Children's Literature

Jackie Hendry

 A few years ago,  Coleen Liebsch had to make a choice: would she finish the horror novel she was writing, or would she jump on an unexpected opportunity?

Today, her creation--the Books 4 Kids program--donates books to  children in  South Dakota and around the world.

Coleen Liebsch is an author...publisher...and CEO of Books 4 Kids. She loves books.

She also knows that a school book fair   can make a student feel like an outsider . Liebsch says when she was growing up, her family couldn’t afford to send her with much money to buy books.

Lori Walsh

Harry Bliss is an award-winning children's author and illustrator and a cover artist and cartoonist for "New Yorker" magazine. His book "Grace for Gus" is released this week. It's a graphic picture book, where the story of a young girl in New York is told almost exclusively via comic panels.

It features a guinea pig, an economic challenge, visual humor that pays loving tribute to New York, cartooning, children's literature, and the arts.

Harry Bliss is a frequent visitor to the South Dakota Festival of Books. He joined us from his home studio in Vermont.

Artist Paul Goble passed away on January 5, 2017.

Biographer Greg Bryan worked with Goble for more than four years on the book that would secure the renowned children's book author's place in history, although the artist himself was hesitant and humble.

"In the Moment" host Lori Walsh talked with Greg Bryan about Paul Goble's humility, his art, and his devotion to the natural world and tribal traditions.