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The Making of a Children’s Book

Listen in as Laura Wifler and Catalina Echeverri discuss how they merged the worlds of words and illustration in Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer: A True Story of How You Can Talk with God. 

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September 20, 2021
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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. 

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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 

Laura Wifler
Laura Wifler is the co-founder of Risen Motherhood and serves as the executive director and co-host of the podcast. She is the co-author of the bestselling book, Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope For Everyday Moments and the author of the children's picture book, Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer. Laura lives in central Iowa with her her husband and three children. You can find her at  laurawifler.com and @laurawifler on IG
Catalina Echeverri
Catalina Echeverri was born in Bogota, Colombia. She studied Graphic Design in Milano, Italy and Children's Book Illustration in Cambridge, England before settling in London. She has worked with both national and international clients and her book There's a Dinosaur in my Bathtub was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration Awards (Picturebook Category.) You can find her at https://www.cataverri.com and @cataverridoodle on IG

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