We are so excited to share the book Worm Loves Worm on this week’s podcast. Author J.J. Austrian is super fun and spent a part of his day chatting with us at the Minnesota Children’s Book Festival.
When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux?
The book is written by J.J. Austrian. J.J. grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, graduated from Bard College, and worked in Los Angeles before returning to the East Coast, where he met his wife at a Halloween party. She married him a few years later, in spite of his costume choice. After moving to Minnesota so that they could be closer to family, J.J. earned his MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. Worm Loves Worm is his first picture book. We encourage you to visit his website, where you will find an entire section devoted to his crazypants.
Worm Loves Worm is illustrated by Mike Curato. Thanks to Balzar + Bray for permission to read the book on the podcast. Additional thanks to Mackin Educational Resources for assistance in setting up the interview with J.J. Austrian.