These days, picture books come in all sizes and lengths. There are so many new ones that are longer, meant for upper elementary and middle school aged kids. Yes, picture books are not just for little ones anymore! Yay! Because I think this unique art form is perfect in so many ways—and here’s an example … More Countdown, 2979 Days to the Moon
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 is the 10th annual World Read Aloud Day!! Join with people of all ages around the world and celebrate the joy of story! Pull a book off the shelf. Visit a library. Stop in a bookstore and find a new treasure. A shared reading experience has always been one of my … More Happy World Read Aloud Day!!
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 Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!
It seems to be a perfect time to share a new “subversive” story for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Here’s an introduction to WE DON’T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins of MOTHER BRUCE fame. Title: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates Written and Illustrated by: Ryan T. Higgins Disney/Hyperion 2018 Suitable for ages: 3-5 Themes/topics: school, … More We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
In previous guest posts, other authors have written that the heart of the story is in the characters and their relationships. I agree. But when writing about real people from history using limited resources, it’s often a challenge to get to know them. When I’m digging for what makes an historical figure tick, I look … More Mining for Heart: Listen to Your Characters
“I wanted readers to feel like they were in the pilot seat, so I needed the sensory details to make that happen.” … More Mining for Heart: “Put Readers in the Pilot Seat” by Michelle Cusolito
Instead of a “Mining for Heart” post this month, I wanted to take a moment for a special shout-out from my heart at this time of giving thanks and sharing gifts. It’s been a year of learning with two books on their way to real. And it would never have happened without the amazing … More Of Gifts and Gratitude
As we prepare to turn the page and open 2017, take a stroll back in time with some classic children’s books. Writers agonize over first lines, and for good reason. Beginnings are hard. Within them, there is the promise of a story. Some introduce the conflict, some the characters, others an odd tidbit tempting you … More Beginnings
Congratulations to Susan Roberts, the winner of Miranda Paul’s latest!
With the “Paging Through the Parks” celebration of the 100th anniversary of U.S. National Parks during August, it’s the perfect time to examine setting. Liz Garton Scanlon shares her experience mining the setting for story. What she found sprang from her own experience and memories, and how the setting had touched her. In the Canyon: How Setting … More Mining the Setting: “In the Canyon: How Setting Became Story” by Liz Garton Scanlon