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
What a perfect time of year! What a perfect place! What a thrill to do my first school visit where my writing journey began – at Woodview Elementary School in Grayslake, IL! Last Friday, while visiting family in the area, I returned to the school where I attended 2nd through 5th grade, oh so long … More Of Home and Gratitude
I’m feeling very grateful. And I’ve got the perfect picture book to share. Open the cover and be welcomed into Cherokee culture for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Title: We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Frané Lessac Charlesbridge, 2018 Suitable for ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: Cherokee Indians, Native Americans, gratitude, culture Opening: Cherokee … More We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga
“Listen and I’ll tell the tale
Of storing summer in a bale.” … More Hey, Hey, Hay!
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
In the beginning, there were three colors:
Yellows, Reds, and Blues. … More Mixed, A Colorful Story
Earlier, author Tina Cho shared how she turned her real life experience into a picture book. Today, as part of Perfect Picture Book Friday, here’s more about this important book. Title: Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans Written by: Tina Cho Illustrated by: Keum Jin Song little bee books – 2018 … More Rice from Heaven
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Tina Cho’s debut picture book, RICE FROM HEAVEN, which releases in just a few days. This amazing story, told from the heart, arrives at an opportune time as children are hearing about North Korea in the news. When I learned that the book is based on … More “Behind the Scenes: Rice from Heaven” by Tina Cho
I’m so honored to host the amazing Tammi Sauer, a children’s author who has been tickling funny bones for years. Though Tammi has many new picture books, my all time favorite is still CHICKEN DANCE from 2009. Thank you, Tammi, for sharing how you keep us chuckling! When writing picture books, I always aim … More Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer
It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! Here’s a lovely and creative counting book that just might inspire you to get out in nature before school starts. It’s also a great book for teachers to start off the year! Congratulations to Julie LaCombe, winner of Adventures to School by Miranda Paul! Next week, be sure to stop … More 100 Bugs!