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What makes a good children’s book?

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12 October 2015

Episode 209

30 minutes


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We meet Mark Russell, a Canadian author who’s introducing South Korean folklore to young readers. We also head to the studio of illustrator Viviane Schwarz to find out how you draw for a child. Plus: we speak to Iona Dudley, a children’s book expert at Daunt Books here in London, to take the temperature of the children’s book publishing industry.

12 October 2015

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Chapter 1

Iona Dudley, bookseller at Daunt Books

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Iona Dudley is Daunt Books’ expert in children’s books. She talks to Monocle about trends in the industry, the authors, illustrators and publishers to keep an eye on and the elements within children’s fiction that are encouraging kids to keep turning pages.

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Mark Russell, children’s author in Seoul

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Monocle’s Seoul correspondent Jason Strother meets Canadian author Mark Russell who is introducing South Korean folklore to an international audience.

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Chapter 3

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Viviane Schwarz, children’s book illustrator

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They say pictures can paint a thousand words and this is particularly true in books for young children, where words are often sparse and the pages are rich with bright illustrations. Holly talks to Viviane Schwarz about using pictures to encourage creativity and imagination among a young audience.

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