Mining for Heart: “Mining for Hugsby’s Heart” by Dow Phumiruk

What a treat to have an author/illustrator share the process of “mining for heart”! I’m always fascinated to learn more about how illustrators think. Here, the amazing-how-does-she-get-so-much-done Dow Phumiruk shares her process with her forthcoming book, Hugsby. AND…Dow is generously offering a GIVEAWAY of one of her books – your choice! Just leave a comment … More Mining for Heart: “Mining for Hugsby’s Heart” by Dow Phumiruk

Behind the Scenes: “Lessons from Kat and Juju” by Kataneh Vahdani

When Kataneh Vahdani jumped from the animation world into children’s literature, she found she had a lot to learn. But, with one look at her bio, you’ll see she doesn’t shy away from new experiences!  In this Behind the Scenes post, Kat shares lessons from her first picture book – the kind of lessons you … More Behind the Scenes: “Lessons from Kat and Juju” by Kataneh Vahdani

We Are the Change

Here’s an essential picture book for everyone—black and brown and white, young and old, now and forever. A beautiful and powerful collection. Title: We Are the Change, Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders Written by: Harry Belafonte (introduction) Illustrated by: Selina Alko, Alina Chau, Lisa Congdon, Emily Hughes, Molly Idle, Juana Medina, Innosanto Nagara, … More We Are the Change

Behind the Scenes: “Tackling Difficult Topics” by Amalia Hoffman

There’s no denying it – we are living in difficult times. Helping kids make sense of what’s happening in the world isn’t easy. Picture books offer opportunities to process tough topics, see how people responded in times of crisis, and how they persevered with the power of hope. Today in Behind the Scenes, Amalia Hoffman … More Behind the Scenes: “Tackling Difficult Topics” by Amalia Hoffman

Behind the Scenes: “Back Matter to the Rescue!” by Laurie Wallmark

Don’t know what to do with all that amazing information you dug up in your research? You hate to waste all those fascinating tidbits….but word count worries creep in…what’s an author to do? Here’s Laurie Wallmark to the rescue!  Back Matter to the Rescue! by Laurie Wallmark One of the challenges in writing a nonfiction picture … More Behind the Scenes: “Back Matter to the Rescue!” by Laurie Wallmark

Behind the Scenes: “Puzzling Out a Picture Book” with Keely Parrack

I’ve found that I really enjoy exploring structure as a writer. Readers experience all kinds of text structures, but they seldom have a chance to learn all the planning and puzzling involved in the process of writing. Here, author Keely Parrack gives us a peek behind the scenes at how MORNING, SUNSHINE came to be. … More Behind the Scenes: “Puzzling Out a Picture Book” with Keely Parrack

Behind the Scenes: “The Writing Journey” by Laura Perdew

A picture book takes longer than most people think….and longer than an author may think…so I love this post from Laura Perdew who persevered with this story, pulling it out of the drawer to let it evolve over time with new learning and realizations. So for all of you out there with manuscripts in the … More Behind the Scenes: “The Writing Journey” by Laura Perdew

Behind the Scenes: “My Three Musts in Writing Picture Books” by Nancy Churnin

2020 is a big year for Nancy Churnin with two picture book releases! How does she decide what subjects are worth pursuing through months of research and revision? Read on to learn about Nancy’s process when she discovers a fascinating person from the past…  “My Three Musts in Writing Picture Books” by Nancy Churnin People often … More Behind the Scenes: “My Three Musts in Writing Picture Books” by Nancy Churnin