children's book

Loren Long Tells Us About His New Book, "Love"

Feb 2, 2018

A beautiful new children's book, celebrating love in our lives from birth to death, features text by Matt de la Pena and illustrations by Cincinnati's own Loren Long

A new children's book celebrates local Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, who was tragically killed by Islamic State militants while serving in Iraq. 

Wake is a new children's book written and illustrated by the mother-daughter duo Leah Busch and Shawn Dougherty

Local artist Will Hillenbrand has just illustrated a new children's book from author Maureen Wright

Author Taylor Barton and her husband, guitarist G.E. Smith (Saturday Night Live, Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan, etc.) along will illustrator Dana Cooper have created a children's book that integrates music into the experience. 

The Latest "Otis" Story From Loren Long

Sep 30, 2016

Local author and illustrator Loren Long has just released his sixth book in his popular Otis children’s series. 

Curious Critters Marine is the latest children's nature book from author David FitzSimmons.

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Jeannine Glista is co-creator of Biz Kid$, a national financial educational initiative based on the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name. She and co-authors James McKenna and Matt Fontaine recently published a guide about money for kids, How To Turn $100 Into $1,000,000: Earn! Invest! Save!.

Ohio author and environmental photographer David FitzSimmons (known for his Curious Critters series) will release his new book, Salamander Dance, next month.

Mike Norris is an author and musician whose newest children’s book is Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains.  As he tells Lee Hay, the book includes 48 original nursery rhymes and illustrations by acclaimed Appalachian folk artist Minnie Adkins.

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning freelance photographer and writer whose children’s book series, Curious Critters, just expanded with the release of Curious Critters: Ohio.

The Curious Critters book series goes under the sea

Jun 26, 2015

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer whose work has been featured in various magazines and his children’s book series, Curious Critters, just expanded with the release of Curious Critters: Marine.

His name is Failure... Timmy Failure... and his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame.

From the New York Times best-selling author Stephan Pastis comes Timmy Failure: We Meet Again - the  third adventure about the comically overconfident sleuth.

In a new, Big Easy variation on the classic tale of the gingerbread man, New Orleans native and current Cincinnati resident Keila Dawson has written her first children’s book, The King Cake Baby, introducing young audiences to the city and traditions that make New Orleans great, and she's with Lee Hay.

Barbara Gray has a conversation with acclaimed children’s author and poet Marc Harshman, the poet laureate of West Virginia, about his upcoming public appearances at Thomas More College and Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills.

Local author and illustrator Loren Long stops by to talk with Barbara Gray about the newest addition to his “Otis” series of children’s books, Otis and the Scarecrow.

Dr. John Hutton & Leah Busch, owners of Madisonville’s Blue Manatee bookstore, have now written their own children’s book, Your Red Shoes, and they join Barbara Gray to talk about where the idea came from and how their collaboration works.

Note: This interview originally aired on July 18, 2014

  He created the conceptual characters for the Disney/Pixar's feature films Toy Story and A Bug's Life; he’'s an Academy and Emmy-award winner; and he has written and illustrated over fifty children's books. Now from William Joyce, co-founder of animation and visual effects studio MOONBOT Studios, comes The NUMBERLYS, the tale of a time when there were only numbers - orderly, dull, numbers. Until the book’'s heroes get to work and create letters, 26 beautiful letters, that bring wondrous things to the world. William Joyce talks about his work and latest book.

Local children’s author Michele Wright has created a series of four books based on the seasons in order to share the magic of nature with her young readers. As she tells our Kelly Blewett, most of the photos illustrating these books are local scenes including the Cincinnati Zoo, Miami Whitewater Forest and more.

  C is for “Clang,” E is for “Eek,” and Y is for “Yoink” in the fun new book from author and bestselling illustrator Adam F. Watkins, R IS FOR ROBOT: A Noisy Alphabet. The key word in the title of this alphabet book is noisy,” as a team of robots constructs each letter of the alphabet using cranes, pulleys, hammers and drills. The robots get the job done, but none too quietly - a fact that will delight young readers and lucky adults who get to read along with them. Adam Watkins joins us to talk about his work and career.

Cincinnati’s Loren Long, acclaimed author and illustrator, came by our studio to talk with Barbara Gray about An Otis Christmas, the latest installment of his Otis series of children’s books.

A talk with the author of the "Madeline" book series

Nov 29, 2013

John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of “Madeline” creator Ludwig Bemelmans and author of two new “Madeline” books, was in town recently and came by our studio for a conversation with Barbara Gray. He talks about how his grandfather came up with Madeline and reads an excerpt from his Madeline & the Old House in Paris book.

Children's book author Anna Dewdney

Nov 8, 2013

Acclaimed children’s book author Anna Dewdney was in town recently and stopped by our studios to talk with Barbara Gray about her series of “Llama Llama” books, including her newest one, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat.

Lisa K. Waters: Quest for Love

Nov 4, 2013

Barbara Gray speaks with Lisa K. Waters, a local author, about three of her books: 

Bestselling author of "Steam Train, Dream Train"

Aug 23, 2013

Barbara Gray recently had the chance to speak with bestselling children’s author Sherri Rinker about her life, how her books Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train came to be, and she reads a bit of her writing.

Perhaps Cincinnati’s most acclaimed author of children’s literature is Andrea Cheng. She’s in our studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her newest trilogy, which kicked off with the book The Year of the Baby.

Author Robert Skead has been a successful children’s author for quite some time, but his new e-book finally puts together a story around his hometown hero, and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, Johnny Vander Meer. In Catching Rainbows: The story of Johnny Vander Meer's Back to Back No Hitters, he pays tribute to the man who put Midland Park, New Jersey on the map. Robert Skead is on the phone and in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

"Otis and the Puppy"

Mar 22, 2013

Local artist and author Loren Long recently released Otis and the Puppy, the latest in his Otis the Tractor series of children’s books. He stops by to talk with our Barbara Gray about this new book and what new Otis books are in the works.


Skirball Museum Exhibit of "The Elijah Door" Illustrations

Feb 15, 2013

Robyn Carey-Allgeyer welcomes to the studio Jennifer Jensen, director of The Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College; and children’s author Linda Leopold Strauss, whose book about Passover, The Elijah Door, will be the focus of a six-week exhibition of the book’s illustrations at The Skirball. The exhibit runs through March 31, and that day will feature a family-friendly talk by the author at the museum.


Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story

Dec 28, 2012

Local pediatrician and owner of the Blue Manatee Bookstore, John Hutton, has published and authored a book called Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story as a fundraiser for the Every Child Succeeds program. The book features photos of Cincinnati taken by children, a history of the city from Louise Borden, and additional artwork from C.F. Payne, Loren Long and Will Hillenbrand. As Dr. Hutton tells Barbara Gray, all the contributors donated their talents to this one-of-a-kind book.


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