Children’s book author Laura Wifler and illustrator Catalina Echeverri worked together to create the beautiful and theologically rich children’s book Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer: A True Story of How You Can Talk with God. When our copy of Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer showed up, my daughter didn’t even give me a chance to take a look. “It’s so pretty!” she squealed. One look at the book and she knew it was for her. She sat down on our couch and started reading. I watched the book engulf her and saw her going back and forth to pages to point out something in the illustrations that she had read in the words. Catalina and Laura—together—had captured her attention and then spoken to her mind and her heart. We haven’t had the book long, but we’ve read it more times than I can count. Not every pretty book in our collection boasts the “repeat-read” designation.
How did they do it? In this conversation, Laura and Catalina give us a peek behind the creative curtain as they talk about the role illustrations play to deepen the message in great children’s books. Come listen in as these colleagues and friends talk through their experience and the mindset they bring to the work of educating children in the beauties of the Bible. The illustrations they mention are right below the audio so you can follow along visually, just like my daughter does as she reads Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer: A True Story of How You Can Talk with God.
– Kelsey Hency