What makes a great kids books, why we need to read fiction, & the limits of language

A little while ago, we had a scheduling conflict and Barnabas couldn’t join us for a podcasting session (he had to work or something). But we couldn’t have a snarkless episode, so we asked our good friend Rachel Shaver to join us on the show! Listen in to a rare Barnbas-less episode where we discuss:

  • When can you claim a kids book on Goodreads—or can you at all?
  • Why doesn’t Goodreads give you a “complete” option vs. “read” for audiobooks?
  • Where did we first encounter Wil Wheaton in various media?
  • Is writing a kids books harder than writing other kinds of books?
  • How do you encourage a love of reading with kids?
  • Why do we need to read fiction, given that we work in non-fiction publishing?

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A few of the books we mentioned on this episode

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1773210300″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Paperbag Princess[/easyazon_link] by Robert Munsch
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0763642649″ l\ocale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Guess How Much I Love You[/easyazon_link] by Sam McBrantey
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0803741715″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Book With No Pictures[/easyazon_link] by BJ Novak
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0142403873″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Gruffalo[/easyazon_link] by Julia Donaldson
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1484730887″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Mother Bruce[/easyazon_link] by Ryan T. Higgins

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