Around the World Right Now Gina and BryonyIn this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews mother-daughter author team Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard. They discuss Around the World Right Now, the picture book multicultural adventure around the world’s 24 time zones. Gina and Bryony take us through the creation of their book sharing with us how to craft a story that is not only entertaining to children but helps them learn, and how writing a picture book is not only one of the most difficult challenges for writers but also one of the most rewarding. For more detailed show notes, visit

In the timeless picture book Around the World Right Now, Cascone and Sheppard take young readers on a journey across the world to experience the people, places, and things that exist in our daily lives on this beautiful planet in which we reside. You will visit New Mexico to see an artist working on a painting, a boy training sled dogs in Greenland, and a lemur stealing food from a family’s picnic in Madagascar.

Gina Cascone lives in New Jersey and has co-authored over 28 books and two movies. Bryony Sheppard is a teacher at heart who loves to bring stories to life for her students. Together, the two have created the most perfect children’s story as the most perfect duo.



Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula:

Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community. Read on to learn more or use the menu above to explore each category. We’ve also highlighted some key DIY MFA articles below to help you get started.

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