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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lidia Bastianich's New Children's Book Brings Kids Into the Kitchen

Monday, March 02, 2015

Lidia Bastianich talks about her new children’s book, and reminisces about growing up on the farm, raising chickens, and gathering their eggs.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, November 13, 2014

High Maintenance returns, Bryan Cranston yells at children, and Too Many Cooks owns the Internet. 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Humans of the World

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Back from a UN-sponsored world tour, "Humans of New York" photographer Brandon Stanton talks about the photographs he took of humans around the world.

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The Takeaway

The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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Studio 360

Shaun Tan's Magical Worlds

Friday, August 08, 2014

Bestselling author-illustrator Shaun Tan constructs eerie, vaguely sinister worlds in his gloriously detailed picture books. For a long time, he didn’t understand why bookstores put them in the children’s section. Now the father of an infant daughter, Tan’s starting to come around.

Slideshow: Shaun Tan’s illustrations

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WNYC News

Childrens' Book Heroine Madeline Turns 75

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The quintessential Parisian schoolgirl was born in New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ziggy Marley, Children's Author

Monday, April 28, 2014

The musician talks about his first foray into children's literature, a multicultural children's picture book based on one of his most beloved songs, I Love You Too.

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WNYC News

The Little Prince Is a New Yorker

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Who knew?  The Little Prince is a native New Yorker, we learn from a new exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Ambassador for Children's Literature

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, talks about her new job as national ambassador for young people's literature and the fight to keep reading alive in an age of competing entertainment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on The Dark

Monday, April 01, 2013

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen discuss their collaborative project, The Dark, a new book that attempts to conquer a universal childhood fear.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Lemony Snicket

Monday, April 01, 2013

Lemony Snicket was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with illustrator Jon Klassen on the new children's book, The Dark. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Jon Klassen

Monday, April 01, 2013

Illustrator Jon Klassen was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with Lemony Snicket on their book, The Dark. He also told us what he's a fan of -- pierogies, anyone?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Immigrants in Solitary Confinement, Lemony Snicket, Small-Scale Philanthropy

Monday, April 01, 2013

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina talks about why U.S. authorities have been putting illegal immigrants in solitary confinement, sometimes for weeks at a time. Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen discuss collaborating on their new book about that age-old childhood fear, The Dark. M. G. Vassanji tells us about his new novel, The Magic of Saida. Bob Harris explains how he became a philanthropist $10-$15 at a time.

WNYC News

Where Are The Wild Things? At Auction

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A rare first edition of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” will be auctioned on Thursday, January 24, by Swann Galleries on East 25thStreet as part of a sale of 20th century illustration including original art and books. The sale will showcase a collection of works by the late children’s book author and illustrator owned by the late bookseller Reed Orenstein.

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The Takeaway

Maurice Sendak Dies at Age 83

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

He made the monsters fun. Maurice Sendak, the child author and illustrator, has died at age 83. His books and style of illustration immediately evoked a whole world of creatures and characters, dark places that were part scary and part cozy. Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning creator of the graphic novel, Maus, comments on the life of Sendak.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Basketball Career and Advocacy Work

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all time leading scorer, talks about his career in basketball, his advocacy work, and his new children’s book, What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors. It looks at some of the black inventors who have made a difference in people’s lives and in the world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fran Drescher

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fran Drescher talks about her career as an actress and her new children’s book, Being Wendy, about a girl who lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box labeled with what each person does. How will she ever decide on just one box? She's interested in so many things!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Author and Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Writer and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg discusses creating the beloved childrens books The Polar Express, Jumanji, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, the Sweetest Fig, and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, among others. His latest books are Queen of the Falls and The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, an inspired collection of short stories by a cast of best-selling storytellers, based on the illustrations in his The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

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The Takeaway

Random House to Publish Seven Rare Dr. Seuss Stories

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dr. Seuss fans, rejoice. This fall, seven rare Seuss stories, which were previously printed in Redbook, will be published in book form. The stories — which he wrote between 1950 and 1951 — have fantastically Seussian titles: "The Bippolo Seed," "Zinniga-Zanniga," "Tadd and Todd," and "Gustav the Goldfish." The compilation is called "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss," and Random House is publishing it in late September.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Weird Al” Yankovic Brings on the Alpocalypse

Friday, July 15, 2011

Al Yankovic talks about his career creating musical parodies, the release of his latest album, “Alpocalypse,” his first in five years, and his new children’s book When I Grow Up, about a boy who has many different ideas of what he wants to do when he grows up—from chef to snail trainer to gorilla masseuse. He’s also created an app based on the book.

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