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Let's Talk Children's Books

Let's Talk Children's Books

By Stephen Munzer
Writer and illustrator, Steve Münzer, talks about his love of children's books and stories. Whether you're a parent, a teacher, a librarian or just someone on a mission to get kids reading, these pocket-sized episodes aim to share thought-provoking ideas about fabulous fiction and other fascinating books.

Check out the open bookshelf on Steve's website at

You'll find stories and craft books to inspire creative minds and hands.

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Rosie Hedger - Book Translator
Dozens of books that we know and love started off in another language. In this, the final episode of Season 1, I chat with Rosie Hedger who translates from Norwegian into English. Rosie's translations have gone on to win awards and have featured on BBC4's Book at Bedtime. Tune in and listen to what she has to say about the process and how the magic happens. If you love children's literature, post a message and let me know which books you love to read and talk about.
August 16, 2020
Picture This
First impressions are pretty important, and it's certainly true with books. The illustrator's book design can often make all the difference in helping us decide whether or not to open the pages and start reading. This week I talk about some of my favourite book illustrators and the ones who have influenced the way we imagine our favourite book characters.
August 10, 2020
Rhymes and Reasons
This week I explore the tradition of telling children's tales in rhyme. From the Struwwelpeter to Hilaire Belloc, and a few in between. I even read one of my own, based on Hans Anderson's Ugly Duckling. Let me know which rhymes you grew up with and have stayed with you over the years. You can listen to these podcasts offline. Check out the choice of platforms on the page.
August 01, 2020
James Nicol - The Apprentice Witch
In this week's episode I met with author, James Nicol. We chatted about his  'Apprentice Witch' series of books, and James signed a copy that I'll be sending out to a lucky listener. Let me know, using the message button on this podcast site, who you think it should go to and why.  There's also a contact page on my website at
July 24, 2020
The Blue House Bookshop
In this week's podcast I talk to Karen Walker who owns and runs the Blue House Children's Bookshop in York. Karen gives some great insights into how to get kids reading and the kinds of books she loves. There are also details at the end of the episode about a great book give-away. Submit the name of a young reader that you would like to gift a book to. Tell me a little bit about them, which book you think they would like, and why.  I'll pick one out and get Karen to send it in the post. Send your submission via the podcast link or message me on the contact page at
July 17, 2020
A Good Laugh
Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? I know I do. In today’s episode I’ll be talking about funny books for children. I’ll be sharing what experts have to say on the matter. All of them are still at school so they know exactly what they’re talking about.
July 10, 2020
Master Storytellers
In this week’s episode I’ll be sharing some thoughts about people who have influenced me in the past. People with lots of experience telling tales and getting others to read good books.
July 02, 2020
The Night Seemed Long
In this episode I’ll be talking about where my love of children’s books came from and why I’m a big believer that everyone at some time owes it to themselves to discover the magic of children’s books. A list of all the books mentioned can be found at
June 29, 2020