Time out from kid lit for a moment to share Teresa Funke’s “Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life” releasing Oct. 1. A compilation of her blog posts on the creative life, these short little readings offer up humor, inspiration, support, appreciation, and a myriad of thoughts on art and artists of all kinds. The … More Bursts of Brilliance
If you’re a kidlit writer and aren’t familiar with KidLit 411, you need to check out their website. It’s hands-down the site with the most and best info on a plethora of topics for writers. There’s a FaceBook group, too. And a bonus to all this goodness – lots of giveaways! I recently got lucky. … More Her Fearless Run
“…by thus clubbing our books to a common library, we should, while we lik’d to keep them together, have each of us the advantage of using the books of all the other members, which would be nearly as beneficial as if each owned the whole.” From Ben Franklin’s Autobiography And thus began America’s first lending … More National Library Week! April 7-13, 2019
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!!
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
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!