Children's Books

StudioTulsa
12:35 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects"

Aired on Tuesday, January 21st.

On today's ST, we offer a thoroughly gosh-wow-how-cool discussion with Stephen Voltz. Along with Fritz Grobe, Voltz is co-founder of the EepyBird Laboratory in Maine --- please see website here --- which is well-known for its experiments with ping pong balls, sticky notes, balloons, soda cans, Ivory soap, and so forth, with many of these experiments becoming viral videos at YouTube and other sites.

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StudioTulsa
4:19 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

"Why Kids Need to Read What They Want --- and Why We Should Let Them"

Aired on Thursday, January 9th.

Our guest is Michael Smith, a professor of teaching and learning at the Temple University College of Education.

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StudioTulsa
1:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Dav Pilkey (of "Captain Underpants" Fame) on Writing and Illustrating for Children (and for Laughs)

Aired on Thursday, September 26th.

On today's show, we speak by phone with Dav Pilkey, the popular children's book author and illustrator who's probably best known for his "Captain Underpants" series of books. (There are ten books in this series --- Pilkey's now working on the 11th --- as well as a few different spin-off series.) Pilkey tells us about how his career got started, when the "Captain Underpants" character was actually born, and where some of his recurring ideas and themes as a writer and illustrator come from.

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StudioTulsa
1:34 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

A Conversation with Jim Murphy, Winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award

Aired on Wednesday, August 21st.

On this edition of our show, we chat with Jim Murphy, winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature, which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. Murphy will be given this award on Friday the 23rd at 7pm at Gilcrease Museum; he will then offer a 10am reading/talk/signing, on Saturday the 24th, as part of the TCCL's Young People's Creative Writing Contest Awards Presentation, which will happen at the Hardesty Regional Library.

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StudioTulsa
3:16 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Creating Stories, Characters, and Series: Chatting with the YA Novelist and TV Writer D.J. MacHale

Aired on Tuesday, July 30th.

On this edition of our show, we visit with D.J. MacHale, the bestselling YA novelist and veteran TV writer/director. MacHale is probably best known as the author of the ten-volume, YA fantasy book series called "Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space." He's also the author of the "Morpheus Road" trilogy --- you can read all about MacHale's literary output here, by the way --- and he's likewise been successful in the world of children's television.

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StudioTulsa
11:35 am
Thu December 27, 2012

The Best of ST in 2012: Bob Balaban

Aired on Thursday, December 27th.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion with the well-known Hollywood actor --- and children's book author --- Bob Balaban. When we spoke with Mr. Balaban by phone, back in early October, he had just put out a book called "The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast" (Penguin Young Readers Group). We spoke with him about this work, and about his efforts as a writer and actor --- and film producer / director / screenwriter --- more generally.

StudioTulsa
3:13 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Nancy Pearl's Gift-Giving Book Suggestions

Aired on Tuesday, December 18th.

On this installment of ST, we are discussing great reads for the gift-givng season --- for yourself and/or the avid reader(s) on your holiday shopping list. We check in with Nancy Pearl, a former librarian and bookseller here in Tulsa who's now based in Seattle, and who's well-known for her book-promoting appearances on NPR's Morning Edition as well as her popular series of "Book Lust" volumes (which recommend all sorts of books for a range of different readers).

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StudioTulsa
2:42 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Getting to Know the Acclaimed Author, Blogger, Videographer, and Radio Host Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Aired on Wednesday, October 17th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the multi-faceted, multi-talented Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She's written more than 20 books for children, and her popular adult book of 2005, "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life," was named by Amazon as one of the top ten memoirs of the previous decade. Rosenthal has also created several widely viewed videos (as seen on YouTube and elsewhere) --- among them "The Beckoning of Lovely," "The Money Tree," and "Life Is a Marathon" --- and some of these videos have gone viral online.

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StudioTulsa
10:04 am
Wed October 3, 2012

A Chat with the Veteran Actor / Director / Producer / Writer Bob Balaban

Aired on Tuesday, October 2nd.

He's a familiar and award-winning Hollywood actor, as well as an acclaimed director and producer. He's also (who knew?) a highly successful children's book author. Our guest on ST is Bob Balaban, who tells us about his newest book, "The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast" (Penguin Young Readers Group). In this funny, tween-friendly tale, we meet Charlie Drinkwater, a middle-school kid who's probably among the least popular --- and least noticed --- boys in his class.

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StudioTulsa
6:02 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

A Chat with Jacqueline Woodson, Winner of the Tulsa Library Trust's Anne V. Zarrow Award

Aired on Thursday, August 23rd.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with the Brooklyn-based children's and YA author, Jacqueline Woodson, who is the winner of the Tulsa Library Trust's 2012 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature. She's written more than 20 books thus far in her career --- many if not most of them concerning the modern African-American experience, especially from a young person's perspective --- and she's probably best known for "Miracle's Boys," her award-winning YA novel that filmmaker Spike Lee made into a mini-series in 2002.

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