KidLit TV, winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids. Our mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
KidLit TV Shows
STORYMAKERS, our flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling authors and illustrators in the kid lit world. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book.
READ OUT LOUD – Enjoy story time with authors at KLTV HQ!
READY SET DRAW! – Get inspired to draw with talented illustrators from children’s literature.
FIELD TRIP – Our crew hits the road to explore the world of kid lit.
Plus exclusive Red Carpet coverage of special events.
We’re a trusted resource for parents, teachers and librarians!
Visitors are almost guaranteed to find something interesting and useful, whether they are consumers, producers, or curators of children’s literature.
– Parents’ Choice on KidLit TV
I love the author interviews on KidLit TV. To have the whole store of author interviews is awesome. …My kids have gone on a Percy Jackson kick this summer and to hear [Rick Riordan] talk about his favorite Norse Gods was awesome for us! – Amy Mascott, Teach Mama
I absolutely love the book trailers. Kids today love anything video. Being able to show them a book trailer about a book you want them to be interested in is a great way to seal the deal. I think that’s a fantastic [feature] on KidLit TV.
– Allison McDonald, No Time for Flash Cards
Go on an adventure in the world of stories with us! KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and learn more about the people who create them.
The diverse KidLit TV team supports the ‘We Need Diverse Books’ and ‘Multicultural Children’s Book Day’ initiatives by encouraging the children’s literature community to create more books that reflect the diversity of our society.
Meet the KidLit TV Team!
Julie Gribble – Founder
Julie Gribble is the owner of New York Media Works which creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community in both the United States and Great Britain. As a Children’s Literature Fellow at Stony Brook Southhampton, she founded KidLit TV to help children’s authors and illustrators broaden their audience by using new technologies to complement and promote their work. KidLit TV is the first online resource of its kind for parents, librarians, teachers, and kid lit creators.
Julie has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and is a multi award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. Her charming picture book, Bubblegum Princess, is based on a true story about Kate Middleton and was released on the day the royal baby, who we now know as Prince George, arrived. Copies of the book have been donated to underprivileged children in the US and to children’s hospices in the UK.
In addition to producing KidLit TV’s original shows, Julie co-produced Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, a feature film shot in Dorset, England with Bonnie Wright of Harry Potter fame, and DOG BOWL, a short film by Gordy Hoffman which premiered at the 2015 Raindance International Film Festival in London. Julie sits on the Children’s Committee of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA-NY and is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, New York Women in Film and Television, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieGribbleNYC.
Rocco is the charismatic host of StoryMakers, our interview show. A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a prominent librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which administers the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has interviewed such luminaries as Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George. You can follow Rocco on Twitter at @RoccoA.
Katya Szewczuk – Host, Producer & Animator
Katya is a KidLit TV producer, writer, illustrator and animator and is also the host of our original shows Field Trip! and Inside Scoop. You can find her on location hosting Field Trip!, interviewing authors, illustrators and industry experts. For Inside Scoop Katya shares the latest and greatest news in the children’s literary world straight from the authors and illustrators themselves. She also has her own YouTube channel,‘Miscat Squad’, dedicated to teens and young adults who love diverse YA, and embracing being a fan. She is the founder of the Kat Tastic Book Trailer Service and has had many of her book trailers showcased at international book fairs. In addition, Katya is currently working on young adult, middle grade and graphic novels. Be on the look out for cat ears!
Marcie Colleen – Educational Consultant
Marcie creates highly acclaimed Teacher’s Guides that align picture books and middle grade novels with the Common Core and state mandated standards. She is the Education Consultant for Picture Book Month and the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales. Marcie is also a former classroom teacher turned author. Her books include The Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (Macmillan/Imprint), as well as upcoming picture books The Adventure of the Penguinaut (Scholastic) and Love, Triangle (part of a two-book deal with Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins). She is a frequent presenter at conferences for the SCBWI, as well as a faculty member for Kidlit Writing School. Her educational work in children’s literature has been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Children’s Book Council. To learn more about Marcie, visit www.thisismarciecolleen.com.
Kim Vij – Educator & Pinterest Consultant
Kim is a Pinterest expert, and shares KidLit TV’s content with her 1.6 million followers. You might know Kim from her popular blog, The Educator’s Spin On It, but she’s also an early childhood educator, speaker, and author of “100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids”. Her parenting and educational activity ideas are featured on Melissa and Doug, Sylvan Learning, and more. She is a founder of the Virtual Book Club for Kids, which offers activities to connect families with popular authors and books. A busy mom of 3, Kim loves exploring the world through books, as well as through travel.
Tracey keeps the KidLit TV Facebook Group a lively and important place for authors and illustrators to share and get feedback on the videos they create to promote their books. She has written six picture books, founded a book festival, is liaison to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in her region, and participates in several author critique groups. Tracey lives in rural Georgia, where she shares her love of reading with her family and her community.
Sarah uses her talents as a writer, teacher and homeschooling mom to help her curate exciting and current content for KidLit TV’s website. Sarah is a member of Eugene Writers Anonymous and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as multiple parenting magazines both online and print. She likes to jump back and forth between writing YA sci-fi and children’s fantasy novels.
Laurel Nakai – Author, Songwriter
Laurel is a children’s author and singer-songwriter. She is the founder of Paper Dove Press, a publishing company through which she published her first picture book, The World God Made for Me. Laurel also writes and performs songs for kids and kids at heart. You can hear her music on her YouTube channel, SongBird. She also wrote the theme song for the KidLit TV show Ready Set Draw! and fellow team member Katya Szewczuk’s YouTube Channel, KidLitKat. Laurel has performed on a park bench and in a palace, and everywhere in between. Her favorite place to play is at home in New Jersey with her husband and two boys, where she can often be found singing silly songs.
Meet the KidLit TV Contributors!
Jamie Nanfara – Teacher, Writer
Jamie is an elementary school teacher and freelance writer. She writes the column The Kids Are All Write; dedicated to engaging children in fun writing activities to expand their imaginations and improve their academic performance. In addition to creating content for KidLit TV’s website, she is an active member of SCBWI and is currently querying her first picture book. She has an MA in Teaching and is passionate about children’s literature and the role it plays in supporting the social and academic growth of her students. When she’s not teaching or writing for children, she is looking for adventure and laughing at the silly antics of her husband and daughter. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.
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