If you’ve listened to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast much, you probably know I’m a huge fan of The Green Ember. I think it’s the best book my kids and I read together all year long. You’ll understand, then, why I was so excited to chat with Zach Franzen, the illustrator of The Green Ember for today’s show.
Our conversation went on much longer than I could possibly air on the podcast, so I trimmed it up to the best of the best of it here. I was floored by how insightful Zach is- how much careful thought and real consideration goes into his work.
In this episode, we discuss whether illustrations help or hinder a child’s imagination and why illustrations deeply matter. You’ll just love to hear Zach tell about the one-sentence story he wrote as a child– My dad can lift a truck— and how that one sentence story provided a watershed moment for him in realizing that perhaps there was an illustrator inside him. :)
Click that play button below to hear the podcast!
Books we talked about during the show:
Other links from this episode:
- Zach’s guest blog post about Hospitality and the Holy Imagination
- Find Zach on Instagram
- Visit Zach at his website