LBR 044: Arturo and the Bienvenido Feast with author Anne Broyles

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Thanks to author Anne Broyles for visiting us on the podcast this week to talk about her new picture book ARTURO AND THE BIENVENIDO FEAST.

Arturo and the Bienvenido Feast

About Arturo and the Bienvenido Feast

Arturo and his grandmother return in this charming bilingual sequel to ARTURO AND THE NAVIDAD BIRDS. This time Abue Rosa and Arturo are making a welcome dinner for Tia Ines’ new fiancé. They plan a wonderful dinner to welcome him into the family with plantains, pollo, and pastel, but Abue Rosa has a headache and Arturo encourages her to take a nap. He decorates and sets the table, but what will happen when Abue Rosa doesn’t wake up in time? With a bit of creativity, Arturo takes charge and creates a welcome feast like no other. ARTURO AND THE BIENVENDIO FEAST is illustrated by KE Lewis and published by Pelican Publishing.

About Anne Broyles

Anne’s writing career began while she was still a minister with magazine articles, curriculum for kids and youth, and numerous books in Christian spirituality. In addition to the Arturo books, she published SHY MAMA’S HALLOWEEN and PRISCILLA AND THE HOLLYHOCKS. Since her passion is historical fiction, she hopes her middle grade and young adult historical novels will be next into print.

She lives in Portland with her husband, one dog and two cats. She continues to travel the world and some of her favorite experiences include hiking to Bhutan’s Tiger’s Nest Monastery, kissing a baby Gray Whale in Baja California (Mexico), hiking to Machu Picchu (Peru), helping reroof a church in Cuba, touring castles in France, hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, and watching pink river dolphins on an Amazonian tributary in Bolivia.

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Arturo and the Bienvenido Feast


LBR 043: Hats of Faith with Author Medeia Cohan

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On episode 43 of the Lu and Bean Read podcast, we explored how to teach love & understanding by learning about religious head coverings with the new board book HATS OF FAITH. The book uses accurate terminology and phonetic pronunciations to learn about the head coverings that are common in many faiths worldwide.
Hats of Faith

About Hats of Faith

HATS OF FAITH is a beautifully illustrated children’s board book introducing readers to the shared custom of head covering. The creators set out to provide very young kids with accurate terminology and parents with phoenetic pronunciations for head coverings common in many world faiths. They consulted with religious experts, scholars, curators and faith leaders from around the globe and then cross-referenced, checked and rechecked their facts. Although the book is about religious head coverings, the creators chose the title Hats of Faith to ensure they were using the language of very young children. The book they published is the outcome of nearly a year’s worth of work. Learn more about HATS OF FAITH at, where you can find teaching tools and coloring pages to go beyond the book.

About Medeia Cohan and her partners

Medeia Cohan is an experienced writer, but this is her first children’s publication. HATS OF FAITH is a passion project for her, with a mission to educate children about diversity and tolerance early in life. Medeia believes that early familiarity with faith-based customs will lead to kinder future generations. HATS OF FAITH is illustrated by Sarah Walsh and published by Shade 7 publishing.

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Hats of Faith

LBR 042: Creating great nature books for kids

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Episode 42 of the Lu and Bean Read podcast is all about how to create great nature books for kids. We talked with several of Minnesota’s top kids book creators about how to help kids enjoy nature through writing, illustration and photography.

About Today’s Guests

Phyllis Root is the author of more than forty books. Her middle grade novel, Lilly and the Pirates, is currently under contract. Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won the Minnesota Book Award, and Big Momma Makes the World won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Root was awarded a 2006 McKnight Fellowship for her book Lucia and the Light. She has taught at the Loft Literary Center, in the Complete and Practical Scholar program at the University of Minnesota, and in Vermont College’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

Betsy Bowen is an accomplished woodcut artist from Grand Marais, MN. She first encountered woodcuts as a young art student in Sarasota, FL. One of the first-ever exhibits of the northern Canadian Inuit stone cut prints was on display at the Ringling Museum of Art. Twenty-five years later, she traveled to the workshop on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic to see the stonecutting in progress. Betsy still lives on the family homestead in Northern Minnesota, watching the horses and chickens and the garden grow. Her art studio is tucked into a former historic Lutheran church with plenty of room for the presses and woodblock prints and books.

Marion Dane Bauer was born in 1938 in the small prairie town of Oglesby, Illinois, and had a childhood she would later describe as “idyllic.” The first work she distinctly remembers writing was a poem in honor of her teddy bear, but she wrote many stories, too, both in her head and on paper. Her interest led her to a career as an English teacher, but Bauer didn’t begin writing professionally until after her own daughter was in elementary school. Bauer is a remarkably prolific author who has received critical acclaim for her ability to step inside the viewpoint of a child — any child or young adult, in a wide variety of circumstances. She has written fiction and nonfiction, picture books, chapter books, young adult novels, writing guides, and much more; she has also edited stories and articles for periodicals aimed at young people as well as teachers and librarians. Her best-selling novel On My Honor was named a Newbery Honor Book, one of countless awards and citations Bauer has received for her work over the years. The mother of two, Marion Dane Bauer now lives in a small town not far from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves cats and dogs, Asian and Middle Eastern foods, and being outdoors: walking, biking, and camping.

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Birds of (state name) Field Guide, Wildflowers of (state name), and Trees of (state name). Over the past three decades Stan has authored more than 130 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in natural history from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 25 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in more than 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services along with many other professional organizations.

Thank you to these wonderful authors and artists for sharing their time and talent with Lu and Bean Read!

Books we discussed

Nature books for kids


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