Books We Talk About on The Illustration Department Podcast

By The Illustration Dept.

By The Illustration Dept.

On The Illustration Department Podcast, Giuseppe Castellano talks to folks in illustration, graphic design, publishing, animation, and other creative fields about the ups and downs of their careers. Through these discussions, a LOT of books get mentioned.

 

Here’s a comprehensive list.

Louise Loves Art

Kelly Light

$17.99 $16.55

In Episode 1 of The Illustration Department Podcast, Kelly Light talks to Giuseppe Castellano talk 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

$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 $35.96

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 $19.76

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

Margaret Wise Brown, Edith Thatcher Hurd, 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 $36.00

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 $7.35

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

$19.99 $18.39

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 (Revised, Expanded)

Thomas Woll

$26.95

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

$17.99 $16.55

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

$17.99 $16.55

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 $26.46

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

$19.95

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 $11.04

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

$19.98 $18.38

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

Batman: Arkham Asylum: 25th Anniversary (Bound for Schools & Libraries)

Grant Morrison and Dave McKean

$33.05

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

$7.99 $7.35

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 $19.79

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 $31.46

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 $15.62

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.

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