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Jed Doherty In Conversation with Pj McIlvaine, author of “Little Lena and The Big Table”
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Today we’re ELATED to welcome a prolific kidLlit writer-author/screenwriter/journalist, Pj McIlvaine, on the Reading with Your Kids Podcast!
PJ is joining us to talk about her debut picture book, Little Lena and The Big Table. The book is about a determined little girl tired of eating with her annoying cousins at the kid’s table, only to discover that the big table isn’t much better.
Listen in to learn more about Little Lena and The Big Table, What inspired Pj McIlvaine to write, why the family meal is important, the importance of cooking with your kids, her future projects and other fun facts about her book.
Tune in to learn all about Little Lena and The Big Table, and her amazing story…
More about the author
PJ McIlvaine was born with a pen in her hand, a prolific and creative children’s author/screenwriter/writer/journalist.
PJ’s debut picture book LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE (June 2019, Big Belly Book Co.), illustrations by Leila Nabih, is about a determined little girl tired of eating with her annoying cousins at the kid’s table, only to discover that the big table isn’t much better. She has another picture book, DRAGON ROAR (MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, publication date TBA), about a lonely, sick dragon who has lost his mighty roar, and the brave village girl who helps him find it again.
PJ is also a co-host and founding member of #PBPitch, the premiere Twitter pitch party for picture book creators.
PJ has been published in numerous outlets including The New York Times and Newsday, and is a regular contributor for The Children’s Book Insider newsletter (paid firewall), writing about the path to publication and interviews with established and debut kid lit authors.
When not writing, PJ is usually running after her rambunctious grandchildren, an endless source of inspiration, exasperation, and perspiration. When she has enough butter on hand, it’s not too hot, and the oven works, she loves to bake brownies and other buttery goodies.
PJ’s social media links:
PJ’s website: https://pjmacwriter.com
Little Lena and The Big Table
Little Lena has her heart set to sit at the big table. But every year her family tells her she’s just not big enough. Little Lena is determined to show everyone how big she is. This book is full of chaos and heartfelt charm.
Visit Amazon to check out the book, read reviews and buy your own copy!
In this episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast, you’ll hear:
- Introduction to Children’s author, Pj McIlvaine
- Her debut picture book LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE
- Is there a particular person or experience that inspired the story?
- Her experience in creating this book and having the courage to put yourself out there
- What kind of message does PJ want readers to take away from her book?
- Her magnificent LOVE for dragons?
- What is she currently working on and much more.
Thank you, PJ McIlvaine, for joining us and for sharing your wonderful book with us!
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