For Authors: Refine Your Craft

For Authors: Refine Your Craft

Support for the development of authors: Information gleaned by an experienced researcher

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For Educators: Tap Creative Potential

For Educators: Tap Creative Potential

Frameworks for activating and engaging creativity for students of all ages

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For Readers: Share the Journey

For Readers: Share the Journey

See examples, hear stories, and walk with her on the path as an exuberant published author celebrates writing

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Reading: Another

I read Another by Christian Robinson. The inside front flap asks, What if you… encountered another perspective? Discovered another world? Met another you? What might you do? And then the book asks and answers that question using images only. At one point I wasn’t sure that the end had the right MC in it. Very cute.

Reading: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, was published in 2015. Adorable. I enjoyed the art. Improbable story made much more plausible than I would have believed possible at the end. Wonderful unreliable narrator. Apparently I have a thing for those, as Denver is a (slightly) unreliable narrator.

Reading: The Neighbors

I read The Neighbors by Einat Tsarfati. Inside front flap: Climbing the stairs to her seventh-floor apartment each night, one curious little girl wonders what is behind her neighbors’ doors. Each door is totally different from the last, so she guesses that each apartment must contain a totally different kind of household. As she climbs higher,

Read 100 Picture Books

I have been told again and again to read a lot of picture books. I wondered how many is a lot. Thankfully Laura Backes was clear on that. Read 100 books. Several people told me to read recent picture books. How recent is recent? Some said this year, others two years, and the longest relevant

Bad Writing is Good

Bad writing is GOOD because bad writing is necessary. Writing isn’t perfect the first time. We have erasers, backspacing, delete, and reprints just because writing isn’t perfect. Anne Lamott says, “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” Janet Hulstrand takes that a bit farther, for us perfectionists, and

Since May

Background: May of 2019 is when I decided to embark on a quest to become a children’s book author. I don’t know exactly what day, though I know I had already written several “good as I know how now” drafts by May 21. I was prolific–which is one of my descriptions of myself as an

Work Smarter

I was listening to an author (Jed Jurchenko) talk about writing and he said that writing is creative. Does anyone disagree with that? Yeah, me neither. Then he said that editing is critical. I agree with that too. You? Then he said something I had not thought of: Do our brains switch back and forth

Reading: Ideas are All Around

Ideas are All Around, by Philip C. Snead, a Neal Porter Book from Roaring Book Press, published in 2016, has several interesting features. The illustrations are small photographs and large drawings and single-colored images all mixed together to tell the story. That collage of styles is interesting and offers a very different visual than most