Smarty Pants Podcast

Drawing in Young Readers

The alchemy of children’s illustration

By Stephanie Bastek | September 10, 2021
From Elizabeth Lilly’s Let Me Fix You a Plate: A Tale of Two Kitchens
From Elizabeth Lilly’s Let Me Fix You a Plate: A Tale of Two Kitchens

For many of us, our very first book wasn’t one that we read ourselves—it was one read to us, the pages pawed by grubby hands eager to flip back to a favorite illustration. The very best children’s books combine a good story—however simple—with enchanting illustrations that can spark a love for reading, writing, art—or all three. Elizabeth Lilly, the author-illustrator of a new book for children called Let Me Fix You a Plate, joins us on the podcast to talk about the process of inviting the littlest readers into a new world.

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