About

KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and has been selected as an American Association of School Librarians Best Digital Tool for Teaching and Learning. KLTV is available in over 700,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

KidLit TV Shows

  • STORYMAKERS, our flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling kid lit authors and illustrators. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book, affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress.
  • READ OUT LOUD – Enjoy storytime with authors at KLTV HQ!
  • READY SET DRAW! – Get inspired to draw with talented illustrators from children’s literature.
  • YOUNG AT ART with James Ransome – In this series, kids learn basic and intermediate art skills used in children’s book illustrations!
  • The BIG Picture LIVE! with Andrea Davis Pinkney – LIVE drawing and fun tutorials.
  • IN STUDIO – Join the KLTV film crew as we visit artists’ studios around the world!
  • PAST PRESENT: GIVING PAST STORIES NEW LIFE with Lesa Cline-Ransome –  Explore non-fiction story writing, share how we can learn about ourselves and find common bonds with people from the past.
  • WHAT BECOMES A CLASSIC?  with Leonard Marcus, digs into the historical and cultural context around the creation of a children’s classic.
  • Plus exclusive LIVE coverage of special literary events here and on Facebook LIVE!

KidLit RADIO

The Children’s Literature Podcast for Kids! Listen here or on iTunes and SoundCloud.

We’re a trusted resource for parents, teachers, and librarians!

Go on an adventure in a world of stories with us! KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them.

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KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature. – Children’s Book Council

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Visitors are almost guaranteed to find something interesting and useful, whether they are consumers, producers, or curators of children’s literature. – Parents’ Choice on KidLit TV

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I absolutely love the book trailers. Kids today love anything video. Being able to show them a book trailer about a book you want them to be interested in is a great way to seal the deal. I think that’s a fantastic [feature] on KidLit TV. – Allison McDonald, No Time for Flash Cards

I love the author interviews on KidLit TV. To have the whole store of author interviews is awesome. …My kids have gone on a Percy Jackson kick this summer and to hear [Rick Riordan] talk about his favorite Norse Gods was awesome for us! – Amy Mascott, Teach Mama

The diverse KidLit TV team supports the We Need Diverse Books and Multicultural Children’s Book Day initiatives by encouraging the children’s literature community to create more books that reflect the diversity of our society.


Meet the KidLit TV Team!

Julie Gribble – Founder & Author

Julie Gribble produces works for children and the children’s literature community in both the United States and Great Britain. While a Children’s Literature Fellow at Stony Brook Southampton, she founded KidLit TV to help inspire children to learn and read. Julie is also founder of the upcoming TeenLit TV which will feature video programs for YA fans. Julie has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and is a multi-award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. Her charming picture book, Bubblegum Princess, is based on a true story about Kate Middleton and was released on the day the first royal baby, who we now know as Prince George, arrived. Copies of the book have been donated to underprivileged children in the US and to children’s hospices in the UK. She received The Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy from Reader to Reader.
A book is an invitation to go on an adventure.
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Rocco Staino –  Host, StoryMakers

Rocco is the charismatic host in a bow tie!  A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a prominent librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which is in charge of the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has chatted with kid lit rock stars like Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Mo Willems, and Katherine Paterson!
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Stephanie Cummings – Social Media & Cool Stuff Manager

Stephanie Cummings is a former BBC Journalist sharing her lifetime love of children’s literature and illustration with her two young daughters — and now with you, too, through her blog Three Cubs Book Reviews. Stephanie has an academic background at the undergraduate level in literature and has master’s degrees in both anthropology and design. She started her professional life in an art gallery and ended up producing radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, before deciding to become a stay at home mum. She lives with her two girls and handsome husband (who is sometimes invited into the tepee) in leafy, north London.

James E. Ransome – Host, Young At Art

James is both a painter and award-winning illustrator, with work exhibited in both private and public art collections. He has illustrated over 50 books, and his awards include the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Picture Book Honor and the ALA Notable Book Award for Sky Boys; the Coretta Scott King Honor for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop; the Coretta Scott King and IBBY awards for Creation; the NAACP Image Award for Let My People Go and Our Children Can Soar; and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Award, Rip Van Winkle Award, SEBA Best Book of the Year Award and Dutchess County Executive Art Award for Individual Artist.
James lives in Rhinebeck New York with his wife Lesa Cline-Ransome, a writer of children’s books. They have collaborated on a number of books including My Story, My Dance, Satchel Paige, Quilt Alphabet, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass and Just A Lucky So and So. They live in the Hudson Valley with their four children.

Lesa Cline-Ransome – Host, Past Present

Lesa Cline-Ransome spent her childhood days in Malden, Massachusetts at her local library, where she stacked up on books and often missed dinner when she could not put down her book. It was reading that led her to writing. As an adult, in between reading a book a week, and visiting the library, she has written twenty three picture books, including Satchel Paige, Germs and Before She Was Harriet along with  two middle grade novels, Finding Langston and Leaving Lymon.  A mother to four, and a wife to one fabulous illustrator James Ransome, Lesa loves to cook, solve anagrams and take long walks.
Reading transports me to worlds far beyond my own and reminds me of the transformative power of story to inform, educate, entertain and change lives.
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Leonard Marcus — Host, What Becomes a Classic?

Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them.  He is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and has curated numerous exhibitions including the New York Public Library’s landmark The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. He teaches at New York University and the School of Visual Arts and lectures around the world. Leonard lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
I like to read in the same way that other people like to swim: I dive in and become completely immersed in words: their rhythms, their sounds, and the stories they have to tell.
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Andrea Davis Pinkney — Host, The BIG Picture LIVE!

When Andrea was a kid, reading was a struggle. But she loved telling stories and sharing them with friends. One day, Andrea got a notebook, and starting writing her stories down. She soon discovered that this is what authors do — they put their stories on paper for others to enjoy. The books Andrea writes today begin with stories she puts down in a notebook. She’s now written more than thirty books, and has a closet full of notebooks that were the beginnings of these published works.
Reading has the same power as electricity. It takes me from dark to light!
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Terry Shay — Teacher, Creativity Corner

Terry (T) Shay is a K-12 Vocal Music Teacher and creativity ninja. He is the founder of International Dot Day!His high school Morning Book Club reads a picture book every day before school. His current favorite Middle Grade book is Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Two books that made him laugh out loud are Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be In This Book (Julie Falatko, Tim Miller) and Dandy (Ame Dyckman, Charles Santoso). He owns at least five copies of The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate). He lives in Iowa with his wife.
I like to read because it helps me to manage emotions; like a sad book helps me feel understood or a funny book helps me feel happy.
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Roxie Munro – Host KidLit TV special LIVE STREAMS

Roxie was born in West Texas, raised on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland, and now lives on an island in New York named Manhattan (also called New York City). She works in an art studio on an island too – in Long Island City, across the East River from her home. Roxie has always been an artist – when she was six, she won the county-wide 1st prize for a painting of a bowl of fruit, and was on page 1 of the local newspaper! One of her most fun art jobs was being a TV courtroom artist in Washington DC.
When I was a child the bookmobile came every Thursday in the summer to my rural village on the Bay, and for me it was the most exciting day of the week!
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Pat Cummings – Author/Illustrator

Most of my stories include family members and friends. Things that happen in real life might not fit exactly into a story but they definitely can get one started. That’s why my brother Arty shows up in so many of my picture books. I had to keep changing his name so he wouldn’t know I was talking about him but he’s been Harvey Moon and Petey Moroni and Angel Baby and just about every boy in every picture book I’ve done. That’s the price of being the only boy in a family of girls I guess.
I read because I like to be surprised.  I like learning new things and getting old things explained and examined.  I grew up in a reading family and books and books represent entertainment, comfort and access to valuable information.  I read mostly to satisfy my curiosity.
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Bethany Edwards – Biracial Bookworms on KidLit Kibbles

When Bethany Edwards was growing up, she dreamed of seeing the whole world.  She grew up to be a teacher in international schools and got married to a US Diplomat. So far they have traveled to 58 countries together, and in each of those countries, she carried one of her daughters, a lot of books, or both on her back. Bethany loves the beach, learning how to cook new cuisines, and protesting for human rights.
I love to read to be transported into another perspective, another era, or another place that allows my humanity to feel seen and valued as well as be able to better value others as a global citizen. I read to laugh, to cry, to be scared, to be humbled, to answer questions I have, or just for the love of reading.
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Tracey M. Cox – Author, Facebook Coach

Tracey M. Cox loves to read, write, draw, and crochet. She believes it’s the closest thing we can get to true magic. Her superpowers are creating worlds with her words and illustrations. Shh, she also has a wand that SOME people think is a crochet hook. But let’s face it, it’s a funny looking stick. She waves it around, doing certain movements. Then, BAM! a scarf or blanket or toy appears. Yep, magic!
I like to read to go on adventures, to travel through space and time, to learn something new, to become someone else, but ultimately to find myself.
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Kristen Balouch – Illustrator

Kristen grew up among the redwoods of California making things: drawing, crocheting, and sewing. When she got a little older she made more things: ceramics, welding, woodworking, and printing. Kristen went to art school and became a professional maker. She makes things every day and some days she makes children’s books—she thinks about them, writes them, and illustrates them. Somedays when she is not making things she likes to read.
Reading is like hanging out with a friend.
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Susannah Greenberg — Publicity

I am a publicist. I work with publishers, authors and  illustrators. I help bring authors and illustrators of children’s books, and news about them, to you.  I love working with the people who create and love children’s books! They love their work and they are best. When I was a child, some of my favorite children’s authors were Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, E. Nesbit, and Lewis Carroll.
Reading has been a part of my life since my mother taught me how, so many years ago – what joy reading Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak and so many others with her. It is a gift that has lasted me all of my life; it is learning to think, to speak, and to discover the world around you.
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Laurel Nakai – Author, Songwriter

Laurel Nakai loves to sing (and you can sing this bio… to the tune of Yankee-doodle, seriously try it!) She writes songs and sometimes books, she loves cake and dancing. Her guitar is made of wood, her socks are never matching.
I feel like I make new friends and travel to new places when I read. I love getting lost in a great story!
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KidLit TV Contributors:

Kim Vij

Kim Vij – Educator and Pinterest Consultant

Kim is a Pinterest expert and shares KidLit TV’s content with her 1.6 million followers. You might know Kim from her popular blog, The Educator’s Spin On It, but she’s also an early childhood educator, speaker, and author of “100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids”. Her parenting and educational activity ideas are featured on Melissa and Doug, Sylvan Learning, and more. She is a founder of the Virtual Book Club for Kids, which offers activities to connect families with popular authors and books. A busy mom of 3, Kim loves exploring the world through books, as well as through travel.
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Danielle Davis – This Writer’s Life

Danielle Davis grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and now reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in literature and creative writing and a background teaching English to middle school and community college students. She’s author of the middle grade novel, Zinnia and the Bees, blogger at This Picture Book Life, and creator of This Writer’s Life, a video series for kids and their classrooms. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Becky Flansburg – Read Your World

Becky is an author, blogger, and virtual assistant from The Great North Country (also known as Minnesota). She is “mom” to two humans and “critter mom” to two snakes, two lizards, a hamster, a frog, and a very spoiled doggy named Fred. She is also the long-time project manager of the global children’s literacy non-profit, Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Becky is the author of four non-fiction books and one diverse children’s book called Sissy Goes Tiny. Readers can watch Becky’s interview with Rocco Staino HERE or listen on KidLit RADIO HERE.
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Megan Cahill-Assenza – Best of the Web KidLit Crafts & Activites

Megan is from Northport, NY, and a recent Children’s Literature Fellow from Stony Brook University. A writer, filmmaker, and animal lover, Megan is pursuing a career in children’s literature. She currently works in the Academic Tutoring Center at Suffolk County Community College.
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