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Authors and Illustrators share children's book publishing information

In Search of Eye-catching Picture Books

Lately I’ve been venturing to my local library to escape the L.A. summer heat and have a little quiet time to myself while my parents visit to watch my new baby. This time, I didn’t have a theme in mind, but wanted to wander the picture book shelves and see which ones called out to me. It’s no...

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Why I Love Biographies and Nancy Churnin

Biographies for kids are a really special sub genre of nonfiction that I adore. They give great opportunities for adventurous writers to explore history, geography, creativity, overcoming obstacles, class, race, gender, disability, invention, the resilience of the human spirit and so much more....

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Beginning at the End

Every magic trick has, at its heart, one key effect. Of course, there might be several effects, but there is one moment in the trick that hits the hardest and leaves the greatest impact on the spectator. For example, in the classic chop cup routine, a small ball is removed from a cup by the...

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It's All About...Setting End of Summer Goals

It’s already mid-August! The days are flying by. Here are some tips to ensure you meet your writing-related goals before the summer ends. WRITING I read a recent article about moving past perfection in your work. Check it out here! This applies well to getting that first draft or first...

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Kvelling About Former Students Books with Two New Videos and More... Mira Reisberg

Not too long ago, we ran the Picture Book Palooza, which was pretty extraordinary. And apart from my upcoming Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books co-teacher/partner in crime, Sterling editor Rachael Stein, and our Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books...

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A Special Tone and Energy in Picture Books

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the library of my hometown in Torrance, wandering the same children’s book aisles I used to spend hours in when I was little. The Katy Geisert library is a big two-story library, with the children’s books on the second floor. I always loved going up the huge spiral...

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Two Books That Get Their Series Started Off Right

For a magician, beginnings can be the hardest part of performing. There’s a fine line between seeming rushed and appearing to be too deliberate. I once saw the start of a magic show that took the magician nearly ten minutes before he performed his first trick. By the time he did, the spectators...

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It's All About--Summer Writing Prompts

If you’re like me, it can be difficult in the summer to stay motivated and find time to write. My children are out of school, so my daily routine is different. And the lure of vacation, family outings, and the beach sometimes interferes with sitting down at my computer. With that said, I’m always...

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Love, Learning and Board Books

Happy summertime everyone! Even though we’re experiencing June gloom here in L.A., June always marks the beginning of fun in the sun, barbecuing and splashing in the pool to cool down from the heat for me. This year is especially memorable as we welcomed our little baby boy in April. And with the...

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Matchmaking Authors and Illustrators with Crow Spirit plus a short video review

People sometimes wonder how an illustrator is matched with a manuscript. Well, read on dear reader to find out how with a wonderful example and a short video review. Usually the editor selects the illustrator for a manuscript together with an art director, or sometimes on their own. Often the...

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