In case you missed it, here's a recap of the 2023 Author Spotlight.
Category: Author Spotlight Series
Can You Spell U-p-l-i-f-t? The Power of Spelling to Level the Playing Field
In 1936, eighth grader MacNolia Cox became the first African American to win the Akron, Ohio spelling bee and to advance to the finals in the national bee. How Do You Spell Unfair is the story of her groundbreaking achievement against a backdrop of racial discrimination.
Finding Inspiration: A Children’s Book Illustrator’s Journey
A journey through diversity, emotions, and nature: A children's book illustrator's endless pursuit of inspiration.
Doing More to Inspire
The things that motivate author Dana Kramaroff, to push through writing heavy content, are also what motivates so many of her students. She values the habits that energize her process, the tricks she uses to keep going, and the ways in which she helps herself when writing is difficult.
No, Really. I’m a Writer
Crystal Hubbard states, "I don't hide that I write. But I probably don't talk about it as much as I should in terms of strengthening my 'brand.'"
Death is My Writing Partner
Many authors appreciate the support of writing group friends to provide feedback and perspective on projects. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater gratefully writes with Death by her side.
Power of Curiosity
Author Darshana Khiani shares why stories start with curiosity and why you need a lot of them. Learn how to help children harness the stories all around.
Make Your Audience’s Eyes Shine
Author Chana Stiefel shares how a maestro’s philosophy can help you connect with readers.
A Sneek Peek at the 8th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series
Starting this Sunday, picture book authors, illustrators, and middle-grade authors will share their insights on writing, their processes, and the path to publishing on #TWTBlog's. We want to hear your thoughts throughout the week, so there's a book giveaway for those who share comments on each author's post!
Rejection, Love, and Writing
Middle grade author Elly Swartz shares how true authenticity and emotional resonance are the secret sauce in her writing, and how important it is for children to dream big and understand that rejection doesn’t define them.
Writing Ten Blocks to the Big Wok
Author-illustrator Ying-Hwa Hu is reminiscing the sunny walk in San Francisco’s Chinatown that brought about the creation of her author-illustrator solo debut Ten Blocks to the Big Wok. The sights, sound and tight-knit community she witnessed come together in a picture of happiness she tells in her story.
Graphic Novels Combine Words and Images to Create a Unique Art Form
Cartoonist Gavin Aung Than shares the process of creating his middle-grade graphic novel series, Super Sidekicks.