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Quarto Kids Cast

By The Quarto Group
Quarto Kids makes beautiful books that educate, entertain and enrich the lives of kids worldwide, but what about the stories BEHIND the stories? Join us as we talk to our authors and illustrators about their work and ask them the big questions about how they made your favorite books.
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Karyn Tripp, SCIENCE ART AND DRAWING GAMES FOR KIDS

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Barry Timms, LOVE GROWS EVERYWHERE
Barry Timms, author of Love Grows Everywhere, shares the inspiration behind the story and invites readers to feel vulnerable as they connect to their own ever-expanding senses of love. Learn more about Love Grows Everywhere and purchase your copy here.
19:02
December 20, 2021
Karyn Tripp, SCIENCE ART AND DRAWING GAMES FOR KIDS
In Science Art and Drawing Games for Kids, you’ll find an amazing collection of more than 35 hands-on art activities that make learning about science fun! Make science fun by listening to our chat with Science Art and Drawing Games for Kids author Karyn Tripp! Learn more about Science Art and Drawing Games and purchase your copy here. Visit Karyn Tripp online here.
12:23
December 06, 2021
Huw Lewis-Jones, CROC O'CLOCK
Stuff yourself full of literary hilarity with Huw Lewis-Jones, author of the delicious picture book Croc o'Clock! Have a listen as we talk to him about his funny debut book with Quarto! Learn more about Croc o'Clock and purchase your copy here.
21:42
November 22, 2021
Heather Alexander, ONLY IN AMERICA
Travel with Heather Alexander around the United States with Only in America, a state-by-state compendium of weird laws, quirks, one-offs and unusual records only to be found in the wonderfully wacky US of A. Listen to our chat with Heather! Learn more about Only in America and purchase your copy here. Visit Heather Alexander online here.
12:52
November 08, 2021
Angela McAllister, A BEDTIME FULL OF STORIES
Angela McAllister stops by to talk about A Bedtime Full of Stories, the latest in the World Full of series! Look forward to bedtime with this richly illustrated treasury of 50 bedtime stories from around the world, each the perfect length to read aloud. Have a listen! Learn more about A Bedtime Full of Stories and purchase your copy here.
20:10
October 25, 2021
Chella Quint, OWN YOUR PERIOD
Having a period is an incredible thing! Own Your Period author Chella Quint stops by to talk about celebrating what the body can do and how to provide young people with everything they need to be prepared… and empowered. Learn more about Own Your Period and purchase your copy here. Visit Chella Quint online here.
31:01
October 12, 2021
Claire Cock-Starkey, LORE OF THE WILD
Claire Cock-Starkey stops by the podcast to talk about Lore of the Wild, a treasure trove of superstitions, ancient wisdom, and enchanting folktales! Listen to Claire talk about how traditional nature folklore helps us understand nature from a new perspective! Learn more about Lore of the Wild and purchase your copy here. Visit Claire Cock-Starkey online here.
18:43
September 13, 2021
Flora Delargy, RESCUING TITANIC
Flora Delargy stops by to talk about her author-illustrator debut Rescuing Titanic! Flora reveals her personal connection to the story of the Carpathia and what she has coming up next in the Hidden Histories series. Learn more about Rescuing Titanic and purchase your copy here.
20:36
August 30, 2021
Barbara Taylor, INSIDE ANIMALS
Barbara Taylor, author of Inside Animals, talks about paring down endless amounts of information into bite-sized pieces for readers and how she works hard to ensure that kids know nonfiction books don't have all the answers -- there's room in the future for kids to find answers, too! Learn more about the Inside Animals and purchase your copy here.
15:47
August 16, 2021
Philip Bunting, THE WORLD'S MOST POINTLESS ANIMALS
Philip Bunting, author most recently of The World's Most Pointless Animals, talks about redefining the word "pointless" and how we can look more closely at existing species to see how animals have evolved over time to fit specific ecological niches. Learn more about the The World's Most Pointless Animals and purchase your copy here. Visit Philip Bunting online here.
23:52
August 02, 2021
Elizabeth Kiehner, GOOD GIRLS DON'T MAKE HISTORY
Good Girls Don’t Make History is an important graphic novel that amplifies the voices of female legends from 1840 to the present day, and today we got a chance to talk to one of the authors, Elizabeth Kiehner, about it! A powerful and important examination of some key figures in the ongoing fight for equality, Good Girls Don’t Make History’s accounts of bravery, perseverance and courage are truly inspiring for readers of any age. Learn more about the Good Girls Don’t Make History and purchase your copy here.
23:41
July 19, 2021
Vita Murrow, TRUE STORIES OF ANIMAL HEROES
Vita Murrow joins us to talk about her new series True Stories of Animal Heroes, including Fluffles, Onyx, Talala, and Sterling. Listen to Vita share her creative process for capturing heartwarming stories about real-life animal heroes! Learn more about the True Stories of Animal Heroes series and purchase your copies here. Visit Vita Murrow online here.
19:46
July 05, 2021
Claire Alexander, A LITTLE BIT OF COURAGE
Author-illustrator Claire Alexander joins Quarto Kids Cast today to talk about the Ploofer series, comprised so far of A Little Bit Different and A Little Bit of Courage. Listen in as we talk to Claire about exploring big emotions with little kids. Learn more about the Ploofer series and purchase your copies here. Visit Claire Alexander online here.
17:26
June 21, 2021
Isabella Tree, WHEN WE WENT WILD
Best-selling author and rewilding pioneer Isabella Tree joins us to talk about her debut children's book When We Went Wild! When We Went Wild is a heartwarming, sustainably printed picture book about the benefits of letting nature take the lead, inspired by real-life rewilding projects. Learn more about When We Went Wild and purchase your copy here. Visit Isabella Tree online here.
34:16
June 07, 2021
Jane Wilsher, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNBELIEVABLE FACTS
In our latest episode, Jane Wilsher, the author of The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts, discusses her process for asking (and answering!) 500 perplexing questions you may never even have thought to ask and the research that goes into creating an engaging, jam-packed nonfiction book for kids. Learn more about The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts and purchase your copy here.
21:07
May 24, 2021
Jessie Ford & Sugar Snap Studio, ABC FOR ME
In today's episode of Quarto Kids Cast we talk to Jessie Ford, creator of Sugar Snap Studio, about not one but FIVE books! All of these books are from the ABC For Me series, which explores mindful concepts by pairing each letter of the alphabet with a word that promotes big dreams and healthy living.  Learn more about the ABC For Me series and purchase your copies here. Visit Jessie Ford at Sugar Snap Studio online here.
14:05
May 10, 2021
In Conversation: Jenny Devenny & Charnaie Gordon, RACE CARS
In an extra special episode of Quarto Kids Cast, the author and the editor of Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege talk to each other about the importance of undoing bias and talking about racism and white privilege as early as possible with children. The debut author and illustrator, Jenny Devenny, is a LCSW and psychotherapist, and editor Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Expert, an author, blogger, podcast host, and digital creator. Learn more about Race Cars and purchase your copy here. Visit Jenny Devenny online here. Visit Charnaie Gordon online here.
34:11
April 26, 2021
Christine Van Zandt, A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERPANTS
We are thrilled to have Christine Van Zandt here to talk about A Brief History of Underpants! A Brief History of Underpants explores the evolution of fashion's most unmentionable garment. If there’s one thing most people have in common, it’s that we all wear some sort of underwear, but do you know the history of underwear? Learn more about the A Brief History of Underpants and purchase your copy here. Visit Christine Van Zandt online here.
19:47
April 06, 2021
Liz Lee Heinecke, BIOLOGY FOR KIDS
We are so excited to invite Liz Lee Heinecke back to the podcast to talk about her second book in The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series, Biology for Kids! This engaging guide offers a series of snapshots of 25 scientists famous for their work with biology, from ancient history through today, and Liz gives some insight into paring down all of the world's biologists and their experiments into a digestable (and doable!) book for kids. Learn more about the The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series and purchase your copy of Biology for Kids here. Visit Liz Lee Heinecke online here.
18:37
March 22, 2021
Catherine Barr & Steve Williams, The Story of Series
Today we're talking to two guests, both co-authors of The Story of Series. After five books, the most recent of which is The Story of Climate Change, Catherine Barr and Steve Williams pretty much have their process down to a science, and here they share their process of exploring all sorts of subjects and content for young readers. Learn more about The Story of series and purchase your copy here. Visit Catherine Barr and Steve Williams online here.
15:53
March 08, 2021
Abbey Williams, AN ABC OF FAMILIES
Abbey Williams, author of An ABC of Families, is today's guest, and she's here to talk about the power of board books to connect children and caregivers, especially when children can see themselves and their families represented. Learn more about An ABC of Families and purchase your copy here. Visit Abbey Williams on Instagram here.
17:32
February 23, 2021
Zoë Tucker, FRIENDS CHANGE THE WORLD
Today we're talking to Zoë Tucker, author of the new Friends Change the World series. The first two books, The Supremes and The Beatles published earlier this year, and with two more coming out this fall and more on the way, there is literally no subject off-limits when it comes to friendship! Learn more about the Friends Change the World series and purchase your copy here. Visit Zoë Tucker online here.
19:04
February 09, 2021
Emily Hawkins & Jessica Roux, A NATURAL HISTORY OF FAIRIES
Today we get Emily Hawkins and Jessica Roux talking about their first book together, A NATURAL HISTORY OF FAIRIES!This enchantingly illustrated natural history of fairies, compiled in the 1920s by the botanist Professor Elsie Arbour for her niece, is now unveiled for readers of today. Featuring a gold foil–embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker, and sprayed gold edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with colorful sketches and precise notes detailing the secret life of fairies and their important role in the natural world.
23:26
December 07, 2020
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG DREAMS
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara breaks down the Little People, BIG DREAMS series on today's episode of Quarto Author Chats.Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Told as a story, with a facts and photos section at the back, this sweet series for kids celebrates triumph over adversity through some of history’s favorite characters.Now with more than 2.2 million copies sold worldwide, the series continues to grow and expand, introducing children around the world to artists, trailblazers, and dreamers who each made a big impact in the world around them.
16:03
November 09, 2020
Aura Lewis and Evan Sargent, WE THE PEOPLE
Author-illustrator Aura Lewis and author Evan Sargent discuss the importance of modernizing our understanding of The Constitution, a document at the bedrock of US Politics.With the 2020 Presidential election around the corner, there has never been a better time to take a closer look at the Constitution. Inquisitive minds will have their questions vividly answered – and new ones raised – by a mix of striking illustrations and clear, engaging text in We the People: The United States Constitution Explored and Explained.
16:39
September 14, 2020
Cerrie Burnell, I AM NOT A LABEL
Actress, playwright, author, and former television presenter Cerrie Burnell stops by Author Chats to talk about her stunning, inclusive, and diverse book I AM NOT A LABEL.In I Am Not a Label, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes, and activists with disabilities, from past and present. From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences, and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them.
18:49
August 17, 2020
Armchair Travel Panel
Travel around the world from the comfort of home with books from some star authors!  Kate Siber, author of National Parks of the USA and the forthcoming 50 Adventures in the 50 States Gabrielle Balkan, author of The 50 States series Megan C Hayes, author of The Happiness Passport: A world tour of joyful living in 50 words and The Serenity Passport: A world tour of peaceful living in 30 words
25:17
August 03, 2020
Unplugged & Organic Nature Play for Families panel
Unplugged & Organic Nature Play for Families panel featuring Rachel Jepson Wolf, Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, Karen Madigan, and Nick Neddo Karen Madigan and Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, co-authors of Nature Play Workshop for FamiliesNick Neddo, creator of The Organic Artist for KidsRachel Jepson Wolf, author of The Unplugged Family Activity Book
33:43
July 20, 2020
Brett Schilke, ADVENTURES IN ENGINEERING FOR KIDS
Dig deeper into ADVENTURES IN ENGINEERING FOR KIDS with author Brett Schilke! Explore the future through problem solving, design thinking, and engineering in a science-fact world that most parents and kids don’t yet know exists!This adventure takes readers on an epic journey: humans are leaving Earth, arriving at a new planet, and creating the first settlement there, City X. It’s a journey of historic proportions, to a fledgling city on a distant planet, where humanity has a chance to start fresh and design a future that works for everyone. In settling another planet, humans discover a host of challenges, much like those faced on Earth: Challenges related to issues of energy, environment, transportation, security, food, safety, and health. Empowered by design thinking and advanced technology, their problems are to be solved by a vast team of young designers on Earth (your children!).
16:31
June 08, 2020
Jessica Sanders, LOVE YOUR BODY
Jessica Sanders, author, advocate, and social worker, stops by to talk about body positivity and self-love with her debut LOVE YOUR BODY: YOUR BODY CAN DO AMAZING THINGS...What if every young girl loved her body? Love Your Body encourages you to admire and celebrate your body for all the amazing things it can do (like laugh, cry, hug, and feel) and to help you see that you are so much more than your body. Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness.
22:06
May 11, 2020
Liz Lee Heinecke, THE KITCHEN PANTRY SCIENTIST: CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS
Kitchen Pantry Scientist extraordinaire Liz Lee Heinecke stops by the podcast to talk about the first book in the Kitchen Pantry Scientist series, CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS!Replicate a chemical reaction similar to one Marie Curie used to purify radioactive elements! Distill perfume using a method created in ancient Mesopotamia by a woman named Tapputi! Aspiring chemists will discover these and more amazing role models and memorable experiments in Chemistry for Kids, the debut book of The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series.
16:54
May 04, 2020
Jamia Wilson, BIG IDEAS FOR YOUNG THINKERS
A feminist, author, activist, and all-around brilliant person, Jamia Wilson expertly explores the difficult questions kids ask in our latest podcast episode about Jamia's latest book BIG IDEAS FOR YOUNG THINKERS!What is justice? What is freedom? What is bias? ... And who gets to have big ideas? This book teaches children to think critically and discuss ideas in a world that needs bright young thinkers. Drawing on influences from ancient Greeks right up to modern-day American writers, the idea of philosophy – and who gets to have big ideas – is reimagined.
26:54
February 27, 2020
Tiffany Jewell, THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST
We're ringing in 2020 by talking to debut children's book author Tiffany Jewell about THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST!Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.
23:36
January 06, 2020
Christopher Corr, THE LITTLE FIR TREE
With the holidays just around the bend we are excited to talk to Christopher Corr, illustrator of THE LITTLE FIR TREE, originally written by Hans Christian Anderson.Deep in the forest, there lived a beautiful little fir tree who longed to see the world. When the tree is taken to town at Christmas, it feels like all his dreams have come true. But what will happen the day after? Find out in this beautifully illustrated modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive tale.
15:11
November 26, 2019
Vita Murrow, HIGH-FIVE TO THE HERO
As a special treat, today we are interviewing Vita Murrow in-house! Vita is the author of HIGH-FIVE TO THE HERO and POWER TO THE PRINCESS.What if heroes were celebrated for the power of their hearts instead of their swords? In this stunning anthology – elegantly presented in a green, clothbound hard cover with gold-toned metallic debossing – 15 favorite fairytales have been retold for a new generation.
18:00
November 18, 2019
Kathryn Hulick, STRANGE BUT TRUE
For our very first episode our host talks to debut trade author Kathryn Hulick. Kathryn created the book STRANGE BUT TRUE: 10 OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERIES EXPLAINED, illustrated by Gordy Wright.Prepare to have your mind blown! As you explore ten of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries, you'll witness a UFO encounter, search for the lost city of Atlantis, tour a haunted house and discover the kraken's true form. Along the way, you'll use the scientific method and sharp thinking to separate fact from fiction and explain the unexplainable.
18:12
October 01, 2019