Posts Categorized: Writing for Children

  • Illustrating Love: Nickie Tadgell on Art for REAL SISTERS PRETEND

    I met illustrator Nickie Tadgell at a We Need Diverse Books event at Annie’s Book Swap in Worcester, Massachusetts. Nickie is the illustrator of many books including the beautiful FATUMA’S NEW CLOTH by Leslie Builion.  Nickie’s just illustrated a new book, REAL SISTERS PRETEND by Megan Dowd Lambert, the story of a mixed race family…

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  • Mosaic: Our Characters in the World

    “Mosaic: Our Characters in the World”: A workshop for writers of children’s and young adult books. Maria Padian and I presented this workshop at the New England SCBWI conference in May.  I’ll add resources on this topic regularly here on my site. Here are the first two handouts. Mosaic – Our Characters in the World~ Description,…

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  • Librarians on Verse Novels

      For a School Library Journal  article,  I interviewed many librarians about their recommendations of verse novels to kids and teens in their libraries.  And I interviewed many writers about their process in writing verse novels.   A new direction was given to the article by SLJ and a lot of these wonderful speakers are not…

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  • A Boston Story

    I went to the Boston Public Library yesterday where I was meeting my editor, Melanie Kroupa, to accept the Boston Authors Club Young Reader Award. I took the train into North Station. As I traveled south from New Hampshire, fierce pain from a headache  was building.  By the time I travelled from North Station on…

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