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

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

Behind the Scenes: “One Step at a Time with Madame Saqui” by Lisa Robinson

Last week I shared Madame Saqui: Revolutionary Ropedancer, and this week you get to hear from the author, Lisa Robinson. The journey a story takes from idea to out-in-the-world is always interesting. I often think a manuscript teaches us something we need as we work through the story and get to know the character. Madam Saqui’s keep … More Behind the Scenes: “One Step at a Time with Madame Saqui” by Lisa Robinson

Behind the Scenes: “Where does a story start?” by Julie Abery

Stories begin in all sorts of places, and often, I think, they begin with an emotional reaction to something we see or hear. Thank you, Julie Abery, for sharing how YUSRA SWIMS came to be.  Thank you so much, Beth, for inviting me on your blog to share my debut picture book biography, Yusra Swims … More Behind the Scenes: “Where does a story start?” by Julie Abery

Behind the Scenes: “Straight to the (Primary) Source” by Kirsten Larson

Each manuscript I’ve tackled has brought new lessons in the research process, so it’s always helpful when I get to learn from someone else’s experience. In this guest post, Kirsten Larson shares some “Behind the Scenes” learning from the research process for her debut picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE.  Straight … More Behind the Scenes: “Straight to the (Primary) Source” by Kirsten Larson

Behind the Scenes: Rita Lorraine Hubbard on “Illustration Notes”

As promised, Rita Lorraine Hubbard, author of The Oldest Student, is here to share a bit from “behind the scenes” in the publishing process. Authors are often in a quandary about illustration notes, so here are some thoughts from Rita on her experience with her latest picture book.  Notes from THE OLDEST STUDENT: What I … More Behind the Scenes: Rita Lorraine Hubbard on “Illustration Notes”