Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld on “Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish”

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In Conversation with  Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld, An Author & Illustrator of “Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish”

Happy Tuesday ReadingWithYourKids Family!!!

Hello everyone. Keep an eye out for this episode of Reading with Your Kids Podcast! We are thrilled to introduce you all to a wonderful Kidlit author Beth Ferry and illustrator Tom LichtenheldJed interviewed Beth & Tom to talk about their latest released picture book Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish, a joyful picture book that celebrates every kid’s favorite day of the year, full of adorable art from the illustrator of Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site and I Wish You More.

We’re so grateful to Beth & Tom for digging deep into their book, they open up about their inspiration for the story and the pictures.

There’s a lot of real talks here, along with lots of laughs. Take a listen, and we’re sure you’ll be inspired!


About the Author

Beth Ferry, the authorBeth Ferry is the author of many picture books including the New York Times bestseller, Stick and Stone, also illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. She has celebrated all but four of her birthdays in New Jersey where she lives and writes by the beach. Her favorite birthday dessert is chocolate cake with chocolate icing, but she also enjoys cannoli and cream puffs and churros. Since her birthday is in the winter, she almost always wishes for summer.
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About Tom Lichtenheld

Tom Lichtenheld, IllustratorTom Lichtenheld doodled his way through school then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and art director. After a long career in advertising, he accidentally stumbled into the job he was always meant to do – creating children’s books. Tom’s books are noted for their humor, expressive characters and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio offers something for every age. In his spare time, Tom enjoys riding his bike, eating chocolate, and getting other peoples’ kids all wound up then sending them home.

Learn more about “Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish”

The most important rule is #1: It must be your birthday. 

Ten Rules of the Birthday WishAfter that’s been established, a crew of hilarious animals helps picture book pros Tom Lichtenheld and Beth Ferry take readers through a joyous romp that covers the most important elements of every year’s most essential holiday, including singing; closing your eyes and making a wish; blowing out candles on a cake, then settling into bed and dreaming of your wish coming true.


Click the Amazon link below to grab your copy and we’re sure it will leave your kids giggling every time they read!


In this episode, you’ll learn

  • More about Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
  • More about Children’s book author Beth Ferry and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld
  • The inspiration for the story and pictures.
  • At what point in his life did Beth decide that she wanted to be an author of children’s books? And, what steps did she take to make that happen?
  •  Beth and Tom share their passion for writing and picture books
  • What are they currently working on, future projects and much more.


A big Thank you to Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld for doing this Interview!


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Thanks for tuning in and have a wonderful day!😆

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