“I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear; my courage is reborn.” ~ Anne Frank Much has
Today I’m welcoming author-illustrator Leah Hong to reveal the cover for her debut picture book, HAPPY DREAMS, LITTLE BUNNY from Little, Brown! (Are you ready to go “awww”? Because here it is…) Leah, I’m struck by the light, airy softness of your illustrations. It looks
Today we have a gorgeous cover reveal from Rajani LaRocca and Chaaya Prabhat. (Yes, all cover reveals are beautiful, but this one struck me!) Wow, the cover is so bright and colorful! It reminds me of Indian holidays and celebrations I’ve attended. Can you explain
Jaime Zollars’ Author-Illustrator Debut THE TRUTH ABOUT DRAGONS: Storystorm Success Story (plus a giveaway)
by Jaime Zollars I am thrilled to share my Storystorm success story here! For those who don’t know me, my name is Jaime Zollars. I’m an illustrator who has been drawing pictures for young readers since 2003. I have illustrated many books for other authors,
by Alexandra Alessandri I’ve always loved the brainstorming part of the writing process. Endless possibilities! Bright, shiny story ideas! Hearts, unicorns, and rainbows! Imagine my excitement, then, when I discovered Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo, later re-envisioned into Storystorm. A whole month devoted to brainstorming? Yes, please!
Josh Funk Shares the Short & Sweet Trick to Creating Anthropomorphic Picture Book Characters (Even Though the Title of This Post Is Far from Short & Sweet)…PLUS a Giveaway!
Tara: Well, howdy, Mr. Funk! Josh: Hiya, Tara! Thanks for having me back to talk about SHORT & SWEET, the fourth book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series. Tara: Actually, you’re here to discuss tips for writing about anthropomorphic characters. And, you’re
Every year I’ve had the pleasure of asking the Carle Honor recipients a salient question about picture books, the medium in which they have made a profound impact. That tradition continues, although the annual ceremony commemorating the Honorees will be reimagined as a virtual benefit
Ready…set… Yes, it’s time to GO! Where, you ask? To the Pen and Ink Brigade’s STAND UP Art Auction! Going on NOW! But first, author-illustrator Carin Berger is here to tell us a little about it. Carin, what is the Pen and Ink Brigade and
OPENING THE ROAD is the true story behind the Green Book guide Black Americans used to travel safely during legal segregation…and the mail carrier who wrote it. Today author Keila Dawson is here to talk about how the 2017 Storystorm challenge inspired this story. Congratulations
by Evelyn Bookless Thank you, Tara, for hosting the cover reveal for CAPTAIN GREEN AND THE TREE MACHINE! READY TO ZOOM OFF ON A SPECIAL SUPERHERO MISSION? Captain Green is back and this time he’s creating a gadget to help save the planet. As he