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The Literacy Advocate

The Literacy Advocate

By Timmy Bauer
New episodes every Monday and Friday

All episodes are based off the question: "What's a commonly held belief in Literacy Education you passionately disagree with?"

More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.
One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5.
Kids who are read to every day are 1 year more literate than their peers.
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How Judy Newman Created a Book Club in All 50 States
September 01, 2022
Inside the Life of a Publishing House Art Director w/ Laura Boyle
Company website: my website: my Instagram: @lauraboylebookdesign my book, Ski! Ski! Ski!:
August 15, 2022
"Play The Movie In Your Mind" Isn't Accurate w/ Matt Bardin of Zinc Learning Lab Instagram: ZincLearningLabs
July 05, 2022
Dwaine Millard, Senior Vice President of Family & Community Engagement at Scholastic
February 01, 2022
Brian Floriani, Founder of Freadom
November 30, 2021
Too Many Curricula Try To Tack on SEL w/ Nancy Garrity
August 24, 2021
Motivation, Getting kids reading for fun, The Scholastic Reading Program w/ Lizette Serrano
Twitter and Instagram: @Miss_Lizette1
August 06, 2021
Batch Education is Not Preparing Kids for this Technologically Accelerating World w/ Eric-Pilon Bignell
July 26, 2021
Kids Are Eager To Discuss Plot w/ Anne Lutz Fernandez
Twitter: @lutzfernandez
May 17, 2021
Support the Cannon Vs. Disrupt Text w/ Victoria Thompson
Twitter: @VictoriaTheTech
May 04, 2021
Student Choice in Reading w/ Anna Starecheski
Twitter: @annastarecheski
April 30, 2021
Lemonade Learning w/ Brianna Hodges and Lainie Rowell
Twitter: @bhodgesEDU
April 29, 2021
How to Engage Students in Difficult Books w/ Carl Rosin
Twitter: @carlrosin
April 27, 2021
Are Schools Failing Our Kids? w/Maya Evans and Tehyma Williams
Maya, Tehyma and I have an open conversation about the challenges too many students face when they enter higher education underprepared.  Please connect with Maya@TheAaveMaria and Tehyma@TehymaW on twitter.
March 01, 2021
Librarians as Instructional Partners w/Amanda Lee
Amanda shares her perspective on the benefits of having school librarians.  Please connect w/Amanda on twitter @AASDLibrarian.
February 27, 2021
Relevant Literacy Experiences in All Content Areas w/Amanda Zullo
Principal, Amanda Zullo, discusses the importance of intentional literacy instruction in all content areas.  Connect with Amanda on twitter @AJZ_313
February 16, 2021
Take the World Read Aloud Day Challenge on Feb 3rd w/ Pam Allyn
February 02, 2021
Dismantling Toxic School Cultures w/Ilene Winokur
For more from Ilene, follow her on twitter @IleneWinokur.
January 28, 2021
Enhancing Literacy Instruction w/Entertainment Based Gaming w/Zack Hartzman
Zack discusses the instructional benefits of entertainment based gaming.  Check out his  free gaming curriculum at  Connect with him @HeyListenGames_
January 26, 2021
Safe, Seen, and Valued w/Ryan Mitchell
Assistant principal, Ryan Mitchell, twitter handle @RyanWKMitchell talks about the importance of building strong relationships.
January 26, 2021
It Starts With You w/Purvi Parekh
Student agency gets lots of attention but what about teacher agency.  5th grade teacher Purvi Parekh shares her insight on teacher agency.  Connect with Purvi @PurviParekh14
January 26, 2021
7 Activities for 6 Pre-Literacy Skills w/ Cady Andersson
Twitter: @CadyChildcare
January 12, 2021
What Makes Good PD? Sparkle + Substance w/ Jillian Dubois
Twitter: @JillDuBois22
January 04, 2021
4 Pros and 7 Cons of Lucy Calkins w/ Richard Siegel
Twitter: @RSiegelTeaching
December 31, 2020
2020 a Year of Patience, Grace & Flexibility w/Trelane Clarke
twitter: @treclarkeleads
December 29, 2020
Focus Your Writing Assignments on Specific Skills w/ Shannon Anderson
Twitter: @Shannonteaches
December 09, 2020
Make a Kids Book About Alopecia? w/ Cady Andersson
Twitter: @CadyChildcare
December 08, 2020
How do Principals Do Shared Leadership? w/ David Walker
Twitter: @ProfDavidWalker
December 07, 2020
Explicit, Non-Domain-Specific Vocabulary Instruction | Dene Gainey
December 04, 2020
Everything Good Principals Do to Promote A Literacy Culture | Mark French
December 02, 2020
How/Whether to Encourage Students to Write About Hard Topics w/ Alex Venet
website: book:
December 01, 2020
Teaching Shakespeare to Middle Schoolers and Weighing the Importance of Classic Texts w/ Allison Schraechter
Allison Schraechter @AllisonHeather7 Middle School ELA teacher. Avid reader and coffee drinker
November 27, 2020
Intrinsic Motivation to Read vs Incentives w/ Veronica Rodriguez
Veronica Rodriguez @mrsverorod Proud Principal of Nicolet Middle School  Banning, California
November 26, 2020
Too Much Time Weighing the Baby, Not Enough Time Feeding the Baby w/ Greg Moffitt
Greg Moffitt @Greg_Moffitt Doctoral student at UC Davis. Education Geek. #ReadLikeAPirate #CelebratED  Dad. Husband. Principal at Fairmont Charter Elementary School @FairmontCharter
November 25, 2020
Skills-based vs. Knowledge-based: What Should Be the Focus? w/ Rod Naquin
@rodjnaquin ; French language learnerI love learning! This is my desk— Instruction & Technology Coach @SCPPS ; Doctoral student of learning discourse @oursoutheastern
November 24, 2020
An Epically Long Conversation about Critically Analyzing Balanced Literacy w/ Eric Kalanze
Eric Kalenze @erickalenze Educator - Research Ed US Ambassador - Author of 'What the Academy Taught Us', 'Education is Upside-Down', & 'A Total Ed Case' blog.
November 23, 2020
Could You Do Daily Silent Sustained Reading for 15 Mins a Day? w/ Cassie Miller
Cassie is an elementary librarian for grades 3-5 Christiansburg, VA. She's been in education for 14 years. She has a Bachelors in English Education with a Library Media Endorsement from UVA, and she's working on becoming a published YA Author of a book that’s like the notebook but with baseball. It’s a baseball romance with elements of theater.
November 20, 2020
A Conversation About Student Choice, "the Classics" and the Difference between US and Canadian Education w/ Neil Sandham
Every now and then I like to post the pre-interview conversation I have with guests instead of make a formal episode. They can be so interesting and more human. My guest for this episode is the amazing Neil Sandham. Neil is a 9th and 10th Science teacher from Calgary, Alberta.
November 19, 2020
Why Running Records Are So Important With Pre-Readers w/ Heather Lippert
Heather is a kindergarten teacher at Cedar Valley Community School. She's been in education for 15 years: having taught pre-k through 5th grade. She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington and is a national board certified teacher.
November 18, 2020
How Difficult Subjects in Books Help Not Hurt w/ Author JJK
Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist.
November 17, 2020
The 3Rs (risk plus repertoire equals results) w/ Rita Wirtz
Rita  holds a BA in English and Speech, a master’s degree in reading from Arizona State University (ASU), and an administrative services credential (K–12) through California State University–Sacramento (CSUS).  She was a California language arts and reading specialist who has instructed at all levels including K-12 classrooms, labs, and clinics for more than 40 years. Rita was also a HS English teacher, principal (pre-6th), college professor, ESEA program evaluator, curriculum developer, and keynote speaker.  She has written a number of reading books for parents and teachers including "Reading Champs: Teaching Reading Made Easy" (2014) and her memoir, "Stories From a Teacher’s Heart: Memories of Love, Life and Family" (2019). She currently lives in Oregon.
November 16, 2020
Expert Tips for Asynchronous w/ Nili Bartley
Nili is a Digital Learning Coach at Wilson Middle School in Natick, MA. She's been in education for 17 years. She's the author of Lead Beyond Your Title, a book for educators who want to make a deeper impact and tap into their leadership skills and for admin to be able to use the leadership strengths of their teachers. She wrote the 4th guide book for Lead Like a Pirate, the theme being empowering ourselves, each other, and our students to lead from any role. And her blog is called Take It to the Classroom.
November 13, 2020
Why We Should Be Showing Our Flaws to Colleagues and Students w/ Taylor Armstrong
Taylor is an Asst. Director of Technology in Vestavia Hills, Alabama He's been in education for 15 years having taught k-12. He's got an Undergrad in History, Ed Psych, and Computer Science and a Masters in Information Technology Management. He's Working on his EDD in Curriculum and Instruction.
November 12, 2020
90s Literacy Education, Then vs Now, Whole Language, Explicit Instruction w/ Cheryl Time
Cheryl is an Ed Tech Consultant in upstate NY. She's been in education for 25 years. She has a Masters in Elementary Education with a minor in English. She's working on a Doctorate in Curriculum Instruction and Ed Tech from the University of South Carolina.
November 11, 2020
11 Things More Principals Should Say to Their Teachers
I ask every guest on this show, before the episode  "What's something you wish you could hear more often from your principal?" Or "What's something your principal says often you think more teachers should hear from theirs?" I hope this inspires principals to encourage their faculty, and teachers to leave schools they don't feel supported in.
November 10, 2020
The Biggest Motivator in Learning is Curiosity w/ Michael Horton
Michael is an Assistant Principal at Western Center Academy Charter School. He's been in education for 26 years. He has a Masters in Education Administration and a degree in Physics. He's been one of the US Department of Education's School Ambassador fellows. They pick a handful across the nation to work on projects for the year. He just published his 3rd book called Excellence: Every Classroom, Every Lesson, Every Day which is about leadership and school turnaround.
November 10, 2020
Social Emotional Skills for Mid-Pandemic Education w/ Phyllis Fagell
Phyllis is a K-8 counselor and the author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond--and How Parents Can Help
November 06, 2020
It’s Not Learn to Read, Read to Learn w/ Jessica Holloway
Jessica Holloway is an innovation coach of Hamilton County Virtual School in Hamilton County, Tennessee. She’s Been a teacher for 16 years, having taught middle school all throughout. Now supporting k-12.
November 04, 2020
Let's Challenge Kids to Be the Poets and Storytellers of Today w/ Jonathan Stovall
Here's the link to Jonathan's school's music video:
November 03, 2020
Their Future is What's Important, Not This Moment's Behavior Issue w/ Kim Aman
Kim is an Elementary Principal at Simmons Elementary in Aberdine, South Dakota, She's been a principal for 8 and an elementary teacher for 25. She has a Masters in Teaching and Learning and a Masters in Administration as well as a Specialist Degree in Administration with Superintendency. She's on the board of SDEASP, the South Dakota Area Elementary School Principles . And she's on the executive board of SASD, the School Administrators of South Dakota.
November 02, 2020
Graphic Novels Are Winning Newbery Awards and We Should Not be Upset About That w/ Sara Smith
Sara is a high school teacher librarian at Sanger High School in Central Valley California, She has been a teacher  for 13 years, 7 of them in the library. She has a Masters in Library media and technology and a teacher librarian credential and an English credential She’s a member of the graphic novel and comics roundtable as part of ALA and she serves on multiple committess of the California school library associton. She also reviews for Booklist for graphic novels and No Flying No Tights which is a volunteer collection of librarians who review graphic novels and love them  All this as well as running her blog:
October 30, 2020
This Writing Structure Will Promote Social Emotional Learning (Claim-Evidence-Reason) w/ Jaci Fabian
Jaci is an ELA teacher. She teaches 6th and 8th grade, is an NBCT Mentor, and she's been a teacher for 13 years having taught all grade levels.
October 29, 2020
Things Read Alouds Do Besides Instruction w/ Heather Lieberman
Heather is an Elementary Humanities Supervisor for Newark Educators Community Charter School This is her 17th year in education, having done everything from kindergarten to high school to reading recovery and literacy coaching.
October 28, 2020
This Science Teacher's School Took Down a Wall to Become #1 In Their State for Writing w/ Jessica Adams
Jessica is an MS Tech Coordinator, Nerd, Crafter, EdTech Lover, Google Certified Educator, Certified BrainPOP Educator. 22 years teaching middle and high school science, biology, physical science, technology enrichment, and math She currently teaches in Osborne Middle in Hoschton, Georgia
October 27, 2020
When I ask a guest on the show, this is what the first call is like (this doesn’t normally turn into an episode) w/ Rachelle Dene Poth
Check out Rachelle's podcast
October 26, 2020
How to Keep Striving Readers Engaged in Science w/ Claudia Dolan
Claudia Dolan is a fifth grade teacher at School No. 2 in Linden Public School District in Linden, New Jersey. She has a Bachelor Degree in Special Education and Masters in Education Technology from the American College of Education. Claudia has been a teacher for 5 years teaching 2nd and 5th grade Science and Math. At present, she is teaching all subjects.
October 19, 2020
But What if They’re Just Fake Reading? 🤭 w/ Glenn Rhoades
Glenn Rhoades is an ELA Teacher at Central Gwinnett High School. He teaches 10th Grade and dramatic writing. Glenn has been a teacher for 6 years teaching 10th Grade the whole time. Interestingly,  Glenn dropped out of high school and went back as an adult learner at age 25.  He then worked his way through college,  paying for his education out of his own pocket. He spent his 20's fuming at society and he  needed to do something that would actually make a difference, So he got a degree in Secondary English Education and is now working on his Master's from Kennesaw State University. Currently, Glenn is growing his beard and refuses to shave until he can  have all his kids back in one classroom. 
October 12, 2020
#AuthorIllustrator Try Focusing on PICTURES First and Words Second w/ Bethan Woollvin
Bethan Woollvin is an author illustrator of multiple kids books, including: Little Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Bo the Brave. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art, where she won the prestigious Macmillan Children's Book Competition with her version of Little Red Riding Hood. It was her first picture book. She lives in England.
October 05, 2020
What is Teacher Advocacy? w/ Thea Yurkewecz and Keith Newvine
Dr. Thea Yurkewecz is an assistant professor and program chair of the reading and literacy committee from the State University of New York at Geneseo . She is a national board-certified teacher, literacy specialist, teacher educator, and past-president of the New York State Reading Association.  Her international work includes coordinating a student teaching abroad program in Bangkok, Thailand, and facilitating professional development to educators in Beijing, China. She continues to focus her research on supporting specialized literacy professionals and preparing future literacy leaders. Keith Newvine is a Literacy PhD Candidate at Syracuse University, an 18-year high school English teacher, co-founder of the Central New York Social Justice League, and Vice President of the New York State Reading Association. His research focuses on centering contemporary young adult literature written by and about BIPOC in suburban English Language Arts classrooms to demystify discourses of whiteness.
September 28, 2020
Big News.
September 22, 2020
#Author The Story Behind the Story: Bo the Brave w/ Bethan Woollvin
Bethan Woollvin is an author illustrator of multiple kids books, including: Little Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Bo the Brave. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art, where she won the prestigious Macmillan Children's Book Competition with her version of Little Red Riding Hood. It was her first picture book. She lives in England.
September 21, 2020
Do These 3 Things to Get Engaged Students Not Controlled Students w/ Gena Cooley
Gena Cooley is a 6th grade ELA teacher at Deana Taylor Academy at Hillside New Jersey. She has a Masters of Education and is on the Board of the NJLA. She was recently selected to be the chairperson for the northeast region of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Alpha Delta Kappa an international educator sorority.
September 14, 2020
Study Your Students to Determine What PD You Need - Shalonda Archibald
Shalonda Archibald is a literacy coach at Maxson Middle in New Jersey. She's been teaching for 17 years grades 5-12. She is also an adjunct professor in the early childhood department at Kean University.
September 07, 2020
What is Deep Reading? How do you do it in the classroom? w/ Maureen Hall
Maureen Hall is a professor of education at UMass Dartmouth. She teaches literacy courses to undergrads, grads and in-service teachers. She was a Fulbright scholar in India, and taught k-12 for 10 years.  Much of her work has been about deep reading.
August 31, 2020
#LiteracyEvents A Few Tips for Social w Linds Bernero
Linds Bernero is the social media ambassador of NJLA. She's been a teacher in Linden Public School District for 13 years and has a Masters in reading specialization.
August 24, 2020
That's SO (NOT) Elementary w Dr. Ken Kunz
Dr. Ken Kunz is a literacy professor at Monmouth University and the President of the New Jersey Literacy Association.  In this episode we talk about literacy education strategies usually resigned to lower grade levels that work at upper grade levels. Why do they get relegated?
August 07, 2020
Wait time, a teacher’s best friend w/ Lindsay Bernero
Wondering how to incorporate podcasting into the classroom?
July 27, 2020
#Parent Animated Kids Books that You Can Stream w/ Vooks
Many parents are looking for a safe alternative for their kids’ screen time. Children’s apps are over “gamified” or full of ads. Youtube can take you down an inappropriate path quick. There’s no one solving this issue better than Marshall Bex and Russel Hirtzel of Vooks. Vooks is an online streaming service filled exclusively with animated versions of well-loved children’s books. 30 titles on the platform currently, with 60 more being added this month. Publishers are starting to notice what sets Vooks apart. Scholastic, DK, and Chronicle have all signed deals to get their books animated for kids to enjoy. Small creators looking to get their start are seizing the opportunity as well and the traction is growing. If you’re a parent of an elementary age child looking for good content for your kids, this episode is for you. If you’re an author, illustrator, or publisher you’ll want hear this as well. This platform may be the best opportunity for you. If you prefer to read: Check out Vooks:
July 23, 2020
What is Books for Kids?
Hear book recommendations, behind the story author interviews, teacher tips, whats happening in literacy.
July 23, 2020
Introducing the #Author Series
Whenever you see an episode that begins with #author you know that I’m either talking directly with one of your favorite authors, getting their behind the scenes life and backstory or I’m sharing with you a crazy interesting story I found out about an author. These episodes are meant to give the story behind the story and would make great listening for a listen and response station in the classroom. Hear the incredible stories of how the authors you love came to be or came to write your favorite stories.
July 02, 2020
What librarians are doing during CoVid - w Lucianne Pastorello
In this episode, I talk with Lucianne Pastorello a Queens County Librarian from New York who has been going live for reading time since quarantine began and she's going to share what she does and how you can do it too.
April 22, 2020
Performance Led Teacher | The Afterword Podcast - Part 1
Thank you Amy Bowlin and Holland Webb and My co-guest Cassie Johansen :) Sorry my brain was broken, I was on hour 10 of a 14 hour road trip 🤦‍♂️ You can sub to Afterword by searching "The Afterword Podcast" in your podcast player. The Afterword Podcast is the mutant brainchild of the people who inhabit community blog - a lifeboat launched from the wreckage of The Word Magazine blog - RIP.
November 30, 2019
#Author Darcy Pattison
November 29, 2019
#Writer Anthology Publishing for New Writers w/ Pixie Forest
Writers don’t pay to be published. Publishers pay you. It’s simple. And in the writing world at large, it’s well known. But for many new authors, the allure of “Your manuscript’s amazing; we can’t wait to help you become a successful author for only X.99” it can be a trap. Thankfully there’s Jensen Reed, one of a growing number of small publishing house owners committed to the growth of the writing community and making sure authors are being paid. I met Jensen through Writing Bad a group ProWritingAid calls “Best Facebook Group for Writers.” In this episode we talk about the writing process, submitting for publication, running a publishing company, and the difference between a love story and the romance genre Links! Jensen's article on using Kickstarter: Pixie Forest Publishing's Facebook Group: PFP Submission Guidelines:
January 04, 2019
#Anyone A Pep Talk For Anyone Sitting On Their Butt
Joe Schmoe doesn’t have to be an inactive listener of content.
December 29, 2018
#Podcasting Hosting Hallmark's Kids Book Podcast w/ Emily Akins
In the book End of Your Life Book Club, author Will Schwalbe recounts the final days of his mother's life, and sharing books with her. This was the inspiration for Emily Akins’ new podcast Beginning of Your Life Book Club. What Will was able to have with his mother through books at the end of her life is what Emily wants as a mother for her kids at the beginning of theirs. There may be no one adding more to the kids book podcasting community right now than Emily. Emily is the editorial director at Hallmark, and recipient of the Barbara Marshall Award, which grants one member of the creative community a 6-month sabbatical to pursue personal work. Emily’ project: her podcast which is now up to 6 episodes and has interviewed Will Schwalbe, Kelly Baker, and Daniel Miyares. In this episode, I talk with Emily about her move from Hallmark into kid lit, the goals she has for her show, and how it's bringing value to the creative community. Beginning of Your Life BookClub, which you should definitely subscribe to:
November 22, 2018
#Illustrator Visdev and Illustration w/ Gloria Felix
I love talking with illustrators who are 1 million times better than me. Gloria Felix is an inspiration to me. Go check out her artwork:
November 21, 2018
#Me How I Feel About Turning 29
November 21, 2018
#VoiceActor Children's Audiobook Voice Acting w/ Jess White
Loved talking to Jess White, the girl with the big heart and little voice. Follow her journey as a voice actor and bookstagrammer on Instagram:
November 20, 2018
#Teacher Bookstagramming and Teaching 1st Grade w/ Maya Espiritu
Maya is an inspiration to me with what she's doing on her Instagram. She is helping smaller creators of self published books get more exposure by promoting their work. Check out her Instagram:
November 19, 2018
#Parent Blogging about Kids Books w/ Bookstagrammer Stephanie
Loved talking to Stephanie, please go check out her awesome blog:
November 18, 2018
#Illustrator Art of Ellie the Wienerdog w/ Serene Wyatt
I am so happy I got to talk with Serene, she is an incredible illustrator! Go check out her patreon!
November 17, 2018
#Me I just had an AMAZING book tour
Just flew home from SC. I was gone for a week and the tour was awesome. In this episode I recap it and share a conversation I had with one of the media specialists. She was so helpful and informative.
November 16, 2018
#SummerThrowback 14: Tammy Gillmore
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#SummerThrowback 13: Jason Campbell
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November 07, 2018
#SummerThrowback 12: Shelly from West Harden Elementary
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November 06, 2018
#SummerThrowback 11: Tessa Emily Hall
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November 05, 2018
#SummerThrowback 10: Rachel Jameson
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November 04, 2018
#SummerThrowback 9: Jen Whirl
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November 03, 2018
#SummerThrowback 8: Carly Black
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November 02, 2018
#SummerThrowback 7: Missi of Curriculum Chef
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November 01, 2018
#SummerThrowback 6: Kelsey Buckles' Kids
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October 31, 2018
#Me an AWESOME talk I had with a teacher today over lunch
I had a randomly awesome talk with a teacher over lunch at Palm Lake elementary between classroom visits.
October 30, 2018
#SummerThrowback 5: AmandaGIllustration
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October 30, 2018
#SummerThrowback 4: Steve Hanson Boutwell
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October 29, 2018
#SummerThrowback 3: Becky Weso
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October 28, 2018
#SummerThrowback 2: Ariel Gray
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October 27, 2018
#SummerThrowback 1: Kelsey Buckles
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October 26, 2018
#Illustrator Drawing for Disney to Creating Red's Planet w/ Eddie Pittman
I got to sit down with Eddie Pittman over coffee and talk about his series Red's Planet, his days working for Walt Disney Feature Animation in the 90s, and his time working as a writer and story artist of the hit tv series Phineas and Ferb. Red's Planet is a series of graphic novels about a girl who gets swept up into outer space and enters a weird world of strange creatures who've gone through a similar experience. Eddie is an amazing artist and talented writer and I was so grateful he took the time to let me interview him! Check him out for yourself!:
October 24, 2018
#Author KJ Hales of Ellie the Wiener Dog
I can't say enough good things about Kim. She's doing what I'm trying to do only better. Way better. Her books are adorable and really funny. It's Hard to Be Good, is a hilarious take on dealing with temptation from the perspective of a dog. And Its Hard to Swim is an equally funny take on dealing with fear. She's had tremendous success making and selling these books, and I have so much to learn from her. I hope that you get as much out of this episode as I did. You can get "Pawtographed" copies of her work and a whole lot more on the weiner dog's website:
October 11, 2018
#Parent How to Bookstagram w/ Jolie Taylor
Just before going on vacation I got to talk with Jolie Taylor the original creator of the book dominoes instagram post. We talk about bookstagramming, writing, juggling, how to make good posts, networking and basically everything I want to get better at in the bookblogger/bookstagrammer universe. She's totally amazing. Check out the BOOK JUGGLING POST she did: And while you're at it, follow her, she only posts the books she's crazy in love with, so you'll get quality recommendations from her.
September 30, 2018
#Me Going on My First Out of State Tour
I planned way back in the Spring a little tour of schools in South Carolina reading my kids book Billy the Dragon. But I want to make that tour AS BIG AS I CAN MAKE IT. So I need to ramp up my time spent making connections with people in SC who work in libraries and elementary schools!
September 30, 2018
#Me On Vacation for the Week!
Chanel and I celebrate 5 years married on the 25th! We are going aboard the Disney Magic headed to make 4 stops in Canada! I am so excited! But it also means that for me to make the most out of our trip and get the most out of our time together, I’m stopping all work on podcasting until the 29th. See you guys in about a week! Thanks for being a subscriber to this show!
September 20, 2018
#Illustrator Eagle vs Bear w/ Blayne Fox
Blayne Fox is an amazing artist with a rockin' name that was too cool for school who spent her whole life drawing and now draws and paints professionally for 45 hours a week. She’s represented by Deborah Wolfe Agency, does educational illustration for Pearson, and is illustrating a book that hits Kickstarter in a month. The Book is called: Eagle vs Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub, by Emile Miller and Daniel Siegal, a rock n roll ebook We talk about art, illustrating, how to make Facebook work (darn that algorithm), sharks, what a kill fee is, and everything. Discovery Channel’s Sharkopedia page sure is dead: But you can see the shark commissions here: Check out Blayne Hire her:
September 20, 2018
#Illustrator Love Sugar Magic w/ Mirelle Ortega
She's an illustrator who's been hired by Harper Collins, she's represented by the Bright Group, and her artwork is beautiful. I talk with Mirelle about Love Sugar Magic, what in the world magic realism is, how she got to illustrate the projects she's had, how she became represented by the Bright Group, her personal projects, and her secret projects like a kids picture book for elementary schoolers that I can't wait for. Check her out on: Hire her by contacting her via above or through: Check out the book she illustrated the cover of: Check out this piece that was featured in Gallery Nucleus. I can't believe we didn't talk about our mutual love of Gravity Falls!!!
September 19, 2018
#Author From Pixar to Scholastic w/ Tony Piedra
I am so honored to have gotten to interview Tony about his debut kids book The Greatest Adventure, published by Scholastic. The Book is available now on Amazon, B&N and many other booksellers, but when you buy through Indiebound you support local independent booksellers near you: If you live in Orlando, request Orange County Library System to stock Tony's book by clicking on this link, you don't have to fill in all the info, title and author is enough and leave the rest blank:
September 12, 2018
#Illustrator Hustling as an Illustrator w/ Charles Thurston
This episode is for the aspiring illustrator listening or anyone who wants to hear about an avenue of hustling that artists can use to chase the goal of being paid as an artist. For me, this advice is very practical as I seek to explore every avenue that I can take to advance my own career as an illustrator. Follow or Hire Charles:
September 12, 2018
#BookReview “The Plot Chickens” is a Great Book for Teaching Story Writing
This is number 6 in my “top 8 from your library’s A section” (despite me calling it number 5 accidentally). This is part of my read every book in the library project which you can follow along on facebook:
September 05, 2018
#Me What This Podcast Needs More Of
This podcast episode is really just meant to be sort of a kick in the butt to myself about some epiphanies that I've had that I need to put into practice ASAP.The things that I know I need to do are really going to turn this podcast into what I wanted to become which is a platform for creators moms and teachers to talk about the best kids books on the market and why they're good
September 04, 2018
#BookReview Laurence Anholt's Books Make History Interesting
This episode is about my number 4 pick of my top 8 kids books from your library’s A section: Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
August 29, 2018
#BookReview One Word From Sophia is a Great Book for Young Ladies
This is my 3rd Mini Ep, on my 3rd favorite book from the library's A section: One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail
August 28, 2018
#BookReview This Book Makes Me Feel like a Bad Artist
This is part of my READ EVERY BOOK IN THE LIBRARY project. Do it with me by joining my facebook group:
August 26, 2018
#BookReview Why Clark in the Deep Sea is My Favorite A Section Book
Hey Guys this short episode is part of a bigger post I’m working on for my Read Every Kids Book project. Follow the project on Facebook:
August 24, 2018
#Podcasting Changing my Life w/ James Carbary
In this episode, I interview my good friend and business mentor James Carbary. James is one of the smartest people I know and probably the most likely person in my friends circle to become a millionaire. He measures his success by how many days he doesn't have to put on shoes and he's the reason I have this podcast. Almost every bit of practical advice on business that has led me to greater success has come from him; and in this episode, I wanted to talk to him about why podcasting has been such a game changer for both of us. To get more James: email:
August 24, 2018
#Author Going About It "Wrong" and Still Getting Published w/ Taylor Simonds
In this episode, I talk with Taylor Simonds who’s a friend of mine that just got a publishing deal! It’s for her book Collateral Damage, a superhero story from the perspective of a regular civilian. This episode could be helpful for anyone who is hoping to get published themselves. We talk about three things everyone needs: critique partners, beta readers, and editors. We talk about #PITMAD, a way to pitch your book on twitter, Agent speed dating, and how gusto can compensate for know-how. Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds, published by Parliament House Press To keep up with her work: Blog: Twitter: @tay_simonds
August 19, 2018
#Podcasting Make the Most of Your Author Facebook Page w/ Will Henderson
In a nutshell: Post every meetup you have. Every library, school, bookstore, etc has a facebook page.  Make the meetup a facebook event and cosponsor it with the other page.  Simple title like “Billy the Dragon reading with Timmy Bauer” Tag any companies that you interact with Post about meaningful interractions you have with other companies and tag that company Post clips from your podcast/blog (or other people’s podcasts or blogs… digital partnership) 30 second clips of podcast episodes, picture quote posts.  Nugget of truth that audience could benefit from.  You can use wordswag for picture quote posts. Go facebook live Big rank in the fb algorithm.  Not a lot of peo
August 08, 2018
#Me Podcast update: coming soon: Eddie Pittman, James Carbary
Half confession, half omgosh I’m so excited!!!   Home
August 03, 2018
#Illustrator The Best Life Drawing Curriculum I've Ever Seen? w/ Kenzo Fry
My guest is Kenzo who makes up half of Love Life Drawing. I wanted him as a guest because there is no better life drawing course that I have found online and it has had a really shaping influence on my illustrative ability as a kids book author.  Thank you so much Kenzo for doing this with me! (do the beginner course!!!)
July 30, 2018
#Me I Get my Author Social Media Critiqued – Will Henderson
My Airbnb guest is a social media consultant from SC, who spent hours looking at everything he would do on social media if he were me.  It was an amazing conversation and critique. I drank out of a fire hose Friday night and I will need to take this conversation in chunks if I’m going to apply everything. Can’t thank Will enough for his advice and honest critique! Check him out on Gmail:
July 29, 2018
#Me “Read Every Book In the Library” and more
This is an update on what I’ve been doing this past week and what i have coming.  The Biggest thing is my “Read Every Book In the Library” project and the stuff I have coming to facebook, and an AMAZING interview I had with a social media consultant (who was my airbnb guest).  Lots coming, super excited!
July 28, 2018
#Me The Future of This Show
July 22, 2018
#BookReview 3 Books For an Animal-loving Classroom - Casey Boem
Casey is a 1st grade teacher and she runs Organize and Educate on social media and teachers pay teachers   Books: Pig the Pug, Aaron Blabey The Lion Inside, Rachel Bright and Jim Field What Do You Do With an Idea, Kobi Yamada   Reminders to myself: Check out read to them (  Check out the F&P Fountas and Pinnell literacy level system.  Also check out the Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright.  Check out her products on teachers pay teachers (  Show my listeners where to find her on Instagram: @organizeandeducate
July 16, 2018
#Me The 2 WILDEST things that happened to me in 2017
I didn’t feel like recording this when I did, but when you don’t move while a thought is fresh, it gets stale.   I get super emotional toward the end of this episode thinking about the crazy things that happened to me in 2017 and how God just threw them into my lap.    
July 14, 2018
#Teacher Kidlit for 2nd Grade NYC Special Education
My guest in this episode is shira; she is a 2nd grade teacher in Queens, NY specializing in special education She has a very multicultural classroom She teaches in an inclusion classroom and we talk about the issue of whether inclusion should be used or separation for special ed.
July 13, 2018
#Parent 3 books for a 1.5 year old boy - Danielle Stoddard
This is one of my favorite episodes I recorded.  My guest is Danielle Stoddard, mom of Raylan, a really active 1.5 year old who can say about 50 words and is really into vehicles.  His favorite books are: Cars and Trucks from A to Z by Richard Scarry Five Big Trucks by Make Believe Ideas and Dawn Machell Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. OH! and his Starter Bible
July 12, 2018