by Michael Armstrong When Tara agreed to host the cover reveal for my upcoming picture book, BEST DAY EVER, my initial thought was to have a writer friend do a Q&A type interview. Unfortunately, the few other writers I actually know were unavailable—all for perfectly
Well, hey-hey-hey, we’ve got a couple new early reader friends here today! Say hello to FRANK AND BEAN! I’m eager to eat…er, I mean…MEET them, so I sat down with the fellas to have a frank conversation. So Frank, you’re quite the solitary, secret fellow.
Recently a film by Pixar called “Bao” received the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards. The short featured a Canadian-Chinese mother whose son grew up and moved away, so she was feeling lonely. Enter a perfect, plump bao to give
by Laura Renauld Online writing challenges have been key to my career as a children’s author. I’m the kind of writer who needs external goals and deadlines to jumpstart my internal motivation. Challenges have helped me develop my craft, given me strategies for revision, and
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by Colleen Paeff The year or two leading up to the publication of an author or illustrator’s debut book is a rollercoaster ride of exciting milestones (“I signed my contract!”), new experiences (“Hello, Copy Editor.”), and sheer terror (“You expect me to read my book
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is offering a new award that honors the wonderful spirit and work of late children’s book author Kate Pohl Dopirak. The Kate Dopirak Craft and Community Award will offer one picture book writer: Full tuition to
by Salina Yoon Ever wonder how those cute books with moving parts, lift-flaps, pop-ups, or touchable things get sold to publishers? With a novelty book submission, the dummy is critical. Unlike other formats that may be story- or art-driven, a novelty book is format-driven. This
by Rosanne L. Kurstedt I could not be more excited to celebrate my brand-new picture book KARATE KID on Tara’s blog. We all know she loves a good celebration. KARATE KID introduces readers to karate in a fun and engaging way with an emphasis on