Episode 95: Reading Picture Books with Children – Interview with Megan Dowd Lambert

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there Word Nerd! Today I’m thrilled to interview Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children and children’s literature expert.

Megan is a senior lecturer at Simmons College, where she earned her master’s degree in children’s literature after completing a B.A. at Smith College. She writes for Horn Book Magazine, served on the 2011 Caldecott committee, and worked at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for many years, where she led Whole Book Approach story-times and trained others in her methods.

She is the author of Reading Picture Books with Children (Charlesbridge) which is all about her Whole Book Approach and a new picture book titled Real Sisters Pretend (Tilbury House), illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Her first picture book, A Crow of His Own (Charlesbridge 2015) illustrated by David Hyde Costello, has been awarded the 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor. The mother of six children, Megan lives with her family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

In this episode Megan and I discuss:

  • The Whole Book Approach
  • Integrating design elements into the publishing process
  • Teaching interaction between reader, text, and author
  • Being intentional to convey diversity on the page of your book

Plus, Megan’s #1 tip for writers.



To learn more about Megan Dowd Lambert and her Whole Book Approach, visit her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

If you have children in your life and would like to learn more about reading picture books and how to use the Whole Book Approach, check out Megan’s book:

Reading Picture Books with Children

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Until next week, keep writing and keep being awesome.


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