Podcast Ep6: StoryMakers with Tad Hills
Growing up in a family of artists, engineers, and teachers has its benefits. As a child, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills was constantly encouraged to revel in his creativity. He wrote his first book at the age of eight as a gift for his parents. Besides writing, he’s always had a fondness for building things — namely detailed Halloween costumes for his children — and uses this passion as a way to visually demonstrate storytelling.
“The feeling of accomplishment and the fun that I had in writing and illustrating that book is part of the reason why I write and illustrate kids books today.” — Tad Hills
Tad’s literacy focused Rocket series evolved from a 2008 Publishers Weekly cover. What started out as a pup with a bibliophilic bird atop his nose has led to six books and counting. Tad’s first book in the series, How Rocket Learned to Read was a New York Times bestseller. Eight years later, R Is for Rocket: An ABC Book is the sixth book in the line, and features a surprise guest from Tad’s Duck & Goose series.
You’re invited to accompany StoryMakers host, Rocco Staino as he interviews Tad about tales of Halloween costumes past; how a playful wheaten terrier launched a series; and what’s next!