Talking to illustrators is one of our favorite parts about making the Lu and Bean podcast. Kids are so fascinated with the work of illustrators, and especially with how they turn real pencil-and-paper drawings into a picture book! On episode 36 of the Lu and Bean Read podcast, we are learning about illustration for kids with illustrator Francesca Gambatesa. She talked with Lu about her new picture book When I’m a Mommy Like You. Lu asked tons of questions about illustration and discussed the hard work and many drafts that goes into making a book.

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About When I’m a Mommy Like You

(From Goodreads) It must be AMAZING to be a mommy! Every child wants to be just like their mommy and do all the exciting things that grown-ups do. But is being a mommy really that much fun? Or can being small be just as special? Maybe they can both be wonderful, if you do them together. A joyous and heartwarming story of family love and playing together, in this second title from a talented new author/illustrator pairing. When I’m a Mommy Like You is written by David O’Connell and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

About Francesca Gambatesa

Francesca Gambatesa is an Italian illustrator and animator living in London. She worked for animation studios as a character animator, designer and art director in Italy and the UK before becoming an illustrator for publishing. She now work mainly for picture books, young readers books and magazines. And she wants to write a comic book one of these days. She moved to London in 2008 and before that lived in Rome, Istanbul and Beirut (where she was born). That’s why she feels home is in many places.

Books we discussed

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