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Katie Davis
Katie Davis is the author/illustrator of a stack of books for children, among them Little Chicken's Big Day, Kindergarten Rocks!, and How to Promote Your Children's Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller. She hosts a podcast called Brain Burps About Books, and created Video Idiot Boot Camp, for people who think videos are hard to create. Click to learn more.

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How to Use Google Hangout - The Easy Way

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Episode 137

In this episode you'll hear Anibal Pacheco educate us all on some great tech secrets to help us in our businesses, whether that business is children's books or teaching.

We cover:

The video below is the video version of the podcast.

If you're a teacher or librarian and are using the flipped classroom, is a drag and drop animation platform that will help you and your students. You can learn more during a free webinar and use art that author Katie Davis is providing in a theme on! Come to the webinar to find out how you how you can use it! Sign up here and all the details about the webinar will be sent to you!

Subscribe to the podcast here so you don't miss out now that Anibal is our latest monthly contributor!

Where can you find Anibal?

How to screenshare on Skype for free:


The Video Podcast:

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Brain Burps About Books - Small Business Makes Big Business for This Illustrator

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Just a reminder: NaPiBoWriWee starts today! (a.k.a. National Picture Book Writing Week!)

Today on the show you'll hear:

  • A review by Julie Falatko of Bee and Bear by Sergio Ruzzier

  • An interview with Joyce Wan, illustrator, entrepreneur, and licensor.

Joyce was full of great information for illustrators who want to get into licensing! Just check out the links below!

Resources to find product manufacturers:

Kate Harper Blog

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association

Agency Access



New York International Gift Fair

National Stationery Show

Licensing Expo


Printers: (of course there are many but here are a few)



Moo (biz cards, labels)

PSPrint (postcards, catalogs)

Overnight Prints (postcards, sales sheets)

Greener Printer (eco-friendly printer)


I Just Like to Make Things

ad-photo-web bb-magnets Frog&Friends-cover kp_openmap

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Brain Burps About Books - Pay Attention to Your Talents and Find Your Place in the World

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:07 AM

Episode #135

In today's episode you hear:

  • our monthly segment, Julie Hedlund Gets All Grateful on Your A**

  • an interview with Tim McCanna, a songwriter who realized his talents as a songwriter extended to writing for children, which led to deals for an app and other opportunities

In the interview we talk about how Tim:

  • writes his jingles

  • creates his videos, using them for his business

  • how he learned to create them

  • and what he used to help him write his book app

  • found his place in the world by connecting all three

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Brain Burps About Books: Lee & Low Reaches High: How a Small, Independent Publisher is Succeeding in Diverse Multicultural Books

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 8:45 AM

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In this episode you'll hear

In the interview you'll hear

  • the learning process, even for a publisher

  • how shy people can learn to market their books

  • the imbalance of books published by people of color

  • the imbalance between characters of color and caucasian ones

  • a fab article by Suzanne Morgan Williams in the SCBWI bulletin (May/June 2012)

  • New Voices award

  • about Lee & Low's acquisitions

  • Tu Books Spring 2012

  • about Tu Publishing

  • racism in picture books like Tikki Tikki Tembo

  • It Jes Happened - a children's biography on Bill Traylor, who started drawing at the age of eighty-five and became one of America's most important outsider artists.

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Brain Burps About Books: Marketing - A Beginner's Guide to Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:19 PM

This week I go over the basics of Twitter (um... hence the title, A Beginner's Guide to Twitter!)

Get a pen and paper as you listen... you might want to write down some stuff!

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Episode #132 - World Read Aloud Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 4:57 PM

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In this week's show you'll hear

Their Stories Change the World: Voices from LitWorld LitClubs Around the World from LitWorld on

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Episode #129 - How to Create an iBook for Apple's iBookstore with iBooks Author

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 10:19 AM

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In today's episode you'll hear

In today's interview you'll hear

Win a copy of Sarah's eBook - watch this video!

Sarah takes me through a tour of iBooks Author which you can see here - it's so exciting what we can do with this!

...and that's How to Create an iBook for Apple's iBookstore with iBooks...

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Episode #130 - An Author Visit to Sandy Hook

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 4:01 PM

If you heard episode #124, you know that Marc Tyler Nobleman had the idea for an author "talent show" for Sandy Hook almost immediately. Here is the wonderful, loving and positive result of that idea. This visit was profoundly moving and complete normal. The authors and illustrators joked, talked, drew and taught the way we always do in a visit, and the kids responded the way kids always do: they laughed, sang, interrupted and cracked us up with their unexpected and funny responses.

This felt good on so many levels, and I'm glad to share it with you. I managed to get enough audio to give you an idea of what the day felt like. The audio isn't always great, I warn you, because we were in an auditorium. The presentations are cut short, but I urge you to do whatever you can to get these authors to your district's school, no matter where you are!

Special thanks to Media Specialist Yvonne Cech and Isabel Almeida at the United Way of Western Connecticut for helping make this possible! Apologies to the many others who also were integral, but I don't know who everyone is!

The authors involved in the visit were:

Susan Hood

Bruce Degan

Katie Davis

Marc Tyler Nobleman

Tad Hills

Bob Shea

Mike Rex

Daniel Kirk

Alan Katz

Vincent Kirsch

Tracy Dockray

Meghan McCarthy

Here is an article in School Library Journal.


An Author Visit to Sandy...

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Episode #128: Augmented Reality Apps and Children's Books

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Show Notes

In the show you'll hear

  • 12x12 membership(it's closing soon!)

  • Just Write for Kids Picture Book Course

  • Children's Book Hub

  • Children's Book Insider

  • a previously broadcast review by Mr. Schu, of the newly minted 2013 Newbery book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

  • Jon Klassen, who won the Caldecott this week for This is Not My Hat!  You can listen to him here, pre-medal, on this September 2012 episode of Brain Burps About Books


In the interview Craig Lew and I talked about

  • Kerem

  • QR Codes

  • AR business cards with portfolios

  • uses for AR in kid's books

  • his animation work with Dreamworks

  • whether or not I'm short-sighted


The Goths

Where you can find Craig:


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What Is Literacy? The First Three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature Answer

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 9:06 AM

The first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, and Walter Dean Myers, gave me the honor of appearing on Brain Burps About Books' 100th podcast episode (you'll find the player at the end of this post). I do believe they were the perfect choice, and...

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An Obsessed Toddler Is the Perfect Pre-Reader

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Toddlers get obsessed. Almost every parent has countless stories to tell about their child's obsessions and the funny stories that came about because of them.

  • Trucks? Pack a lunch, as you might be stopping at every construction site you see to sit for a while and watch.

  • Firefighter...

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Tips from the Tooth Fairy by Mabel the Tooth Fairy as Told to Katie Davis

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Chances are, if you're a parent, you're probably under the common misconception that I do not exist. However, you would be wrong. (Of course I exist, or how could I write this article?)

Anyway, I appreciate all the help you've given me when I haven't been able to make...

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