Author Archive

Conversations with Yourself

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Anna Forrester, a debut picture book author, sings the praises of critique groups, morning pages, and conversing with yourself in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Writing “Things to Do” Poems: It’s All About the Action Words!

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Today’s Author Spotlight includes some poetry with Elaine Magliaro, author of the new book, THINGS TO DO.

What Trouper (The Three-Legged Black Lab) Has to Teach About Poetry

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Meg Kearney provides us with some ways to teach poetry in the elementary school in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Reimagining Mentor Texts: A Collaborative Process

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write a professional book for teachers alongside a friend? Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli show us how it’s done in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Keeping It Real: Writing Realistic Fiction for Teens

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Author Renee Watson writes books that mirror what is happening in our world. It is her way of saying to a reader, “Yes, I see it too. I see you.”

Tackling Difficult Subject Matter in a Picture Book

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Author and Illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo talks about the way she tackled the Syrian Refugee Crisis in her new picture book, My Beautiful Birds.

To Edit or Not to Edit

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TWT’s Third Annual Author Spotlight Series begins today. Starting us off is author and illustrator Ashley Spires who has some advice for dealing with criticism.

Writing and Illustrating Stories by Bob Graham

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Bob Graham, author and illustrator of numerous picture books, closes out TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Becoming a Close Writer by Paula Bourque

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Teacher-author Paula Bourque steps into our Author Spotlight today to share her experiences about becoming a published author.

Writing with All the Feelings by Liz Garton Scanlon

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Author Liz Garton Scanlon implores us to let “you be you” in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Do Your Best Writing: Kick Down the Bumpers by Julie Falatko

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Today’s post is by picture book author, Julie Falatko.

Salchows and Semicolons by Isabel Bandeira

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YA Novelist Isabel Bandeira shares what she learned about writing and the publishing process from ice skating.

Creating Characters as Real as Spit by Maribeth Boelts

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Maribeth Boelts provides us with tips for creating authentic, unforgettable characters in stories.

Research is My Friend by Lauren Castillo

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Lauren Castillo, a Caldecott Honor author and illustrator, kicks off this year’s Author Spotlight Series with a piece about how important research is to her artistic process.

How I Became An Author

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Ralph Fletcher, who is a beloved trade and professional book author, steps into our Author Spotlight.

How NOT to Publish a Picture Book.

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Author/illustrator Val Jones’s first picture book, Who Wants Broccoli? was released earlier this month. She tells us about her path to publication in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Being an Illustrator on Both Sides of the Fence

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Mike Curato, author and illustrator of the Little Elliot books, steps into TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Patience + Perseverance + Passion = Publication

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Karen Beaumont, who is known for her lively and celebratory picture books, reminds us that with patience, perseverance, and passion, you WILL prevail.

Trudy Ludwig: True Confessions of a Professional Writer

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Trudy Ludwig is an award-winning author who specializes in writing children’s books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions. Today, we are honored to share Trudy’s thoughts about the writing process.

Crafting Nonfiction: Conducting Research and Organizing Information

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Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for children, steps into our Author’s Spotlight today. In her post, she shares about the chunk and check process, which will help your students conduct research.