About

Parent's Choice Gold Award WinnerKidLit 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!

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.

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KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature.
– Children’s Book Council

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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

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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

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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

 


Meet the KidLit TV Team!

Julie Gribble – Founder & Author

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.

NALIP BAFTAIn 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.
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Rocco Staino –  Host of StoryMakers & Retired Librarian

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.
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Katya Szewczuk – Host, Producer & YA Writer

Katya is a KidLit TV producer, writer, illustrator and animator and is also the host of our original show Field Trip! where you can find her on location interviewing authors, illustrators and industry experts. 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!
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James E. Ransome – Illustrator and Host

James is both a painter and award-winning illustrator, with work exhibited in both private and public art collections. He has illustrated over 50 books, and his awards include the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Picture Book Honor and the ALA Notable Book Award forSky Boys; the Coretta Scott King Honor for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop; the Coretta Scott King and IBBY awards for Creation; the NAACP Image Award for Let My People Go and Our Children Can Soar; and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Award, Rip Van Winkle Award, SEBA Best Book of the Year Award and Dutchess County Executive Art Award for Individual Artist.
James lives in Rhinebeck New York with his wife Lesa Cline-Ransome, a writer of children’s books. They have collaborated on a number of books including My Story, My Dance, Satchel Paige, Quilt Alphabet, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass and Just A Lucky So and So. They live in the Hudson Valley with their four children and one St. Bernard.
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Phil Bildner – Author and Host

Phil Bildner is the author of A Whole New Ball Game and Rookie of the Year, the first two books in the middle grade Rip & Red series. He is also the author of numerous picture books including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning Marvelous Cornelius, the Texas Bluebonnet Award winning, Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, Twenty-One Elephants, The Soccer Fence, The Hallelujah Flight, The Unforgettable Season, and Martina & Chrissie. A former middle school teacher — eleven years in the New York City public schools — Phil now spends much of the year visiting schools around the country and world conducting writing workshops and sharing his love for reading and writing with students.
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Lesa Ransome – Award-Winning Author

Lesa’s first book was the biography Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book, and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year.” She later wrote Quilt Alphabet, Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, Young Pele:  Soccer’s First Star, Words Set Me Free, Light in the Darkness,  Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson, Freedom’s School, and, her newest title, Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis ArmstrongMy Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey was a 2016 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book.
Many of her books are in collaboration with her husband, James Ransome. Lesa’s books have received numerous honors and awards including two NAACP Image Awards.  She lives in Rhinebeck with her family.
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Terry Shay — Teacher Advisor, Creativity Corner

Terry Shay is a K-12 vocal music teacher at North Tama School in Traer, IA. He is the founder of International Dot Day, a creativity event celebrated around the world by millions of adults and kids. He is also the curator of Celebridots, an online gallery of dots created by famous people to inspire kids to be creative. In his spare time, he is an Ambassador for FableVision Learning. He lives in Waterloo, IA with his wife, the International Baccalaureate Coordinator for East and West Waterloo High Schools.
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Roxie Munro – Author/Illustrator, Advisor

Roxie Munro is the award-winning author/illustrator of 40 nonfiction and concept children’s books, many using “gamification” to encourage reading, learning, and engagement. Roxie studied at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art, earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii, attended graduate school at Ohio University, and received a Yaddo Fellowship. She lectures in schools, libraries, conferences, and teaches workshops.
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Marcie Colleen – Educational Consultant & Author

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 JournalPublisher’s Weekly, and the Children’s Book Council.
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Kim Vij – Educator and 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.
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Tracey M. Cox – Author, Facebook Coach

Tracey M. Cox is a PAL member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In SCBWI, she is active in the Southern Breeze Region where she volunteers as Local Liaison for South Georgia and is the chapter’s Webmaster and PR Coordinator. She is a founding member of the South Georgia Writer’s Guild. To help promote literacy in her local area, Tracey founded and directs the Books Love & Taters Book Festival, which is held in Ocilla, Georgia on the last Saturday in October during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival.
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Susannah Greenberg — Social Media Director

Susannah has represented publishers, authors and book industry organizations throughout North America. She presented Young Adult Buzz Authors at BookExpo America and has organized numerous publishing panels for BEA and the Women’s National Book Association. She is a past president and publicity chair of the Women’s National Book Association, NY and a member of the Women’s Media Group. Susannah has spoken at the Association of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the American Book Producers Association and has contributed articles to Shelf Awareness and Publishing Perspectives.
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Tatiana Szewczuk — Newsletter Editor and Content Creator

Alongside her duties at KidLit TV, Tatiana is Editor in Chief and content creator at Odyssey and a college senior! Literature is her passion, and Tatiana is planning to join the publishing industry with the goal of becoming a children’s book editor. If Tatiana isn’t editing, she is either writing stories, drawing, playing piano, or watching Food Network.
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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, Miscat Squad. 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.
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Sarah Shipley – Content Curator and Editor, KidLit Kibbles

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.
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Julia Cordeiro — Digital Art and Animator

Julia studies computers in school and art on her own. Beginning with pencils and paper, she gradually shifted to the realm of digital art and animation. As a kid, she loved to read about Peter Pan and Robin Hood. Julia currently spends her free time learning new animation techniques, using her programming skills to design and build websites, and playing video games (for research of course!).

Meet the KidLit TV Contributors!

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Jamie Nanfara – Teacher and 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.
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Stephanie Cummings – Former BBC Journalist and Writer

Stephanie Cummings is a former BBC Journalist sharing her lifetime love of children’s literature and illustration with her two young daughters — and now with you, too, through her blog Two in a TepeeStephanie has an academic background at the undergraduate level in literature and has master’s degrees in both anthropology and design. She started her professional life in an art gallery and ended up producing radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, before deciding to become a stay at home mum. She lives with her two girls and handsome husband (who is sometimes invited into the tepee) in leafy, north London.

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