Books We Talk About on The Illustration Department Podcast

By The Illustration Dept.

By The Illustration Dept.

Louise Loves Art

Kelly Light

$17.98

In Episode 1 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Kelly Light talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how “Louise Loves Art” was published—and how it changed her life.

Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII

Marissa Moss and Yuko Shimizu

$9.95 $9.15

In Episode 3 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Yuko Shimizu talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life and career. They didn’t mention this book in the episode, but it’s certainly a must-buy.

Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals

Ed Emberley

$8.99 $8.27

In Episode 6 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Lisa Brown talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life and career. They discuss Ed Emberley’s influence on illustration—and the lessons we can learn from his simplistic approach.

Psssst! It's Me . . . the Bogeyman

Barbara Park and Stephen Kroninger

$13.99

In Episode 8 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Stephen Kroninger talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and career—and how he got into children’s books.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson

$17.00 $15.64

In Episode 13 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Leila Sales talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life and career—and the recklessness of public shaming and cancel culture.

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

Leila Sales

$17.99

In Episode 13 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Leila Sales talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life and career—and the recklessness of public shaming and cancel culture. They focus on her book, “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say”.

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

Leonard Marcus

$39.95

In Episode 17 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Leonard Marcus talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and career—and the history of children’s books.

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Leonard S. Marcus

$21.95

In Episode 17 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Leonard Marcus talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and career—and the history of children’s books. Ursula Nordstrom is mentioned. This book is a must for anyone who wants to get into children’s publishing.

Seven Little Postmen

Edith Thatcher Hurd, Margaret Wise Brown, et al.

$4.99 $4.59

In Episode 19 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Peter Jaszi talks to Giuseppe Castellano about copyright law—and about his grandfather, the great Tibor Gergely. If you look in the upper right corner of the cover, you can see Peter’s name.

Islandborn

Junot Díaz and Leo Espinosa

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 20 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Leo Espinosa talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his work and life—and about, “Islandborn”,—a 2019 Pura Belpre Honor Book for Illustration.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe

$18.99 $17.47

In Episode 21 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Javaka Steptoe talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his Caldecott-winning book about Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Blitt

Barry Blitt

$40.00 $36.80

In Episode 26 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Barry Blitt talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

Meghan McCarthy

$7.99

In Episode 29 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Meghan McCarthy talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life, work, and the publication and reception of “Aliens are Coming”.

A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More

Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

$19.98

In Episode 31 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Betsy Lewin talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life, work, and how she won a Caldecott-honor for “Click, Clack, Moo”.

Picnic, Lightning

Billy Collins

$17.00 $15.64

In Episode 34 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Jay Cooper talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work—and he talks about how this Billy Collins book changed his perspective on life.

Mars Attacks [With 4 Bonus Trading Cards]

The Topps Company

$24.99

In Episode 35 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Zina Saunders talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her life and work—and the life and work of her father, Norman Saunders—creator of “Mars Attacks”.

Publishing for Profit

Dominique Raccah and Thomas Woll

$26.95 $24.79

In Episode 37 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Penny Candy founders, Chad Reynolds and Alexis Orgera talk to Giuseppe Castellano about launching and publishing company. Chad says that ‘Publishing for Profit” was an integral source of information.

At War with War: 5000 Years of Conquests, Invasions, and Terrorist Attacks, an Illustrated Timeline

Seymour Chwast

$19.95

In Episode 40 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Seymour Chwast talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work—and how he published his latest book, “At War with War”.

Ida, Always

Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

$18.99 $17.47

In Episode 41 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Charles Santoso talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale

Joe McGee and Charles Santoso

$16.95

In Episode 41 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Charles Santoso talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent

Jessica Young and Charles Santoso

$16.99 $15.63

In Episode 41 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Charles Santoso talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Let's Paint!

Gabriel Alborozo

$16.99 $15.63

In Episode 42 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Gabriel Alborozo talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Sleep Like a Tiger

Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski

$17.98 $16.54

In Episode 43 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Pamela Zagarenski talks to Giuseppe Castellano about winning the Caldecott Honor for this title.

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski

$18.99 $17.47

In Episode 43 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Pamela Zagarenski talks to Giuseppe Castellano about winning the Caldecott Honor for this title.

The Fabled Life of Aesop: The Extraordinary Journey and Collected Tales of the World's Greatest Storyteller

Ian Lendler and Pamela Zagarenski

$18.99 $17.47

In Episode 43 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Pamela Zagarenski talks to Giuseppe Castellano about illustrating this title.

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho and Amy Jurskis

$29.40 $27.05

In Episode 43 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Pamela Zagarenski talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how this book inspired her creative journey.

Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children's Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books

Philip Nel

$20.95

In Episode 44 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Betsy Bird talks to Giuseppe Castellano about favorite children’s book creators —and their problematic work.

Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature

Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, et al.

$12.00

In Episode 44 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Betsy Bird talks to Giuseppe Castellano talk about “Wild Things!”—and the stories of the creators behind the most beloved children’s books of all time.

Violent Cases - 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

$19.95

In Episode 46 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Dave McKean talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life, his work, and his first impression of Neil Gaiman.

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition

Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth

$19.99 $18.39

In Episode 46 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Dave McKean talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Coraline

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

$8.99 $8.27

In Episode 46 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Dave McKean talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work.

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

Ashley Bryan

$21.99 $20.23

In Episode 47 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Ashley Bryan talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work—including his experiences as a stevedore for the U.S. Army, and how they inspired his Coretta Scott King Award-winning “Infinite Hope”.

Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight

$19.99 $18.39

In Episode 52 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Hilary Knight talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his life and work—including his experiences with the Navy during World War II; his relationship with Kay Thompson; the creation of Eloise; and so much more.

A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader

$34.95 $32.15

In Episode 54 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Enchanted Lion publisher, Claudia Z. Bedrick talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the founding of Enchanted Lion; “small fish” vs. “big fish” publishers; what she looks for in illustration; and more.

Go the Fuck to Sleep

Ricardo Cortés

$15.95 $14.67

In Episode 55 of The Illustration Department Podcast, publisher of Akashic Books, Johnny Temple talks to Giuseppe Castellano about rock music, “mandatory gatekeepers” in publishing, “Go the F*** to Sleep”, and the necessity of social consciousness.

Double Bass Blues

Andrea J. Loney and Rudy Gutierrez

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 56 of The Illustration Department Podcast, educator and artist, Rudy Gutierrez, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how he’s “lived many dreams” over a 40-year career in illustration; how he partnered with musician, Carlos Santana; what it was like winning the Caldecott Honor for “Double Base Blues”; and how illustrators can find their path.

Brunhilda's Backwards Day

Shawna J. C. Tenney

$16.98

In Episode 58 of The Illustration Department Podcast, author and illustrator, Shawna JC Tenney, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about facing rejection as an illustrator; breaking up with agents; ending her short-lived podcast, Stories Unbound, and much more.

Dreamland

Noah Klocek

$16.99

In Episode 59 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Cory talks about balancing illustration and parenthood; the importance of self-initiated projects; how to cure a bite from the “Comparsion Bug”; and more.

Deborah Feingold: Music

$45.00 $41.40

In Episode 65 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Deborah talks about her 40-year career as a photographer; what it was like taking photographs of major figures in music, politics, and popular culture—from Chet Baker to Madonna to President Obama; how she feels about the age of “built-in cameras”; and why she likes photographing illustrators.

Talking Lines: The Graphic Stories of R. O. Blechman

R. O. Blechman

$29.95

In Episode 67 of The Illustration Department Podcast, R.O. Blechman talks about why he became an artist despite having no interest in art; how he created his “squiggly style”; what advice he has for today’s illustrators; and much more.

A Fistful of Drawings

Joe Ciardiello

$25.00

In Episode 68 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Joe talks about his first steps as an illustrator; what thinks about when he thinks about drawing; how he manages the ebb/flow life of an illustrator; and much more.

Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles

$40.00 $36.80

In Episode 74 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Martin talks about the key to illustrating children’s books; what makes a picture book “great” or “bad”; finding one’s way through drawing; and much more.

Fox & Chick: The Party: And Other Stories (Learn to Read Books, Chapter Books, Story Books for Kids, Children's Book Series, Children's Friend

Sergio Ruzzier

$14.99 $13.79

In Episode 75 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Sergio talks about how he “broke into” children’s publishing; how Hieronymus Bosch, the Italian Renaissance, and Popeye influence his work; why watercolor is his medium of choice; what it was like living with Maurice Sendak; and so much more.

I'm Mighty!

Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 76 of The Illustration Department Podcast, James talks about his early days as an illustrator; why his philosophy on drawing—and the teaching of drawing—stems from intuition and humanization; why he thinks illustrators should embrace risk; and so much more.

Free Fall

David Wiesner

$7.99 $7.35

In Episode 78 of The Illustration Department Podcast, David Wiesner, illustrator, author, and 3-time Caldecott Medal-winner, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the path that led him to wordless picture books; how Maurice Sendak, James Marshall, Trina Schart Hyman, and other legends helped David feel like he “belonged”; how an “unplanned moment” led to his Caldecott-winning, Tuesday; what it was like to get the “Caldecott Call”; how and why illustrators still play second fiddle to authors; and so much more.

Tuesday

David Wiesner

$7.99 $7.35

In Episode 78 of The Illustration Department Podcast, David Wiesner, illustrator, author, and 3-time Caldecott Medal-winner, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the path that led him to wordless picture books; how Maurice Sendak, James Marshall, Trina Schart Hyman, and other legends helped David feel like he “belonged”; how an “unplanned moment” led to his Caldecott-winning, Tuesday; what it was like to get the “Caldecott Call”; how and why illustrators still play second fiddle to authors; and so much more.

Sector 7

David Wiesner

$18.98 $17.46

In Episode 78 of The Illustration Department Podcast, David Wiesner, illustrator, author, and 3-time Caldecott Medal-winner, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the path that led him to wordless picture books; how Maurice Sendak, James Marshall, Trina Schart Hyman, and other legends helped David feel like he “belonged”; how an “unplanned moment” led to his Caldecott-winning, Tuesday; what it was like to get the “Caldecott Call”; how and why illustrators still play second fiddle to authors; and so much more.

Not Waving But Drawing

John Cuneo

$25.00

In Episode 79 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Award-winning cartoonist, John Cuneo, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about John’s career before and after his “artistic crisis”. They discuss how insecurity and anxiety drive wedges between an artist and their work; why John “goes there” with his “NSFW” illustrations; what role depression plays in John’s, and Giuseppe’s, lives; and much more.

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1), 1

Kazu Kibuishi and Kazu Kibuishi

$12.99 $11.95

In Episode 80 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Author and Illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the personal hardships and challenges he faced in becoming a graphic novelist; where comics and graphic novels stand, and where they should go; why doctors gave Kazu a 99% chance of dying in 2012, and how his near-death experience effects him now; what advice he has for comic book and graphic novel creators; and more.

Fancy Nancy

Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 81 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Author and Editor-at-Large at Penguin Young Readers Group, Jane O’Connor, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about her 50-year career in children’s publishing—including her thoughts on mergers in the publishing industry; writing Fancy Nancy; creating the trend-setting Who Was? series; working with Gyo Fujikawa; and much more.

Jim Henson: The Biography

Brian Jay Jones

$20.00 $18.40

In Episode 84 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Luke Flowers talks to Giuseppe Castellano about why Jim Henson is a big part of his kindness and creativity; how he‘s managed to illustrate more than 50 children’s books in less than a decade; how he lives with self-doubt and depression; and more.

Ninja in the Kitchen (Moby Shinobi: Scholastic Reader, Level 1)

Luke Flowers

$3.99 $3.67

In Episode 84 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Luke Flowers talks to Giuseppe Castellano about why Jim Henson is a big part of his kindness and creativity; how he‘s managed to illustrate more than 50 children’s books in less than a decade; how he lives with self-doubt and depression; and more.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Expert Advice for Extreme Situations (Survival Handbook, Wilderness Survival Guide, Funny Books)

David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven

$18.95 $17.43

In Episode 85 of The Illustration Department Podcast, David Borgenicht talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the founding, management, and future of Quirk Books; how his team looks for illustrators; whether Publishing saw its worst-case scenario in 2020; and more.

Above the Timberline

Gregory Manchess

$29.99 $27.59

In Episode 88 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Greg Manchess talks to Giuseppe Castellano about the turbulent beginning of his artistic journey; why his 2017 groundbreaking graphic novel, Above the Timberline, is about searching for his father; how he processes failure; why oil painting and the perfection of imperfection have sustained his 40-year career, and more.

Three Bears in a Boat

David Soman

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 90 of The Illustration Department Podcast, David Soman talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how David got his first picture book job—despite not having a single illustration in his portfolio; the past and future of the beloved, Ladybug Girl books; the bad art advice coming from publishing professionals; painting with watercolor; teaching at SVA; and more.

The Secret Subway

Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 93 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Chris Sickels talks to Giuseppe Castellano about Chris’s career from farm to drawing table; why he illustrates in 3-D; how to “run your own race”; and more.

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life

David Galloway

$60.00

In Episode 95 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Barbara Nessim talks to Giuseppe Castellano about being one of the very few women working in illustration in the 1960’s; hanging out with Tomi Ungerer; and more.

China Days: A Visual Journal from China's Wild West

Henrik Drescher

$24.95

In Episode 97 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Henrik Drescher talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how artists can stoke their creativity; what publishing pros mean when they say that illustration needs to be “unique”; and more.

Chance: Escape from the Holocaust: Memories of a Refugee Childhood

Uri Shulevitz

$19.99 $18.39

In Episode 99 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Uri Shulevitz talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how he went from fleeing the Nazis in 1939, to publishing a children’s book with Harper & Row in 1963; writing “Writing with Pictures”; how to be an illustrator who writes; and much more.

Snow

Uri Shulevitz

$8.99 $8.27

In Episode 99 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Uri Shulevitz talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how he went from fleeing the Nazis in 1939, to publishing a children’s book with Harper & Row in 1963; writing “Writing with Pictures”; how to be an illustrator who writes; and much more.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Rashin

$8.95 $8.23

In Episode 103 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Rashin Kheiriyeh talks about how she became an illustrator—with help from her mother and the Iranian Government; what cultural differences she’s noticed while working with Publishers around the world; why your life’s experiences are worth sharing through illustration; and more.

The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family

Darryl Cheng

$27.50 $25.30

In Episode 105 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Darryl Cheng talks to Giuseppe Castellano about plant care—technically and philosophically; why illustrators should avoid “plant blindness”; and more.