The podcasts I listened to were the Hornbook Podcast 2.3 – Special Guest Jamie Tan and the Scholastic Reads Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer.
In the Hornbook Podcast, Jamie Tan discusses her job as a publicist and the different cons she’s visited. I really enjoyed the insight into how the publishing world works. I also got a thrill out of listening to book people talk so passionately, and had a a little fan girl moment when they talked about YA author Alexandra Bracken. In the Scholastic Reads podcast, author Peter Reynolds talks about his book, Happy Dreamer, and redefining ADHD (he calls it an acronym for Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer). This was a really interesting way to go about challenging social stigmas, and I definitely want to get my hands on this book now. I think that these podcasts complement other resources we’ve used, if only because the more information on books we’re exposed to, the better off we are. I didn’t know who Jamie Tan was before listening to the podcast, but it’s important for librarians to know the nuts and bolts of publishing. Understanding what goes on behind the scenes gives us a better idea of how books are marketed and exposed to the public. In turn, we can learn more about how we should be promoting books to our patrons. Now that I’m aware of the book Happy Dreamer, I can see what new picture books are doing to redefine a very common condition, ADHD, and promote these kinds of books to give children a different perspective.