Ep 72 – Holiday Stories & Picture Books

The holiday season is a joyous time of year, filled with laughter and love and also great stories!

In this week’s episode, Fiona talks to Kathryn Shoemaker, noted children’s book illustrator and author, about the evolution of picture books in Education, trends in the industry, and her love of teaching. Of course, there are certainly more topics covered than that, but you’ll have to listen to find out.

Your hosts also indulge in a bit of holiday cheer, with a Christmas story mash-up that has to be heard to be believed! We think you’ll like it.


Change is coming to Down the Hall in the new year, so keep an eye out for some new stuff. Renewal is always a good thing, and change can be invigorating. Thank you to all of our listeners who have been with us over the last three years, and we hope you enjoy the new things happening in 2014.

We hope you have a joyous holiday season.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Episode 72 (50:11)

Time Stamps

00:38 | Introduction

20 Famous Christmas Stories

15:17 | Kathryn Shoemaker interview
46:19 | What’s happening at PDCE

MEd in Early Childhood Education (ECO4) | Application Deadline (extended): January 19, 2014
MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (VEL4) | Application Deadline: January 6, 2014
MEd in Curriculum Studies – Focus on Teaching Games for Understanding (TGU3) | Application Deadline: January 6, 2014


Down the Hall theme music | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Children Fun Joyful Holiday” by Plastic3

Sound Effects – SoundBible
Elf Launcher – Freesound
Christmas Background – Freesound
Jingle Bells – Freesound