Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews to Aram Kim


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Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Aram Kim (author and illustrator of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of 2018 NO KIMCHI FOR ME.) They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like meeting Cici and growing her electric story seed about Queens’ new neighborhood superhero, Electric Kitty, on Episode 4 “Heroes and Queens.” They also talk about the significance of Queens in Aram and Cici's story–the most diverse borough in NYC and neighborhood in the country.

On this bonus episode, Aram also shares her research process, writing tips for kids and grownups, and shares why getting through the first draft in one sitting can be really valuable. You'll also hear about how she got started in her career and pursued her passion of making art.

Books and Media mentioned in this episode: Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, Blackout by John Rocco, Cat on the Bus by Aram Kim. Comic Books: Superman.

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This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here.

Show credits: Matt Boynton and Ania Grzesik of Ultraviolet Audio for the sound mixing, design, and score of our bonus episode. Theme music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. And, our host is Betsy Bird.

The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari

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