Your podcast feedback

We have been on hiatus with the podcast this month while we explored new ideas and collected feedback from listeners. We asked you to respond to a short survey to learn more about what you liked about the podcast and what you would change. Here’s what you told us:

There was no clear direction on what other content people would value. There were relatively equal votes for ideas such as: activities to complement the books, recommendations for other books readers might like, or interviews with other people in the book world.

Thanks for your help planning the future of the podcast. Congratulations to Abe, who won a copy of My Reading Adventures for filling out the survey (check your email for instructions from us)! We plan to start publishing new episodes again in July 2017. Until then, you can listen to old episodes at

LBR 034: Fancy Party Gowns with Author Deborah Blumenthal

Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal

Episode 34 of the Lu and Bean Read podcast features author Deborah Blumenthal and her picture book Fancy Party Gowns.

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Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who now divides her time between writing children’s books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appeared widely in many other newspapers and national magazines including New York’s Daily News, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Self, and Vogue. (Oh, and the Lu and Bean Read Podcast. Ahem.)

Deborah’s latest picture book Fancy Party Gowns is the stunningly beautiful biography of fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Lowe designed the wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy–but almost no one knew her name. Isn’t it beautiful (image thanks to InStyle).

Jackie Kennedy wedding dress

Lu and Bean selected this book for the podcast because they were so intrigued by the challenges Ann overcame, the famous women she designed for, and the many ways she “thought about what she could do, not about what she couldn’t change.”

Fancy Party Gowns is illustrated by Laura Freeman and published by Little Bee Books. Thanks to Deborah for chatting with Lu and Bean about this fantastic biography!


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LBR 033: The Youngest Marcher with author Cynthia Levinson

On Episode 33 of the Lu and Bean Read podcast, we chatted with author Cynthia Levinson about her book the Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist.

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Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson

The Youngest Marcher is Cynthia Levinson’s first picture book, about the Children’s March in Birmingham, AL, during the Civil Rights Movement. It tells the story of young activist Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest child to participate in the march the resulted in the arrest of 3,000 children practicing civil disobedience. As we learn on the episode, the Children’s March was one of the turning points in overturning unjust segregation laws in 1960s-era Alabama.

Cynthia Levinson writes nonfiction books for and about young people. Her books have won an array of awards, including the IRA Young Adult Nonfiction Award, Jane Addams Book Award, SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction (Honor), NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award (Honor), YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (Finalist), ALA Notable Children’s Book, Parents Choice Gold Medal, Massachusetts Must-Read Book, and ILA’s Social Justice Literature Award, among others.

The Youngest Marcher is illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Vanessa illustrated some of our other favorite picture books, including Mary Had a Little Glam and Sewing Stories.

The book was published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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