Author Archive

The Amazing Search for Joseph Cornell

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In today’s final Author Spotlight post of the year, Candy Fleming shares a bit about how her most recent book, The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell, came to be.

Embracing Rejection: It’s All in the Attitude

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The last time I had a story rejected, I’ll admit I was disappointed…for about two minutes. Then I rejected the negative feelings and sent the story to a different publisher…

A Peek Into Our Process

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We are both living the dream – kids, community commitments, a day-job we love, great friends – the list goes on. Although we wouldn’t change a thing, writing can take a toll and… Continue reading

Slippery Things: The Process Is Writing

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Why is writing such a slippery process? A budding children’s book author and an established writer of books for teachers on writing and grammar shares his writing process. It’s simple: Write.

Teachable Concepts for Young Kids Through Cooking

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Author and illustrator Melissa Iwai explains how cooking provides many teachable aspects to explore, such as counting, observing, and following a series of steps.

The Essence of Ada: The Story Behind a Picture Book Biography of Ada Lovelace

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Did you know that Ada Lovelace was able to imagine how a machine could not only calculate any number you gave it, but also create music and visual images–100 years before computers were invented? Read the story behind the story with author Tanya Lee Stone who steps into our Author Spotlight today.

Building a House of Fiction on a Foundation of Nonfiction

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Meet Lester Laminack at the corner of story and information. You’ll chat a while. He’ll introduce you to a couple of characters and walk with you through the South Carolina Lowcountry. And hopefully you’ll leave filled with new information.

Finding the Hook in Writing Biographies

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A good biography presents an interpretation of the facts. Doreen Rappaport calls that “the hook.” Join her today as we kick off our 4th Annual Author Spotlight Series with Doreen’s guest blog post.

Narrative Writing Makes a Beautiful Gift

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 The students wrapped their writing in an array of wrapping paper, and they left my classroom eager to share their gifts – the gift of words.

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.