hundred read-alongs. 

For more info about the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, please visit SCBWI.org. 
 
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Season 6, episode 1

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Sep 10, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Bruce Coville
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Theo Baker chats with Bruce Coville, the celebrate author of over 100 books for children and young readers. In this two part interview, they speak about why some books don’t find their audiences and others become huge best-sellers, Bruce’s connection to audiobooks (and his audiobook production company, Full Cast Audio), openings, and much, much more!

Part One: Bruce speaks of audiobooks, covers and titles, and first lines. (32:33)

Part Two: Bruce shares how he’s “always attempting to write a book I would have wanted to read at age ten, or twelve,” offers some sage advice, and considers how literature can offer young people role models in a way that reality no longer does. 

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Sep 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Bruce Coville - Trailer
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The celebrated author of over 100 books for children and young readers, Bruce Coville speaks to Theo Baker about audiobooks, covers and titles, his approach to book openings, and much, much more!

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Aug 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Theo Baker speaks with vice president, executive editor at Scholastic books and New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney. In this two part interview, they discuss Andrea’s path to becoming a reader and an editor, how her background as a journalist has helped her both as an editor and author, the evolution of diversity in children’s publishing, and much more!

Part One: Andrea speaks of becoming a reader, shares the twist in her career journey that led to her becoming a children’s book editor, and reflects on the skills she gained in journalism that apply to her work. (25:44)

Part Two: Andrea tells us about launching the Jump at the Sun imprint at Disney, and her mission at Scholastic. She speaks of her writing discipline, the growth of diversity as a focus in children’s publishing and what gives her “hope for a new day.”

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Aug 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Andrea Davis Pinkney - Trailer
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Andrea Davis Pinkney is vice president, executive editor at Scholastic Books, and is also a New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning author. Andrea speaks with Theo about her path to being a reader and an editor, the insights she’s gained from her background in journalism, the evolution of diversity in publishing, and much more!

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Jul 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Daniel José Older
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Theo Baker speaks with award-winning and best-selling author Daniel José Older. In this two part interview, they cover craft, process, diversity, and so much more!

Part One: Daniel speaks about the difference between genre and literary, his background as a musician, and opens up about his process.

Part Two: Daniel considers the editorial process and how it shapes publishing, speaks of the movement towards a more diverse body of children’s literature, talks world-building, his embrace of bringing Civil War history to life (along with dinosaurs), and much more.

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Jul 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Daniel José Older - Trailer
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Daniel José Older is the award-winning and best-selling author of middle grade, young adult, and adult books, including Shadowshaper, Half-Resurrection Blues, and Dactyl Hill Squad. Daniel speaks with Theo Baker about craft, process, diversity, the “secret heart” of a story, and much more!

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Jun 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Peter Brown
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Theo Baker speaks with best-selling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown. Their conversation includes Peter’s process, from creating characters to the evolution of his illustration style, how writing his novel was like writing multiple picture books, and so much more.

Part One: Peter speaks about his career, creating characters, and illustration.

Part Two: Peter shares about writing his novel, and details his creative process.

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Jun 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Peter Brown - Trailer
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Peter Brown has written and illustrated many best-selling and award-winning picture books, including Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Children Make Terrible Pets, and The Curious Garden. His illustrations for Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds, earned him a 2013 Caldecott Honor. His first novel for young people is The Wild Robot. Peter speaks with Theo Baker about the evolution of his style, his process and the use of technology.

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May 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Connie Hsu
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Connie Hsu, executive editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishing speaks with host Theo Baker in a  conversation that spans Connie’s journey to becoming an editor, the evolution of her understanding of what an editor should do, how she judges new manuscripts, and what she’s looking for in a new book.

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May 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Connie Hsu - Trailer
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Connie Hsu is an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishing, a founding member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Committee, and a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Planning Committee. Her authors include Vera Brosgol, Ruth Chan, Angela Dominguez, Shannon Hale, Kathryn Otoshi, Dan Santat, Steve Sheinkin, Mariko Tamaki, Susan Tan, and Tillie Walden. Connie speaks to. Theo Baker about her journey to being an editor, how she sees an editor’s role, and what she’s looking for in a manuscript.

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Apr 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Sara Varon
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Graphic novelist and children’s book author/illustrator Sara Varon covers the evolution of her art, the challenge of time management, and the insight she gained on the Maurice Sendak Fellowship residency.

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Apr 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Sara Varon - Trailer
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Sara Varon is a graphic novelist and children’s book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2013, Bake Sale, which was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for 2012, and Robot Dreams, which was on Oprah’s Kids’ Reading List in 2008 and selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 150 best books of 2008. She was a recipient of the 2013 Maurice Sendak Fellowship and an Eisner nominee in 2014, and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In this interview with Theo Baker, Sara shares about the evolution of her art, her style, and insights she’s gained on the journey.

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Mar 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Gail Carson Levine
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Theo Baker’s conversation with award-winning and best-selling author Gail Carson Levine.

Part One: Levine speaks about her journey to writing, and shares about her writing process.

Part Two: Levine tells us about her work-in-progress, revision, how poetry helps, and offers advice to other writers. 

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Mar 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Gail Carson Levine - Trailer
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Gail Carson Levine’s first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other books include Ever, a New York Times best seller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and many others. In this conversation with Theo Baker, Gail shares about her career, her process, and some of the lessons—and techniques—she’s learned along the way.

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Feb 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Mike Curato
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Mike Curato, award-winning author/illustrator, talks with host Theo Baker.

Part One: Curato shares about his inspirations, his career journey, and the SCBWI breakthrough that changed everything (26:35)

Part Two: Curato talks about the role of research, the evolution of his own style, and much more!. 

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Feb 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Mike Curato - Trailer
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Mike Curato is the award-winning author/illustrator of Little Elliot picture book series, as well as the illustrator of Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. Mike tells Theo Baker about his career journey, what it took to get his portfolio ready, and how SCBWI changed everything.

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Jan 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Cheryl Klein
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A conversation with Cheryl Klein, the editorial director of Lee & Low Books, and Theo Baker.

Part One: Klein speaks of the insights she’s gained as an editor and the importance of diverse voices. (31:56)

Part Two: Klein shares the publishing and writing sides to the question “who can write what?”, talks genre and telling the story of your heart, and tells us about her own books, the writing craft “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults” and the picture books “Things with Wings” and “Thunder Trucks.” 

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Jan 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Cheryl Klein - Trailer
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Cheryl Klein, editorial director at Lee & Low Books, speaks with Theo Baker about the insights she’s gained as an editor, the importance of diverse voices, the publishing and writing sides to the question “who can write what?”, and telling the story of your heart. Klein also speaks about her own books, the writing craft The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults and the picture books Things with Wings and Thunder Trucks.

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Dec 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Nancy Paulsen
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President and publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, Nancy Paulsen, talks with Theo Baker.

Part One: Paulsen shares about being an editor, her vision, her list, diversity, and more.

Part Two: Paulsen speaks about the revision process for middle grade fiction, the challenge of first chapters, and the process of publishing picture books. 

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Dec 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Nancy Paulsen - Trailer
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President and publisher of her eponymous imprint at Penguin Young Readers, Nancy Paulsen shares her vision, her list, the process of revision for middle grade novels, what goes into publishing a picture book, and much more in conversation with host Theo Baker.

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Nov 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Raúl Colón
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Theo Baker’s conversation with Raúl Colón, multi-award-winning illustrator of over 30 books for children.

Part One: Colobn talks about his inspiration and the unique path that lead to his career illustrating children’s picture books.

Part Two: Colon shares details of his technique and process, discussed the advantages of analog over digital methods of creating art, and offers his take on how to find your own illustration style.

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Nov 01, 2020