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Children's Books: Maine-Based Author-Illustrators Discuss The Art & Craft of Making Children's Books

Maine is home to many Newbery and other award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. Two beloved authors and illustrators join us to talk about their craft and what effects quality children’s books can have on readers young and old. One of the panelists, Chris Van Dusen, has a new book coming out the day of the show.




Chris Van Dusen, author and illustrator of several highly acclaimed picture books, including the hugely popular "Mercy Watson" series. His book "If I Built a Car" won the 2006 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award presented by The Association of Bookesellers for Children. His newest book, "If I Built a School," comes out on Aug. 13.


Ryan Higgins, author and illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling "We Don’t Eat Our Classmates," as well as the best-selling "Mother Bruce" series, which includes "Be Quiet," "Hotel Bruce," "Bruce’s Big Move," and "Santa Bruce," and his newest book "Bruce's Big Storm." "Mother Bruce" received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor.


Jamie Hogan (by phone), award-winning illustrator, educator, and biker. Her illustrations have appeared in books and magazines, and she is the author and illustrator of "The Seven Days of Daisy," and the illustrator of a dozen children’s books, as well as several adult titles.


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