It’s probably no surprise that I’m a big children’s picture book fangirl, considering I’ve got my own children’s picture book coming out in late 2023, so when I got the opportunity to interview Stephanie V.M. Lucianovic and Vashti Harrison, the duo behind Hello, Star, I was kind of freaking out.

Your kids have probably read (and loved) books from author Stephanie V.M. Lucianovic and New York Times bestselling writer and illustrator Vashti Harrison (separately, that is), but they’ve come together on such a beautiful collaboration, which they chatted about on our latest Spawned episode.

You can listen right now to what inspired this story, how Stephanie got the attention of Vashti (who is an extremely sought-after illustrator!), and how they both find their writing and illustrating inspiration, plus a whole lot more! Just be sure that you’re subscribed to Spawned so that you never miss an episode.

A chat with author Stephanie V. M. Lucianovic and illustrator Vashti Harrison about their new book Hello, Star on Spawned with Kristen and Liz

We’ve interviewed some lovely children’s book authors on our podcast. If you love children’s books as much as I do, check out these episodes with Kate DiCamillo, Meena Harris, and Levar Burton (just to name a few).

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Our Cool Picks of the Week 

The Longest Letsgoboy | Vashti Harrison's cool pick of the week!

Stephanie V.M. Lucianovic: Celebrating a big anniversary, Stephanie treated herself and her husband to these beautiful Estelle handblown wine glasses.

Vashti Harrison: The Longest Letsgoboy, a brand new children’s picture book that is also a must-read for kids! And… the cheetah cub cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. So cute!

Kristen: You don’t even need to be a runner to love what Kelly Roberts does on Instagram. In particular though, her super honest (and quite hilarious) sports bra reviews are worth the watch!

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