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: “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: “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: “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: “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: 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: 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