Category Archive: Author Spotlight Series

The Keeper of Wild Words: Celebrating the Lost Words of Nature

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Author Brooke Smith hopes to bring a little nature into children’s lives, by introducing them to wild words that were taken out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary and are now celebrated in this joyous picture book.

Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable in Writing a Professional Book

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Writing a professional book can feel like jumping from a high-dive. Author Katie Cunningham explains how it requires getting comfortable with the uncomfortable including having the courage to start, the vulnerability to keep going, and the willingness to receive feedback from a place of humility.

The Threads of Writing a Picture Book Biography

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Kelly Starling Lyons shares about her experience of writing Dream Builder, a picture book biography about Philip G. Freelon, an architect who created he National Museum of African American History & Culture.

One Little Bag, One Little Story

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Henry Cole’s childhood paper lunch bag is the main character here. Find out how something so mundane can end up being a connection to the past, and a symbol of planet conservancy.

Writing About Your Past

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In this behind-the-scenes glimpse, author Helena Ku Rhee delves into her process of writing The Paper Kingdom. The book is based on her childhood memories of accompanying her parents to their job as night janitors.

The Story Behind WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS and Writing Lyrical Nonfiction

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Carole Lindstrom discusses the inspiration behind WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS and talks about how she approaches nonfiction stories.

How to Write in a Pandemic

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In this difficult, historic moment, all stories matter. Author Laurel Snyder reminds us to be sure we let our kids tell their own.

Announcing the 5th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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For the next seven days, published picture book, middle-grade, and professional book authors will take over #TWTBlog to share their thoughts on writing, their writing processes, and the path to publishing with you.
Check out their daily posts for book + author chat giveaways!

ICYMI: The 4th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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Last week, nine authors and illustrators stopped by to share their expertise with us. In case you missed it, this post includes links to each of their posts, which include giveaways of their books, virtual author visits, and more!

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.

Announcing the 4th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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For the next eight days, published picture book, middle-grade, and professional book authors will take over #TWTBlog to share their thoughts on writing, their writing processes, and the path to publishing with you.
Oh, and there will be giveaways!

ICYMI: Our Third Annual Author Spotlight Series

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Last week, seven authors and illustrators stopped by to share their expertise with us. ICYMI, here are the links to each of their posts, which all include giveaways of their books and more!

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.