Michelle Meadows provides a look at her writing process for her new picture book biography about Simone Biles, gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar.
Category: Author Spotlight Series
My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness
Poet and educator Georgia Heard discusses My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness and talks about how both poetry and mindfulness invite us to slow down, be present, listen more deeply, while quieting our restless minds.
Announcing the 6th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series
For the next week, picture book and middle-grade 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!
Instructional Ideas Inspired by the Author Spotlight Series
Have you been a reader of our annual Author Spotlight Series? How have you used these posts to inspire your teaching? Read on to find a collection of the Author Spotlight posts and ideas for using these treasures with your students.
The Keeper of Wild Words: Celebrating the Lost Words of Nature
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
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
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
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
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
Carole Lindstrom discusses the inspiration behind WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS and talks about how she approaches nonfiction stories.
How to Write in a Pandemic
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
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!