EA #16: Balancing Adulthood Responsibility and Childlike Fun

In this episode, brought to you from studio 203 in Madison, Wisconsin, we interview Jennifer Robinson, co-founder of a high-tech software company who writes a blog about children’s books. We also talk about the Cat in the Hat, how to balance the responsibilities of adulthood with the fun of childhood, and share the latest progress of Escape Plan TV.

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Show Notes:

• New Book Takes Us Closer to Seuss (story)
• For the Fun of It (article)
Jen Robinson’s blog is a can’t miss destination for children’s book fans!
• Jen’s all-time favorite children’s books (as of this second): Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Giver by Lois Lowry.
• The three books that Jen enjoyed the most that she read in the past year are: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller, and Heat by Mike Lupica.
• Read Jen’s list of Cool Girls from Kid Lit.
Watch the Escape Plan TV trailer.
• Feeling Lucky? Find out how you can win your wishlist, as well as other cool prizes.

Win Stuff: Win a $20 gift certificate to the Lemonade Stand by letting us know, “What is YOUR favorite children’s book?” Leave a comment!

Show Music: Coyote Sleeps by Ethan Elkind

Show Length: 47 minutes, 5 seconds

Shout Outs: Thanks to Ian for the voicemail and Jen for the great interview!

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  1. Oh, I’ll REALLY try to keep this to ten books or less, I swear.

    My favorite classics:
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    The Anne of Green Gables series

    My favorite chapter books:
    The Phantom Tollbooth
    The Westing Game

    My favorite beginning readers:
    The Frog & Toad series

    My favorite picture books:
    The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

  2. Oh, now you’re asking for trouble, friends; don’t you know not to tease the children’s book aficionados? Any of us could go on with this for DAYS. I won’t even promise to keep it to ten, like LW!!! However, my favorite YA/Children’s books this week are…

    Rules, by Cynthia Lord…
    Classic Fave: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
    Fave Seuss: Marvin K. Mooney (Will You Please Go Now!)
    Fave Multicultural Picture Book: My Mother’s Sari, by Sandhya Rao
    Favorite Classic Picture Book: What Do You Say, Dear by Sesyle Joslin
    Favorite Classic Historical Fiction: The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
    Fave NEW Historical Fiction: Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson… …see what you’ve started!!?
    Okay, okay!
    Favorite NUMBER ONE Book (please note that this is ONLY for this particular quiz): Fly-By-Night, by Frances Hardinge!

    ALL of these are totally wonderful, read them if you have time!

  3. There is a proverb: How to write books for children? In the same way as for adults. But better…


  1. […] In our latest podcast, Kim and I spoke with Jen Robinson on the topic of children’s books. Jen mentioned that she almost always ended her day with a little bit of reading. Kim noted the irony of how many children end their days with a parent reading them a story, while many adults end their days with the evening news. Maybe that’s why, according to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep problem. The Adultitis monster is no longer under our beds… it has taken up residence in our heads. […]

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