Behind the Scenes: “Writing a picture book biography – Stop or Go?” by Anne Renaud

Today we go Behind the Scenes with author Anne Renaud as she explores the writer’s all important decision of whether to go ahead with a picture book biography or not. Heading down the rabbit hole of research involves a lot of time and effort. I love historical figures that have been lurking in the shadows, … More Behind the Scenes: “Writing a picture book biography – Stop or Go?” by Anne Renaud

Behind the Scenes: “Craft Nuggets and Heartbeats” by Kim Tomsic

Take a peek “Behind the Scenes” as Kim Tomsic shares some of the learning from her writing journey, including some great resources. Thanks, Kim! “What’s your story about?” In my early writing days, I’d answer this question with, “…and this happens, and that happens, and so on.” I thought layering on multiple exciting events was … More Behind the Scenes: “Craft Nuggets and Heartbeats” by Kim Tomsic

Behind the Scenes: “Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving” By Sophia Gholz

Today Sophia Gholz, author of THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST, gives us a look “behind the scenes” at a few of the finer threads in the fabric of story. Mood, tone, and theme, done well, work seamlessly to ground a story and let the characters and plot shine.  Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving … More Behind the Scenes: “Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving” By Sophia Gholz

Behind the Scenes: “Parallel Paths” by Caroline Starr Rose

When a historical fiction or narrative nonfiction story features two characters, such as An Inconvenient Alphabet, the task of researching becomes more complex. But when your two characters are going around the world in opposite directions, the challenge of connecting them is even more difficult. Here, Caroline Starr Rose shares her research and organization process for … More Behind the Scenes: “Parallel Paths” by Caroline Starr Rose

Behind the Scenes: Illustrating Titan and the Wild Boars by Dow Phumiruk

Today I welcome the amazing Dow Phumiruk to share what goes on “behind the scenes” for illustrators. Dow writes and illustrates multiple books each year. And this project presented several challenges – time -wise, emotionally, creatively. Thank you, Dow, for taking the time to share your experiences! The process of illustrating a picture book is … More Behind the Scenes: Illustrating Titan and the Wild Boars by Dow Phumiruk

Behind the Scenes: Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Debbie Levy, and This Promise of Change

What an honor to have a “Behind the Scenes” guest post from Jo Ann Allen Boyce, and Debbie Levy on how they teamed up to create THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE: ONE GIRL’S STORY IN THE FIGHT FOR SCHOOL EQUALITY (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019)! Jo Ann Allen Boyce, a retired pediatric nurse and sometime jazz singer, lives in … More Behind the Scenes: Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Debbie Levy, and This Promise of Change

Behind the Scenes: “Knowing the Why, Finding the How”

Got the luck o’the Irish this month with an extra guest post! In anticipation of her debut picture book bursting into the world on March 19, Elizabeth Brown shares a bit of the story behind the book: DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER by Elizabeth Brown, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro (Abrams … More Behind the Scenes: “Knowing the Why, Finding the How”

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin! You’re Quite a Character!

Have you heard complaints about the deterioration of the language? How kids don’t learn cursive anymore? How texting is ruinous? Well, it’s nothing new! Today, in honor of Ben Franklin’s 313th birthday, I’d like to invoke a birthday Festivus and air his grievances. Ben Franklin is a historical rock star with his endless curiosity, sharp wit, … More Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin! You’re Quite a Character!

Behind the Scenes: Out-Takes from An Inconvenient Alphabet

This is the second in a new series I hope to grow – about what goes on “behind the scenes” in writing for children.  If you put together all the writing that’s done for a picture book, it would be enough for a novel. All the revisions. All the cuts. Ideas tried and dumped. Information … More Behind the Scenes: Out-Takes from An Inconvenient Alphabet