KidLit Podcast: Aaron Becker

Podcast Ep 31 | Aaron Becker

Here at KidLit TV we love exploring the kid lit world and going on all kinds of bookish journeys with you. What better way to go on a bookish journey than with award-winning and bestselling author/illustrator Aaron Becker? Aaron is the creator of the Journey trilogy, the last book Return wrapping up the adventure of brilliant wordless picture books.

Rocco Staino and Aaron go on an incredible journey on this episode of KidLit Podcast, as they explore the Journey trilogy’s far off land of Pallonezia. Some of your favorite classics such as The Wizard of Oz and Where the Wild Things Are are also mentioned, joining in on the adventure. So be sure to jump into this kid lit adventure, only found on KidLit TV


Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
Published by Candlewick Press

Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings, emperors, castles, canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home.

Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
Published by Candlewick Press

A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. He  gives the children a map and some strange objects, than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination. Colored markers in hand, they make their own way through the portal, under the sea, through a tropical paradise, over a perilous bridge, and high in the air with the help of a winged friend.

Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
Published by Candlewick Press

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire?


Like many American boys born in the wake of the Apollo missions, Aaron Becker decided early on he would be an astronaut. His mother was an astronomy teacher at a local college in his hometown Baltimore. She would take him along on her nighttime fieldtrips to the observatory; its musky smell relieved with the opening of its domed roof. At some point, he surmised that a career in actual space travel required military training, and this seemed like a lot of work. So he switched gears and started drawing pictures of outer space instead. There was palpable joy in this: creating civilizations and stories filled with a cast of characters of my own design. To be sure, these worlds were reflections of places inside of him. But more importantly, drawing was an immediate path for creating something he could manage on his own terms. These worlds were his and his alone. With a pad of paper and a set of markers, he could pretty much do whatever he wanted. For an eight year old confined by the limitations of his material existence, this seemed like a pretty good deal.

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