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Authors and Illustrators share children's book publishing information

It’s Time for Rhyme: Finding Humor Through Picture Book Verse

It's a brand new year, friends, and many of us might be looking at our writing goals for 2019. Mine is improving my rhyming skills, with a view to sharpening the humour in my picture book manuscripts. Before you all gasp in horror, I am aware of the common wisdom that editors are wary of...

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Appreciating the Little Things this Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season, and the hustle and bustle of shopping and preparing for the festivities is in full swing. With just a few days until the new year, I can’t help but look back on the year and be grateful for all the memorable events and magical moments, both big and small. With that in...

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Mondays with Mira: Ode to an Onion - How to Make a Biography Sing

Hi there, I am in love with this book. It doesn't hurt that it's from a former student, Alexandria Giardino, but regardless it sings and shines with an exquisite light evoking the mystery of moonlight, the warmth of the sun, and the wonders of the earth. It also doesn't hurt that it's...

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A Feast for the Eyes (and the tummy!)

Every year, I find that the holiday season seems to creep up on me faster each year. I want to slow down and savor the moments, and the amazing food! I am now home after a week long Northern California road trip up to Santa Cruz, a trip we make every year to feast and celebrate Thanksgiving with...

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Lyrical Miracles Make for Magical Books

Long ago, Magician Bill Malone created a magnificent cups and balls routine based on the nursery rhyme “Rub a Dub Dub”. The humorous poem and eye-popping illusions combine to create a routine that has become a classic of magic, enjoyable by all ages. This same outcome is possible in books, when...

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It's All About...Ideas

Ideas for children’s books are all around. Sometimes you find and harness them. Other times you may need to kick start the idea avalanche. Being open and receptive to thoughts, visuals, snippets of conversation, children's antics, pets, nature and science, current events, music, art, and just the...

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The Fun and Humour of Fear in Children's Picture Books

Happy Halloween, all! It's been a while since my last blog, so I'm delighted to return in time for the spookiest occasion of the year. Trick or treating is a firm favourite with children, and its popularity might in some way explain the universal relationship between fear and fun, something...

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Guest Post from former student Jackie Azúa Kramer and video review of Miri Leshem's Scribble

Howdy friends, I love my students and love continuing to help them after they are published. So I have two treats for you today. First up is a video review of Miri Leshem Pelly's Scribble and Author (it's only 5 mins) followed by a Guest Post from the equally wonderful Jackie Azua...

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IT'S ALL ABOUT . . . REVISION

Does the following scenario sound familiar? You write a story. You think, “Wow! This is a fantastic story! I can’t believe my first draft is this good.” Then you read it again the next day. And think, “Wow. This story needs help!” Most manuscripts are truly solidified in the editing process....

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